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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Our group of eight--four adults and four teenagers--stayed three nights and loved every minute of it! Everything was incredible. The GFRL staff was so friendly and accommodating--they went out of their way to make us comfortable, including making sandwiches for a teenaged boy after the kitchen had closed for the night and sending us with boxed lunches for our trip to the airport on the way out. Oza delighted our friend by calling him by his nickname instead of his actual first name. Our guide Nico and tracker Ivan were great--we couldn't believe all the animals we saw and how close we were able to get to them. Nico and Ivan were informative and fun to be around all day. Megan set up a fabulous picnic for us one day. The rooms were gorgeous and comfortable, with heated bathroom floors and comfortable beds and armchairs. The linens, bathrobes and towels were soft and luxurious. The meals were delicious and there were choices for even our picky eaters. The staff noticed what we liked and made sure we had it. The limit on the number of guests makes this a truly unique and wonderful place.

Room Tip: Room 7 had a great view but all the rooms in our group were fabulous!
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Our family of 4 stayed for three night at the end of a 3 week South African holiday . The stay here was so special . We were lucky to have our own vehicle and each day was tailored to our wishes . Our ranger Ruan and tracker Vusi were both outstanding . They went above and beyond to find the sightings we were after . Ruan was so enthusiastic ! We had great viewing including being 2 m from a baby cheetah cub.
The lodge was very luxurious in a low key way . All the staff were super friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Dear mark w,

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and for having chosen Kwandwe for your family holiday! We will be sure to pass on your comments to Ruan, Vusi and the rest of the Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge team.

We hope to welcome you and your family back in the not too distant future!

Warm regards,
The Kwandwe family

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We were lucky enough to be able to stay at this property for 3 days while in South Africa celebrating our honeymoon. I echo the sentiments of all of the other reviewers that say this is an amazing, special property. The land this property sits on is just stunning and rich with wildlife. We were able to spot the entire Big 5 during our stay. The rooms are pure elegance. We especially loved the thatched roof and romantic bathroom complete with claw foot tub. We could not get over the fact that almost every time we looked out the windows we saw wildlife: monkeys, warthogs and antelope were among are regular sightings. But, the best thing about this property is it's staff. The following people made our trip especially memorable: Patrick, Sunette, Conor, Rasi and Babsie. Thank you for giving us an experience that we will never forget.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Dear tw954,

Thank you for your very kind feedback and for deciding to choose Kwandwe for your honeymoon! The Eastern Cape is indeed a beautiful place and we are privileged to call this home.

We will be sure to pass on your comments to Patrick, Sunette, Conor, Rasi, Babsie and rest of the Great Fish River Lodge team. We hope to welcome you back one day!

Warm regards,
The Kwandwe Family

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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We actually stayed here in March 2016 but never got round to writing a review.
We stayed for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and we loved our stay. The accommodation is absolutely beautiful and the food is amazing. All staff were wonderful so friendly it felt like we were staying with family here. Our ranger was Ruan, he is an great guy he's really enthusiastic and informative he loves his job and it shows. He took time to explain things to us he was happy to stop whenever we wanted to take photos. The safari was the best experience, we were lucky to see 4 or the big five and we loved all the other wildlife we managed to spot. An unforgettable trip in a beautiful reserve I wish we could visit every year.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We stayed in this wonderful lodge hotel at the end of March 2017. The lodges are very well appointed and are great to stay in -right in the middle of the game reserve- with various animals close by (warthogs, who seem very friendly).
The staff and management are first class and really did everything to make us feel welcome. One evening, on our game drive -expertly managed by our ranger Ivan- it started to rain and got very cold. Upon return to the lodge, they had built a big fire in the hearth in the main building and a splendid array of warm snacks was on offer. It felt like we had come home.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Address: Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District | Grahamstown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 6140, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,725 - RM17,627 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This founding lodge with only 9 privately situated suites features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. The colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoal greys.Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings; artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge's surrounds, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere.Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the Lodge's expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters below from the comfort of your private balcony. Suites are spacious and feature en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, personal in-room bars and private decks with plunge pools overlooking the vast reserve. ... more   less 
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