APRIL 2013 – At Kichaka Private Game Lodge, in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, it’s about getting as close to nature as possible. Whether from the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, from the secluded deck of your luxury suite or from your ranger’s vehicle, there is seemingly no end to the sightings of creatures great and small. With the Big Five resident here, safari enthusiasts are virtually guaranteed of ticking an elephant, a lion, rhino, buffalo or even possibly an elusive leopard off their list, but it’s the other brushes with nature that add to the unique experience at this intimate lodge. Skilled rangers will inspire you with their fascinating anecdotes and ability to spot even the smallest creature at a distance. Birders are spoilt with a plethora of species and a chorus of early morning birdsong, and at night counting comets is a stargazer’s must-do.
Situated a mere 110km from Port Elizabeth, Kichaka is an understated stone-and-thatch lodge designed to blend in with its pristine surrounds. Decorated in an soothing palette of natural hues and detailed with stylish Afro-chic touches, the sights and sounds of the African bush are at every turn – thanks to expansive terraces that provide ever-present waterhole views. Each spacious suite has its own secluded viewing deck and private plunge pool and can be reached via a wooden walkway that winds through the bush from the main lodge. With just 20 guests at any time, privacy is paramount here and those looking to make the most of their downtime can take their pick from a menu of massage treatments. Part of the luxury at Kichaka is the five-star dining experience. Meals are served in the main dining room or on the deck of your suite, and selections of superior wines by the resident cellar masters are the perfect partner to the contemporary African cuisine. A gourmet’s delight and an animal-lover’s paradise, Kichaka Game Lodge epitomises a laid-back safari experience with the perfect dose of luxury.