Last Word


February 11, 2020

Kitara Joins Tripadvisor

The Last Word Kitara joined Tripadvisor and has already received some amazing reviews! The entire team has been working extra hard since our opening in November 2019 to ensure that every guest who enters the lodge enjoys every minute of their time in the reserve.

Kitara Joins Tripadvisor

The perfect (luxurious) Kruger experience

Our first review went a little something like this …

The lodge is quite remote inside the Kruger park but on privately owned land. This means that you find all the animals of the Kruger but no other tourist than people in the lodge. The place has 8 beautiful luxurious bedrooms overlooking a river where animals come and drink during the lazy hours of the day for you to observe: countless birds, elephants, monkeys, antelopes.
If you care about this (and who does not?), the food is delicious - entirely home cooked. There is a super large selection of (alcoholic) drinks all included.
But the main thing is the safaris. You have two 3-to-4 hour visit every day (one at 5:30 and the other at 4PM) in an open-roof 4x4 with a guide (either Stefan or Craig) and a tracker (Kenneth or Patrick). And that’s where you will be blown away: their knowledge of the place, the plants, the animals, their habits is encyclopaedic. They answer all your questions (and mine were often stupid) with passion and kindness. They track the animals you want to see and if / when you find them, you can spend all the time you want observing them.
If you wish, you do not have to spend all the time in the car: we have tracked lions by foot (and found them), interacted with an elephant, looked for an elusive rhino, bumped into hyenas. But with the car, we also chased wild dogs during their hunt of impalas all the way up to the kill. We got surrounded by a herd of elephants with babies and watched a leopard calling her cub. And then in the middle of the bush, they stop the car and serve you tea in the morning or a G&T in the evening on a table with a white sheet they have set in front of the 4x4. Don’t get me wrong: you have to find the animals - it’s not like you are on a plain and they are all visible but that’s what makes every encounter absolutely special.

Stefan was our guide and he had been one for 13 years and around the very lodge for 8 if I remember right. He was not just driving us around, he made sure that our stay was perfect, entertaining us with stories before and around meals. I cannot think of anything he or the team could have done to make our stay better. Stefan, Craig (ask him about birds and cricket!) and Carolina were the perfect hosts, helped by a fantastic chef (sorry I forgot his name), the ever smiling and kind Ruth and the rest of the team.
We stayed four days, loved every minute and are already looking forward to come back.”

We are thrilled to learn how much our guests have enjoyed their time with us at The Last Word Kitara and look forward to welcoming many more in the future. A huge thank you to our team who make every moment at The Last Word Kitara a truly magical one.

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A giraffe at The Last Word Kitara.


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August 28, 2023

World Rhino Day Walk

In honour of World Rhino Day, the lodges of the Madikwe Game Reserve would like to create awareness and are proud to present the seventh annual Rhino Walk. The event is being held to raise funds to help combat rhino poaching in Madikwe Game Reserve.

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