A New Look for Great Fish River Lodge, South Africa

Situated in the pristine wilderness of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s malaria free Eastern Cape, Great Fish River Lodge reopened its doors at the beginning of September following an interior redesign.

This flagship lodge, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, now features a more classic-contemporary style, though still one of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River.

Retaining the essence of the original character of Great Fish River Lodge, the new colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones from khaki browns to charcoals greys, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere.

The 9 guest suites also feature the softer colour palette and clean lines creating comfortable, uncluttered rooms.  Fabrics are simple, gorgeous and earthy whilst quality linens with soft embroidery have been used on the down-filled scatters.  Room furniture is of stained or raw oak and charcoal duco pieces and feature fold-away glass doors that lead onto private balconies for uninterrupted views of the horizon beyond.

Angus Sholto-Douglas, Managing Director says:  “We are delighted with the new look of Great Fish River Lodge. At the end of the day, the show-stopper is the lodge's magnificent setting and the wild animals it is home to.”

Kwandwe Game Reserve also arrange re individually tailored and designed weddings to ensure privacy, style and sophistication in one of South Africa’s most pristine safari landscapes.

The 54 000 acre reserve offers an exclusive and exquisite safari setting for a wedding celebration, whilst also boasting an array of facilities and activities to keep guests of all ages entertained throughout the festivities.

The bridal couple can choose to exchange their vows in the reserve’s own private chapel that was originally built by the settlers in the 1800’s when they first came to live on these lands.  Alternatively there is an endless selection of outdoor locations which can be set up to provide a truly unique setting surrounded by nature:  On a ridge that offers magnificent 360 degree views of the reserve, where wandering herds of elephants may be seen in the distance or on the floating pontoon in the dam where the bridal couple may be joined too by kingfishers diving into the waters or elegant giraffes stopping off for a quick drink.

There are also a variety of locations providing magnificent wilderness backdrops for the wedding dinner. Couples can enjoy an intimate dinner in the bush, or a feast laid out on the private deck of their suite at Great Fish River Lodge around their own plunge pool.  Alternatively larger group celebrations can be held al fresco in a boma, lit just by a wood fire and hurricane candles, with the sounds of the local singers providing an alternative ‘play list’. 

The bride and groom will also be able to relax in the knowledge that the reserves’ malaria-free status can be enjoyed by all.

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