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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the second we arrived until we departed, Kwandwe exceeded all of our expectations. The service, the accommodation, the location were all amazing. Cannot recommend this place more - especially since one can drive there from Cape Town along the Garden Route. The room we stayed in was suitable for a wheelchair user with some mobility. Getting a private vehicle... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a very good reason why at least 98% of reviewers have rated this property as Excellent, which is that it simply is. My wife and I have experienced many safari lodges in various parts of Africa and we can say unequivocally that this stands head and shoulders above anything else that we have stayed in. From the minute... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter booked this trip. I didn't do any research, so I didn't know what to expect. I thought doing a safari would be something that will be hard for me to handle. However, as soon as we arrived in Ecca Lodge, I just knew that we would have a fabulous time. The lodge that my husband and I stayed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything about Ecca Lodge and the Kwandwe Reserve is truly amazing. The early morning and late afternoon game drives were the highlight, of course, but everything about our stay was perfect. Our safari ranger was the wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable Ryan and our tracker was Vusi. They are a great pair and worked doggedly and with great humor to track... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Perfect start for a South Africa visit! The most friendly and helpful staff in every way. Very clean and comfortable stay. Really nice, funny, professional and enthusiastic safari ranger/guide Ryan and tracker Vusi. Get ready to dine and ride well!

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Frida, A visit to South Africa should always start perfectly - we are so happy that we were able to do this for you! Ryan and Vusi make a remarkable team and we will be sure to pass on your compliments to them. We hope the rest of your stay in South Africa was as enjoyable and we hope... More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

First class all the way. From the moment you arrive until you leave, this place is special. The Safaris were fantastic. The staff at Ecca Lodge were wonderful. If you want the complete whole package, this is the place to go.

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Dobbidoos! We are ecstatic that you find us the "complete package"- this is what we strive for! We hope to see you again soon at Kwandwe. Warmest Regards, The Kwandwe Family More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Having previously been on safari in the Botswana border our expectations were modest but this resort is fabulous in every regard, including the safaris themselves which are in a fantastic natural terrain. The food is absolutely of the highest quality, the staff are exceptional, especially Mandla, housekeeping is brilliant including free laundry and Mark and Sebo on the game drives... More 

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Happydoingthisnow, Thank you for your kind words. We are so happy that your first Safari in South Africa managed to keep on par with that of Botswana, a country so beautiful and full of wildlife. We will definitely mention to Mandla, Mark and Sebo their positive impact they had on your experience with us.We have noted your remarks with... More 

Perth, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The accommodation and the dining was faultless; the excursions were full of close encounters with a huge array of wild animals and the staff were genuinely interested in their clients. It was special time for us where there was plenty of ''unwinding time'' available, intertwined with excursions across the property in the hands of experienced guides. We were reluctant to... More 

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Emptynesters, Thank you for reviewing Kwandwe. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us. We are thrilled that you were able to have so many close encounters and we would love to see some of those national geographic quality photos when you return to us! We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to South... More 

Plymouth
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This was our first safari experience so we had no real expectations. We were booked into the Great Fish River lodge but we later told that they had overbooked so asked us to move to Ecca Lodge. Was a bit apprehensive due to the emphasis on being child friendly (we're not!) but agreed as we had done a bit of... More 

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of Ecca lodge. Its just as exciting for us to be able to host guests experiencing their first safari. So very special and we feel honored to have been your first choice. Your attention to detail in divulging into your safari experience with us is much appreciated. We sincerely hope you return... More 

Beijing
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145 reviews 145 reviews
32 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights and wished we had time to stay longer. Hardware was near perfect and the service was even better. Six suites with plunge pools and outdoor showers. Shared lounge and dining areas scaled appropriately. Everything in the minibar and at the bar and meals included in the lodging price so it felt like being in a... More 

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this review

Dear jimatmutianyu Thank you for your kind feedback, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe. We hope to welcome you back in the near future! Warm regards, The Kwandwe team More 

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