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LIFESTYLE: Travel: Celebrate the bright colours of Africa


A place for those who seek a classic safari adventure of exploring the wilds of the African bush

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge reopened in August 2014 following a full refurbishment of its standalone suites and main guest areas. Moving away from a palette of muted tones previously inspired by Ecca’s surrounding landscape, the lodge’s new décor takes its influences from, and celebrates, the vibrant colours of the African people.

Whilst Kwandwe has retained its easy-going contemporary vibe, the layers of luxury and comfort the lodge has become known for can now be enjoyed in abundance. Furnishings are in soft linens, velvets, cords and eco-cottons in striking, bright and contrasting tones. Many Southern African items have been incorporated into the interiors. Blankets are made from South African mohair – acknowledged to be of the finest quality available internationally – from the Angora goat that thrives in the Karoo region. Cotton and linen throws have been weaved by a boutique mill in Plettenberg Bay and soft furnishings and curtains designed and handmade by craftsmen in Port Elizabeth.

Several shared lounging and dining options have been added both in and outside to entice guests to gather and relax in after game drives and safari activities. Each guest area has  its micro ambience, and guests will find a sofa to curl up on and read a good book, lounge in as they chat about the day’s excitement, or recline in for their pre- or post-dinner drinks.

The six standalone and well-proportioned suites each features a different base colour with patterns and colours layered over. They comprise spacious bedrooms, lounges and large bathrooms with 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 accommodate children, along with funky bean bags, provide a fun, relaxing and sumptuous environment that is conducive to the way we enjoy our time out.

Appealing to those who seek a classic safari adventure exploring the wilds of the African bush but who also appreciate an element of distinction in their lodge’s interiors, Ecca Lodge combines both.

For more information, contact Kwandwe Ecca Lodge on +27 (0)46 603 3400 or

reservations@kwandwe.co.za. Alternatively, visit www.kwandwe.com