Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
Accommodation to suit everyone - families and couples alike
Bordered by both the Kariega and Bushman’s River Valleys, the 10,000 hectare malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve is home to game and wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species.
Morning and afternoon game drives bring you close to the Big 5 of the African bush from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.
Each day begins with a morning safari into the South African bush where guests will experience the dawn of a new day as the landscape comes to life with the sunrise. During evening safaris guests may be lucky enough to witness the thrill of a lion hunt, or watch as a family of hippo emerge from the water for a night of grazing. As nocturnal life begins to stir, return safely to the lodge for a hearty dinner.
Guests can complement their safari experience with a boat cruise down the Kariega River, where you can enjoy abundant river birdlife, or take a kayak onto the river for a quiet paddle.
Inbetween game drives, well-marked hiking trails on the predator-free eastern section of the reserve offer the opportunity of walking safely amongst the game and birdlife
There are 4 lodges situated on the Kariega Game Reserve, which between them cater for a variety of needs.
Kariega Main Lodge and The Homestead are perfect for groups of friends and families - they cater for younger children but also for the privacy of other guests. Children of all ages are encouraged to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with their parents (as well as the river cruise). For children 5 years and under, however, it is at the ranger's and General Manager's discretion as to whether they can be taken to sightings of the more dangerous Big 5 wildlife for safety reasons.
Ukhozi Lodge and River Lodge are ideal for couples looking for a relaxing safari experience, as children under 11 years old cannot be accommodated at either lodge.
The accommodation at Kariega Main Lodge consists of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom log chalets. Each chalet is decorated in an ethnic style and are very spacious.
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
Ukhozi Lodge accommodates 20 guests in 10 suites crafted from log, with panoramic views from private decks. The suites are decorated in an African style and each suite is fully air-conditioned.
River Lodge's 10 luxuriously appointed air-conditioned suites are all decorated to a very high standard. The Bushmans River flows beneath the deck of the main restaurant, and the outdoor dining is a magnificent experience under the abundance of stars in the African night sky.
Orginally built as a farmhouse, the Homestead can accommodate up to 14 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms, plus there are an additional 2 rooms which share a bathroom. Your stay also includes the services of a private hostess and chef.
Kariega AT A GLANCE
- 10,000 Hectares
- Big 5 Safari Reserve
- 80 Minutes Drive from PE
- Malaria Free
- Game Drives in Open Vehicles
- Bush Walks and Trails
- Boat Cruises
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