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5 Days Walking Safari South Africa

  • Great Fish River Lodge, Grahamstown, Makana, Sarah Baartman, Eastern Cape, South Africa

5 Days Walking Safari South Africa

  • Great Fish River Lodge, Grahamstown, Makana, Sarah Baartman, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Big Five Safari in South Africa

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.

Highlights

  • 2 daily game drives
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • A big game walking safari
  • Nature walks with armed rangers
  • Reserve’s airstrip transfers
  • 4 nights' lodging
  • Daily meals
  • 4 activity days
  • English
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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.

Daily game drives

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.

Interpretive bush walks

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.

Big game walking safari

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.

  • Campfire cooking
  • Photographic safaris
  • Private safari
  • Rhino conservation safari
  • Save the rhino drive

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.

  • 2 daily game drives
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Big game walking safari
  • Daily meals
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Laundry
  • Nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger
  • Transfers to and from the reserve’s airstrip
  • Additional specialized safari activities
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Champagne, fine wines, and cigarettes
  • Gratuities
  • In-room massage treatments
  • Safari shop purchases
  • Telephone calls

Driving directions from Port Elizabeth

  • From Port Elizabeth, travel eastwards along the N2 towards Grahamstown.
  • Travel past Grahamstown and the Settlers National Monument, ignoring the Beaufort Street and R67 Port Alfred turn-offs.
  • A few kilometers past Grahamstown, turn left onto the road at the R67 Fort Beaufort.
  • It should be approximately 10 kilometers between the Settlers National Monument and the Fort Beaufort Road turnoff.
  • Wind your way through the Ecca Pass for approximately 19 kilometers.
  • On your right, you will see a large sign indicating The Great Fish River Reserve.
  • Turn left into the gravel road opposite this sign.
  • There are two smaller signs on the left marked Kwandwe and Kranzdrift.
  • Travel about 5 kilometers to reach the Kwandwe gate, and continue straight along that road for a further 6 kilometers.
  • The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you will check in and leave your car.
  • You will then be transferred to Great Fish River Lodge which is between 15-30 minutes drive away.

Driving directions from East London

  • From East London, travel along the N2 towards King Williams Town and then on to Grahamstown.
  • Before reaching Grahamstown, turn right onto the road at the R67 Fort Beaufort.
  • Wind your way through the Ecca Pass for approximately 19 kilometers.
  • On your right, you will see a large sign indicating The Great Fish River Reserve.
  • Turn left into the gravel road opposite this sign.
  • There are two smaller signs on the left marked Kwandwe and Kranzdrift.
  • Travel about 5 kilometers to reach the Kwandwe gate, and continue straight for a further 6 kilometers.
  • The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you will check in and leave your car.
  • You will then be transferred to Great Fish River Lodge, which is between 15 - 30 minutes drive away.

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Kwandwe has no equal in South Africa when it comes down to service, accommodation and game viewing."

    "It is an amazing experience and one that will no doubt be an unforgettable one after visiting. The food and service from the catering staff to the tracker and Game ranger complete the all-round visit."

    "The Big five and more are easily accessible and the intimate knowledge of their habitat and more was profound."

    "It is a place that one wishes you could stay forever!"

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  • Review by A traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "We had the best time here. We loved the service and care offered by all the staff. The game spotters and rangers are so persistent in their search for game and explain the tracks and sounds that they hear which indicate there may be game to see. There is such a rich of animal and plant life diversity here. We loved the bush breakfast and barbeque. It was great fun in the truck on the early and late drives. The food was delicious and the room so comfortable. It was a great finale to our time in South Africa."

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  • Review by Douggie P from United States
    9 out of 10

    "There is no better place to stay and experience wildlife in South Africa than Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. The staff are so nice and attentive. They made you feel right at home and took care of everything. Our guides were amazing. They were so much fun to be around and extremely informative. We felt so lucky to be in such a wonderful place and sample a small part of life in the game reserve. The animals were awesome to behold, with rhino, lions, cheetah, antelope of every sort, hippos, giraffes, and elephants just to name a few. We could not have been happier. Thank you to all of the staff for making us feel so welcome!"

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  • Review by Gillyord from South Africa
    9 out of 10

    "It is an experience to be believed, sighting as we have never seen before. We went on a gentle walk in the bush where watching a couple of termites brought so much pleasure. Excellent, delicious gourmet food with fresh veggies were served. All presented by staff who could not have done more for you all with the biggest smiles. It is truly a memorable experience. It could not have been better."

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "We stayed at Ecca Lodge for 3 nights, an absolutely awesome experience. The accommodation is superb. Staff are friendly and diligent, and the game drive guide and tracker were fantastic. Ryan and Sia, you made our stay memorable. We will be back as soon as we can!"

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