For a fantastically family-friendly lodge and great game viewing in a non-malarial setting, we’d be hard pressed to find anywhere we liked more than Kwandwe Ecca Lodge.
What’s Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Really Like?
There’s a lot to love about Ecca Lodge. Its natural, contemporary style makes a refreshing change from more rustic safari lodges, and yet it still feels small and personal, with only 6 rooms. The Ecca team go out of their way to spoil couples and honeymooners, but it’s important to know this is definitely a family friendly lodge. The rooms are cottages set either side of the main lodge- each has a sitting room, which has two daybeds that can be turned into beds for (smaller) children. The suites have ensuite bathrooms, with possibly some of the largest showers we’ve ever seen. There’re also outdoor showers (madly romantic if you haven’t tried this before) and a viewing deck with a plunge pool – please just shout if you want a net put over it for your children. There’s also a pool at the main lodge along with a dining room and some cosy sofas to curl up in between game drives.
Children at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge: A family safari at Ecca Lodge is an utter delight. Children are truly welcomed with open arms here. It starts with the little things- there are children’s menus, but kids can also come right into the open plan kitchen to help out with pizza or biscuit making. Ecca can arrange treasure hunts, fishing and child-friendly game drives, activity packs for kids, and childminding if you fancy a more adult dinner or game drive.
What can I do at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge?
Morning and afternoon game drives are the most popular activity at Ecca Lodge and on our visits to Kwandwe we’ve been consistently impressed by the knowledge of our rangers and the variety of wildlife we’ve seen. Walking safaris are fabulous (though please note that for safety reasons these are sadly limited to adult guests). For an additional fee, there’re also some pretty cool extras you can add on to your stay- fly camping, rhino tracking, even helping with rhino darting and notching.
Giving back at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge: One of the many things that we love about Kwandwe is the success of the conservation story here, returning 22,000 hectares to wilderness, bringing back wildlife like cheetah and rhino, and simultaneously helping to support local community initiatives. A contribution to your stay goes to both community and conservation projects, helping with housing, health and education for the people living nearby.
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