Kids on Safari

  • Main Lodge welcomes children of all ages and kids can enjoy our daily children's programme, between approx. 11h00 and 14h00. These are mainly about having fun but we also aim to inspire, excite and educate.
  • Children are encouraged and welcome to join their parents on all game drives. Baby-sitting is available if required.
  • Please note that children of all ages are most welcome at Main Lodge and The Homestead. Settlers Drift, River Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge do not accommodate children 10 years and younger.

Game Drives

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 it is the ranger’s and General Manager’s discretion as to whether they can be taken to sightings of the more dangerous Big 5 for safety reasons.

Play Area

This area is situated at Kariega Main Lodge and is ideal when the weather is bad or during evening meal times – when Mom and Dad sometimes have to deal with restless kids! The area is equipped with:

  • Television and wildlife DVDs
  • Books, toys, puzzles, colouring-in books, play-dough, games, etc.
  • Black-board
  • Table tennis

Midday Activities

There are children's activities on offer between 11h00 and 14h00. Please discuss these with your ranger.

Children will enjoy one or more of the following safari activities (weather permitting):

  • A guided trail within the boundaries of Main Lodge where they will learn more about their beautiful surroundings and the miracles of nature, including plants, insects and animal tracks. The group will have time to ask questions and interact with the ranger. They may be given a fun short test and will each receive a Junior Ranger Certificate
  • Learning how to create moulds of animal tracks using plaster of Paris. These can serve as great souvenirs from their time at Kariega
  • Fun and interactive activities, including fishing, canoeing, rhino awareness and baking
  • Arts and crafts, including colouring, sand art, making animal masks as well as creating flags and handprints to add to the display wall
  • Completing the activities in the Kids on Safari booklet.

Download the Kids on Safari PDF. Guided Bush Walks

Children 16 years and over are welcome on our guided bush walks.


Available at all times for R80.00 per babysitter per hour.

Let the FUN begin!

Safari Tips

Don't forget your binoculars!

Bring cameras and video recorders to capture the stunning close-up sightings of lion, elephant and other wild game as well as dramatic African vistas.

You may want to go out on the exciting night drives to view nocturnal wildlife activity, so bring warm clothes (particularly in the colder months from May to September).