Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, and is a natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route. Accommodation is comprised of the exclusive Main Lodge, unique historic Uplands Homestead and Ecca Lodge, all offering world-class sophistication and style in the African bush. Innovative, stylish and intimate, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience, and features just six intimate suites with spacious living areas and en suite bathrooms. Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, main guest areas include a a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, interactive kitchen, sparkling rim-flow lap pool and unique interpretive centre. Ecca Lodge is fun, flamboyant and fabulous, with a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience. Nestled into a gently sloping, densely vegetated hillside, the Lodge is airy and open with barely a barrier between indoors and the African bushveld. Each suite features an en suite bathroom with spacious, plate glass-enclosed shower, bath, private w.c and twin hand-basins, as well as a sitting area which can comfortably convert into accommodation for children 11 years and younger. Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, guest areas comprise a spacious sitting room with fireplace, dining room and bar area and deep veranda with expansive viewing decks. Delicious fresh farm cuisine is prepared in the modern, open-plan kitchen and an interpretive centre provides hours of entertainment for children of all ages. Experienced CC Africa rangers and Xhosa trackers lead guests on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, bringing them close to Africa’s Big Five. Fascinating nocturnal animals such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, Cape fox, bat-eared fox and springhare are regularly encountered on exciting night drives. Kwandwe means “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa (South Africa’s highly endangered national bird) and is home to a healthy population of these rare birds.