South African Lodges

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
near the Addo National Park
Eastern Cape
South Africa
Lodge Type
Spa, Malaria Free, Big Five

The stylish and exclusive offering spectacular views over the surrounding Kwandwe bushveld. Ecca Lodge has wooden viewing decks at the lodge offer a welcoming setting from which to best enjoy the relaxed and natural bushveld atmosphere with a delicious lunch or a refreshing sundowner drink. Highlights at this intimate lodge are the open interactive kitchen, the great rim-flow lap swimming pool as well as the interpretive library.

Quick facts:

  • Colourful and stylish safari lodge
  • Features six well appointed, luxurious suites
  • Set in malaria-free, Big Five game reserve
  • Interactive kitchen for fun meal times
  • Play centre for kids
  • Children of all ages are welcome at Ecca Lodge.

Accommodation is provided in six spacious and well-appointed suites each of which stands on its offering much privacy and exclusivity. Children of all ages are welcome at the Ecca Lodge with the suites being able to accommodate two children under the age of 16 together with their parents. From the wooden deck, magnificent bushveld views can be admired while enjoying the unique sounds and smells of its surrounding.


Many exciting outdoor activities are on offer which includes safari drives through this "Big Five", malaria-free reserve, walking safaris, rhino tracking, as well as private specialised photographic safaris.

  • Early morning safari drives
  • Late afternoon/evening safari drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Specialist photographic safaris
  • Rhino tracking safaris.
  • Campfire cooking
  • Exciting children activities.

Children Activities

Children 5 years and younger can unfortunately not participate in safari drives unless a sole-use safari vehicle is booked. Based on availability, this private vehicle can be provided at no charge. These trips with children usually take place during the day between the scheduled early morning and afternoon/evening safari drives. Kids between the ages of 6 to 11 may join the scheduled safari drives at the discretion of the lodge's manager.

Furthermore, kids have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Stripes & Hooves’ adventure at Ecca Lodge, which is a one hour morning safari drive after breakfast to view the reserves 'non-aggressive’ game which includes giraffes, zebras, monkeys, warthogs and others.

Besides the safari drives, children have many other exciting activities to look forward to which include baking, art and craft, chocolate mould making and many other.

Children activities:

  • ‘Bugs & Bones’ walk
  • Sand art
  • Face painting
  • Making images from Plaster of Paris
  • Beading
  • DVDs and popcorn
  • Eco-educational board games
  • Chocolate mould making
  • Chocolate fun
  • Fishing trip with a ranger
  • Baking and pizza making
  • Creature cookie baking
  • African bedtime stories.

Below detailed information about the Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Balconies
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • King size bed
  • Terrace
  • Viewing Deck



The finest cuisine combined with excellent wines are available for guests at Kwandwe.  Various dining venues make for unforgettable safari style settings.  Enjoying a dinner in the outdoor boma under the star studded African sky are unique while the roars and sounds of the surrounding wildlife are heard.

Game Drives

Early morning game drives, as well as afternoon / evening game drives, provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to explore the game reserve with its many animals.  Up close encounters with the "Big Five" (rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion) as well as other game and buck are thrilling.

Walking Safaris

While walking through the bushveld accompanied by an armed ranger, guests learn more about the little animals as well as about the plants and flowers in the reserve.  Tracking big game such as elephants, rhinos and buffaloes on foot in the wilderness, makes for an unforgettable experience.

Save the Rhino Drive

Guests may spend 3 to 4 hours tracking a rhino with a specialist tracker and ranger team through the reserve.  One learns a lot about this endangered species, about rhino poaching as well as the reserves successful conservation efforts.  This unique wildlife experience ends with refreshments served in a scenic location of Kwandwe.

Private Photographic Safaris

For the private specialist photographic safaris, a safari vehicle with ranger and tracker are available whereby each experience is tailor made according to guests’ individual requirements and wished.  During the photographic game drives, the photographer joins the guests on the vehicle providing them with advice of camera settings for different scenarios and answers any questions relating to photography. 

Photographic Safaris:

  • tutorials
  • Photographic Game Drive
  • 1 Day Photographic Workshop
  • 2 Day Photographic Workshop.

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 12:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Safari drives
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Kids of all ages are welcome at Kwandwe's Ecca Lodge, with a maximum of two children aged 16 years and younger able to share the same suite as the parents.

Available Rooms

Ecca Lodge Double Suite

# Rooms:
Ecca Lodge features only six suites which are individually decorated. These provide ample of space, luxury and privacy. Open and airy, these provide barely a barrier between the elegant indoors and the African bush making for a great indoor/outdoor accommodation experience.  Each of the stand-alone suites features different and vibrant colours.  The wraparound wooden decks offer private plunge pools. 
Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Ecca Lodge, with a maximum of two children aged 16 years and younger able to share with their parents.

Suite features:

  •  Super-King sized bed
  •  Large bathroom with free-standing bath
  •  Separate lounge area with bean bag and day bed
  •  Outdoor shower.

Ecca Lodge Family Suite

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Innovative, stylish and intimate, the exclusive Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience and features only six beautiful suites with spacious living areas and en suite bathrooms. Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, main guest areas include a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, communal kitchen, sparkling rim-flow lap pool, and children's play centre.

All suites feature:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Indoor and outdoor showers
  •  Mini bar
  •  Private veranda
  •  Plunge Pool
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Specials

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.130481

Longitude: 26.537392


Direct flights from Port Elizabeth to the Lodge's Airstrip takes around 30 minutes. Flights directly to the Game Reserve are scheduled for early afternoon, to allow arriving guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on their day of arrival.

Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Kwandwe by road or air transfer. The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

On arrival, guests will leave their vehicle at the car park at Heatherton Towers and will be transferred to the Lodge of their choice by an open safari vehicle.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star


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