Kwandwe Ecca Lodge reopened following a full refurbishment of its 6 stand-alone suites and main guest areas. The lodge’s new décor takes its influence from, and celebrates, the vibrant colours of the African people.
The well-proportioned rooms each feature a different base colour with patterns and colours layered over and comprise spacious bedrooms, lounges and large bathrooms with new free-standing baths to offer a colourful respite from dusty days out on the reserve. Super-King sized beds, ottomans and day beds that can be reconfigured to easily accommodate children along with funky bean bags provide a fun, relaxing and sumptuous environment that is more conducive to the way we take time-out to enjoy our downtime in the world today.
Whilst retaining its easy going contemporary vibe, the layers of luxury and comfort Kwandwe has become known for can now be enjoyed in abundance here too. Many Southern African items have been incorporated into the interiors. Blankets made from South African mohair, acknowledged to be of the finest quality available internationally, come from the Angora goat that thrives in the Karoo region; cotton and linen throws were weaved by a boutique mill in Plettenberg Bay; framed prints of wild African animals designed by an artist who donates to the Rhino Orphanage charity; Nguni Skins come from KwaZulu Natal; beaded kudu heads and giraffes were bought from the market traders during the nearby Grahamstown National Arts Festival; display baskets and beaded necklaces were sourced from a collaboration of individual artisans and community based projects.
All guests staying at Kwandwe enjoy a wide selection of exciting safari activities assuring no two days are the same. This includes game drives and bush walks as well as picnic lunches and dinners alfresco, sundowners on the dam’s pontoon and boat excursions. Appealing to those who seek a classic safari adventure exploring the wilds of the African bush but who also savour an element of distinction from their lodge’s interiors, Ecca Lodge combines both naturally.
This article was written by LUCINDA LACON