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.
Arguably one of the best malaria free safari options in South Africa for families.
Be amazed at the interactive and creative activities designed to keep the little people busy
Create incredible family memories here where nothing is too much trouble.
Private family rooms and private vehicles for families make for a perfect first time safari experience.
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 programmes 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 centre provides hours of entertainment for children of all ages.
When to visit
Relax by your private plunge pool and watch game wander past.
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Nestled in the heart of South Africa's unspoilt 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.
Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Kwandwe by road or air transfer. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1 hour 45 mins. The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in 2 - 2 1/2 hours. A flight from Port Elizabeth directly to the Kwandwe Airstrip takes approximately 45 minutes. Transfers to the Lodge from the airstrip or Port Elizabeth can be arranged by Kwandwe.
1 and 2 day Photographic Workshops
Kwandwe offer private photographic safaris with award-winning professional photographer Mike Dexter. This experience is private and tailor-made, each safari is provided with a private vehicle and safari guide.
Big Game Walking Safari
Walking with big game in the African bush is a thrilling experience. Head out into the reserve, accompanied by your guide, and work alongside a tracking team to get up close to the game on foot.
Children's Activities at Kwandwe
Kwandwe have a fantastic range of activities specifically tailored to children to ensure that their first safari experience is educational, engaging and unforgettable.
Interpretive Bush Walks
Hop out of the vehicle during game drives, or take a walk from camp to have a closer look at the details of the surrounding bush.
Private photographic safaris and tutorials are offered by local award-winning photographer Mike Dexter. A private safari vehicle with ranger and tracker is provided to tailor-make each experience.
Private Safari at Kwandwe
Ensure exclusivity, privacy and flexibility by organising a private guide and vehicle for one or more days of your stay at Kwandwe.
Rhino Conservation Safari
This is one of the most exciting and educational activities we know of in South Africa, a chance to join the team at Kwandwe in the darting of their rhino for conservation and preservation purposes is unmatchable.
Save the Rhino Monitoring Drive
An incredible opportunity to witness at first hand the dedicated work of Kwandwe's rhino monitoring team.
Twice Daily Game Drives
Guests at Kwandwe enjoy twice daily game drives in open safari vehicles. This is a fantastic way to explore the vast and varied environment of the reserve.