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
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.
Just book it! It's so worth it. We had a fabulous time at Kichaka. The chalet was incredible. The staff took excellent care of us. The food and drink offerings were great. Our game drives and ranger Woody were both awesome. We saw tons of animals and had what we would classify as a very personal experience with staff and other guests. The lodge is small in scale but not in luxury and experience. There is not a ton of stuff to do at the Lodge between game drives; if that's what you're looking for then you might want to go somewhere else. But, it was such a beautiful setting, that my husband and I just enjoyed the private deck and pool on our chalet overlooking the watering hole where the hippo lives.
We were two couples, both celebrating our 40 th wedding anniversary and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful ending to our visit to South Africa. Our lodge was superb and overlooked a lake where hippos swim and bird life is in abundance. Food was outstanding and all staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Our game drive ranger, David was excellent. We saw all the big five plus a huge range of other animals. His bird knowledge was outstanding! I would recommend without hesitation the Kichaka lodge experience!
From the moment we arrived at Kichaka we were incredibly well treated by the team. The lodge was grand but still had a homely feel with gorgeous soft furnishings, a galleried library/tv room and a large outside deck which overlooked the outside pool which was situated just over the animal watering hole. We were lucky enough to see 2 hippos here one morning. Our room was very spacious beautifully appointed and had its own plunge pool. The safari drives (we managed two early morning and two late afternoon) were magical and David, our tracker guide was very knowledgeable and did everything possible to please us. We were very impressed. He managed to show us lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, cheetah (with a kill), giraffes, zebras and so much more. The late afternoon drives were pleasantly punctuated by a sundowner (gin and tonics or wine/beer and snacks) which David brought along in the Jeep for us having already checked what we would like before the start of the drive. Back at the lodge our meals/snacks and drinks were all served by a wonderful team and the food was delicious. We highly recommend this lodge for luxury, great drives and brilliant service.
I really can’t praise the Kichaka experience enough!
We requested and were lucky to get a lodge overlooking the water hole which makes for great entertainment all day, The staff are lovely, so helpful and always have a smile!
Charles our ranger was knowledgable, truly entertaining and really went that extra mile to find the animals (makes a good sundowner too!}
Excited elephants racing down the hill at sunset to the water hole 😁
2 Giraffes having a fight 😬
Buffalo bathing as the hippos came round the corner....... 😳
My advice? Go and enjoy!!