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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District | Grahamstown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 6140, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from our second visit to Kwandwe Great Fish River and found the experience to be even better than our first. Welcomed by the manager, Clyde, we were quickly reacquainted with our surroundings. Game viewing was simply outstanding. To watch an original inhabitant of Kwandwe (a very old leopard) come down from a small tree in which... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tuppy1Brisbane Thank you very much for taking the time to post your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your return visit to Kwandwe, and hope to welcome you back again in the near future. We will be sure to pass on your comments to the rest of the team. Warm regards The Kwandwe family More

Tulbagh, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely marvellous place. Great attention to detail. Staff very friendly and efficient. Really cant find anything negative to say at all about our lovely weekend. We felt thoroughly spoilt. Game drives fantastic! Will definitely recommend it.

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear vindoux_management Thank you for posting your feedback, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your short stay at Kwandwe and hope to welcome you back in the near future! Kind regards The Kwandwe family More

Philadelphia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Kwandwe is truly an exceptional place. The service is incomparable, the game drives excellent, and the food rather good as well. The main lodge is a wonderful place to gather, dine, or just relax and read a book and opens to the outdoors situated high above the Great Fish River. There are only a few units in the lodge and... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ckv500 Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe, and will be sure to pass on your feedback to the rest of the team. Thank you too for your feedback about dinners at the lodge, we will be sure to address this (great to hear you... More

Chichester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I think the Kwandwe Reserve totals over 150 square miles and you do wonder what you will find at the end of the road into the reserve. Don't worry. This is an exceptional place to stay. You leave your car at reception and get transferred to your lodge accommodation in a Safari vehicle. This takes a good 15-20 minutes, such... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Stephen and Sara Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe, and will be sure to pass on your comments to Ross, Vusi and the rest of the team. We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future! KInd regards The Kwandwe Family More

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

What an amazing place. You turn off the road expecting a couple of km drive to get there. What you actually get is a 5km drive to the gate, a further 6km drive to the reception lodge and then a 25 minute drive to the accommodation! It literally is in the middle of nowhere. Not surprising therefore when you learn... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear W3lshman Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you were able to experience your first ever safari at Kwandwe, and that you enjoyed your stay with us! We will be sure to pass on your comments to Ryan, Casey and the rest of the Kwandwe team. We hope to welcome you... More

Savannah, GA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was our first game lodge experience in Africa and it could not have been better. The rooms were large and gorgeous and the service top notch but it was the game tracking experience that made this stay unforgettable. Our guides Ben and our spotter Yuindi (sorry if incorrect spelling) were very knowledgeable and made the drives extremely interesting. They... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear GdTimeCharlie Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you were able to experience your first ever safari at Kwandwe, and that you enjoyed your stay! We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Ben and Qondani, and the rest of the Kwandwe team. We hope to welcome you back... More

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Our first family safari in the Eastern Cape and it was fabulous, exceeding our expectations. The lodge was excellent with friendly, superb management and staff who went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. A beautiful setting with excellent accommodation. The game drives and rangers were outstanding with exciting and diverse experiences. I enjoyed the topography, which will... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Trevor F Thank you very much for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your time at Kwandwe. We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Kind regards The Kwandwe family More

Cape Town, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We are South Africans who have been on safari in various parts of Southern Africa over the last few years. The 2 days that we recently spent at Great Fish River Lodge rank among the best experiences that we have had anywhere. First of all, the lodge is situated in a spectacular natural setting, overlooking the river. The landscape itself... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear benrose Thank you very much for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are truly delighted to hear that you so enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe, at both Great Fish River and Ecca Lodges! We will be sure to pass on your feedback to the rest of the team. We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe... More

London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

If you never do anything else in life, this place HAS to be experienced - it was simply a 5 day dream : the accommodation is superb : the food fantastic and the wildlife - with VERY qualified rangers - simply takes your breath away. If you can swing it, try and get Nico as your guide/ranger. This guy's knowledge... More

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lobbos Thank you for your kind feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve! We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Nico and the rest of the Kwandwe team. We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future. Kind regards The Kwandwe family More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We have just returned from a two week holiday in South Africa. We started by staying 3 nights at Great Fish River Lodge, and it was without doubt the highlight of the trip. We were welcomed at the lodge by all the staff smiling and waving and shown to our cottage (they really can't be described as rooms as they... More

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Additional Information about Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Also Known As:
Kwandwe Great Fish River Hotel
Kwandwe Great Fish River Hotel Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Address: Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District | Grahamstown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 6140, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This founding and flagship lodge with only 9 private suites features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge’s splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. The colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoal greys.Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings; artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge’s surrounds, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere.Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the Lodge’s expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters below from the comfort of your private balcony. Suites are spacious and feature en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, personal in-room bars and private decks with plunge pools overlooking the vast reserve. ... more   less 
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