Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge suite deck and plunge pool Kwandwe Ecca Lodge suite interior
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge suite deck and plunge pool
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge suite interior

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

A vast and pristine wilderness flanking the banks of the Great Fish River in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’, and features four intimate and luxurious lodges.


South Africa


Kwandwe is a conservation victory where today thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and cheetah freely roam its expansive plains. With only 4 small lodges on 22,000 ha/ 54,000 acres of privately owned land, Kwandwe ensures a high yield/ low impact conservation model while at the same time offering guests a private and unforgettable safari experience.

Need to Know

With breathtaking views over an acacia, aloe and spekboom-studded valley, the chic and quirky Ecca Lodge is contemporary in design. The 6 privately positioned and spacious suites accentuate the natural splendour that surrounds them. Wraparound wooden decks lead from sitting rooms and bedrooms to private plunge pools and outdoor showers. From 2017, each of the 3 Family Suites will include a private vehicle and ranger.


Daily game drives, walks, boating, fishing as well as specialised safari activities and photographic safaris. Day and night game drives, nature walks, boat cruises and additional safari activities with specialised rangers such as big game walks, rhino monitoring and rhino conservation safaris. Maximum six guests on any activity.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Black and white rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, cheetah, black wildebeest, hippo, springbok, giraffe, brown hyena, aardvark, aardwolf, black footed cat, serval, eland, red hartebees and over 300 species of birds in their natural habitat, including river/ water life

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Day and night game drives in open safari vehicles (no more than 6 guests per vehicle), fishing, massages, and bush banqueting, or visit Kwandwe’s community centre to see first-hand how responsible tourism is enriching the lives of those touched by Kwandwe.


6 Suites with private bathrooms, indoor & outdoor showers, personal in-room bar, private veranda & plunge pool overlooking the reserve, air-conditioning, large viewing deck & lodge pool at the main lodge, sitting room, dining room & bar area at the main lodge, children's play centre


Ecca Lodge consists of six spacious suites featuring bedrooms with a private deck and plunge pool. Blessed with breathtaking views over an Acacia, Aloe and Spekboom-studded valley, this chic lodge with a laid-back vibe offers the perfect wildlife experience for the young at heart. Emblazoned with the vibrant colours and textures of the African people, Ecca Lodge is intimate, relaxed, stylish and trendy. 


Ecca Lodge listed in the 2017 American Express Platinum Fine Dining 'Top 100' Awards; Conde Nast Traveller Hot List (UK and USA editions); Top 3 Best Social Involvement Programme in the Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards; Kwandwe listed in the Conde Nast Top Overseas Leisure Hotels category Runner up in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards


Game viewing is excellent all year round. The warmest months are September to April. From May to August it is cooler. In winter there is a winter schedule to take the colder mornings and evenings into consideration - they also have all-in-one duvet jackets!

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

2016: ZAR 6 850 (low season) - ZAR 9 480 (peak season) per person sharing, per night, fully inclusive

Children PolicyChild Policy

All ages welcome. 3 Family Suites in camp from 2017. The Eastern Cape is malaria-free so ideal for families. Kwandwe offers a host of activities to keep kids entertained through its eco-focused Blue Crane Conservation Club

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Kwandwe Ecca Lodge's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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