Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge deck Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge suite
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge deck
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge suite

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

A vast and pristine wilderness flanking the banks of the Great Fish River in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’, and features four intimate and luxurious lodges.


South Africa


Kwandwe is a conservation victory where today thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and cheetah freely roam its expansive plains. With only 4 small lodges on 22,000 ha/ 54,000 acres of privately owned land, Kwandwe ensures a high yield/ low impact conservation model while at the same time offering guests a private and unforgettable safari experience.

Need to Know

Set along the fertile green banks of the river after which it is named, Great Fish River Lodge - Kwandwe's founding lodge - has only 9 private glass-and-thatch suites that overlook the lush riverine valley below.


Daily game drives, walks, boating, fishing as well as specialised safari activities. Day and night game drives, nature walks, boat cruises and additional safari activities with specialised rangers such as big game walks, rhino monitoring and rhino conservation safaris. Maximum six guests on any activity.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Black and white rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, cheetah, black wildebeest, hippo, springbok, giraffe, brown hyena, aardvark, aardwolf, black footed cat, serval, eland, red hartebees and over 300 species of birds in their natural habitat, including river/ water life.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Day and night game drives in open safari vehicles (no more than 6 guests per vehicle), fishing, massages, and bush banqueting, or visit Kwandwe’s community centre to see first-hand how responsible tourism is enriching the lives of those touched by Kwandwe.


9 Suites with private bathrooms, indoor & outdoor showers, personal in-room bar, private veranda & plunge pool overlooking the Great Fish River, air-conditioning, large viewing deck & lodge pool at the main lodge, sitting room, dining room & bar area at the main lodge.


Featuring a classic-contemporary style of earthy tones, the lodge is all about tranquillity and solitude. Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters from the comfort of your private balcony and plunge pool.


2017 American Express Platinum Fine Dining 'Top 100' Awards; named on the UK Conde Nast Travellers Hot list Top 3 Best Social Involvement Programme in the Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards Kwandwe listed in the Conde Nast Top Overseas Leisure Hotels category Runner up in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards


Game viewing is excellent all year round. The warmest months are September to April. From May to August it is cooler. In winter there is a winter schedule to take the colder mornings and evenings into consideration - they also have all-in-one duvet jackets!

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

2016: ZAR 6 850(low season) - ZAR 9 480 (peak season) per person sharing, per night, fully inclusive

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children ages 12 and older are welcome at Great Fish River Lodge

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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