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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent three nights here at Kwandwe and it was beyond perfect and the best way to start our two weeks trip to SA. The staff were so kind and friendly making you feel so at home but surrounded by luxury! Doc was our ranger and the best at his game. We were in room 9 which was so beautiful... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Weasel3, Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely feedback and to share your recommendations. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in SA and look forward to hopefully welcoming you back to Kwandwe one day! We will be sure to pass on your comments to Doc and the rest of the team. Warm regards,... More 

Bolton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first ever safari and it was simply amazing. The main lodge where we ate and met for drive games was finished to the highest standards with lovely log fires, a bar, library and eating area. Our room was gorgeous and exactly like the brochure and the food was great. All of the people at Kwandwe are wonderful,... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jayne F, Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful feedback, it was a real privilege for us to have been able to host you on your first ever safari! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, your wildlife sightings, game drives, food and all the experiences you mention above. We hope to be... More 

Guernsey, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fantastic time at Kwandwe, we managed to arrive in time for the afternoon game drive. First we were given refreshments and take to our room, well suite, amazing had everything we wanted and more including private plunge pool and great seating and comfortable loungers, we watched bird life,baboons, antelope drinking from the pool and a bull elephant... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear henrydoodle, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your detailed and wonderful feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. It is always a pleasure to share in experiences with guests such as yourselves and a privilege to be able to share Kwandwe with you. We will be sure to... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our stay at Kwandwe was just pure magic! The safaris themselves were personal, informative and a lot of fun! We saw and leant about more animals than we could imagine with the help of our professional tracker and ranger (each guest has one assigned to them). It was the best season to see baby animals and the elephant and lion... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Abigail G, Thank you for your kind and thoughtful feedback. It is great that you were able to be here at this time of year when all the babies are around, it really is special to see them. Yes, Kwandwe was originally established to give back to the conservation and communities of our area, and this will remain our... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Suffice to say probably three of the best days my wife and I have ever had on ANY holiday (I'm 57!). Our lodge was remarkable -if this is how the other half live I want some of it! The staff from start to finish were so so attentive and friendly. The look of shock on the young lady's face when... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear illimani21, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your amazing feedback. It is a privilege to be able to share this part of the world with guests such as yourselves, and we are so happy to hear that we were able to create some special memories for you. We will be sure to share your feedback... More 

Petersfield, United Kingdom
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299 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a fantastic place to stay, it's almost indescribable. The whole ambiance is one of caring for the guests and the environment - you are made to feel so very, very special here. The day we arrived, we were welcomed at reception like old friends and we were taken to our lodge where we were offered a fabulous... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Sue C, Thank you so much for your amazing feedback - we can honestly say your comments rank among the loveliest and most thoughtful we have received to date! We have already shared it with the rest of our team. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to share Kwandwe with guests such as yourselves and... More 

Winchester, UK
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93 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot speak highly enough of this amazing lodge, its staff & superb game drives. Only regret was moving to another reserve park for 2 days when, if only we had known, we would have stayed on here. They just have got everything right. The reception areas are spacious, beautifully furnished & welcoming. Our lodge itself was absolutely superb -... More 

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64 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have just returned from a family trip here over half term. It was a wonderful 3 night visit. The lodges are excellent & private (apart from the local wildlife!). The staff were very helpful & housekeeping was great. I'd read criticisms of the food & quality of house wines before we arrived - I have no idea what they... More 

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5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

The third visit that once again reminded us why we enjoy travelling and staying here. From when you arive you are treated as VIP guests. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the units luxurious and private, the food very high standard and then the game drives special on every single occasion. The game rangers are very knowledgable and the... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Elzette D, Thank you for having chosen Kwandwe once again for your holiday, and thank you for taking the time to post this feedback which we will share with the rest of the team. It was a pleasure to have hosted you again and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warm... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Stayed 5 nights at the Great Fish River lodge. Had a great time the entire trip. With all of the other 5 star reviews, you can see the quality of this experience, and I won't waste your time repeating those comments. One thing I do want to recommend is to recommend a stay of 3 or 4 nights. During our... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear steve h, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We certainly try to encourage guests to stay for longer than 2 or 3 nights in order to, as you rightly say, just take some time to relax and explore the reserve and everything there is to offer. Thank you too for your feedback about the frequency of walks, which we... More 

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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 

Additional Information about Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Address: Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District | Grahamstown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 6140, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,208 - $4,726 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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“Try to arrive earlier in the day, so that you can go on the afternoon game drive the day you arrive.”
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“Rooms 1 -4 are the furthest from the main Lodge and can be a long walk”
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