With just 10 suites, this is an exclusive lodge where you can relax in ultimate comfort before and after game drives to view the Big 5.
Suites are built of natural materials including stone and thatch, and set well apart for privacy. They are equipped with a full range of amenities including free Wi-Fi, radio, CD player, iPod dock and IDD phone. Air conditioning and underfloor heating help regulate the the temperature, and you can help yourself to a hot or cold drink whenever you want. Each has a large bathroom and a separate outdoor shower. Two walls of the open plan lounge-bedroom consist of glass doors, so you can enjoy magnificent views even the doors are closed, while outside there's a deck and plunge pool.
Days are filled with game drives, guided walks and bird watching. You can also view birds and animals by the waterhole as you rest at the lodge. When darkness falls a ranger can help you explore the heavens with the use of the lodge's telescope.
The main lodge houses the the lounge and dining areas on the ground floor, and first floor library where you can spend quiet downtime. It leads out to a huge viewing deck, often used for al fresco meals. There's an infinity pool set a little away, with its own sunbathing deck.
Open: Kichaka Game Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is on a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth, about an hourâ€™s drive away.
Rooms: There are 10 guest suites, providing spacious (70sq m) accommodation with a bedroom, lounge, bathroom, and deck. Mod cons include air conditioning, underfloor heating, IDD phone, radio, CD player, IPod dock, safe, minibar, tea and coffee makers, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and battery charging points. Bathrooms have twin hand basins, a bath and shower and thereâ€™s also an outdoor shower. The deck includes a plunge pool. There is 24 hour room service.
Activities: You can go for game drives and guided walks in the private reserve, take bird watching tours and observe wildlife at the waterhole from the viewing deck. Star gazing is enhanced by the lodgeâ€™s high-powered telescope. Other activities available nearby include fishing, hiking, horse riding and golf.
Facilities: The main lodge is a large 2-storey building containing the lounge, with its sofas and large open fire, dining room and bar downstairs and the library, which has a TV, on the upper floor. There is a large viewing deck positioned directly above the waterhole, and a kidney-shaped pool and wooden deck with a sofa and sun loungers.
Dining: Meals are served at separate tables in the dining room and on the deck, lit by lamps after dark. You can also have private meals served at your suite. The lodge has a selection of wines, including South African house wines, premier wines French Champagne, to accompany meals.
Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome. Each suite can accommodate 1 child, a well as 2 adults.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in all suites and in the main lodge.