Overview of Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

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4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All-inclusive
  • Spa

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationKwandwe Private Game Reserve6 min walk
    Popular LocationObservatory Museum48 min drive
    Popular LocationCathedral of St. Michael and St. George48 min drive

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  • Great Fish River Lodge Suite

    Room amenities

    • 549 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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About this area


Located in Grahamstown, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is in a rural area and on a river. Local points of interest include Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - 6 min walk
  • Observatory Museum - 48 min drive
  • Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George - 48 min drive
  • South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity - 48 min drive
  • Amazwi South African Museum of Literature - 49 min drive

About this property

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Family-friendly lodge with free breakfast and restaurant
A restaurant, an outdoor pool and a complimentary children's club are available at this smoke-free lodge. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, spa services, laundry facilities and a picnic area are on-site. All 17 rooms boast deep soaking bathtubs and heated floor (bathroom), while conveniences include dining areas and fridges. Other amenities available to guests include complimentary wireless Internet access, minibars and premium bedding.
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge offers 17 forms of accommodation with minibars and complimentary bottles of water. This accommodation offers separate dining areas. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and coffee/tea makers.

Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a deep soaking bath, bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis.

Recreational amenities at the lodge include an outdoor pool.
Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. Services include hot stone massages, Swedish massages, facials and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

All-inclusive details

This lodge is all-inclusive. On-site 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 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 sanitiser 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 on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily
  • 1 restaurant

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services

Family friendly

  • Free babysitting/childcare
  • Free children's club
  • Free supervised childcare/activities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fridge
  • Separate dining area


  • Front-desk safe
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Picnic area


  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - swedish


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Premium bedding


  • Bathrobes
  • Children's dressing gowns
  • Deep-soaking bathtub
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Coffee grinder
  • Dining room
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar
  • Fridge


  • Heated floor (bathroom)
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service



Check-in from noon - 5:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Destination fee: ZAR 350 per person, per night.

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a first aid kit

Property is 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 Grahamstown
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge Lodge Grahamstown

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge and receive a full refund?
Yes, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Check-in is from noon - 5:00 PM.
What time is check-out at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Checkout is at 11:00 AM.
Are there all-inclusive benefits at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?
Yes, the property is all-inclusive.
Where is Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge located?
This family-friendly Grahamstown lodge is located on the riverfront, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Observatory Museum and St Patrick's Catholic Church. Egazini Park and Albany History Museum Complex are also within 25 miles (40 km).
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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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.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

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Exceptional property with amazing staff and excellent game drives
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

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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.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Great location and very comfortable place to stay.
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2019

5/5 Excellent

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Fantastic stay. Great game drives, saw all the animals we wanted, and had excellent service from the staff
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2018

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