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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Six spacious suites feature bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, separate w.c, twin hand basin, large veranda and a private deck. Interior design reflects natural textures in hues of burnt aloe orange, rust and olive. Furnishings combine clean, contemporary sofas with venerable old collectables from the area.
Guest areas feature a spacious sitting room with fireplace, dining room and bar area and a deep veranda with expansive wooden viewing decks overlooking rolling spekboom valleys with a backdrop of the distant cliff-faces of ecca shale. There is an inviting swimming pool and an interpretive centre from which a special children’s programme is coordinated. Al twin rooms are convertable to a double and viseversa. Rooms are lodges!
Morning, afternoon/evening and night game-drives in open game viewing vehicles, guided river-walking and canoeing, bush sundowners and picnics on the Reserve, fishing, rhino tracking, visits to hides, archaeological, Battlefield and Historical Tours to Grahamstown and surrounds. Other activities include Pioneer Cultural evenings and storytelling with Kwandwe’s resident historian and bush breakfasts/dinners – weather permitting. Scenic coastal flights can also be arranged. Kwandwe’s night-drives are renowned – aardvark and aardwolf are regularly seen – and guests have the option to stay out all night, enjoying a midnight picnic en route.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape along 30 kilometres of privately-owned river frontage, surrounded by 20 000 hectares/50 000 acres of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness. Overlooking the Great Fish River, the Lodge is masterfully contoured to blend with the magnificent landscape. Kwandwe means “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa, and is home to a population of these majestic endangered birds.
Kwandwe is easily accessible by private charters into Kwandwe airstrip just five minutes from Kwandwe reception, which is a leisurely 15-minute game-drive to Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. Kwandwe is a 2-hour drive (there is a chauffeur service) or 20-minute air transfer from Port Elizabeth which has a national airport. Kwandwe is also perfect for self-drive clients due to excellent roads.
On 30 kilometres of privately owned Great Fish River frontage, Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard), kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers, the Fish Eagle and endangered Blue Crane are among a wide variety of birds found on the Reserve, Nightlife @ Kwandwe is a Specialist Safari offering excellent nocturnal viewing – aardwolf and aardvark are regularly seen, Immensely rich in history. The area was the site of many historical battles between early South African settlers and the indigenous inhabitants, It is the perfect add-on to an itinerary featuring Cape Town and the Garden Route, concluding with a flight out of Port Elizabeth, Historical and cultural trips to Grahamstown and surroundings, Malaria-free destination, Parent-friendly, From July – Sept the landscape is ablaze with the orange and yellow of flowering aloes, Member of Relais & Chateaux.