Set in the endless malaria-free landscape of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve—one of the highest guest-to-land ratio regions in South Africa—Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a funky-meets-modern Big Five safari destination along the Garden Route for both the young and the young at heart.

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Pagoda-esque corrugated iron roofs delineate Ecca’s six individual suites, each emblazoned in a different color reflecting the colors and textures of Africa. Burnt orange and amethyst linens, velvets, and cords are set against contrasting neutral canvases of wood and stone, creating intimate, relaxing, and colorful retreats from the African bush outside. Interiors at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge are open with massive king-sized beds, large en-suite bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, and lounge areas with beanbag chairs and day beds, which can easily be rearranged for children. The highlight, however at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge must be the barely-there sliding glass doors, which effortlessly open up to wraparound wooden decks with private plunge pools and outdoor showers overlooking the area’s acacia and aloe-freckled valley and steep shale cliffs.

Guests of Kwandwe Ecca Lodge have a host of shared gathering areas, from the open interactive kitchen and the gorgeous rim-flow lap pool, to the fully stocked library and the dining room. It is certainly difficult to go hungry here, with seven meals available a day: pre-game drive breakfasts, mid-morning game drive muffins, lavish second breakfasts, leisurely lunches on the viewing decks, afternoon tea by the pool, mid-evening drive sundowners and canapés, and sumptuous dinners by the boma.

Spend days at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge exploring the diverse terrain of cheetah, black rhino, and elephant located in Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives in spacious open 4×4 safari vehicles. Armed ranger and tracker teams will share their encyclopedic knowledge of the bush as guests track the Big Five and various wildlife. While children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, there are plenteous activities and amenities available to them during the day, such as a Bugs & Bones ecology walk, a Minnow’s fishing trip with rangers, a “Chefs in Training” interactive baking and cooking lesson, and a Blue Crane Conservation Guide activity kit.

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