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Your adventure will start now in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve! See the wildlife from your perspective. This luxurious safari will give you experiences that you have never had before. Renowned for understated luxury, exquisite scenery, as well as thousands of animals and wildlife that call the reserve home, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve will give you a world-class Big Five safari destination of pristine private wilderness.
Great Fish River Lodge has nine luxurious suites that have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. Floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors fold back to reveal an uninterrupted wilderness. The en-suite bathrooms, complete with baths as well as indoor and outdoor showers, separate WC, and twin basins offer unmatched views over the sweeping landscape beyond.
You can keep your rooms cool with overhead fans and air conditioning, and enjoy a spacious thatched veranda and private plunge pool with terrace in every suite. Rugged natural materials like rock, stone, and thatch combined with soft-light lanterns and deep overstuffed sofas featuring clean contemporary lines and natural linens with plenty of texture provide a simple but sophisticated atmosphere, inviting guests to linger and chat in friendly tranquil spaces.
You will explore the natural splendor of Kwandwe in the early morning and late afternoon / evening with game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. An armed ranger and tracker team will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you as you track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other wildlife.
Morning drives will begin as dawn breaks over the Great Fish River, and you will have the opportunity to see the predators winding up their nocturnal hunts and settling in for the day. Many animals take advantage of the cool morning hours to graze before the heat of the day. In the late afternoon, wildlife can often be spotted coming down to the river to drink. Night drives will produce some unusual sightings, including aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, and porcupine.
In between game drives, you will take a closer look at the subtle, unseen wonders of the bush on a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge. Dense euphorbia thickets are best explored on foot, revealing a secret world of lichen, mosses, and ferns. You will also encounter various birds of prey and other species nest in the taller trees or in the spiny canopy. An armed ranger will guide you through up close and personal sightings of occasional buffalo herds, various antelope species, giraffe, warthog, bushbuck, or bush pig.
You will experience the thrill of tracking big games, such as white rhino, black rhino, elephant, and buffalo on foot in the wilderness, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. The walk will last 3 to 4 hours and end with a picnic lunch on the banks of the Great Fish River or at a scenic spot in the bush.
This safari will take place at Great River Fish Lodge. The lodge is located is in Grahamstown, Africa. It is situated high up on a steep bank with expansive viewing decks over the Great Fish River. Grahamstown, South Africa is nestled in the heart of South Africa’s unspoiled Eastern Cape province. There lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari destination in 22,000 hectares of pristine private wilderness. The 22,000 hectares of pristine wilderness is home to the famous Big Five as well as a diverse number of smaller and more unusual species.
Kwandwe flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River, which meanders for 30 kilometers through this pristine, private wilderness where the Big Five once again roams freely. The wide open spaces and tranquil scenery belie the area's turbulent history. Relics of the area's rich historical and cultural legacy can be found both on the reserve and nearby.
Great River Fish Lodge will serve you daily meals. Delicious African-inspired meals will be served on private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or the cosy boma under a magnificent starlit sky. There will also be soft drinks, house wines, local and premium brand spirits, beers, teas and coffees, as well as refreshments on game drives.
You can pamper your body with massages at The Naraka at an additional cost. There are varieties of massages provided by The Naraka, such as African wood massage, tri-scented shea body nugget massage, African awakening massage, skin care, and body massage.
Please book your flight to Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) and go directly to the Kwandwe airstrip. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will then be transferred to Great Fish River Lodge. It will depart at 1.15 p.m. and take approximately 45 minutes.