This Kariega Game Reserve accommodation is located in the heart of 1820s Settler Country, high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley in South Africa. This malaria-free Eastern Cape game reserve offers Big Five safaris. In addition to elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards, guests can see hippopotamuses, hyenas, eland, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest. The reserve is located along the Garden Route, making it an ideal South African safari destination to combine with a visit to Cape Town and a tour of the country’s stunning coastline. For the discerning Eastern Cape safari guest, each lodge is exclusive and luxurious. Superior design details, attentive service, and superb cuisine are all common elements.
The Main Lodge
This Kariega Game Reserve accommodation option provides a relaxed and friendly environment for families, friends, and couples who wish to enjoy the African bush for a weekend or week-long getaway. The log chalets at the Main Lodge are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms and large private viewing decks, while some chalets feature private swimming pools. Each chalet comes furnished with a spacious living area, ideal for curling up with a riveting novel or socializing with friends before retiring for the day. This Kariega lodge has been artfully integrated with the surrounding bush to create a natural environment, inviting the outdoors inside. The facilities at the Main Lodge include a shared swimming pool, a bar, a restaurant, and a boma—all ideal for enjoying some downtime after a guided game drive.
The romance and intimacy of Africa are perfectly captured by Ukhozi Lodge. This stylish and one-of-a-kind accommodation is superbly sculpted from stone, wood, and glass, forming idyllic spaces for guests to relax and unwind after a long day out and about. The views are breathtaking, and the stunning rim-flow pool provides an unrivalled panoramic view of the river plains teeming with wildlife. Bush paths connect ten luxurious suites, each offering incredible views and private plunge pools. Guests staying here can enjoy complete privacy with elegant bathrooms, air conditioning, and tea and coffee facilities.
River Lodge is a one-of-a-kind Kariega Game Reserve accommodation. The ten spacious suites are air-conditioned and tastefully appointed, providing the most discerning guests with peace and tranquillity, away from the maddening crowds. Inside the lodge, guests can relax in one of the lounges, curl up with a book in the library, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, or enjoy the view from the magnificent deck that overlooks the Bushmans River. Excellent river fishing and canoeing are two of the area's distinguishing features. This thatched lodge, nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, is unique in that it connects a Big Five game reserve to the sea. River Lodge daily boat cruises transport guests through the charming village of Kenton-on-Sea to its picturesque and accessible beaches.
Settlers Drift, located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, offers a one-of-a-kind tented safari experience combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge boasts nine spacious tented suites, each with breathtaking views and secluded viewing decks. Each tent comes furnished with an opulent bedroom and living area, a full bathroom, an indoor/outdoor shower, and a mini-bar. Outside, the deck offers sublime views overlooking the Bushman’s River where it feels as though time has stopped since the last feet touched the remote valley. Safari Lodge amenities include a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, expansive decks, a pool, a boma, a curio shop, a library, and spa treatments.
This fantastic Kariega Game Reserve accommodation, called the Homestead, is a private lodge that provides its guests with all of the comfort, convenience, and privacy of home. Guests can tailor their day to their specific requirements thanks to dedicated hosts, game rangers, and cooks. The Homestead is located in a secluded and private area of the reserve and is ideal for a group or family of up to 14 people. With seven spacious, ensuite bedrooms, a bar, a swimming pool, satellite TV, lounge, large garden, boma, and spectacular views, guests staying here will enjoy an exclusive safari experience.
Kariega Game Reserve, located on South Africa's malaria-free Garden Route, spans 10,000 hectares of pristine Eastern Cape wilderness and is home to the famous Big Five, as well as a wealth of African wildlife such as hippo, giraffe, and zebra. The reserve is also a haven for birdlife, both resident and migratory.
The game reserve is located in the coastal belt of 1820s Settler Country, making it a natural extension of a trip to Cape Town and along South Africa's beautiful coast. The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth, which is an 80-minute drive away; the seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea is a 10-minute drive away, and the historic town of Grahamstown is a half-hour drive away.
When it comes to activities available at Kariega Game Reserve, safari-goers will be spoilt for choice. Aside from spectacular game drives at dawn and dusk, guided bush walks will familiarize visitors with the complexities of the natural world. Boat cruises on the Kariega and Bushmans Rivers provide a different perspective, while excursions for canoeing and fishing are also possibilities.
Main Lodge: Fully-Inclusive Rates 2022
(All meals and activities, excluding beverages)
01 Jan 2022 - 10 Jan 2022: from R6,500 per person sharing
01 Feb 2022 - 28 Feb 2022: from R6,500 per person sharing
18 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022: from R6,500 per person sharing
01 Jan 2023 - 10 Jan 2023: from R6,500 per person sharing
11 Jan 2022 - 31 Jan 2022: from R5,950 per person sharing
01 Mar 2022 - 30 Apr 2022: from R5,950 per person sharing
01 Sep 2022 - 17 Dec 2022: from R5,950 per person sharing
01 May 2022 - 31 Aug 2022: from R4,950 per person sharing