- Located in Kwandwe Game reserve
- Great 'kids' activities
- Big Game Walking Safaris
- Luxurious accommodation
Ecca Lodge is located in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. It is surrounded by 22 000 hectares of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness that features 30 km of privately owned river frontage along the Great Fish River. The Kwandwe area is home to the endangered 'Kwandwe' or blue crane, South Africa's national bird, among various other game.
Ecca Lodge is the most recent addition to the Kwandwe family of safari lodges. It consists of six suites, each with its own private plunge pool, covered verandahs, large en-suite bathrooms and separate lounge areas. The suites are decorated in a unique modern-chic style with vibrant colours, Warhol-like prints, funky bean bags and retro light fittings. Large glass doors and wraparound wooden decks maximise the indoor-outdoor flow with the surrounding acacia, spekboom and aloe-covered valley. There is an open interactive kitchen, a lap pool, and an interpretive library in the main lodge. It is a 15-minute drive away from the well-stocked Safari Shop.
Run together with its sister lodges, the safari experience includes daily morning and afternoon/evening game drives for sightings of the big five along with other unusual species such as the porcupine, aardwolf, or aardvark. The award-winning guiding team also offer nature walks for a more thorough exploration of the native bush, and 'up close and personal' experiences with wildlife. The Big Game Walking Safari offers the thrill of tracking rhinos, elephants, and buffalo on foot with an armed ranger and trackers. Other activities (with advance booking) include fishing and volunteering activities at the Mgcamabele Community Centre. For additional cost, there are options to go on a 'Save the Rhino' drive, a Rhino Conservation safari or a photographic safari, including photography workshops. To relax from the excitement of game tracking, in-room massage treatments are available.
Ecca Lodge is a great place for families. Children of all ages are welcome, with a maximum of two children aged 16 years and younger allowed with parents. Children are given a welcome pack, there is a kid's play centre, and a children's menu is available. Although children under 5 cannot participate in organised game drives, and children aged six to 11 may only do so at the lodge's discretion, a private-use vehicle can be hired to accommodate children. Alternatively, babysitting can be arranged at no additional cost, and there are many other activities for children, including a daily ‘Stripes & Hooves’ adventure — a one-hour morning game drive to view ‘non-aggressive’ game, a ‘Bugs & Bones’ walk, fishing trips, sand art, face painting, baking, Plaster of Paris and chocolate fun, storytelling, eco-educational board games, movies, and so on. Families can also participate in Kwandwe’s voluntourism activities, including gardening, crafts and knitting activities.
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016
Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
Product : Many of the places we stayed were really exclusive and I would not have been able to find them independently so it was a great service from Tour Dust.
verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016