Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is located in malaria-free Kwandwe Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.
Accommodations consist of six stylish suites. Each suite comes with a super-sized king bed and includes a spacious en-suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, twin vanity, a flush toilet, and wood-paneled walls. A separate lounge area is furnished with funky bean bags and day beds that can be reconfigured to accommodate children. The chic décor celebrates the vibrant colors of the African people. For added privacy, the suites enjoy their own wraparound wooden deck and plunge pool for a relaxing afternoon of swimming or just admiring the beauties of the bush.
Kwandwe means “place of the blue crane” in the local Xhosa language. The lodge is located in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve which comprises over 54,363 acres on the edge of the former Karoo Basin, where several of Africa’s vegetation zones converge, and biodiversity is extremely rich. The landscape is dominated by bushveld on open plains and rolling hills, with succulent euphorbias, aloes, and spekboom among the characteristic plants. Thousands of animals, including Africa’s big five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo have been reintroduced to the reserve. And it also serves as a haven for endangered animals and birds. Along this stretch of the Great Fish River, the famous battle between the 1820 settlers and the indigenous black population was fought.