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
An amazing place to stay, all the staff were friendly and helpful, food was 1st class, our ranger David knew his stuff and made the 4 day safari very interesting, even took us on a night safari which was very different, bumping into a pride of lions in the pitch black is interesting to say the least!!
I spent 4 nights here as part of my honeymoon and we had a brilliant time - it was the first Safari for either of us.
The standard of service provided by all staff was of an exceptionally high standard and consistent throughout, even at 5am before game drives. Nothing was too much hassle and they were always very attentive, offering top ups of drinks etc. The food was also great with interesting selections options for dinner (I ate impala, warthog, kudu).
The main lodge itself is really nice and tastefully designed - really comfortable couches, open fires and nice artifacts. Our private lodge was also amazing - it was huge, a really comfortable bed and a big outdoor area with a refreshing plunge pool. It really feels as if you are in the bush. The outdoor shower option is great also and the privacy is notable.
Of course, the main point of the place is the safari element, the game drives which take place in the early morning and late afternoon. The coffee and pastries offered before the morning drive and the high tea offering before the afternoon drive are both of a high standard and it’s a good chance to talk to other guests. The reserve is beautiful and there are lots of animals - we saw lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, rhinos, hippos and cheetah as well as loads of others including wildebeests, antelope, warthogs, zebra etc. and lots of plants and birds.
Special praise must be reserved for our guide Jonty who was truly incredible, knowledgeable, fun and polite. We are very lucky that he was our guide and he knew so much about the reserve and wildlife generally. The cheetah was proving quite elusive for a few days with none of the guides able to find one. Jonty tracked it down though, following its tracks for a few kilometers before spotting it in the long grass - amazing instincts. On our last drive, we were even lucky enough to see a cheetah kill an antelope. Again, Jonty was incredible here, tracking it and sensing that it was moving towards an area with lots of potential prey. I couldn’t praise him highly enough.
Overall, the experience was brilliant, exactly what we hoped for and I would really recommend Kichaka, especially for a first time safari.
If I could offer any constructive criticism, it would be the following: the sliding doors to the decking area should meet/close properly, the shrubs could maybe be slightly trimmed to offer even better views of the watering hole and the dinner service could be slightly less rushed (courses come very quickly after one another).
Just spent 4 days 3 nights at this idyllic lodge. Expectations totally exceeded - our own lodge and pool were fantastic, rooms were wonderful. Our ranger Woody made the amazing safaris even more exiting and interesting Literally made our trip. Topped off by a night time drive looking at the stars and seeing resting giraffe and impala. Lodge staff were also great. Can’t wait to go back. A little slice of paradise.
Husband and I stayed at Kichaka for 3 nights. This was the best travel experience we have ever had. Every single detail was thought of. From the warm wash cloths provided with wonderful scents after game drives, to the food, the cleaning service, the check-in process, the individuals that work there, and the food, the drinks, the check out, and every other little tiny detail in between. Literally everything was thought of.
It was very cozy, and comfortable. The food for every single meal was phenomenal. The drinks were created with care and deep thought for the day, and all tasted amazing. The safari ranger we had was wonderful, helpful, and intelligent. The entire stay was wonderful from start to finish. We had a very hard time leaving, but plan to be back one day.
The rooms are spacious, clean, and I love that they plan maid services perfectly, turn on the heat before returning from night drives, and plan special nights if requested with room decor and candles.
The entire experience will leave you in awe. Highly recommend Lalibela Game Reserve Kichaka lodge!!!
We spent two nights at this game reserve and did three game drives. Our guide, Woody, was incredibly knowledgeable. The reserve is vast and we saw all the animals that we could hope for and more. Woody also took us on a night star watching experience, which was amazing as he used a strong laser to point out the various stars and explain them to us.
The lodge itself was comfortable but in need of a bit of TLC here and there. Nothing major but for the price, this was a bit of a let down.
The food is ok, nothing amazing. The breakfast is the best meal of the day in my opinion but I am vegetarian and the menu was limited for me.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful and there is a wonderful lady who provides spa treatments at a very reasonable cost.