Eastern Cape, South Africa
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.
Where is itOverlooking 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.
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.