Guests are taken out twice daily in open safari vehicles, usually in the early morning and late afternoon, although times are dependent on the season and weather. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush, while your skilled ranger provides hidden details and fascinating facts about the surrounding wildlife. Game drives are the center of the Kariega safari experience and guests will be thrilled by close-up encounters with lion, elephant and an abundance of other African wildlife.
An abundance of bird and animal life makes for exciting game viewing whilst enjoying the peace and tranquility of the dramatic river valley. During one of the morning game drives, guests at Main Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge and the Homestead will enjoy a majestic cruise down the Kariega River on the “Kariega Queen”. At River Lodge, optional daily boat cruises ferry guests down the Bushman’s River, through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea and to its picturesque beaches.
Kariega offers a variety of well marked hiking trails on the predator-free, eastern section of the reserve. This provides our guests with the opportunity of walking safely amongst more than 25 species of game and an abundance of birdlife.
Take one the canoes for a leisurely paddle down either the Kariega or the Bushman’s rivers and watch in blissful silence as the river birds and animals go about their daily business.
Guests at Main Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment for fishing in the magnificent Kariega River. River Lodge is equipped with rods and is perfectly situated for the keen fisherman. Here, guests can fish from the Bushman’s River bank or from a canoe or boat.
The following local attractions are not included in the tariff.
For the enthusiastic golfer the Royal Port Alfred and Fish River Sun Golf Course (Gary Player designed) are, respectively, 25 and 40 minutes away.
The golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea are less than 15 minutes away. If you plan your trip well, you can be thrilled by combining big-5 game viewing, river fun and beach beauty!
Kariega Game Reserve is situated in the heart of 1820 Settler Country and offers guests the opportunity of visiting local towns rich with history and packed with monuments, some of the highlights being Grahamstown, Salem, Bathurst and Port Alfred – all significant in South Africa’s history.
Known as the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is a beautiful coastal hub offering everything from scuba diving to great shopping and scenic bayside restaurants.