Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Accommodation in Eastern Cape

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari destination in 22 000 hectares flanking the Great Fish River in malaria-free Eastern Cape. Ecca Lodge is just one of five award-winning luxury lodges and villas in Kwandwe.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari destination in 22 000 hectares flanking the Great Fish River in malaria-free Eastern Cape. This vast wilderness supports a diverse array of wildlife, including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo, as well as cheetah, hippo, springbok, giraffe and more.

Ideal for families, sleek and stylish Ecca Lodge offers breathtaking views over lush vegetation onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. The lodge is elevated over thick acacia, aloe and spekboom bushveld; the wooden viewing decks are just the place to relax in the heat of the day beside the rim-flow lap pool or enjoy a sundowner drink while the sun sinks below the horizon. Families really appreciate the warmth, flexibility and superior service of the staff at Kwandwe, who welcome children of all ages with open arms. The open interactive kitchen and the nearby interpretive library with a kids’ play area make this a real home from home.

The wonderfully spacious and airy bedroom suites have glass doors that slide open to dissolve the barrier between indoors and out. Each suite has a wraparound wooden deck with private plunge pool where you can relax in peace and privacy. Superking-sized beds, spacious bathrooms with freestanding tubs and a separate lounge area with day beds that can be reconfigured to accommodate children ensure your family enjoys all the comfort and luxury of a traditional African safari.

Included with each family suite is the use of a private open-topped game-viewing vehicle, complete with expert ranger and tracker for the duration of your stay. Guiding is top-notch, and the rangers are known for their flexibility and responsiveness. Enjoy early morning game drives for the best chance of sighting predators in action, while late afternoon or early evening game drives also offer excellent game viewing. Guided interpretive bush walks, big game walks, boat cruises, fishing, massages, rhino monitoring, rhino darting and bush banqueting are all on offer at Kwandwe, making this a richly rewarding safari destination.

The lodge has experienced babysitters for adults wanting to experience adrenaline-filled game viewing without the responsibility of young ones. In addition, there are great options to keep kids of all ages busy for every minute of the day. Specially designed children’s activities are exciting and imaginative. Choose from frog safaris; spoor tracking; kids’ fishing trips; treasure hunts; baking and pizza making; and a one-hour morning game drive specially geared to view ‘safer’ wildlife such as giraffe, zebra and warthog.

Spoilt for choice
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has another four award-winning accommodation options, each with its own distinctive charm and character. Similar to Ecca Lodge, the stand-alone suites at Great Fish River Lodge – which has a timeless traditional ambience – are privately located well away from one other as well as from central guest areas. Alternatively, families or small groups can choose to enjoy an entirely intimate and exclusive safari experience at one of Kwandwe’s three gracious sole-use safari villas: Fort House (the ultimate modern family safari villa), Uplands Homestead (a family villa marked by heritage and charm) and Melton Manor (a chic and contemporary safari villa).

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