Nine luxurious thatched suites strung along the dreamy Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape makes for safari experiences in serious style. Each suite has a deck overlooking the river and all the game that meanders down to it. Private plunge pools add to the magic of hours spent watching Africa unfurl in every direction.

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The Eastern Cape is a glorious destination for a luxury safari – all the drama and magic of the African landscape with none of the malaria. The Great Fish River lodge is situated in Kwandwe, a vast private game reserve rich in biodiversity and where the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – roam. Knowledgeable and friendly guides take guests out on game drives or guided walks, and even on return, simply sitting on the deck of your suite allows for more wildlife viewing, with stately kudu often loping past. 

The suites here are the epitome of safari chic; thatched roofs frame outdoor terraces with private plunge pools and indoor and outdoor showers. Africa is all around you the whole time, from first thing in the morning as you open the foldaway glass doors to look out across the pristine bushveld, to convivial evenings of sundowners and sunset river views. Even the superb en-suite bathrooms are designed to overlook the great outdoors. 

You can dine in splendid solitude on your own deck, ask for a meal to be served somewhere on the vast reserve, or feast on fabulous local produce in the lodge’s striking dining room or in its romantic boma, lit up by flaring torches under African skies hung heavy with stars. 


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Elephants on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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14 days from £4,365 pp incl. flights

Enjoy a luxury, all-inclusive and malaria-free safari with twice-daily game drives, a tasteful stay at a traditional wine estate and characterful accommodation in Cape Town and along the Garden Route

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