We visited Kichaka as our first stop on our honeymoon - and we couldn't be more pleased with our choice. We stayed for 4 nights, and each one was magical.
Lodge: The lodge itself is beautiful. Made up of one main building which hosts the communal bar, dining room, living room and library. There is also a pool and outdoor eating areas. It overlooks a watering holes, which animals frequent (we saw elephants, hippos and waterhogs drink water from the hole).
There are 10 rooms in total. Each its own lodge, completely private and separate from the others. We stayed in Coral, which overlooked the watering hole (not all rooms do). Coral was magnificent - one big room separated into three area (a living room, the bedroom and the bathroom). It had its own balcony and plunge pool. The only downside is that none of the pools were heated and because we visited in winter, it meant we couldn't use the pools.
Service and food: only one word needed: phenomenal. All staff were attentive but allowed you privacy. There was also someone on hand to help when you needed, otherwise you were left to enjoy the tranquillity of the lodge.
You never go hungry at Kichaka. You are fed three big meals, and plus snacks on the two safaris each day and drinks in abundance. Bliss!
Safari: Ben was our ranger, and he made the trip even more special. Ben's knowledge was exceptional.He was personable and always enthusiastic. It was never too early or too late for Ben to be on his best form. We saw many animals (the only two we didnt see were cheetahs and leopards). An added bonus: on the way back to the lodge one night after our evening safari, Ben stopped and showed us the stars and the planets.
We wouldn't hesitate to return if we ever get the chance again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a private game reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Kichaka is the perfect place to enjoy a Big Five safari experience in quiet luxury. Feel instantly at home - the lounge and dining areas are positioned to offer uninterrupted views across unspoiled bush. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kichaka Luxury Game Hotel Grahamstown