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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
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Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

We were very surprise to see the size of the room! It has a big living room and a huge bedroom, and a huge rain shower room plus a outdoor shower and a private plunge pool!
It took me a long time to decide spending R14000/night, as I was not sure what we are getting! Well now I can say, it's all worth well!
Game drive was fantastic and it is amazing how they can spot animal in a 22,000 hector space! I had lots of consideration when picking reserve, too small, not much to see, too big, not able to find, but now it only seem silly to think so much!!! Just do it!!!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Miaw G
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Miaw G

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Kwandwe and your stay at Ecca Lodge.

We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future!

Kind regards
The Kwandwe family

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

This was my first experience in being on Safari and it was excellent. The location is quite close to Port Elizabeth so is easily reached from either the airport or train station in under two hours (a little bit of the way is off road but nothing too rough). The service is fantastic and the game drives interesting and sometimes exciting, with knowledgeable rangers and trackers - thoroughly recommended and will be going back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2014

Dear Izzybizzyfizzy

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your first ever first safari at Kwandwe!

We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future.

Kind regards
The Kwandwe family

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Kwande proved to be a standout stay on our Eastern Cape holiday. The decadence and friendly staff matched with great food and open plains left us with very fond memories. Proved to be a great stay for the kids too.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank ClemD2014
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2014

Dear ClemD2014

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your time at Kwandwe, and your stay at Ecca Lodge.

We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future!

Kind regards
The Kwandwe family

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We recently spent 2 lovely days and nights at Ecca Lodge. If it had not been for the fact that we had just been to its sister lodge, Great Fish River Lodge, we would have rated Ecca as one of our best safari destinations to date. The accommodation is comfortable and luxurious; the food is as good as you can find in any top restaurant; the staff (including ranger and tracker) are without exception friendly, efficient and professional; and the game viewing and bird-watching was quite rewarding. Reading some of the earlier reviews, though, I feel a bit jealous because we never saw leopard and only saw one lion. But then on the other hand we saw lots of rhino, buffalo and elephant, as well as a couple of cheetahs (twice).
The other visitors to Kwandwe during our stay came from all over the world (UK, USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Denmark) and it made us quite proud as South Africans to hear how much these visitors enjoyed our country and its scenery, not to mentions the warm hospitality and fabulous cuisine provided by Tilana and her team.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank benrose
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Kwandwe provides a magnificent family experience. The rangers and staff are dedicated to dealing with kids and parents, and from the jeep safaris to the incredible food, everything was faultless. Our 3 kids felt right at home and loved every minute of it. Animal sightings were really good (we saw lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah) and we loved the fact that an infra red spotlight at night allowed us to see a rare animal such as the aardwolf. Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank GBN31
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2014

Dear GBN31

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback, we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.

We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe in the near future!

Kind regards
The Kwandwe family

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Travelled as a family of 3 and this exceeded our expectations. Fantastic luxury room, our son said that you could shower a whole football team in the huge shower....Great views, each room is in effect it's own lodge, and you do feel that you are not in hotel but rather in the wild.

Fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner....it's difficult to know when to stop eating.....

Amazing scenery and game drives (we managed 6) with enthusiastic and skilled rangers (Ivan and Siya were brilliant). It was just us three on the vehicle so we could see everything really close. Managed to see all the sights very easily multiple times, saw all the big 5 in just one game drive. Managed to see a couple of male lions fighting for control of the pride, a couple of leopards fighting each other, Cheetahs munching their way through an impala....not forgetting the elephant that visited the pool to drink the water....

We looked at other game parks such as Shamwari but we're so glad we chose Kwandwe.

Service was wonderful, friendly and efficient. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank wiltsKeith
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We started not knowing what to expect of this place, the scenery was lovely, as soon as we got to the lodge the waiters were lovely and and ploughs and the food was phenomenal. As we got to my room the room was amazing and the shower in the rooms can fit a football team into it. And as I sat down on the comfy bed I looked out the window and there is an amazing elephant outside the pool which was 20-25m away so we ran down to take a look. as we had a game drive we never came back disappointed, the stats show that only about 23% of the people see leopards and we saw them on 5 of our 6 drive and one time two of the were FIGHTING and the smaller leopard flicked the big leopard up in the air from the immense strength. TOTALY amazing and we were on our own private vehicle me (14, but fifteen in March) and my family. The last meal is the highlight because we sat down after the game drive and ate with the ranger and we had springbok and the ranger was really nice. We saw loads of animals and the big 5 on 1 game drive. This is coming from a 14yr olds perspective and I LOVED every second. I would like to make a special shoutout to SIYA the person tracking and spotting the animals, and RANGER IVAN who drive us and took care of us so THANK YOU ECCA LODGE.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Ewan C
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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2013

Dear Ewan C
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are so very delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Kwandwe, and we will be sure to pass on your comments to the Ecca Lodge team.

We hope to welcome you back to Kwandwe soon!

Kind regards
Kwandwe management and family

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Address: | Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $90 - $927 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to a safari lodge with attitude! Ecca Lodge is intimate, relaxed, stylish and trendy. Emblazoned with the vibrant colours and textures of the African people, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a funky cosmopolitan penthouse, until you step outside that is. Blessed with breathtaking views over an Acacia, Aloe and Spekboom-studded valley, this chic lodge with a laid-back vibe offers the perfect wildlife experience for the young at heart. ... more   less 
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