Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge
What We Love
- All meals are included in the rate
- Big Five game viewing with a high likelihood of spotting lion, cheetah and elephant
- Arguably the best-kept secret among game reserves in the malaria-free Eastern Cape region of South Africa
- Professional, friendly staff who know the area and its history and are passionate about the property
- Excellent fine dining, featuring authentic local dishes like venison and an impressive selection of South African wines
- Free WiFi throughout the lodge and in all the suite
What To Know
- There is a minimum two-night stay
- Perfect for couples; you could even have an intimate bush wedding here followed by an idyllic honeymoon
- Ideal for independent travelers looking for hidden gems, rather than the big brand names
- Children eight and under are welcome with advance notice
- It’s about an hour’s drive from the nearest airport, in Port Elizabeth; the last stretch of driving is along a two-mile dirt road
- Located in a malaria-free region easily accessible from the Western Cape and Garden Route regions of South Africa
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Grahamstown, Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge is in a national park and within the vicinity of Lalibela Game Reserve and African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve.
Make yourself at home in one of the 10 air-conditioned rooms featuring private plunge pools. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, while MP3 docking stations help you enjoy your music in the comfort of your room. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
This lodge is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the lodge’s 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a library. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
As the two pervious reviews it certainly was at Great Experience. The Safari at Kichaka was the start of our wonderful trip to South Africa, and what a way to start.
Again ALL the staff was just different class. Nothing was any trouble, they couldn't do enough for you and with a smile at all times. It was like being in a different world compared to what we get in the UK. The hospitality industry here needs to take some tips from SA. All the rangers are very well informed and obviously love what they are doing. We had David, quite young but certainly knew his stuff and if he didn't know an answer to your question, he had it on the next drive.
You could go on about this place, food, accommodation, amenities etc, but the best idea is go and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed
The third and final leg of our holiday to South Africa was to the Kichaka Game Lodge.
Its fair to say I didn't really know what to expect, but i'm so happy we stayed here. The first thing you notice is the attentiveness from all the staff. You are never kept waiting. Right from the moment you arrive, your assigned ranger takes you from reception to the lodge where you are greeted with cold flannels and refreshments. Our lodge was called 'Milkwood' (the coolest of all the lodge names :-)) and this is where the WOW factor really kicks in. All lodges are separated from one another with decking area and pool. The furnishing and fittings of the lodge are beautiful and everything works perfectly.
Woody was our ranger for the duration of our stay and he was such a wonderful guide, and so knowledgeable. His party trick is rolling the animal droppings around in his mouth to determine what they are! We also ate termites, star gazed, studied tracks, as well as taking in the amazing African wildlife.
We Saw all of the big five, minus the Leopard. Thank you Woody for being such a great guide throughout our three-night stay.
The food was superb. I ate Ostrich and Kudo, all washed down with a South African Pinotage.
There’s a buffet breakfast as well as cooked items of the menu.
Lunch is available is you have room in your tummy’s, but dinner, post game drive was the culinary highlight.
Thank you and congratulations to all the staff and Kichaka lodge. It was a holiday of a lifetime.
We expected the best, and feel that we got the best on every level during our stay at Kichaka Lodge. Small and intimate, beautiful rooms/individual lodges, wonderful main lodge, very good food, outstanding service--and we haven't even gotten to the game drives yet!! Very, very happy with the accomodations and the high quality, personal service. Small and intimate lodge. i also had a facial, which was wonderful, lovely. Now on to the game drives and the safari experience. this was our first safari so we have nothing to compare it to, Woody was our Ranger, and he could not have been better. A true student of the bush and the wildlife, his knowledge base was incredible, and extended beyond just the animals to the stars and more. A truly well rounded guide, the best. We saw something new on every drive---the big five minus the leopard, the only animal we didn't see that we had hoped to. Elephants, lions, twice we saw Cheetahs with their kill, giraffes, zebras, more and more and more. Very very happy with the wildlife. Woody made sure we had the best viewing positions (and best spots for sundowners) and took us to special areas of the reserve for a full appreciation of the expanse of the reserve, and the broad range of the animals. Seeing a parade of elephants (literally) on one evening game drive was an AMAZING highlight. At approximately 65 square miles, the reserve offers a broad range to allow for consistent animal sightings, and with limited traffic on the reserve, it was all intimate and just wonderful. At the end of each drive, when we returned to the lodge we were met with hot towels to wipe the dust, and in the evening, with a special cocktail. On cool nights, the fire was roaring in the lodge and the dining room. First class in every way. The woman who helped us plan our full three week trip in South Africa had encouraged us to try to make four nights on safari, versus the more typical three days. That was a great recommendation, as by our last drives we were able to take in more of the landscape on its own as opposed to being so sensitive to looking here there and everywhere for animals. There is always a great animal around most corners, that extra day brought more animal sightings (to check off our list of potential animals we would see), and again, a more relaxed and fulfilling closure to our incredible Kichaka experience. Very, very, very wonderful stay, five star all around. And again, Woody made it so special for us with thoughtful, knowledgable and customized recommendations to enhance our full immersion experience in the East Cape bush. THANK YOU WOODY, thank you to ALL the wonderful and warm staff at Kichaka!!
Stayed here for a 2 day safari and was not disappointed one bit. Accommodation was superb, all meals, drinks etc. Excellent. All the staff were polite, warm and friendly. The safaris themselves were also superb and we got to see the big 5 plus many other amazing creatures. If you are planning staying here you will definitely not be disappointed.
When we arrived at The Reception we were greet not only by Charlene, but also a group of 6 giraffes gently grazing from a tree nearby. What a start!! We were shown to our Lodge called Aloe - and what a place. There was the biggest bed I have ever seen. The room was spotlessly clean and the towels & bed linen were of the highest quality. After a light lunch, we prepared for our first Safari Drive which started at 4:30. Just over 3 hours later we returned having seen lions, elephants, impala and a few buffalo. Just as the sun was setting, our most excellent ranger - Ryno - pulled up on the top of hill and set up a bar on the hood of his jeep and served us gin & tonic, with ice & lemon and a selection of snacks, including crisps and biltong. What a day to remember.
The rest of our stay was just superb. All the staff were very helpful and even were able to accommodate us when we wanted to go off menu for a couple of the meals. But the real star of our stay - apart from the animals & stunning scenery - was Ryno. He is a very knowledgeable guide, who enjoys imparting his information in a very pleasant, uncomplicated way - especially to us townies who are just not used to the ways of the animal world. We have certainly returned enriched by our experience. On the second day, after our 5;00 am drive, Ryno & I enjoyed an hour's bush walk - no roads, only game paths - to get up close to insects, flora & forna. It is also the first time I have done any bird watching, or rather listening. His knowledge knew no bounds. Thank you, thank you, thank you - for the MOST fantastic visit. We even got to see a cheetah!!
I would certainly recommend a stay at Kichaka and try to get Ryno as your ranger.