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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
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Grenoble, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“highlight of our trip”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

peter at boutique manolo suggested us to visit this safari lodge. I had never been on safari, but my parents told me that this was an amazing experience... and wow, my sister and I had a villa for ourselves, a private pool!!, really pretty bungalow... the game drives were very interesting, we saw a lot of game, all the big 5, we had surprise dinners and breakfasts in the bush, and the last evening, they did a beautiful turn down in our rooms... 4 nights was too short... oh, and the place is malaria free which was very good!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2012

This is not a real And Beyond lodge but only affiliated. In other words don't think about and beyond quality. And that's visible in all aspects, mediocre food, poor care in the rooms, not personal, mediocre game viewing. There are much better , typical and personal lodges in the Eastern cape like Riverbend lodge which has caring and friendly staff in contrast to a anonymous Kwandwe which is overpriced. What struck me most ist that when I complained to And Beyond , they told its not "their" lodge, so why can theymarket it then advertise it under their name? Other traveller experience; with all respect I wonder how much side by side comparisons are done with other top lodges; it seems Kwandwe is a trap for first timers in Africa. Avoid the place and spend money in Pumba , Riverbend, or other nice game lodges around ADDO and avoid this place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

This place is WONDERFUL!! 5 stars all the way! It's very beautiful and we were lucky enough to see so much . Robin our Ranger was terrific and his knowledge second to none. Aided (and abetted!) by Ernie the tracker, they made sure our stay was very special and one of our best ever holidays. Food and service was excellent - even the 10 course meals !! Champagne in the bush, and pancakes and cocoa with amaretto for breakfast, so many memories!!. No complaints from us - the staff, service, lodges were all amazing. We learned so much and met some terrific people. Thank you. We'll be back!!

Room Tip: The outside showers are great and the veiws from each lodge are pretty special - beware of monkeys o...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

Four of us, two parents and two teenagers, stayed three nights at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge. It was amazing. We arrived and went out almost immediately on a drive with our ranger, Robin and our tracker, Ernie. Their knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious and throughout our stay they showed us everything the reserve had to offer. We saw four of the big five but more exciting were special moments like seeing two rare hyenas finishing off a lion kill.

The reserve is absolutely beautiful and another highlight was going on a walk during one of our drives. We were looked after excellently throughout our stay and every member of staff was gracious and went out of their way to help. Particular thanks go to Zuko, our "butler".

We are missing it already.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2011

What a beautiful place! The Great Fish River lodge was truly an amazing gift. The service was 5 star and the staff went above and beyond to make sure my husband and I had the perfect honeymoon. On our first day we saw 4 out of the big 5. The guide Robin and tracker Ernie did an amazing job. Sim our personal butler saw that we had everything our hearts desired. Yuri the manager ensured that our time at Kwandwe would be one of the best memories we would ever have. Many thanks to all for this wonderful experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

The Great Fish River lodge provided a superb ending to your adventure. The staff, location and service were out of this world. Nothing we asked for was to much trouble from fishing trips, in room massage, BBQs and pancakes while on safari. We saw the big 5 and more, everything you could imagine. We were looked after the whole time which made our stay magical.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2011

Large 20 000 plus Hectares seclusion. At times.one is reminded of the Ngorogoro. Or Serengeti of Eastern Africa. Well worth while. Amongst the top ten game reserves in South. Africa. Dr. T

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
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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