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Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve South Africa
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#1 of 4 Speciality lodging in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Set in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, Ecca Lodge offers breathtaking views onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs Featuring six suites, of which three are dedicated to families. The double suites can accommodate 2 adults each and the family suites accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16yrs on day beds in the lounge). The family suites also include a private vehicle and ranger. A private vehicle is available at an additional cost for guests staying in a double suite. The lodge is intimate, relaxed and trendy with décor inspired by the vibrant colours and textures of our nearby villages. The suites of Ecca Lodge are airy and open with flowing interiors that extend outwards to the wilderness. Wraparound decks, complete with private plunge pools and outdoor showers, offer sweeping views and complete relaxation. All ages are welcome.
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Lucien C wrote a review Jan 2020
Burlingame, California88 contributions31 helpful votes
This was our family’s first time on safari. We chose Ecca Lodge because we were told it was kid friendly (our boys are 5 and 7) yet a high end experience. In short, it did not disappoint. The highlights, of course, are the game drives and all the animals you end up seeing. Each day and each drive was different. The top experiences were finding a mother cheetah making a kill and bringing it back to her babies, having a black Rhino come within just a few meters of our truck, and watching two leopards mating! These were all breathtaking and incredible experiences. We were lucky to have Niko as our ranger and Ivan as our tracker. They are so knowledgeable and patient and great with kids. Niko taught our kids games he played as a kid in the bush. And one morning while my wife and I got massages, he took the kids out fishing. The kids loved them both and still talk about them and pretend to be Ivan or Niko when we go on hikes. The staff overall and great and very accommodating. They are super flexible to our needs and make anything seem possible. You also never have the opportunity to be hungry, as you can be fed up to seven times a day! We particularly enjoyed the surprise stops in the bush for either morning coffee/hot chocolate and snacks or the evening cocktails and snacks. The rooms are huge, so nicely equipped and very private. And the staff seemed to make it up almost 3 times a day. As this was our first safari, we have no benchmark for comparison. But we loved everything about Ecca lodge. The only opportunity for improvement I could suggest is to have more organized kids programs. Child minding was free but they didn’t seem to have a whole lot of activities organized. It didn’t detract from our experience - but could be an opportunity for an even better one.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Maree P wrote a review Nov 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions25 helpful votes
Our family had the most amazing experience here. The accommodation and food were fantastic. The staff, our Ranger and tracker were so great. We saw the most amazing animals. It is so hard to put this into words. You just have to go there
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Escape43398562574 wrote a review Oct 2019
Reading, United Kingdom17 contributions22 helpful votes
We saw so many incredible cats here and the driver and tracker were amazing when it came to tracking down the animals. Our 2.5 year old also came over in the afternoon drives and the babysitting and laundry service was free. Food was brilliant as well. The room was a L shape so allowed space for both us and our daughter, giving us privacy but knowing she was safe.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Bradley056 wrote a review Aug 2019
Greystones, Ireland60 contributions29 helpful votes
We have just had the most wonderful five nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. We were welcomed warmly and made feel right at home straight away. We were introduced to Grant (our Ranger) and then met our Tracker (Vuyani). We had them for the five days and they were awesome. The animals we encountered were amazing. Every day was different. We visited the Community Centre which was also very nice to see. We also did the white rhino trekking on foot which is something we won’t forget :-). Ranger Chase joined us for that hike and was also excellent. The accommodation at Ecca Lodge was top class and the food was perfect and our two teenage boys really enjoyed the whole experience. We also met some lovely fellow travelers. What was also impressive was the entire staff team at Kwandwe were all very friendly and clearly enjoyed working together. Would we return - 100% yes.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
RichM9999 wrote a review Jul 2019
Oakham, United Kingdom7 contributions
We left Kwandwe yesterday after a wonderful few days. We were originally booked in for 3 nights but on the third day added an extra night as we were not ready to leave. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were looked after and made to feel welcome and comfortable. There were some exceptional special touches. Emma the lodge manager and her staff organised a birthday cake and lovely present for our youngest son. The staff came and sang to him and the whole evening was lovely. The food and drink in the lodge was very good. We had two days where we had lunch out on our game drive. The first was a lovely picnic set up in the bush. The second was a full hot meal set up in a beautiful setting by the river with wine and drinks. The braai steak was very tasty. The real highlight were our game drives led by our Ranger Nick and tracker Banana. They really made this holiday amazing. Banana is a lovely man with an incredible gift for spotting wildlife. He was also incredibly hospitable, served amazing G and T and hot chocolate and would always join in with the kids games. Nick was amazing. He was incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic and could explain almost any question extremely eloquently. His breadth of knowledge from insects to Hippos and everything in between was superb. He took time to answer our questions and made sure every drive was to our liking. Even more exciting was that on the first drive we saw lions feeding on a fresh Kudu kill. On our second day Nick and Banana were skilful enough to get us into position to watch a successful hunt by a pride of 3 lions on an Oryx. On each drive Nick and Banana always made sure we were comfortable and well looked after with snacks, drinks and hot water bottles! As my son said this was the best holiday ever. Thank you to all the staff at Kwandwe, we will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kwandwe Ecca Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.