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Ecca Lodge at Kwandwe

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve offers you understated luxury in your private wilderness. Ecca Lodge is an intimate retreat overlooking the lush valley below and features expansive timber viewing decks, and a glorious rim-flow lap pool. The relaxed and trendy lodge comprises 6 suites complete with private plunge pools and the finest comforts.  Ecca Lodge dedicates 3 suites to families and caters to exciting kids activities. Family suites also include a private vehicle and ranger for a personalized family safari. Ecca Lodge offers world-class hospitality, a variety of activities, as well as outstanding indoor and outdoor dining experiences. Ecca Lodge at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is an all-round 5-star luxury experience.


Kwandwe Private Game Reserve welcomes you to 22 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness spread across either side of the Great Fish River.  As one of the two biggest game reserves in the Eastern Cape, it is known for its diversity of flora, wildlife, and spectacular safari experiences. The malaria-free reserve is home to the Big 5 and offers riveting game viewing with each safari vehicle accompanied by a ranger and a spotter.  Together the guide team has a wealth of knowledge and experience tracking wild animals.  Besides the majestic lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino, you can also see giraffe, springbok, eland, cheetah, kudu, and countless antelope species.  Due to the proximity of the Great Fish River, the area is a paradise for birdlife.  With night drives and bushwalks, there is always something new to discover.


  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Fishing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool
  • In-room SPA treatments
  • Kids activities and play centre


  • Big Five Safari
  • Great Fish River
  • 5-star luxury
  • Intimate accommodation

Closest airport

  • Port Elizabeth International – 157km
  • Private airstrip

Children policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Ecca Lodge and allowed on the game drives. Child minders are avialable.


Rates are all-inclusive with six hours of game drives, fishing, and bushwalks per day, all meals and selected drinks, babysitting, and laundry.


Premium drinks and transfers are excluded.


Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 30 April

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 40% applicable

Accommodation Options

Ecca Lodge Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

Ecca Lodge suites feature wraparound wooden decks with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The suites offer super-king sized beds, lavish bathrooms and separate lounge areas.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High Season R14 440 per person, per night
Low Season R10 370 per person, per night

Family Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

Family Suites accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16yrs on day beds in the lounge) and include a private vehicle and ranger. Family suites feature wraparound wooden decks with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The suites offer lavish bathrooms and separate lounge areas.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High Season R46 990 per suite, per night
Low Season R33 800 per suite, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 2-hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9.5-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 866km. Take the R350 and R344 driving a further 35 minutes to the reserve entrance.



Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport. Charter flights to Kwandwe Game Reserve private airstrip can be arranged.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
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  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes