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 he had taken his warthog kill and then hide in the long grass adjacent, quietly snarling at us, was remarkable.
A further sighting of a vehicle-friendly female leopard was magnificent as she came forward and lay close to our vehicle, summing us up.
We enjoyed leisurely elephant sightings and to quietly track two lionesses with their cubs to the river where they crossed was just amazing. Rhino viewing is outstanding and special. Cheetah sightings were plentiful.
We love the variety of vegetation on the Reserve and as return guests, our guide and tracker ensured we enjoyed every part of what the Reserve has to offer by way of all its inhabitants, not just the larger animals.
Staff attention to detail is very, very good and the food choices for each meal are delicious and plentiful. I was happy to see my breakfast favourite, wholemeal scones in abundance! Dinner by firelight each night was most enjoyable and the rack of lamb the stand-out dinner of our stay. Wine is limited, but good. Other dinner options were also delicious, but I don't want to spoil your surprises.
Our Suite was No. 6 at our request. Decadent bathing options were enjoyed and each time we returned to our suite it had been freshened. Laundry was done daily and delivered to our suite. We stayed five nights and were truly sad to leave.
This Lodge and its people is outstanding - come and stay - you won't be disappointed!
- 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