When building Iketla, minimal impact of development on the natural environment, was of the utmost importance. The result being a comfortable retreat set amidst nature in its purest form. The surroundings and infrastructure add to the overall feel of relaxation and tranquillity.
Iketla Lodge offers a very informal and relaxed environment. By limiting guests to 18 per day, we guarantee exceptional personal service and a total experience which we trust our guests will remember for many years.
Iketla literally means be relaxed and the facilities at the lodge encourage guests to do exactly that. A central thatched area houses the lounge, dining area and bar. It has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An open sundeck overlooks the sparkling pool.
Enjoy the natural scenery, large variety of birds or even spot wild animals that roam freely in the area.
Rates include a Continental / English breakfast served in the dining area as well as a three course dinner. A light lunch at nominal cost, is available between 13:00 and 14:00 and can be ordered from the lunch menu.
Iketla Lodge is situated a mere 4 hours drive from Johannesburg, en-route to the Kruger National Park and many private game reserves and lodges.
You design your own programme! Rest, relax, dip in the pool, or take a walk. The hiking trails are well marked and safe. You are welcome to explore these on your own or in the company of our guide. Various routes have been marked and they vary in length from about 30 minutes to a few hours. Horse Riding can be arranged on arrival at an extra fee.
It is the ideal base from which to explore the Panorama Route with its spectacular Blyde River Canyon, numerous waterfalls, huge potholes, Gods Window, historical Pilgrims Rest, Graskop and The Pinnacle.
Iketla Lodge is located 10 km from Ohrigstad on the R555 to Burgersfort. From Johannesburg Airport, take the N12 to Emalahleni. Then continue on the N4 to Belfast. At Belfast, turn off the N4 and follow signs to Dullstroom. Drive through Dullstroom and follow R540 to Lydenburg. Then take the R36 to Ohrigstad. Drive through Ohrigstad and continue for 4 km. Turn left onto the R555 to Burgersfort. Drive for 6 km. Turn right at the sign for Iketla Lodge and follow gravel road for 2 km to the lodge.
Using natural material where possible - stone from the farm, traditional African thatched grass roofs - the accommodation units where designed and built to ensure maximum comfort, luxury, space and privacy.
The patio provides magnificent views of the valley below, mountains, cliffs and indigenous forests.
Rooms have been furnished with ultimate comfort in mind: a choice of a queen sized bed or two twin beds, tea / coffee facilities and a comfortable reading area. Carefully chosen African dcor and accessories give it a feeling of serenity and elegance.
Unique en-suite bathrooms provide a stone-built shower, hand-made ceramic basin set in a hardwood slab and a separate toilet. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor shower with views of the surrounding mountains - very private and exotic.
Cottages have been built on the edge of a small rise and each offers a secluded look-out-point - the ideal place to spend a romantic hour or two.
The very nature of Iketla Lodge and the tranquil environment make it unsuitable for young children. We regret to advise that children under 8 cannot be accommodated at Iketla unless by prior arrangement.