We were given to understand that Iketla means "relax" & there is no better way to describe it! The Lodge & its surrounds are truly part of nature & the ambience of the place is one of sheer indulgence.
The rooms are built out of the local rock & have stunning views & are very well appointed. The vista is superb & at night there are no lights or other "man-made" distractions to spoil the panorama!
Albert & Hennielene are consummate hosts & their team provide excellent & unobstrusive service. The breakfast & dinner was excellent & the atmosphere was most convivial with an interesting collection of guests from around Europe.
The Lodge is perfectly situated to enjoy the so-called "Panorama Route" which takes in the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Graskop & Pilgrim's Rest. This makes a wonderful day outing.
Another fine attraction is their superbly laid out hiking trails. These well marked trails take in the highlights of their property & the birdlife is fantastic. Its well worth to book another day just to make the most of these. We also saw our fair share of animals on the hike too!
Well worth a visit to kick back & relax!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic retreat with spectacular scenery and unspoilt nature. A 4-star, luxurious, small and intimate country lodge, near the Blyde River Canyon. Ideal base for exploring the Panorama Route. En-route to the Kruger Park. Accommodation in spacious stone-built cottages with private patios and views. Swimming pool, walking trails and guided walks on this 540 ha private reserve. Some wildlife and excellent bird life. DB&B, traditional SA food, superb company & a peaceful environment. ... more less