We were at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge for 4 nights in October and had a truly wonderful and memorable time. We had an excellent ranger, Phil, who was extremely knowledgeable and who managed to transmit his enthusiasm to everyone around him. He was ably assisted by his tracker, Bongani, who had an amazing ability to spot animals at incredible distances - on one occasion, he pointed at two dots in the far distance and informed us that they were two cheetahs - only when we looked through our binoculars, could we see that he was correct. During our time at Kwandwe, we saw a whole variety of wild animals at very close quarters which was just amazing - including elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras, baboons and, most excitingly for everyone at the Lodge, a leopard.
Our accommodation was fabulous - each suite was an individual thatched building with a very large, attractively-furnished bedroom, an area with 'his and her' basins, a bath which looked out at the bush beyond, and both inside and outside showers. Outside was a private and secluded decked area with very comfortable loungers, armchairs and our own plunge pool. The staff at the lodge were all extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating and we were treated like royalty - hot towels offered when we came back from game drives and tables set up by our ranger and tracker and laden with snacks and drinks (and sometimes champagne) in the middle of the bush.
Overall a really wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This founding lodge with only 9 privately situated 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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- Also Known As:
- Kwandwe Great Fish River Hotel Kwandwe Private Game Reserve