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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

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Great Fish River Lodge Suite | Pool | Outdoor pool
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Great Fish River Lodge Suite | 1 bedroom, premium bedding, minibar, free WiFi
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Separate tub and shower, deep soaking tub, designer toiletries

Overview of Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

4.0 star property
All-inclusive lodge in Makhanda with outdoor pool and restaurant
9,8 out of 10 Exceptional
9,8/10 Exceptional

15 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Heatherton Towers, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, 6140
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free children's club
  • Free babysitting
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Spa services
  • Front-desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
Feel at home
  • Babysitting (free)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate bedroom
  • Separate dining area

Room options

About this area


  • Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - 4 min drive

About this property

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Bring the kids when you stay at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge in Makhanda and they can enjoy the free kids' club. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, or indulge in hot stone massages, aromatherapy, or mani/pedis. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff.


This lodge is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time from noon - 5:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Free babysitting
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Free children's club


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant

Traveling with children

  • Free children's club
  • Free supervised childcare/activities

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop


  • Built in 2001
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Picnic area
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services


  • Well-lit path to entrance

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Children's robes

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Separate dining area
  • Heated floor (bathroom)

Freshen up

  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Coffee grinder


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include hot stone massages, Swedish massages, facials, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Destination fee: ZAR 350 per person, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property does not have elevators.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a first aid kit on site.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Grahamstown
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Hotel
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Hotel Grahamstown
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Lodge Grahamstown
Kwandwe Great Fish River
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge Lodge
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge Makhanda
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge Lodge Makhanda

Frequently asked questions

Does Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
You can check in from noon - 5:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
Does Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
What's the area around Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge like?
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is located by the river, a short 6-minute walk from Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Kwandwe is a unique place. Nature is amazing the lodges are Luxurious yet made with natural material. The view from the lodge is incredible you can even see animals from there. the employees are very kind and service is above expectation The safari is twice a day . The ranger and tracker team was exceptional . We learnt so much from them. We were recommended by people who spent a few days there and we will definitely recommend this unforgettable place. We spend 4 nights and saw all the animals you can expect.
Nadine, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Exceptional property with amazing staff and excellent game drives
2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great Fish River Lodge - August 2019
The Great Fish River Lodge offers beautiful accommodations and an excellent safari experience. We feel that it would exceed the expectations of all first-time safari travelers. However, we have visited multiple safari camps and lodges in four African countries and would offer the following comments. The photos on their website are accurate. The location is clean and well maintained. The linens are high quality. There are international and USB charging outlets. Wifi works well. We really liked that Kwandwe provides free laundry services as many locations now charge an additional fee. We liked that the camp is unfenced as this provides a more authentic experience. Safari drives at this location, unlike most we have visited, are in uncovered vehicles that necessitate the use of sun protection. They only drive off-road to view cats. The landscape is primary covered by thicket that can make clear viewing of wildlife difficult. We did not see the “Big 5” during our visit, however we did have multiple excellent wildlife sighting, including black rhino. While our guides/drivers were energetic, accommodating and focused on providing the best experience possible, we did not feel the same about the remaining staff. We perceived the lodge staff to be simply “going through the motions” without focusing on providing first class individualized service to the guests. The staff seemed tired and “burnt out”. We enjoyed our stay, but would recommend other locations to our friends.
Scott, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great location and very comfortable place to stay.
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Fantastic stay. Great game drives, saw all the animals we wanted, and had excellent service from the staff
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing game reserve
Amazing game reserve. Our ranger Marc and tracker Andy went the extra mile to track animals for us. Saw lion, leopard and cheetah at such close range. So very special. We have been to a number of reserves in SA but this was by far the best., Certainly exceeded our expectations.
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10/10 Exceptional

Utterly amazing, exceeded all expectations!
Utterly amazing, great staff, great game drives, great views! Such a special place and staff were so passionate about the animals. We asked for extra small requests and most were all met and with gusto! Could not recommend this place more! The extra events as part of the tours such as the BBQ and champagne receptions were incredible surprises. We had great rangers and a photographic safari that exceeded all possible expectations - including a post processing tutorial! I asked for help surprising the other half and they did not disappoint!!! Two very minor points, veggie selection was a little limited and the restaurant staff did need to be asked a few times after day 1 but as mentioned these were minor. If you can visit, you must.
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10/10 Exceptional

Superb Safari Experience
We stayed for three nights,had some amazing safari drives and lived in superb style supported by the excellent staff. We had a couple of safari drives where we saw very little in the way of animals but on others had plenty to see. The park at 54000 acres was large enough that you travelled with only seeing the fence line once. We have done about five safari 's like this and would rate this highly but not the best we have experienced but often that is the subject of chance as to particular animal sightings/guides etc
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The most wonderful experience
This was such a lovely experience, everything from the room, the service and the game drives. The room was perfect, with outdoor pool and shower. Great service in every aspect. The game drives were amazing. I have really nothing negative to say.
Paula, 2-night romance trip
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