Great Fish River Lodge is set along the banks of the river after which the lodge is named. From the lodge’s expansive viewing decks, guests can observe kudu making their way down through the euphorbia or watch Cape clawless otters swimming in the river below.
Accommodation is in nine luxurious suites, each with overhead fans and air conditioning. The en suite bathrooms, complete with bath and indoor and outdoor showers, have views over the landscape beyond. Floor-to-ceiling doors fold back to reveal an uninterrupted wilderness. Each suite has a spacious thatched veranda and private plunge pool with terrace.
Meals are served on the private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or in the boma under the stars.
Safari enthusiasts from around the world visit Kwandwe to view Africa’s famous Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - but the reserve is home to a wealth of other unique and interesting animals. Twice daily game drives allow guests to explore the diversity of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon/evening drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. An armed ranger and tracker team will share their extensive knowledge of the bush and will track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other wildlife. As Kwandwe is a private reserve, night drives are a feature and often result in unusual sightings. The reserve is famous for numerous sightings of the rarely spotted porcupine. Both the aardwolf and aardvark are frequently seen on night drives.
Between game drives, guests can take a closer look at the intricate details of the bush on a leisurely walk within easy reach of the lodge. Dense euphorbia thickets are best explored on foot, revealing a secret world of lichen, mosses and ferns. Various birds of prey and other species nest in the taller trees or in the canopy.