I enjoyed my stay at Kwandwe immensely. From start to finish I could not have asked for more. Very warm greeting on arrival with cookies and lemonade. I need not have worried about the timing of my arrival, fearing I would have to wait till morning to go on a game drive. They asked if I wanted to join a game drive already in progress and it was as simple as that. In general service was excellent, unobtrusive but efficient.
Food was wonderful; Very well prepared, and the portion sizes were perfect. Who knew kudu could be so enjoyable?
Animal sightings were of course fantastic. One nice detail is that the guide asks if you have any special requests for animal sightings. Having been on safari before, I was more interested in the smaller animals and chose porcupine, and really enjoyed the search for them (much more difficult than lions). The aardwolf was a very nice bonus. The lions stole the show, not just their prescence but actually being able to understand what scene in the never ending soap opera was being played out before you.
Kudos to Phil and Digby, my guide and tracker team. Because of them my photos turned out a hundred times better than they might have. Just know when Phil says "Hang On!" he means it! Of course it goes without saying that Phil was very knowledgeable about the terrain and the animals.
I did just about all of my holiday shopping at the main gift shop in Heatherton Towers. The items here were much more to my taste than I had seen elsewhere on my trip.
Other andbeyond properties I've visited include Bateleur and Ngorongoro Crater lodge. The crater is still tops for the magical setting of the game drives, but for an overall experience, Kwandwe wins.
- 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