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Freedom To Roam Adventures

Freedom To Roam Adventures is an annual event at Kariega Game Reserve hosted by Trish and Phil Liggett to share their love of nature and play an active role in its protection and preservation

The FTRA team work with Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation to curate a bespoke experience for 16 guests to enjoy 6 nights at the reserve, spread across the beautiful Ukhozi Lodge, River Lodge and Settlers Drift Lodge; enjoying beautiful environments, outstanding cycling, game viewing, river cruisers and walking safari’s on the reserve as well as information evenings with conservation and community development experts to give purpose and context to how the donation (that is built into the cost of the event) will benefit conservation efforts in and around the reserve. Kariega Game Reserve does not offer cycling as a safari activity - the privilege is reserved for Freedom To Roam Adventures exclusively.

“Throughout our 50 years of marriage we have enjoyed the natural world with walking and cycling as our primary modes of transport! The decline we have witnessed over these years is truly heart-breaking. We feel an over-whelming need to do something.

Freedom to Roam Adventures (NGO) is an expression of this passion and our dedication to keeping Africa’s wildlife protected and roaming freely in their natural habitat.” Phil and Trish Liggett.

FTRA 2023 at Kariega

Bespoke Itinerary Experiences

In addition to safari drives with incredible game viewing,  these are a few of the unique experiences our Freedom To Roam Adventure guests enjoy:

  • A warm welcome and short talk on the history of Kariega Game Reserve by Lindy Sutherland, Director of the Kariega Foundation and family owner of Kariega Game Reserve.
  • A viewing of the Phil Liggett documentary: The Voice of Cycling.
  • Being hosted by Phil and Trish Liggett. (Trish offers excellent wildlife photography tips for those who wish to up-skill.)
  • Mountain biking through the reserve with three support vehicles: one in front, one at the back and a third for guests who do not want to cycle. Non cycling guests have the option of guided bush walks. (There are a minimum of four cycles in six days)
  • A presentation by reserve ecologist, Chris Reynecke, on the complexity of wildlife and reserve management.
  • A K9 demonstration by Kariega APU with a discussion on rhino protection.
  • An evening with world renowned wildlife vet William Fowlds including insight into the broader conservation landscape in the Eastern Cape.
  • Birding by boat on the Bushmans River, by one of Kariega's expert Field Guides.

Click here: Read about Freedom To Roam Adventures 2022.

Click here: Read about Freedom To Roam Adventures 2023.

Riders and giraffe at Kariega

Riding through the Kariega wilderness

Funds Raised Support Holistic Conservation

Funds raised through Freedom To Roam Adventures are donated to the Kariega Foundation, a non-profit trust working in partnership with Kariega Game Reserve as well as other privately owned reserves and conservation organisations in the Eastern Cape to deliver on a broad and holistic conservation mandate

All funds raised support projects with the core motive to protect, preserve and educate so that we may reform that which threatens our natural world and build a greater conservation community that works collectively to rejuvenate our planet, people and wildlife.

To date and more specifically funds raised by Freedom to Roam Adventures have contributed to:

  • Habitat expansion in the Bushmans River Valley.
  • Translocation of rhino into new habitats.
  • APU training for candidates from local communities.
  • K9 DH1 certification for two APU cadets from local communities.
  • Infrastructure support for black rhino translocation into the Bushmans River corridor.
  • Training of ten additional Youth Development Practitioners to establish Youth Development Programmes in additional four communities.

Freedom To Roamer's have become a significant network of conservation minded individuals who are making a tangible and meaningful contribution to conservation in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As the most bio-diverse province in the world, the Eastern Cape must be protected.

For further information please email Lindy Sutherland, Kariega Foundation director on or Trish Liggett, founder of Freedom to Roam Adventures on

Kariega Foundation community kids at a rhino procedure                

Phil and Trish Motivation

"Through FTRA, our guests engage first-hand in the experiences that ignited our love of the wild. Our hope is that, through facilitating this intimate connection with nature, a similar love and passion is sparked within each of them. It takes only a couple of days of being immersed in a wilderness for personal awareness to increase. Through listening and learning from veterinarian experts, ecologists and other eminent guests in an easy and relaxed atmosphere, awareness becomes knowledge which is the source of the change our planet so desperately needs.”

Phil and Trish Liggett

Phil Trish Liggett at Kariega

Early morning ride
The sun came out
Beautiful Bushmans River
Dusky flycatcher in flight
Gathering for the off!
Happy riders
Curious giraffe
The Whole Group
Phil - I think he is smiling!
A submissive bull elephant
Our fabulous back up team
Pause to enjoy the scenery
Mum and her very young offspring
Trish, Nic (ride leader) and Phil at Settlers Drift
Cape Weaver in acacia thorn bush
Scotty preparing the bikes
At Ukhozi Lodge - Day 1, the whole gang
White rhino grazing
Off road at its best
This pic says it all!
A little skill required
Ah! Stunning sundowners
Bush walks are a must do
Last evening sundowners high on the ridge
Taking the bush walk option
The guests of 2022 our first adventure
The famous Thandi and her calf
Another great ride
How cute is this!
The bar is open in the bush
Phil looks happy
Up close with a young ellie
The Bushmans River winds its way
'An Oldie' - us at our haven in Limpopo
Our 2022 group all smiles
Amazing encounter with a breeding herd
Nic and Phil at Settlers Drift
Mike and Scotty always ensure the bikes are perfect
Community projects in action - the netball team
The jerseys look very good
Memorable moments
Your Kariega Safari Experience
Elephants Kariega Game Reserve Marketing Video
Settlers Drift Video
Ukhozi Lodge Video
River Lodge Video

Kariega Foundation

Everything in nature exists in perfect harmony and balance.

Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation aspire to emulate a similar and mutually beneficial balance and harmony between commercial success and stability; community collaboration and activation; and sustainable wildlife management and conservation.

Follow the link below to discover more about the Kariega Foundation and how you can help.

Any Questions?

Get in touch! We are happy to help.


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