Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

  • Nine luxurious suites with expansive verandas and private plunge pools
  • Situated in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a malaria-free, Big Five reserve in the Eastern Cape
  • Set high up on the bank of the GreatFishRiver, offering fantastic views
  • Easily accessed from Cape Town and an ideal finale to any Garden Route itinerary

Great Fish River Lodge is the flagship accommodation within Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, making it one of the best malaria-free lodges in the Eastern Cape.

Set along the banks of the river after which it is named, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is beautifully designed to amplify the stunning landscape, with suites that have floor-to-ceiling framed-glass doors that fold back to reveal uninterrupted wilderness and lead out to a spacious veranda with a private plunge pool. 

Situated about two-and-a-half hours from Port Elizabeth, the reserve is easily accessed by road but scheduled and charter flights are also available for added convenience. The location of Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge makes it perfect for adding on to any Garden Route itinerary. Kwandwe’s 54,000 acres of pristine wilderness are home to the Big Five as well as a diversity of smaller and unique species. This vast expanse of wildlife flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River, which meanders for 19 miles through the reserve. 

The nine luxurious suites at Great Fish River Lodge have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. Each suite also offers indoor and outdoor showers.

The main area enjoys spectacular views of the river below and makes for a great place to gather in the evenings to share stories of the day’s sightings. Delicious African-inspired meals are served on private decks, in the candlelit dining room or in the cosy boma, under a starlit sky. The lodge is a member of Relais & Châteaux, ensuring top-quality hospitality and cuisine.

Activities on offer include morning and evening game drives, in search of the big game species inhabiting the reserve. After breakfast bush walks are an option for guests who enjoy spending some time looking at smaller animals and plants in more detail. Fishing, boating and picnics are also available.