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In the south-east of South Africa overlooking the river that shares the name of the lodge is Great Fish River Lodge. It is one of just a handful of accommodation options on the vast Kwandwe Private Game Reserve which at 54,000 acres is one of the largest ‘Big Five’ reserves in all of the South Africa.
With a maximum of 60 guests across all lodges in the reserve it retains an exclusive reputation by having one of the most land:guest ratios in the country.
In keeping with the high standard of the reserve Great Fish River Lodge does not disappoint in terms of quality, with traditional African influences blended throughout the properties high-end, comfortable décor.
Ample viewing decks and folding glass doors connect the lodge with its natural surroundings and make the most of the incredible views of the river below and its surroundings valleys.
The nine spacious suites, which feel permanent in their thatch and stone construction are strung out along the cliff edge reached by snaking wooden walkways through the vegetation.
Stays at Great Fish River Lodge are on a fully inclusive basis so all your activities, meals and most drinks are included. Twice daily activities are available for guests explore the reserve on game drives and on walks accompanied with a specialist ranger and tracker team.
Many people will combine Great Fish River Lodge with a Garden Route self-drive trip, often starting in Cape Town making it the perfect, luxury safari ending to a diverse trip. That said the lodge’s location just 160km from Port Elizabeth Airport, which services daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, makes it easy to combine with any destination in South Africa or further afield. The private airstrip on the Kwandwe Reserve can then be used for the transfer from Port Elizabeth getting you into the reserve swiftly.
The nine spacious suites at the lodge take a total of 18 guests and even by the standard of South African lodges they feel plush. It is not the place to come for a wild, understated experience but perfect for honeymooners or those looking for a little more comfort and distance on their safari.
There is no need for a mosquito net around the lavish bed, in the malaria-free reserve and an extra bed can be added to the suites should they be required, however the lodge only accepts children over the age of 12. Tones are fresh but muted with indoor and outdoor showers, a free-standing roll-top bath, that overlooks the private plunge pool which sits in the large deck surrounded by some comfy shaded loungers.
Facilities include WiFi, private plunge pools, A/C, central lounge and bar, viewing deck and in room spa facilities are available.
Dining is flexible and can be served on your own private deck, lit by candles in the dining room or under the glittering sky next to a roaring fire in the lodge’s boma.
The Kwandwe Reserve is a real conservation success story which has reclaimed 54,000 acres of farmland as a protected wildlife habitat. In rewilding and repopulating the reserve with native animals many species have been reintroduced to the area such as white and black rhino, cheetah, Cape buffalo and lion as well as smaller cats like serval, wildcat and the small spotted cat. In fact it has been so successful many of the populations across game reserves in South Africa have come from Kwandwe’s stock.
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