We stayed 3 nights in this luxury game lodge and were extremely impressed with all the staff Our ranger Ben was very knowledgeable on all the fauna and flora that we encountered and made the 2 daily game drives memorable for us.All the indoor staff are very well trained and extremely professional,and also kind and helpful.Everything about the place is geared to guests enjoyment. As an example after a very wet drive we asked if we could possibly have an early dinner and were immediately told that it would not be a problem
The individual lodges are very private and spread across the side of the hill but ours did not have any view .The lodges are connected to the main building by slatted wooden walkways which were quite a challenge for us elderly couple. The interiors are very well designed and furnished and all include a private outdoor plunge pool that unusually is slightly heated and pumped and filtered alongside an outdoor shower.The food and drinks are excellent and include a good wine and a complimentary mini bar plus unlimited bottled water..
The main point of the visit is to see the animals. We were very thrilled to see the 3 lion cubs and the mother returning to find them while we were watching and on another drive we saw the female cheetah with her 4 cubs. However although we also saw elephants and giraffes, we did not see any of the reserve's 3 remaining rhino or the 3 buffalo. We understand that the reserve does not have a leopard (also one of the official big 5)
We noted that the reserve vehicles did not have an overhead canopy and the provided ponchos were not very waterproofed so we got thoroughly soaked on one drive.
- 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