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Kariega Game Reserve

Malaria-free, Big 5 African Safaris at Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated private game reserve stretching across 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The reserve is situated along the famous Garden Route, making it the perfect Big 5 safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along South Africa's beautiful coast. This malaria-free destination is home to some of the richest biodiversity in Southern Africa, as well as the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans rivers. Incorporating luxury safari lodge accommodation, spectacular vistas and magnificent Big 5 and general game viewing, Kariega Game Reserve offers the ultimate in authentic African safari holidays.

Experience close up viewing of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo – as well as multitudes of other African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle, or take in the unique ecosystems of the rivers during a tranquil boat cruise. Kariega Game Reserve is a 10 minute drive from the coastal village of Kenton-on-Sea, and a mere 140 km outside of Port Elizabeth, making it perfectly accessible and ideally situated near the coast.

Kariega rates include

  • Safari drive twice daily
  • All meals and selected beverages*
  • River cruises and guided bush walks
  • Canoeing 
  • Luxury bedroom with king-size bed (twin or double)
  • Magnificent panoramic views from each lodge
  • Generous en-suite bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Internet connectivity
  • Safe and telephone

*Main Lodge excludes beverages


Settlers Drift

Settlers Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge located in a remote part of the Kariega wilderness. The lodge consists of nine spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Unique features include excellent river fishing, canoeing and entry by boat.

River Lodge

River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed thatched suites meander along the banks of the Bushmans river, offering the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquility. Inside the lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax at the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Unique features include excellent river fishing, canoeing and beach trips by boat

Ukhozi Lodge

Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush you will discover 10 superbly appointed air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma with an outdoor pool. Here, guests can unwind in front of warm log fires, enjoy tasty cuisine or simply share experiences of the African bush.

Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. All the log chalets are air conditioned, have large private viewing decks, and some with private pools. Each has a spacious lounge and living area which is great for socializing before retreating to the privacy and comfort of your bedroom, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush to create a natural environment where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet a swim in the pool. Children of all ages are welcome.

The Homestead

The Homestead is a private lodge which offers guests all the comfort, convenience and luxury of their own home. With a dedicated host, game ranger and cook, guests have the flexibility to plan their day according to their own specific needs. The Homestead is set in a remote and private part of the reserve. With seven spacious bedrooms, all en suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views, it is the perfect lodge for the sole use of a group or family of up to 14 persons.

Homestead private facilities

  • All meals, game drives and activities scheduled at guests leisure
  • Private game ranger, host and private cook
  • Pub lounge with satellite TV and fireplace
  • Main kitchen
  • Presentation kitchen
  • Dining room and lounge with fireplace
  • Private outdoor boma
  • Private outdoor patio and swimming pool 
  • Private boma
  • Playroom for children
  • Laundry room