Ikaia River Lodge is a green oasis right on the bank of the Orange River. We have 13 chalets, all designed with unique style and elegance, as well as riverbank camping sites. Ikaia also offers beautiful surroundings with a lot of animals roaming the grounds and some amazing bird sightings.
In Room Facilities:
Accommodation comprises of en-suite units, self-catering chalets and camping sites. Each en-suite unit is equipped with a kitchenette and the self-catering units all are equipped with barbecue/braai facilities. All units are equipped with air-conditioners and are designed with style and elegance.
Camping sites comprises of a few riverbank stands, which most are in the shade and each site has a power/electrical point. Ablutions close-by all equipped with showers and hot water.
Situated in what is known as the Green Kalahari, the picturesque town of Keimoes lies just 40 km southwest of Upington on the N14.
Although the origin of the town's name remains unresolved, it makes for great folklore. It is believed that the name came either from the Nama Khoe words 'gei' - meaning large and 'mus' meaning fountain or perhaps from Klaas Lukas, the legendary Koranna Khoe leader who had established a village on the river banks prior to white settlers moving in who named the village Keimoes meaning 'mouse nest' in his own language. This due to the vast colonies of mice in the area.
Braai/barbecue facilities, swimming in the river, bird-watching, fishing and fly-fishing, site-seeing, walking, jogging, canoeing/kayaking, squash.
For the comfort of our guests, iKaia River Lodge is a strictly non smoking accommodation establishment except for certain demarcated outside guest areas.
Ikaia also offers a Coffee Shop located on-site and set-menu dinners on reservations only.
- Dutch Reformed Church.
Built by Revered Schroeder in 1889 the church has since been declared a national monument.
- Tierberg Nature Reserve.
4 km outside Keimoes. The reserve cover an area of 160 hectares. Notable for its magnificent Aloes, several species of succulents, springbok and breathtaking views of the mighty Orange River Valley.
An old restored working waterwheel in the centre of the village which pumps water from the Gariep River to farms in the area. Located on the main street.
- Wine Tasting and Tours.
Visit the Orange River Wine Cellars for tours and wine tasting
- World War 1 War Memorial.
The battle of Kakamas took place in 1915 and consisted of 3 skirmishes between German and Allied Forces. A memorial marks the location of the battle.
- Star Gazing
- Suspension Bridges
Several suspension bridges span the Gariep (Orange) River allowing traffic between the "islands".
- Sunset River Cruises.
- Water Sports :
Kayaking, tubing, canoeing and fishing