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Kichaka Game Lodge
KICHAKA GAME LODGE, 5 STAR LODGE
EASTERN CAPE LODGE ACCOMMODATION
The luxurious Kichaka Lodge is a 5-star facility nestled within the gorgeous vegetation of South Africa's Eastern Cape. Flanked by two streams and perched within a game reserve, Kichaka boasts convenient and beautiful surrounds in Malaria-free conditions.
The outdoor dining areas provide an 'up-close-and-personal' perspective of the fauna and flora of Africa, while gourmet flavours are savoured. There are also indoor dining areas for an intimate and luxurious experience.
The rim-flow swimming pool and terraces lure weary travellers to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful surrounds, as they are positioned just above the waterhole and the expanses of stunning grassland. This sense of relaxing escapism is enhanced by excellent service and world-class hospitality.
Being set within the game reserve, guests of Kichaka are encouraged to embark on game drives and excursions with experienced and knowledgeable rangers. The park extends for 20 000 acres, and is home to the Big 5 (lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants and leopards) as well as hyenas, zebras, warthogs, hippos, cheetahs, giraffes and many antelope species.
The Main Lodge is perched just above a popular waterhole, frequented by giraffes, elephants and their wildest contemporaries. The best views of this spot are provided from the terraces of the lodge. This building has been constructed using earthy materials like stone and thatch in order to integrate it into its natural home.
The surrounding bushveld is best enjoyed from the lounge and dining areas. An outdoor dining experience awaits the Kichaka guest in the form of an island deck. The library is elevated, situated above the lounge. This is a retreat for guests needing some quiet time to reflect, rest and watch the activities of the waterhole below. Along with books, the library also boasts a flat-screen TV on which sporting events can be viewed.
In addition, the lodge provides guests with Wi-Fi Internet connectivity at no extra cost.
The wine cellar is well stocked, brimming with a selection of premier wines for both wine connoisseurs and those who just appreciate a tasty vintage. For hot summer days in Africa, refreshing cocktails next to the pool may be more appropriate.
The campsite is safe, although being situated within the heart of the animals' habitat. This has been ensured by the inclusion of discreet, yet effective, electric fences.
Kichaka Lodge enjoys close proximity to several of South Africa's other chief attractions. It is only an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay, and transfers in comfortable vehicles are provided on request.
The opulent Kichaka Lodge boasts 10 stunning suites, each of which sleep two people. Stylish décor and convenient amenities make for world-class accommodation in comfy, warm surrounds. The suites are secluded, providing privacy, peace and quiet. Each is equipped with air-conditioning, a private plunge pool on a secluded deck, wireless Internet access, a fully-stocked bar fridge, safe, direct-dial telephone, a tea and coffee station and under-floor heating. The bathroom is equipped with two vanities, a shower and a bath. In addition, guests have access to 24-hour room service. The glass doors open onto the African bushveld, creating a sense of being within the heart of the local vegetation.
The suites are named after local bush species and each have a walkway leading to the Main Lodge.
Kichaka Lodge boasts 5-star cuisine and gourmet cheffing. While flavours and ingredients are distinctly African in style, modern twists and influences make for a unique dining experience. The wine list is diverse and excellent in terms of the vintages it boasts. This means that every dish has its perfect match in wines.
To make the most of the guests' Kichaka experience, meals may be enjoyed in their suite, or within either the indoor- or outdoor dining facilities. The individual diner is high on our priority list, and personal preferences are accommodated as far as possible.
The wine cellar managers have worked hard in ensuring a superior, varied wine list that includes a range of flavours and types to suit every palate. There is an additional range of rare and particularly good quality wines as well as champagnes imported from France.
Cuban cigars are available from the lodge's humidor.
The reserve is home to many animals, including the Big 5 as well as several antelope species. The guides or rangers are experienced and trained, providing visitors with fascinating insights into the wildlife and its habitat.
There are five different biomes in the reserve; namely valley bushveld, savannah grassland, riverine forest, fynbos and acacia woodland. These various areas are home to a wide array of animals.
Game drives are conducted in the mornings and evenings to allow guests to see the widest range of animals possible. Open game-viewing vehicles have been designed to maximise on visibility. Each drive takes from three to four hours. Morning game drives are rounded off with a cup of hot coffee, while evening drives offer sundowners. These drives provide perfect photo or video opportunities, and promise lifelong memories.
Not only is Kichaka the ideal getaway for holiday makers, it is also well equipped to handle corporate visitors. The venue is suitable for team-building initiatives, small conferences, launches, seminars, end-of-year functions and important meetings. Being set within spectacular bushveld inspires creativity and minimises distractions from the outside world. The library and outside deck are also available for brainstorming sessions and important deal-breaking.
Special corporate packages are available to guests, and are tailored to each guest's unique requirements. Activities are included as part of these packages or as team-building exercises. These include fishing, hiking, horse riding, golf and tracking of game. A game drive to see the Big 5 and their neighbours is the ideal way to end your corporate event.
Being situated within the abundant game reserve, game drives are certainly one of the most popular and rewarding of activities for guests of Kichaka Lodge. In addition, bird watching, hiking, fishing and swimming are relaxing and welcome breaks from the hustle and bustle of city living.
There are various massage therapies to relax and pamper our esteemed guests, setting the scene for the ideal vacation. These are provided within the privacy of the guests' suites or on their patios. Therapists are qualified and experienced.
Star gazers are well rewarded on the Cosmic Safaris on offer. An experienced ranger guides guests through the Milky Way by means of a high-powered telescope. Orion's Belt, the Southern Cross and Scorpio are sure to impress viewers as they peer into the pristine black of the night sky.
Kichaka Lodge is situated within close proximity to Frontier Country and the Sunshine Coast.
Kichaka Lodge is situated in the South African province of the Eastern Cape, just one hour's drive from Port Elizabeth (and its airport).
From Port Elizabeth airport (110km) Upon exiting the airport, turn left at the traffic circle (roundabout). Continue until you reach the traffic lights and turn right into Heugh Road. Continue straight along Heugh Road, which becomes Walmer Boulevard. At the T-junction, turn left onto the N2 highway. Travel along this road towards Grahamstown for approximately 100 km. A sign for Kichaka Lodge will appear, turn left at this sign onto the gravel road. After 3.5 km, the lodge's gate will appear on your left.
To Port Elizabeth airport (110km) From the lodge, turn right onto the gravel road and proceed to the N2. Turn right when you reach this tarred road and continue for approximately 100 km towards Port Elizabeth. Take the Settlers highway off-ramp and follow the road signage to the airport. At the main set of traffic lights, turn right. From here, the airport signs are clear and concise.
From Grahamstown (35km) From Grahamstown, follow the N2 highway towards Port Elizabeth. After approximately 30 km, the Kichaka sign will appear on your right. Turn right onto the gravel road. After 3.5 km, the lodge's gate will appear on your left.
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