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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a small, modern safari lodge in the Eastern Cape's Kwandwe Big 5 Reserve.
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Kwandwe Big 5 Reserve, Eastern Cape


Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a compact, contemporary safari lodge located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The lodge was designed to be chic and luxurious, yet welcoming to families. It is located in Kwandwe Game Reserve, one of the best reserves in the Eastern Cape, set in thick vegetation overlooking a valley studded with acacias, aloes and spekboom. Ecca Lodge is blessed with breathtaking views onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, and is a natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route. A victory for far-sighted conservation, 20 000 hectares (49 000 acres) of farmland in the Great Fish River region were restored and restocked with African wildlife. Today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve

At Ecca Lodge, there are six roomy suites, each of which has air conditioning and a fan. Every suite features a separate bedroom (twin or double configuration), a minibar, and a living room with either a sofa or two huge sofa beds (the latter in the family suites). The spacious en suite bathroom has a free standing bath, a large indoor shower, twin hand basins, a hairdryer, and a separate WC.

Ecca Lodge arranged their room configuration to best suit families and couples alike; offering 3 family suites and 3 double suites. The family suites have day beds/sofas in the lounge area for children. Families with children aged 0 – 16 years are accommodated in a family suite (maximum 2 adults & 2 children per family suite). The real coup here is that included with the family suite rate is a private vehicle, ranger and tracker for the duration of your stay. The remaining 3 Ecca Lodge doubles suites are able to accommodate a maximum of 2 guests per suite.

The suites at Kwandwe Ecca are very stylishly furnished with a mixture of clean, trendy pieces (a massive beanbag was incredibly comfortable!) and some venerable old collectables from the area. Natural textures and colours, along with hues of mulberry dominate the interior design. The walls are made of wood panelling, interspersed with mesh-covered stone gabion and pagoda-style corrugated iron roofs.

The bedroom, living room and bathroom of the suites at Ecca Lodge all have sliding doors leading out onto a large private veranda, decorated with cacti and indigenous succulents in tall clay pots. In part of this large wooden deck is a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower.

Highlights within guest areas are the open interactive kitchen that serve sumptuous local and continental fare.

Swim in the gorgeous rim-flow lap pool lined with shaded decks and teak loungers and explore the natural splendour of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon and evening game drives in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. An armed ranger and tracker team share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you as you track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other wildlife. Experience the thrill of tracking big game (white rhino, black rhino, elephant, and buffalo) on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. The walk ends with a picnic lunch on the banks of the Great Fish River or at a scenic spot in the bush – very romantic. Go fishing, birding and enjoy a divine couples treatment at the spa.


    3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits & beers
    Teas & coffees
    Twice daily game drives in a private vehicle with your own ranger and tracker team.
    Refreshments on game drives
    Nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger
    Big game walking
    Emergency medical evacuation insurance
    Transfers to & from the lodge airstrip
    Complimentary child-minding


Ecca Lodge is one of the most stylish and contemporary lodges in the country – and whilst it’s funky and edgy, it still somehow seems to integrate really well into its bush surroundings!


Ecca is ideal for families as there are loads of activities for kiddies – not to mention an interactive kitchen for mealtime fun!

Special SADC Rate - Family Suite


per family suite per night for max 2 adults and 2 children. Book within 28 days, excl. Easter.

Standard Rate


per family suite per night for max 2 adults and 2 children

per family suite per night for max 2 adults and 2 children

per family suite per night for max 2 adults and 2 children

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