Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Reviews of Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 18 of our travellers who have visited Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs C. from Romsey
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic safari and lodge.

Kwandwe Ecca lodge was fantastic. The welcome staff were very friendly and informative of how it would all work. The rooms were lovely and large and very clean. The beds were very comfortable and the showers were amazing! The all inclusive drinks included a nice selection. Kwandwe had a very good and organised set up in terms of meal times and game drives. The safari game drives were fantastic. We had two a day and we managed to see lots of animals - too many to list here! Our guide was excellent, we have been on safari before in Nambia and we learnt more than we ever did on any other safari, with our guide Ivan at Ecca. The special and surprise evening of candles in the room, with champagne and an outdoor meal was fantastic and a great night to end our holiday on.

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Perfect finish at Kwandwe Ecca

We had an amazing time here. Everything from start to finish was perfect. The staff was very friendly, the food was great, the room was superb with it's private pool, and the gamedrives were done very professionally. Every day here was special.

In terms of game viewing this place still has something to offer even if you've been on quite a few safaris before. We expected it to be difficult to go on gamedrives with our small kids (2 & 3), but this actually went fine.

The ranger, Evan, and tracker, Sibo, were really great with them. Every day the kids looked forward to going in the safari truck with their friend Sibo.

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Mr & Mrs A; Mr & Mrs M - Malta
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Loved it.

The lodge is stunning, plenty of delicious food.

Our ranger Ivan and Sibo our tracker where both very knowledgeable about the animals and both extremely nice and friendly.

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Mr T from Kew, London
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Five stars

The highlight of the entire holiday. Nothing but high praise for Ecco Lodge and its staff.

Wonderful setting, excellent spacious accommodation, great food, lovely staff, superb game drives with plenty of animals and birds in evidence.

Definitely worth the price.

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Ms T & Mr B - France
Arrived on: 24-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A totally enjoyable experience.

Wonderful rooms, super staff, great food, even the animals were accommodating and showed up on cue.

A special mention for the ranger, Conor and his tracker Rassie - they made getting up at 05.00 every morning, worthwhile.

The game drives were so special.

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Family D from Sheffield
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kwandwe Ecca lodge was excellent

What a great place. Amazing setting, rooms and safari.

All the staff made you feel extremely welcome and were very friendly and attentive. In particular have to mention Nic ,our Guide ,and Vianni ,our tracker. Great team and great fun. Also expert at what they do. Nic makes clear that you go to look for animals not to see them as this is a safari not a zoo. However with their expertise and luck we saw a cheetah within minutes of arriving and were closeup with lions shortly after. Next morning we saw 4 of the big 5 including a leopard due to their tracking skill Great close up encounters also with giraffes.

Last morning the animals were more elusive which just makes the point about this not being a zoo but we still enjoyed their company and some great viewpoints.

Standard of the rooms was excellent and had access to a plunge pool on verandah and a good size main pool. Even managed to catch up on rugby with a cool drink in very comfortable TV room beside pool.

One point to note is that two possible routes from Grahamstown to the Kwandwe. The most obvious one is to go in from the east as has shortest journey traveling from main gates to Kwandwe reception. However that route has the most rutted road I have ever experienced. On way back Nic advised to take the longer (westerly) route out and that was much better.

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Mr. & Mrs. B. from East Anglia
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Safari at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

The welcome to Kwandwe was wonderful. We saw four of the big five on our first game drive as well as many other animals. The Soup Stop with barbecue was fun and made more dramatic by buffalo and calf passing by, with a lioness in hot pursuit.

Our ranger, Ruan, and tracker, Vusi, were excellent and made the experience so enjoyable with many close encounters.

Swimming pool appreciated - needed some exercise after eating so well for the previous 10 days or so.

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Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Absolute luxury in the bush

This was absolute luxury in the bush with everything inclusive. The children had a ranger to themselves and learnt a lot.

Pool much appreciated after a hot day.

Excellent food and service ~ nothing too much trouble for the staff.

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Ms & Mr. T - London
Arrived on: 5-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sublime
Super
We loved it
We'll be going back
We were so impressed by the detail and the care they took

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Mr & Mrs Craig - Midlothian
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Out of this world

This was frankly the most brilliant time of our lives. It was as though everyone was dedicated to meeting our personal needs. The lodge was the most luxurious place we've ever stayed (and we're fond of luxury hotels), the food was second to none and so much of it and the babysitting while we went on private safari (for most of the time we were the only people on the game drives) was the biggest bonus. The kids loved it and no one wanted to leave.

There was confusion over the booking which has all been cleared up but all I want to say on this is that we didn't need to know that two rooms were reserved for us - we had imagined separate rooms each with a child and rubbish boring evenings alone but it wasn't like this at all.

Would love to go back. Tomorrow.

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