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5 Reasons to Visit Kariega Game Reserve

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5 Reasons to Visit Kariega Game Reserve

There’s nothing more magical than watching the golden light of sunrise illuminate the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape while listening to the mighty roars of a pride of lions. South Africa is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, and there’s nowhere more dreamy than the untamed beauty of Kariega.

Kariega Game Reserve offers guests the chance to explore 11,500 hectares of protected wilderness, providing a tapestry of beauty and biodiversity you won’t find anywhere else on earth. From thrilling wildlife encounters to luxurious accommodations, Kariega offers a safari experience like no other.

Here are five reasons Kariega Game Reserve is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Wildlife Safari Adventures

One of the many reasons people book an African Safari is to see an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat. Thankfully, Kariega Game Reserve is teeming with life! From the majestic lions lounging in the sun to the industrious dung beetle diligently at work - there’s so much natural beauty to enjoy when out on safari with one of our knowledgeable guides. Hop in an open-air safari vehicle and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the African bush. Alternatively, you can get up close and personal with our unique walking safaris for a chance to immerse yourself in nature like never before. Trust us, there’s nothing more magical than creating unforgettable memories while traversing the untamed landscapes of the Eastern Cape.

Afternoon game drive sundowners with giraffe

Indulge in Unmatched Comfort

Experience the epitome of comfort and relaxation with the luxurious accommodation options at Kariega Game Reserve. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Eastern Cape, our lodges and camps offer an unparalleled retreat for travellers seeking a touch of luxury in the heart of the African wilderness.

Our Main Lodge is the perfect location for families, friends and couples looking to immerse themselves in a comfortable and friendly-environment while enjoying mesmerising views of the bush. It offers 24 log chalets with large private viewing decks overlooking the stunning Kariega River Valley.

If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind experience, then look no further than Settlers Drift. Nestled in a remote and pristine corner of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift offers a beautiful blend of tented safari adventure and five-star luxury. Spend your mornings exploring the South African wilderness and your afternoons listening to the rush of the Bushman’s River.

Guests can enjoy a romantic stay at Ukhozi Lodge, a tranquil experience with river fishing and canoeing at our River Lodge or an exclusive and private stay at our private lodge, The Homestead. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a family adventure, or a solo retreat, we offer a safari accommodation to suit your needs.

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Relaxation and Wellness

Mother Nature is a natural stress reliever, but spending time exploring the bush isn’t the only opportunity you’ll have to unwind at Kariega. Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the reserve, our Wellness Centre offers the ideal sanctuary for rest, relaxation, and revitalisation of body and mind. Indulge in a range of services available and tailored to your needs, all performed by skilled therapists in a serene setting. Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or trying to unwind after an exhilarating day exploring Kariega’s rugged landscape, our Wellness Centre provides the perfect spot.

Kariega Main Lodge - Wellness Centre - Massage

Experience the Best Safari Guides

Our guests are our top priority, and we strive to provide them with unforgettable experiences during their visit. One of the ways in which we ensure you’ll keep coming back for more is by providing you with the best safari guides out there. Our expert guides are seasoned professionals with an intimate knowledge of the reserve's diverse ecosystems and wildlife. From tracking elusive predators to uncovering hidden gems of the bush, our guides go above and beyond to ensure every safari is a truly immersive and educational experience. Be prepared to be enthralled with interesting facts about the numerous species of animals and Kariega’s inspiring history. Each game drive is a truly unique experience, as a different route is taken to allow guests to enjoy different parts of the reserve and see as many wild animals and birds as possible.

Guests viewing elephants - Img taken by guest Sean Pollock

A Safari with Purpose

While going on an African safari adventure is a great way to spoil yourself, it’s also a wonderful way to give back. Kariega’s commitment to responsible ecotourism goes beyond providing guests with unforgettable experiences – it extends to actively contributing to the preservation of the Kariega wilderness while also uplifting local communities. In partnership with the Kariega Foundation, each safari excursion plays a vital role in supporting our conservation and upliftment efforts, whether it’s through wildlife monitoring initiatives or education programmes for local students.

Guests donations to the Kariega Foundation being given to the children of the community

Book Your Stay at Kariega Game Reserve

If you’re ready to embark on an unforgettable journey that allows you to explore the beauty of the African wilderness, then book your stay at Kariega Game Reserve. Whether you're seeking thrilling wildlife encounters on safari, tranquil moments of relaxation in nature, or immersive cultural experiences, Kariega has something for everyone.

Book your adventure at Kariega Game Reserve today by contacting our friendly reservations team today!