- Located beside Great Fish River
- Big Game and Bush walks
- Rhino Conservation safari
- Luxurious accommodation with views
Perched along 30km of privately owned river frontage beside the Great Fish River in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is the Great Fish River Lodge. It is surrounded by 54,000 acres of private, malaria-free wilderness, home to the endangered 'Kwandwe' or blue crane, South Africa's national bird and an array of game unique to the area.
The vastness of this wild area of the African continent is clear when staying at Great Fish River Lodge. Set along the lush banks of the river after which it is named, the camp consists of nine suites. Each features en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, personal bars, covered verandas, and private plunge pools. Guest areas are spacious, with generous wraparound viewing decks leading from the dining room, bar and sitting areas. The décor is African-inspired, simple, and elegant, with earth-toned fabrics, indigenous timber and natural linens. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural materials into the interiors, blurring the distinction between inside and outside and taking advantage of the expansive river views. The rugged landscape is reflected in the materials and frontier style of the lodge, while overstuffed sofas and warm rugs conjure up the comforts of home...with other-wordly views.
Pan-African cuisine can be served on guests' private deck, enjoyed under a canopy of stars in the fire lit boma, or in the dining room. The wine cellar holds a selection of premier South African wines and the well-stocked Safari Shop offers clothing, books, gifts and African crafts.
Run together with its sister lodges, the safari experience includes daily morning and afternoon/evening game drives, for sightings of the big five, along with other unusual species such as the porcupine, aardwolf or aardvark. The award winning guiding team also offer bush walks, where you can get 'up close and personal' experiences with wildlife. The Big Game Walking Safari offers the thrill of tracking rhinos, elephants and buffalo on foot with an armed ranger and trackers. Other activities (with advance booking) include fishing and volunteering activities at the Mgcamabele Community Centre. For additional cost, there are options to go on a 'Save the Rhino' drive, a Rhino Conservation safari or a photographic safari, including photography workshops. To relax from the excitement of game tracking, in-room massage treatments are available.
The Great Fish River Lodge is targeted more towards couples and older families, with children 12 years of age and above allowed at adult rates. Children are given a welcome pack and a children's menu is available. Childminding services can be arranged if necessary, and many specially-designed children's activities are on offer, although only children above the age of 12 are allowed on all game drives and walks. Families can participate in Kwandwe’s voluntourism activities, including gardening, crafts and knitting activities.
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016
Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
Product : Many of the places we stayed were really exclusive and I would not have been able to find them independently so it was a great service from Tour Dust.
verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016