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Great Fish River Lodge

Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

At a Glance


  • spectacular river views
  • unusual habitats (it's not often you find lions clambering up and down rocky outcrops)
  • ultrafriendly staff


  • avoid if you're a bit unsteady as there are lots of tricky steps

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Great Fish River Lodge Review

If you have an artistic eye, you'll immediately notice how the curving thatch roof of the main buildings echoes the mountain skyline opposite. Steps lead down to the public areas—dining room, comfortable lounges, and library—that sprawl along the banks of the Great Fish River. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the stone walls, Persian rugs, fireplaces, deep armchairs, bookcases, and old prints and photographs in clear light. At night the stars provide a dazzling display as lions call over the noise of the rushing river. All the spacious en-suite bedrooms overlook the river, and you'll be hard put to tear yourself away from your personal plunge-pool-with-a-view to go chasing game. The décor is African-inspired, with earth-toned fabrics. Pewter and glass add understated sophistication to the furnishings, while ostrich eggshells, animal hides, and horns reference the lodge's surroundings.

    Hotel Details

  • 9 suites.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-14-2012

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    Great Fish River Lodge Review

    The property is now owned by &Beyond. The staff is amazing in their friendliness and desire to make your stay outstanding.
    The food is excellent and pleniful, and will be adapted to any special diets. The wildlife sightings are not as spectacular as you would find around Kruger,(I saw 4 of the Big 5) but rangers here point out birds, reptiles and smaller mammals that make the drives exciting. The lodge is in a malari-free area which is why I chose it for my safari.

    by tamtalb, 3/30/11

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