Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Game Lodge, Eastern Cape Game Reserves


Along the Great Fish River you’ll find Kwandwe – one of the most well-loved game reserves in South Africa. The expansive 22,00 hectare pristine reserve will feel like yours alone to explore, making it one of the best safari holiday spots. Feel the warmth of the community while sitting under the shade of every tree and the adventure of true-Africa every time you hear the roar of a lion.

The prominence of the Big Five at Kwandwe will leave you spoilt for choice. In fact, you might just find yourself even more spellbound by the incredible bird life that this area is renowned for – after all, it is home to the majestic Fish Eagle and endangered national bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane.


While there are four sumptuous accommodations to choose from at Kwandwe, none is a brighter display of African vibrance than Ecca Lodge. The theme of this lodge is unique and contemporary with a cosmopolitan feel – a stark contrast to the beauty outside. 

Ecca Lodge is hidden amongst thick African bush, like a secret hide away where those in search of a more relaxed and laid back African adventure can reside during their visit. The six suites are spacious and surrounded by glass, allowing enough privacy to feel like you’re alone in the park but enough outdoor presence to remind you where you are.

Although contemporary, Ecca Lodge boasts luxury finishes that one would expect from a prestigious Game reserve. Velvets and eco-cottons will wrap you up every night while the daytime sees a flooding of light enhance the contemporary features of this modern lodge.

Guests at Ecca Lodge can enjoy sundowners on their private wrap around decks or take in the views around them from their private plunge pools – the perfect setting from which to take in nature truly at its best.


Ecca Lodge offers guests unique features such as an interactive kitchen, an interpretive library, rim-flow lap pool and even a play den for kids.

Kwandwe offers adventure-seekers the best game viewing in the Eastern Cape. From game drives, to bush walks and walking safaris, there is plenty of opportunity to not just see the Big Five but to walk in their footsteps.

For those in search of sheer relaxation, Kwandwe offers luxurious and natural in-room pampering while budding chefs can partake in a cooking class or two during their stay.

Kwandwe does plenty to cater for the kids too with plenty of activities, day trips and educational past-times to keep even the youngest children entertained, ensuring a great luxury holiday for all

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Ecca Lodge. Children under the age of 16 may share with their parents – a maximum of two children per suite.

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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Reviews

Overwhelmingly Brilliant

We are still on an absolute high from our incredible trip to South Africa and cannot recommend booking with Ash Jarvis at Best of South Africa Travel highly enough. Ash ‘got it right’ from the get go. Not only is her knowledge of where to go, stay and what to do unbeatable, but she also has a knack, an intuition
for what is exactly right for you. From where to get the best breakfast, pizza or Michelin starred meal. The best time to visit the best places. What is a must, what can be a maybe, what is a wet weather option. All of this information delivered in a fantastically informative and friendly way.

Our trip was amazing. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge for a safari was incredible, Tsala Treetop in Plettenberg Bay was superb, our room at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Capetown was perfect for us.

But, the real reason to book with Best of South Africa Travel is Ash - you won’t get better. 

who stayed here in February 2018.

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Eastern Cape Game Reserves has been rated 1 time, with an overall rating of 5.00 out of 5.

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