Situated on a cliff overlooking the Great Fish River, the lodge has been decorated with a strong African influence. African art, carved wood, and bold patterns in simple colours abound in the public areas, which combine wonderful views and a sense of space with a homely ambiance. Relax on the lodge's spacious viewing decks as you look out for passing wildlife heading towards the river, or take in the views from your room, where folding glass doors provide uninterrupted panoramas of the surrounding wilderness. In the evening, after a day of game viewing, enjoy delicious African dishes in a romantic, candlelit setting before ending the day with a sundowner. This is luxury safari at its best.
The suites are in individual units located along the cliff edge, with their entire front side given over to folding glass doors, affording wonderful views of the valley. The same sense of African design prevails, with thatched roofs, stone floors and dark woods. En suite bathrooms feature baths as well as indoor and outdoor showers, and each suite remains cool despite the strong African sun, featuring both overhead fans and air conditioning. Outside, a private deck furnished with comfortable seating and a plunge pool offers wonderful views that you'll never get tired of.
Close to the eastern end of the coastal Garden Route, Great Fish River Lodge is located on the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve around 160 kilometres from Port Elizabeth.
Food and Drink
Delicious, locally-inspired meals can be served on your private deck, in the candlelit dining room, or in the inviting boma, where you can eat beside the atmospheric campfire under a beautiful starlit sky.
The intimate, romantic atmosphere here, along with the incredible location and the privacy offered in each suite, makes this an excellent option for couples on their honeymoon.
Facilities and Activities
With good concentrations of game, the safari experiences here will be exciting and informative, with superb rangers to explain all the action to you. Take a game drive, an interpretive bush walk and a big game walking safari. You can also track rhino or participate in a rhino conservation safari, helping the experts tag rhino as part of an identification process.
In-room spa treatments are also available.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
Conservation efforts have been primarily focused on reclaiming farmland and placing it under wildlife conservation and replacing and re-introducing some 7,000 wild animals, including elephant, both species of rhino, hippo, lion, leopard and brown hyena.
Community efforts have involved employing people from the local communities, establishing a positive health programme, funding the construction of a local primary school, donating and allocating land for local community use and providing an accredited leadership programme for staff.
This stylish and luxurious lodge perfectly complements the wonderful setting, varied game and friendly, efficient staff, cementing Kwandwe as the best place to stay in the Eastern Cape.
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