Areena Riverside Resort is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Cape of South Africa and offers a wonderful getaway experience in the great outdoors. The resort is home to a small private game reserve which spans 350 hectares of lush vegetation made up of cycads and aloe and is characterized by rolling hills and unsurpassed views of riverbanks. Furthermore, there are many Acacia trees as well as the Kwelera River and Leopard Kloof ravine which carves its way through the reserve. Here, adventurers and nature lovers can reconnect with nature, while enjoying all the creature comforts of home. Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve is situated 23 kilometres from East London on the Wild Coast, making it the perfect destination for a weekend escape from the city.
Areena Riverside Resort and Private Game Reserve offer a unique experience for those looking to get back in touch with nature. The Private Game Reserve is home to an abundance of plains game species, including the blue wildebeest, impala, zebras, giraffes, and waterbucks. For birding enthusiasts, the Wild Coast region is home to many bird species. Guests should be on the lookout for fish eagles, the Cape Parrot, the Knysna lourie, and many other vibrant species.
Areena Riverside Resort and Private Game Reserve is a year-round destination. However, the Wild Coast region is much like a lot of the other safari destinations in South Africa and receives its rain during the summer months. For birdlife and butterflies, the summer months are the best but those wanting to see wildlife should visit during the dry winter months, as wildlife tend to seek out water sources.
Those opting to stay at Areena Riverside Resort and Private Game Reserve can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. From exciting river cruises where guests can spot plenty of plains game along the riverbanks to spa treatments and adventure activities, there is something for every guest here. Avid anglers are encouraged to cast a line in the Kwelera River which offers a peaceful setting. For something special, guests can book a giraffe experience where they can meet Abby, Areena’s hand-reared male giraffe. Furthermore, quad bike safari experiences are top-notch and worth booking.
Areena Riverside Resort boasts a variety of fully-equipped self-catering accommodations. Guests can choose from family cottages and rondavels to timber chalets and double en suite couples units. Each accommodation option comes with linen and bath towels, as well as the creature comforts of home.