Kwandwe

Eastern Cape, South Africa

The hotel

Surrounded by 54,362 acres of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness, Kwandwe is home to the 'Big Five', as well as a variety of other animals and birds, including the comical aardvark and the endangered blue crane. Steeped in culture, there is plenty to explore, with ancient rock paintings and artefacts in the Valley of the Ancient Voices, one of the area's highlights. Accommodation is extremely comfortable and integrates African and colonial decor. Floor-to-ceiling doors can be folded back to reveal uninterrupted wilderness vistas, and delicious pan-African cuisine can be enjoyed on your own private observation deck or in the candlelit dining room.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Overlooking the lush banks of the Great Fish River, the lodges are set in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape. Nearby Grahamstown is well worth a visit to explore its museums and historical homes. Transfer time from Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Hotel information

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve comprises of 2 lodges: Great Fish River Lodge and Ecca Lodge, and 3 sole-use villas: Uplands Homestead, Melton Manor and Fort House. Great Fish River Lodge offers 9 luxurious suites. The en-suite bathrooms, complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers, offer unmatched views of the landscape.

Full Board includes: all meals, twice daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, guided river walking/hiking and canoeing, bush sundowners and birdwatching.

Ecca Lodge offers an innovative, stylish and intimate ambience. The 6 suites are extremely spacious, with generously proportioned living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Large fireplace with massive stone chimney, glass-fronted sitting and dining areas with breathtaking river views, candlelit dining room and boma. These facilities are at Great Fish River Lodge and Kwandwe have four lodges on 54360 acres. Wellness treatments*. Twice daily game drives. Big Game Walking Safari. Fishing. Campfire cooking*. Rhino tracking*.

A 2-night stay is applicable across all lodges and villas.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Nov 18, 2019 Stella K Cape Town, South Africa

We are a family of 5 and decided to spend a long weekend at Melton Manor with our 3 childre (aged 5,3 and 9 months). We shared the space with another family (friends of ours) and had THE best time. Our ranger was an absolute rockstar with the children - so patient and kind. Melton Manor came with a babysitter for the duration of our stay, so we… Read more
We are a family of 5 and decided to spend a long weekend at Melton Manor with our 3 childre (aged 5,3 and 9 months). We shared the space with another family (friends of ours) and had THE best time. Our ranger was an absolute rockstar with the children - so patient and kind. Melton Manor came with a babysitter for the duration of our stay, so we were able to leave our 9 month old whenever we went on game drives. And our 3 year old decided to stay back quite a bit too. Our 5 year old joined us for nearly every drive because he has 'ranger' in his blood :) The food was delicious and made with love and car. The children were entertained by the wonderful staff. And the space was just wonderful. Such a treat. Thank you Kwandwe for spoiling us and giving us such a wonderful experience. Highly recommend it. Read less
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Nov 4, 2019 ElizabethBirdee London, United Kingdom

I have been travelling in SA with a friend and we have stayed in some beautiful places but Kwandwe is just another level. Every aspect is stunning, we had a lodge with a splash pool, outdoor shower (they have one inside too) large bathroom huge bedroom with a great view. You will see lots of birds, nyala, warthogs and sometimes an elephant outside… Read more
I have been travelling in SA with a friend and we have stayed in some beautiful places but Kwandwe is just another level. Every aspect is stunning, we had a lodge with a splash pool, outdoor shower (they have one inside too) large bathroom huge bedroom with a great view. You will see lots of birds, nyala, warthogs and sometimes an elephant outside your window. The game drives are exciting and the guides and trackers are amazing ours were Nico and Andy. The food is fabulous, if you've never been on safari this is o E of the best and the reserve is stunning. Read less
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Sep 29, 2019 724veenar

We stayed two nights at Ecca Lodge and two nights at Great Fish River Lodge on a friend’s recommendation- it was a completely amazing experience. The staff are incredibly attentive and take care of you from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. The lodges themselves are beautiful and spacious, with a large comfortable bed as well as… Read more
We stayed two nights at Ecca Lodge and two nights at Great Fish River Lodge on a friend’s recommendation- it was a completely amazing experience. The staff are incredibly attentive and take care of you from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. The lodges themselves are beautiful and spacious, with a large comfortable bed as well as temperature control. The reserve is absolutely incredible and even though we went on eight game drives it felt like each one was a totally unique experience. The rangers have a ton of experience tracking the game on the reserve and as a result we got to see a huge variety of animals every single day. We had the most wonderful time and would highly recommend a stay to anyone. Read less
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Sep 22, 2019 mini79 London, United Kingdom

Just back from a 3 night stay at Great Fish Lodge, an incredibly memorable time. We were lucky enough to see lions, a leopard and her cubs, cheetah, elephants, buffalo and much more. Our guide Doc and tracker Rassi were extremely knowledgeable, and their passion for wildlife and Kwande really shone through. The lodge and the room were great.… Read more
Just back from a 3 night stay at Great Fish Lodge, an incredibly memorable time. We were lucky enough to see lions, a leopard and her cubs, cheetah, elephants, buffalo and much more. Our guide Doc and tracker Rassi were extremely knowledgeable, and their passion for wildlife and Kwande really shone through. The lodge and the room were great. Fantastic food and service and some lovely touches such as bubbles in the room on our last night. Elton and his team were wonderful. We had an absolutely magical time. Read less
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Sep 20, 2019 Sue D Sandton, South Africa

We stayed at Uplands Manor and shared time at Fort House both were just 10 star homes. The staff attention to detail and game ranger and tracker were all absolutely professional and went out of their ways to help us with any needs we had . The diversity of the Reserve is fascinating we spotted lions cheetah elephant and brown hyena . Not to… Read more
We stayed at Uplands Manor and shared time at Fort House both were just 10 star homes. The staff attention to detail and game ranger and tracker were all absolutely professional and went out of their ways to help us with any needs we had . The diversity of the Reserve is fascinating we spotted lions cheetah elephant and brown hyena . Not to mention countless antelope species . The food was simply outstanding . The Executive Chef Quintinn Van Rensburg food was absolutely deserves a Michelin star. We had the most unbelievable meals especially a birthday dinner which was world class to look at and to taste . This young man will go very far - please write a recipe book . The Lodge is lucky to have him and the staff they have . Read less