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South Africa / Ecca Lodge at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Ecca Lodge makes an exceptional safari base, laid-back and even a little funky; it is the antithesis of stuffy and old fashioned.

Relaxed, stylish and friendly it consists of six spacious suites decorated in vibrant African colours, each with super-king sized beds, free-standing baths, outdoor showers, and private plunge pools. The exclusive Family Suites come with private guide and vehicle. Enjoy views across a valley studded with acacia, aloe and spekboom from the expansive wrap-around wooden viewing decks – the perfect place to watch the bushveld world go by with a sundowner in your hand. An array of activities is on offer from game drives and guided walks to rhino notching. There’s an open kitchen that’s ideal for interactive culinary experiences, an interpretive library to help you understand the local environment and an infinity pool for a cooling dip. The Blue Crane Conservation Club offers a range of ‘Eco-nect’ children’s activities including kite building and treasure hunts

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When to visit South Africa

A year round destination, but expect cooler weather in the Eastern and Western Capes during winter, between June and August. Mpumalanga stays warm year round with temperatures, humidity and rainfall all increasing in the summer months between October and March. The whales return to the waters around Hermanus from July to November, and the spring months of August and September are particularly colourful along the Garden Route.

The prime time for game viewing is generally the drier winter and spring months from April to September when animals frequent the waterholes. During the wetter summer months between October and March, animals can still be viewed but are more widely dispersed – from December to February there may be more sightings of newborn animals.


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