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Reviewed 7 November 2018

3 Generations had the trip of a lifetime and our tanks must go to not only Marc and Andy as ranger and tracker but Ivanda at Melton Manor with her staff. Certainly a game reserve NOT to be missed. Thank you all for all that you contributed to ensure the Scots really enjoyed themselves

Room tip: All rooms met expectations
Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

The ranger, Ryan, and the tracker Siya is just wonderfull passionate, committed and extreemly skilled people who will make your stay memorable way beyond your imagination. The other staff is also great, but those guys in the jeep makes this a holliday you won't want to end.

Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Christian M
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Been lucky enough to have visited a number of Private Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape but for Kwandwe is simply the best. Firstly the reserve is large, 22,000 hectares and then it is low density in that it can only host 52 people in total amongst the lodges they operate. It was also apparent to me that all of the staff are very well trained so from the minute you arrive at Reception you receive a genuine warm welcome. The staff are happy and do enjoy their work. We stayed at Ecca Lodge and the suite that we had was amazing, beautifully styled and very spacious. The one thing I did not find was where to switch the underfloor heating on as being winter it was needed. Everything was top notch and there is nothing we could fault. It was my birthday and the staff had found out so at supper I was totally spoilt when all of the staff came in singing a traditional "Happy Birthday" song and the most amazing cake that had been baked for me. A memory that will live forever with me.
Another success is that you have the option of having a personal tracker and game ranger and this was amazing. Our particular guide Vivanyi, I recall, had the eyes of an eagle and we had some amazing sightings because of his eyes. Nic our ranger was most personable and had amazing knowledge of the animals we saw. What is so special is that because of the low visitor density you literally do not see another game vehicle when out on your drive.
Thank you to Management and Staff for making it the most amazing weekend that will live forever with us. If you want the best then please do visit Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, you will not be disappointed.

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank StephenXXXXX
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Dear Stephen

Thank you for that fantastic review! It definitely is great to not see any other vehicles during the game drives. We'll be sure to pass your compliments along to the staff and rangers who helped to make your trip so memorable.

We would love to have you back!

Kind regards
The Kwandwe team

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic experience. Spent 4 nights enjoying this unique place at Ecca Lodge. Must say with a lot of these safari lodges a lot of what sets one apart from the other is the guide and tracker that either makes it or breaks it. Ivan and Sibo certainly made it for us. Not that we got to see all the animals we came to see but that they made the journey of tracking them (over many hours) unforgettable. We still had some first time sightings ... close range bat eared fox and aardwolf that were fantastic. The variety of sightings were excellent and the ranger and tracker were exceptionally knowledgeable. The lodgings are as good as other 5 star lodges and maintain the standard throughout the stay. It will definitely be worth another visit.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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KwandweManagement, Public Relations Manager at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback!

We are glad that you enjoyed our Ecca Lodge and the tracking! It is always so great to get so close to such amazing animals like the bat eared fox!

We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Ivan and Sibo.

We hope to see you again in the future!

Kind regards,
The Kwandwe Team

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We enjoyed 3 nights at Great Fish River Lodge (No 9). Accommodation, food and service were appropriately high end. The setting was incredible with 360 degree views over African plains and landscape. Safaris were well organised with experienced guides and rangers. We are particularly grateful to Wez, our ranger who made our stay and the safaris truly memorable. He went the extra mile on every occasion. We saw the Big 5 and so much more. The morning safari which began at first light was worth the effort of the early rise (5.30am in mid summer) - lions, cheetahs, leopard, rhinos, elephants and giraffes etc, the list goes on. It was a truly unforgettable holiday and we already miss it and are planning our return. Grateful thanks to all the staff at Kwandwe for making it so memorable. Hope to see you soon.

Room tip: All rooms are excellent
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank oskarseppl
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Dear oskarseppl

It's wonderful that you had a chance to stay in Great Fish River lodge - it really is beautiful! We'll definitely pass along the compliments the Wez.

We're so glad to hear you're planning your return! No doubt you'll see even more wonderful African wildlife.

Kind regards
The Kwandwe team

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