Eastern Cape
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge lies on a vast private reserve in the Great Fish River Valley in South Africa’s Eastern Cape where previously barren farmland has been rehabilitated into pristine bushveld, home to the Big Five.

The Lodge offers just nine luxurious thatched suites, each with its own plunge pool and observation deck, all linked to the lodge by wooden walkways, perfectly positioned high above the meandering Great Fish River where hippos and other wildlife can be seen.

The Lodge is ideal for couples seeking privacy, luxury and an outstanding wildlife safari experience within easy reach of the Cape and Garden Route.

Facilities & Activities

High ceilings and huge stone chimneys feature in the main guest areas, whilst dark leather armchairs and deep-coloured rugs create inviting spaces to relax and unwind.

Explore the natural splendour of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. In between game drives take a closer look at the bush on a leisurely guided walk or experience the thrill of tracking big game on foot with a walking safari (16 years & over).

For an additional charge you can enjoy a ‘Save the Rhino Drive’ and spend 3-4 hours tracking rhino with a specialist ranger and tracker team (restrictions apply).

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Delicious African-inspired cuisine can be enjoyed on private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or in the cosy boma under the starlit sky.


The 9 luxurious glass and thatch suites overlook lush riverbanks.

Each suite features overhead fans, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom, complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers. Fold-away glass doors lead onto private balconies with plunge pools and uninterrupted views of the horizon beyond.

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Children 12 years & over are welcome at the lodge. Please note Great Fish River Lodge is unfenced.


Kwandwe’s Sustainability Programme is fabulously lengthy:

Kwandwe’s ‘Knit a Bit’ program – where guests can knit squares which are joined to make blankets and given to the Ubunye Foundation that distributes them to the needy communities surrounding Kwandwe.

Reclaiming 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of farmland and placing it under wildlife conservation

The reintroduction of the endangered black rhinoceros

Returning cheetah to the Great Fish River Valley for the first time since 1888

The re-establishment of populations of disease-free Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Lion, White Rhino and Black Rhino on many game reserves in South Africa from Kwandwe’s founding stock

Reclaiming areas of intense and often damaging agriculture

The reintroduction of small and mostly rare felid species eradicated from the area, such as the Serval, African wildcat and Small Spotted Cat

The reintroduction of more than 7000 wild animals, including elephant, both species of rhino, hippo, lion, leopard, brown hyena etc

Every guest staying at Kwandwe makes a direct contribution to community development through the Conservation and Community Levy (funds raised from this levy are split equally between these two initiatives).


The lodge is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown.

The nearest national Airport is in Port Elizabeth, which is 160 km (100 miles) from the reserve. There are daily scheduled flights from both Cape Town and Johannesburg International Airports to Port Elizabeth.

A daily scheduled flight operates from Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay directly to the Kwandwe Airstrip. The reserve lies approximately 65 km from the coast and is located in close proximity to the renowned Garden Route.

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