After an entire morning driving from Knysna to the lodge, we received an warm reception. We left our lugagge in our very comfortable room and in our first game drive: a big lion, a lionesse, 3 white rhinos and a herd of zebras.
We stayed there three days and we saw also: hippos, eland, giraffes, black wildebeest, black rhinos, oryxes, hartebeest, waterbuck, etc. We also did a night drive from 20h00 to 23h00. It was amazing: brown hiena, spring hares, aardwolves, bat-eared foxes, and an aardvark!
Service leves goes up to 11 at Kwande with special mentions to Alfie (ranger) and Zuko (butler). In one of our drives, we stopped at sunset in the top of hill where there was already a table with a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. In one of the evenings, we had a surprise dinner in our room. Thee food was great with a creative menu.
Another big plus was fishing with Alfie, who is also an accomplished fisherman. I managed to catch and release a nice 4.5 kg carp.
Kwande is the perfect place if you are looking for excellent service, nice game viewing, and stay away from the crowds.
- 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