Kwandwe means Place of the Blue Crane in Xhosa (highly endangered national bird of South Africa) and is home to a healthy population of these rare birds. The 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine wilderness is home to the famous Big 5 as well as a diverse number of smaller and more unusual species. Four Relais & Chateaux accredited lodges provide excellent accommodation in this large private game reserve. The Great Fish River Lodge has nine luxurious suites with private plunge pools and expanded decks overlooking the Great Fish River. Each suite features a sitting area, en suite bathroom with spacious, plate glass-enclosed shower, bath, private w.c and twin hand-basins. The artistic, modern interior design is absolutely stunning. The Ecca Lodge features six intimate suites nestled into a gently sloping, densely vegetated hillside. Each suite features a sitting area, en suite bathroom with spacious, plate glass-enclosed shower, bath, private w.c and twin hand-basins. Ecca Lodge is best suited for families with children, as the rooms can be turned into two-bedroomed suites, and there are social activities geared to younger children at the lodge. The artistic, modern interior design is absolutely stunning. Delicious fresh farm cuisine is prepared daily, and guests can dine in the open dining areas, or request their meals in their suites. Experienced rangers and trackers lead guests on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, bringing them close to the Big Five. Fascinating nocturnal animals such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, Cape fox, bat-eared fox and spring hare are regularly encountered on exciting night drives. You will have an excellent chance of seeing cheetah, leopard, white and black rhino here.