It’s unlike me to book accommodation without first scrolling through endless TripAdvisor reviews and undertaking numerous Google Image searches but somehow I’d found myself on Viva Safari’s website admiring the images of their brand new accommodation option – Katekani Tented Lodge and I before I knew it, I’d pushed the booking button. I’ll admit, it was a bit of a risk, but after spending two wonderful nights there I’m so glad I took that risk!
Katekani Tented Lodge comprises of four beautiful tented chalets adjacent to Kapama Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park in Hoedspruit. Each chalet has a thatched roof (which smells amazing when it rains), with indoor and outdoor showers, a private splash pool, deck and views of the bushveld. The units are very private and perfectly created to blend in with the bush.
Check-in & First Impressions
After breakfast at Tremisana we were met by Victor who drove us and our luggage to Katekani (roughly 30 minutes down the road). He explained that they’d only been open a few weeks and we’d be their third set of guests. He then went on to tell us that we were the only one’s staying that weekend so it’d be quite the intimate experience. This didn’t bother me in the slightest as we were after some peace and quiet and I could see that Neil was enjoying Victor’s company so things looked promising.
Upon arrival Victor showed us to our tented chalet and we were stunned. I wouldn’t even call it a tent, it was more like a mini open-plan house. Huge bedroom, dining table, fridge, bath, two showers (one inside and one out). It was part tent, part hotel room and was gorgeous. We don’t usually splash out on accommodation, based on the simple fact that we don’t usually spend that much time there but this room was so lovely and the view out towards the bush equally so, that I actually felt sorry to leave it every day!
Restaurant & Bar
The lapa is a few metres away from the chalets and includes a cosy bar and BBQ area. Unfortunately the rain prevented us from lighting up the BBQ the two nights we were there but we can imagine it would have been a great experience. The highlight of the restaurant is Mama and her amazing meals. Each time we ate there it felt like we were eating at home. Neil really enjoyed the South African cuisine – steak, veggies, curry and rice, milk tart and more!
Final Two Cents
Like most new accommodation options, there were a few teething problems but these were quickly remedied and we were glad we booked without reviews. The highlight of our stay were the people we met. Mama and her amazing food (which included a birthday cake for Neil at Tremisana on our first night), TK going out of her way to make your feel comfortable and always available to answer your questions but the highlight for us was definitely Victor. He spent the best part of 48 hours with us and we really enjoyed his company. On our last night he even hunted down the perfect sunset location for me – away from the lodge as the bush can restrict the view. He was fantastic.
Wanna stay at Katekani Tented Lodge?
Our stay at Katekani was part of a Viva Safaris 4 Day Safari , which included one night at Tremisana Lodge and 2 nights at Katekani for R10,995 pp.
Address: Kapama Game Reserve, Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit
Phone: +27 76 144 1910
Have you been to the Kruger National Park? Where do you prefer to stay?
PS. The rain really put a damper on my picture taking, so some of these images are from the Kruger Safaris Katikani Lodge booking page and even they don’t really do the place justice!