03 May 2018 Read: 375
Kilima is a traditional Swahili word meaning ‘under the mountain’. No other word could more accurately describe the setting we found ourselves in, just outside Letsitele this weekend. Regarded as the brightest jewel of Murchison, Kilima Private Game Lodge and Spa just a few kilometres from Hoedspruit is spectacular. Hidden from view just off the R71 in thick bushveld at the foot of the Murchison mountain range, Kilima has long attracted the attention of international travellers visiting the area on safaris or hunting trips, or seeking the secluded privacy of the area.
The architecture and decorative finishes speak volumes of the attention to detail and the long legacy of the Schütte family. Frans and his wife Sareta Schütte, took the strategic decision in 2017 to give the iconic lodge a major revamp to maintain its relevancy for the future. As part of this move they included the powerhouse management team of hoteliers Billy and Minette McKechnie. The couple are well-known in local circles for their successes at their upmarket Kings Walden Garden Manor and events venue off Agatha Road.
“Through the experience and dynamic approach of these two hospitality stalwarts, we are very confident in the future of our dream,” said Frans during the relaunch event at the lodge on Saturday evening.
Judging by the manner in which the event was presented, and the guest list which included some of the local business heavyweights, Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa is already well on its way to a bright new future. Already relationships have been forged with other venues in the area to insure good relationships and neighbourly courtesy to allow for only the most pleasant experience for their guests.
Through these relationships, Kilima is able to accommodate larger parties for weddings and functions, and offer exclusive sightseeing tours or more specific outings should it be required.
For more information on deals and packages, as well as services available at Kilima, visit their website at www.kilimagamelodge.co.za or give them a like on Facebook.