Kichaka Private Game Lodge

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Conveniently located less than 1 hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport

  • Great Big 5 game viewing experience in malaria free reserve

  • Enjoy a massage at the Wellness Suite overlooking the waterhole

  • Go on a night drive in search of an elusive aardwolf or aardvark

  • Enjoy a drink on the deck whilst keeping check on the comings and goings at the waterhole below

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Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Kichaka Private Game Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Eastern Cape


Kichaka is set in a lush valley between two streams in the heart of South Africa's Eastern Cape. The private 7,500 hectare reserve is malaria free and home to the Big 5, as well as a plethora of other species.

The main lodge at Kichaka is set in a magical spot, overlooking a large waterhole. It is the perfect location to take in the comings and goings of the local wildlife. Built of stone and thatch, the Lodge blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

Large terraces throughout the lodge maximise the views down the valley and over the surrounding bushveld. The lounge and dining area in particular emphasise these views with decks extending outwards, encouraging Guests to eat al fresco and enjoy the Eastern Cape climate.

Above the lounge is a snug library, also with a viewing deck, offering Guests a space to curl up by the fire in the chillier months. This space is also equipped with wifi and satellite television for those who need it.

The immediate surrounds of the Camp are protected by discreet electric fencing. This serves a dual purpose: to ensure the safety of Guests and to deter the resident elephants from uprooting trees in the immediate vicinity. It also enables Guests to walk safely around Camp by themselves.

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Every amenity is provided for in the ten luxury suites. Echoing the design of the main lodge, the suites are built in stone and thatch. Sliding glass doors can open two sides of the room to take best advantage of the spectacular views over the surrounding bush.

All suites have private plunge pools on secluded decks, en-suite bathrooms with his and hers vanities, showers and baths, outdoor showers, air-conditioning and under-floor heating for whatever time of year you visit.


Kichaka takes pride in offering a high level of personal and flexible service throughout. Meals can be enjoyed in the main dining room, in your suite or on one of the many decks of the Main Lodge.

The team of chefs work hard to maintain a high quality contemporary South African cuisine, making the most of locally available produce. This is combined with a carefully selected wine list of both local South African and International wines.


Experienced rangers take Guests on game drives and walks and can almost guarantee excellent sightings of all plains game and their accompanying predators. Night drives at Kichaka are not to be missed, the minimal light pollution makes for incredible star gazing on a Cosmic Safari, it is also an excellent opportunity to search for some of the more elusive nocturnal species.

If you are feeling less energetic, the waterhole below camp attracts great numbers of game and is often the chosen spot for a resident pod of hippo.

Location & directions

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Just 110 kilometres, or a 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

How to get there

Fly from either Johannesburg or Cape Town direct to Port Elizabeth, from the airport either drive or be transferred the 1-hour to Kichaka. Alternatively, finish off a driving holiday along South Africa's Garden Route with a couple of days safari before flying back from Port Elizabeth to one of South Africa's International hubs.

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