Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Innovative, stylish and intimate, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a "funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse" ambience, with just six intimate suites with spacious living areas and ensuite bathrooms. Ecca is a superb family friendly safari option in the Eastern Cape.
At a Glance
Each suite has a private plunge pool overlooking the bush
Vibrant and funky, modern safari lodge
Fabulous food and service
Choice of activities from game drives, walking, bird watching and fishing
Spot the Big 5
Kids will love scribbling all over the blackboard in the children’s playroomAnna Hearn
The swimming pool is big enough to swim laps in and has plenty of loungers to soak up the sunAnna Hearn
Look out for the brightly colored ostrich eggs – they can be found in every room!Anna Hearn
The rangers and trackers at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge are so friendly they really make the safari experience fun and memorable for all!Amber Hopkins
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge really go out of their way to make guests' experiences with them special with a different 'surprise' each evening (I won't spoil it and give them away!)Amber Hopkins
The expansive plains and undulating topography at Kwandwe make game viewings here one of the best in South Africa!Amber Hopkins
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve stretches along 42 kms of the Great Fish River and the 22,000 hectare reserve is set on the edge of the former Karoo Basin, where several of Africa’s vegetation zones converge and biodiversity is extremely rich. The Kwandwe landscape is dominated by valley bushveld on open plains and rolling hills, with succulent euphorbias, aloes and spekboom among the characteristic plants. Thousands of animals, including the ‘big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) have been reintroduced to roam the reserve, which is also a haven for endangered animals and birds and numerous programs to support them have been introduced.
Ecca Lodge offers a unique safari experience on the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. It is very modern in style with funky design touches throughout. Six luxurious suite rooms, which can be fenced for children, feature walls of wood panelling interspersed with mesh-covered stone gabion, and pagoda-style corrugated iron roofs. The suites offer spacious living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. Glass doors slide back onto wraparound wooden decks, private plunge pools, outdoor showers and fabulous views of the bushveld.
Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, guest areas comprise a spacious sitting room with fireplace, dining room and bar area and deep veranda with expansive viewing decks. Delicious fresh farm cuisine is prepared in the modern, open-plan kitchen and an interpretive center provides hours of entertainment for children of all ages.
Ecca Lodge offers guests six luxurious suites. Rooms feature walls of wood panelling interspersed with mesh-covered stone gabion, and pagoda-style corrugated iron roofs. The suites offer spacious living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. Glass doors slide back onto wraparound wooden decks, private plunge pools, outdoor showers and fabulous views of the bushveld.
There are 6 suites all the bedrooms are en-suite with indoor/outdoor shower. They have a private veranda and plunge pool
Children are welcome at the Kwandwe Ecca Lodge and there is a kid's play center. The recommended minimum age is 6 years for game drives, however the lodge can arrange babysitting for younger children, while the rest of the family goes out on a game drive.
There is a myriad of exciting activities on offer for children of all ages at Kwandwe. Through the Blue Crane Conservation Club, the Reserve teaches young guests about green living in a fun way, and encourages them to start their own initiatives once back home. Children receive a welcome gift on arrival which includes a Blue Crane Conservation Guide comprising animal checklists, themed games and activities (‘Junior’ for under 6’s and ‘Senior’ for ages6 and up), crayons/ pencils, a BPA free water bottle and a ‘Frolicking Rhino’ range of bath products including shampoo, body lotion and bubble bath (Kwandwe supports the Bespoke Amenities Co., who created this in support of their efforts to eradicate rhino poaching).
Activities for children include a ‘Bugs & Bones’ walk (a great way to stretch little legs and learn all about this ecologically diverse reserve whilst searching for insects, bones and skulls and being taught how to identify animal tracks and droppings), sand art, face painting, making moulds from Plaster of Paris, beading, chocolate fun (making spider webs and insects from chocolate), special game drives outside of normal times where available and fun activities with the chefs such as pizza making.
Facilities at the Ecca Lodge include private plunge pools, computer room, children's playroom and guest area featuring an open interactive kitchen, a gorgeous infinity lap pool lined with shaded decks and teak loungers, and library where you can relax and unwind with a good book. Ecca Lodge is only a 15-minute drive from the historic Heatherton Towers, which houses a well-stocked safari shop.
There are an array of activities on offer during your stay at Ecca Lodge. Game drives, guided walks, fishing, canoeing, bush picnics and rhino tracking are all complimentary at the lodge. Archaeological drives, scenic flights, helicopter trips and trips to local communities are charged additionally.
Location & Directions
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Nestled in the heart of South Africa's unspoiled Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari experience in 22 000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine private wilderness and featuring 30 km of privately owned river frontage of the Great Fish River.
When to go
Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.