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TThe Main lodge area has a tranquil plunge pool and shady veranda. While away the hours here with a book from the selection in the library or simply enjoy the sun around the pool. Spend the day out; do the boat trip on the Swadini Dam, in the Blyde River Canyon or see rehabilitated wild life at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Lunch at one of the many great restaurants in the area or order a picnic at Franklyn Recreational Park they include a blanket and there is plenty of quiet shady areas to relax and enjoy your picnic. Take one of their hikes or play the French game of Boules on the lawn.
Our lodge commands wonderful vistas of the Skilderkrans Mountain, part of the Northern Drakensburg Mountains home to the Manoutsa Vulture Colony with up to 660 pairs of Cape Vulture. This is the fourth largest colony in the world. Take a nature walk or game drive around our reserve with Ann our FGASA Guide, she will show you a different aspect of the bush. Taking in some of the lesser know flora and fauna. Wonderful and informative Big 5 trips can also be arranged to a private reserve with Ann hosting and taking along snacks and drinks or a bush breakfast. Half day Spar Treatments can also be arranged. The Panorama Route is also a must see. At the end of the days touring, watch the sunset turn the Skilderkraans Mountain into a rainbow of colour while having sundowners. Meet for a pre-dinner drink and chat at our convivial Warthog Bar with other guests, before sitting down to a delicious 3 course dinner either plated or served buffet style on our veranda or in our well appointed candlelit dining room served personally by us. Our Chef might also do a South African Braai (barbecue) on warm nights, in on our deck boma, around a fire. This brings one close to the sounds of the night and is an opportunity to see the wonderful night sky and stars.
Food at Shikwari has a distinctive South African flavor along with a touch of French and Italian flair. Favourite South African favourites such as Bobotie, Durban Curries, Karoo Lamb, Malva Pudding, KoeksÃƒÂ¼sters and Cape Brandy Tart are just some of the local treats. This along with the Chefs English heritage of homemade scones, pastries, and Yorkshire pudding. Italian Homemade pastas and French classicÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s such as Cheese soufflÃƒÂ©Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½s, Chocolate Fondant, Coq au Vin Blanc are the order of the day. We are becoming know for our cuisine.
Retire when the day is done to our five luxurious suites, secluded amongst the bush. Each suite is beautifully decorated and well appointed with a hospitality tray with a supply of freshly ground coffee, coffee plunger and Teas. Rusks or Cookies. There also is a mini bar stocked on request to our guestÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s requirements.
The en-suite bathrooms have large oval baths, basin and toilet and all the suites have outdoor showers. the Honeymoon Suite has a romantic canopy and an extra indoor shower over the bath. Fluffy Egyptian cotton towels, Bathrobes and Slipper are supplied and a range of specially chosen natural toiletries is always available. All our beds are dressed with fine percale linen and all rooms have air conditioners and ceiling fans.