Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm is flanked by the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountains as it sits snugly between the stunning Garden Route and the breath-taking expanses of the Little Karoo. These are the two main routes between the beautiful Western Cape and the intriguing Eastern Cape. Chandelier's prime positioning makes is optimally accessible from various areas throughout South Africa. It is less than 10km from Oudtshoorn (the crocodile and ostrich haven) and just under 50km from George and its airport.
Although Chandelier Game Lodge is a retreat from busy city living and the hustle and bustle of major commercial centres, it is ideally located to be the perfect starting point from which to explore major tourist attractions and activities. In addition, this area of South Africa is malaria-free, making it safe for the entire family.
LUXURY TENTED CHALETS
Chandelier Game Lodge boasts several tented chalets, which offer stylish accommodation with a hint of African bush living. These are situated right within the bush and have wooden decks from which to take in the awe-inspiring views from the privacy of individual suites. Guests may enjoy a private viewing of animals at the water hole or ambling past from these private observation decks.
Each of the eight tented chalets is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, corner / spa baths, air-conditioning units or fans, and an open-air shower. Décor is stylish, complementing the stunning surrounds, while suites and furnishings are comfortable and inviting. Each chalet sleeps two people and children are welcome.
Drive Out magazine and the AA publication both rated these warm, hospitable chalets as being "Highly Recommended".
SELF-CATERING LOG HOMES
The African Log Home is a stunning escape, perched atop its private deck and boasting breath-taking views of the Little Karoo. Its deck is built around a Pepper Tree in an ongoing commitment to preserving the natural splendour of this world. The barbecue facilities invite guests to relax under the African sky and enjoy a traditional meal of flame-grilled meat and fresh salads. The African Log Home has two bedrooms, both en-suite, a kitchen (open-plan), lounge (with bunk bed), TV, air-conditioning, heaters, fridge and gas stove. This home can sleep up to four adults and two children.
The Rustic Log Home is another self-catering facility. Its private deck boasts views of the Swartberg Mountains and is also equipped with barbecue facilities for the ultimate in South African relaxation. This home accommodates two adults and four children comfortably. It is equipped with a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, an open-plan kitchen and a lounge with a sleeper couch and bunk beds.
OSTRICH TOURS & RIDING
The Little Karoo is known the world over for its proliferation of superior-quality ostrich meat, skin and feathers. This industry began in the 1870's and Oudtshoorn continues to be a major attraction for locals and visitors alike to experience these beautiful products. Chandelier is the closest ostrich show farm to Oudtshoorn and has, therefore, played an integral role in the establishment and success of this industry.
The tour starts at the graveyard on the farm. These excursions are conducted on open-air Land Rovers to ensure that visitors do not miss any scenery, despite being protected from the harsh sunshine or gentle drizzle. Then, guests are invited to tour the working ostrich farm to learn of daily activities, or to hop onto one of the birds for a bumpy ride. There are even professional jockeys on hand to demonstrate an authentic ostrich race.
With prior notice, tours can be conducted in five different languages.
SUNDOWNER BUSH DINNER (Minimum of 6 people)
South Africa, and the Little Karoo in particular, is known for its temperate night conditions, with summer temperatures averaging around 20 degrees Celsius after dark. To take full advantage, Chandelier Game Lodge offers visitors the unique opportunity of dining in the mountain-side lapa (a traditional African venue), while sipping on sundowners and watching the Karoo fall under a blanket of darkness.
Guides get a real South African barbecue going, flame-grilling local meats including ostrich, kudu and springbuck. Although this is a casual style of easting, three delicious courses are served, each showcasing the country's unique flavours and fresh ingredients.
After guests have eaten, they are invited to gaze at the stars with the help of a specialist guide. A night game driver follows the stars to demonstrate their accuracy and to show the visitors some of the more elusive creatures that prefer to conduct their affairs during the nocturnal hours.
Chandelier's property stretches for some 3500 hectares and includes several different types of vegetation. This, in turn, implies a wide variety of animals, each suited to a different floral home. Fauna and flora include Fynbos (unique to South Africa until very recently), succulents, river bushveld, Black-Backed Jackals, leopards, kudus, giraffes and many antelope species.
There are many trails on which to conduct game drives, best suited to 4 x 4 vehicles.
Like the large animals, birds delight in the abundance of vegetation at the Chandelier Game Lodge. Bird watchers will be hesitant to leave the confines of the property after having spotted the Blue Crane, African Fish Eagle, Black Eagle and Martial Eagle. There are several avian species that prefer the watery environment, and these thrive on the 8km of Klip River flowing through and beyond the property.
GUIDED CULTURAL TRAIL
The Eastern and Western capes enjoy a rich cultural heritage and were once home to many Khoisan tribes. These ones lived off the land, and left clues of their lives and customs in the form of rock paintings, fossils and preserved implements and tools. Their relationship with the natural world around them was particularly noteworthy, as they lived in harmony with the animals and plants, taking only what they needed.
When European settlers arrived, they killed and enslaved many of these nomadic people, destroying their peaceful habitat. Today, there are only about 100 000 Khoisan still in existence. This was a people of oral tradition and folklore, depicting stories in paintings and through word-of-mouth. In addition, their culture was defined largely by Spiritism and ritualistic healing.
Chandelier's Khoisan Cultural Trail provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and traditions of these ancient people. The knowledgeable guides share valuable information that works to preserve the remnants of this community in the minds and hearts of those from around the world.
ANIMAL TOUCH FARM
Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm is home to a wide variety of free-roaming wildlife, who are characterised by their not-so-wild nature. These include a baby Springbuck, three Eland calves and an Oryx gazelle as well as Shetland ponies and horses. Of course, Kwagga is a firm favourite. He is a young Zebra that was hand-raised when his mother was no longer able to care for him. He is a South African celebrity, having appeared on local television and in magazines.
COMMUNITY CRAFT CENTRE
The Community Craft Centre was designed to create jobs for local people. Initially, this was in the form of painting and carving ostrich eggs. However, due to increasing popularity and demand, this had to grow into a much larger venture. Today, guests are encouraged to explore their own creative side while visiting the centre.
The unique attraction to this initiative is its focus on allowing local people to own and manage it, effectively giving them power and business management skills they would otherwise not have had access to.
The goods produced can be bought at the local curio shop. Many are made of ostrich leather, which is guaranteed to be of the highest quality at excellent prices.
The Kings Mask Restaurant seats 140 people and displays a distinctly African-style menu and ambience. Kings Mask combines elegance and ethnic décor in an effective display of African chic. This sets the scene for the ideal venue for weddings, corporate events and celebrations.
Using local meats, speciality dishes include ostrich and venison for a true South African flavour.
Kings Mask Restaurant offers private 3-course dinners that are served on guests' private decks, in the heart of nature. This is the perfect, romantic end to a day in the bush.
Conferencing and Team Building
The Chandelier Bush Camp is ideal for corporate events, school groups and team building initiatives. This camp sleeps 60 people and provides basic accommodation. Each event is tailored to the specific requirements of the group that will be visiting, allowing our guests a unique, relevant stay.
Chandelier focuses on the natural resources available, using objects from the surrounding veld to conduct exercises and events. These include trees, waterholes, cliffs and hiking trails. These are used with the goal of engendering team spirit and an appreciation for each other and the world we share. The beauty of South Africa and the Little Karoo inspires awe and creativity in the groups that participate.
The Bush Camp itself is great for treasure hunts, which do not only appeal to the younger visitors, but to more adventurous adults too.