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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve & Plettenberg Bay

Your family adventure in the Eastern Cape begins on safari at Ecca Lodge in the beautiful Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. After a few days in the wilderness you'll drive to Plettenberg Bay to spend the remainder of your time at the fantastic Kurland Hotel.

At a Glance

  • A malarial free Big 5 safari destination

  • Great game viewing and guiding

  • A convenient itinerary with limited traveling

  • Then a beautiful country estate by Plettenberg Bay

  • Loads of great activities for the children like Monkey World and the Elephant Park

Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Culture

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.


After an overnight flight to Port Elizabeth, via Johannesburg, you'll be met and driven about 1.5 hours to Kwandwe Ecca Lodge situated in one of South Africa's most beautiful, malarial-free private game reserves. There are just four lodges here run by the same outfit so there is an underlying feeling of exclusivity in the huge 22,000-hectare reserve. The beautiful reserve, with its rolling, green hills, has a large amount of game present including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino among many others.

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is ultra modern and contemporary in design and is fantastic for children of all ages. The large suites each have their own private deck and plunge pool (which can be fenced for smaller children) overlooking the Great Fish River. With only six suites the feel is intimate and friendly and the guides are excellent. Activities include game drives, bush walks and fishing.

After four nights on safari you will be met and driven about five hours to Kurland in Plettenberg Bay. There is so much to do in the surrounding area from kayaking up a river and stopping in one of the secluded bays for a picnic lunch to exploring Monkey Land and the nearby Elephant Park. The more adventurous can try wind-surfing in the bay itself or simply wander through the Robberg Nature Reserve. The rugged beaches are wind-swept and make for stunning long walks of an afternoon.

Kurland is a beautiful Cape Dutch property is situated just outside of Plettenberg Bay. It is incredibly well equipped for families – some of the rooms have internal loft rooms where up to three children can stay. There are childcare staff on hand throughout the day and complimentary Shetland pony rides for children aged 1 to 6 years. Also available within the large grounds of the property are quad bikes, horses, mountain bikes and a spa.

Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

This itinerary includes one free night at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.





Fly to Port Elizabeth
4 nights

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
3 nights

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Kurland Hotel
Fly home from George

Location & Directions

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve & Plettenberg Bay

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. Then onto Kurland Hotel, situated on the outskirts of Plettenberg Baynear near Nature’s Valley in Plettenberg Bay. The pristine unspoiled beaches of Nature’s Valley, and the incredible indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma are breath taking.

When to go

Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

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