First the downside, if there is one: We were initially a little worried about the location of Ibitshi lodge. It's on a very quiet residential road with some pretty stunning, architecturally designed houses on one side, and the beach on the other, and it's not possible to walk to Wilderness so you'll need a car. That said, it was exactly what we wanted, a good base to explore the area. You also, while having a really lovely beach outside your front-door, cannot swim in the ocean because of the riptide. So it's more of a walking, sunbathing beach, spectacular and windswept, with dolphins visible from the shore.
The positives are that you have an incredibly friendly, chatty, and at ease host, who provides a real personal touch but does not overbear and disappears to leave you to your own thing after breakfast. And that brings me to what was undoubtedly the highlight of our stay here, Michael is a superb, innovative cook and each breakfast was different but delicious. We were greeted by almond bread, wine and oysters on arrival. The breakfasts are healthy too, no fried eggs here but fresh fruit smoothies, delicious fat-free muffins (my wife borrowed the recipe!), and a clever egg concoction (frittata, or something baked!) each morning, to accompany freshly baked rolls.
Wilderness is a 5 min drive away and we had one of our best meals of SA there despite it being down-season.
Finally the two dogs, particularly the collie, Utah, were great fun, and a welcome bit of company on our walk down the beach.
All in all, recommended
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guest Lodge located on the beachfront in Kleinkrantz, Wilderness aimed at the tourist & business travel market. Ibitshi is owner-managed and combines spacious accommodation, contemporary facilities and service excellence. Understanding the diverse and unique requirements of both tourists & corporate clients, the lodge combines private suites with an upmarket open-plan environment and several different spaces to unwind and relax. Four suites, boasting stunning ocean or mountain views, include business facilities and top class amenities. ... more less
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