One of the greatest gifts Africa offers is the sense of space. At Great Fish River Lodge, the vastness of this wild continent is truly all around you.
Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the Lodge's expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters below from the comfort of your private balcony.
Set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named, the Lodge is designed to amplify the endless landscape. Everything here takes place on a grander scale, but it is the attention to detail and expansive, unmatched vistas that keep visitors coming back year after year.
At Kwandwe all of the Lodges make use of bio-fuel that is created from recycled oils used in the kitchens and workshops. This bio-fuel is used to run and maintain the lanterns at the lodges and the running of the vehicles on the Kwandwe Reserve.
Community upliftment and development:
Kwandwe Private Reserve's social development partner, the Angus Gillis Foundation, has a number of sustainable projects running in the communities surrounding Kwandwe. Both the foundation and Kwandwe ensure that the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program continues to grow. The Reserve and Angus Gillis Foundation teamed up with the surrounding communities to establish services to meet this ever-growing need.
The Foundation and Kwandwe operates programs in rural areas of the Eastern Cape where the aim is to empower the rural people who live in conditions of abject poverty, some deprived of even the most basic of resources. The foundation works to develop and empower individuals, groups and communities, teaching them to be self-reliant.
At present the Foundation and Kwandwe are raising funds to develop and build the KwaDoli Community Centre that will serve eight rural villages in the Eastern Cape.
Kwandwe and the Angus Gillis Foundation launched an eye-testing campaign for all the children of Kwandwe's neighbouring communities. This was in response to the nationwide Spec-savers campaign in which children under the age of 12 requiring glasses will receive a free pair of frames and lenses. The foundation invited Dr. Trevor Davies to come into the communities and help conduct these eye tests and it was a first for most of the children in these communities.
Kwandwe Private Game reserve has conducted many conservation programs and projects in the past years; of these that stand out are the following:
Soil erosion at Kwandwe was earmarked as a very important project and to combat this issue a study was conducted and published in and beyond ""Ecological Journal"" and an implementation of this study has commenced.
Kwandwe has a small population of Blue Cranes (South Africa's National Bird) that are seasonal visitors to the reserve and breed in the areas of short grasslands. Kwandwe Ranges observe and monitor these birds in respect of their breeding success due to an alarming decline over the past decade. These birds are regarded as endangered.
There is a Cheetah research program due to the vulnerability of these animals. The study was to examine the feeding biology of Cheetah in valley bushveld and to establish the extent to which their normal feeding behavior was modified.
The introduction and monitoring of 11 Black Rhino on Kwandwe Private Game Reserve: This has been a successful program and guests regularly see these pachyderms in the succulent thickets of Kwandwe.
Kwandwe makes use of the fresh ingredients produced in the local communities and also participate in recycling programs on the reserve.
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Postal Address:Private Bag X 27, Benmore, Johannesburg, 2010, South Africa