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    Kariega Game Reserve boasts gorgeous rivers, luxury accommodation and thrilling big 5.

    Kariega Game Reserve has been a stalwart among South African safaris for over 25 years. The family-owned and operated game reserve is set between the Kariega and Bushman’s River. Many travellers choose to wind up their Garden Route adventure with a stay in one of Kariega’s luxury lodges. In addition, the health spa and lodge kitchen will ensure that your down-time between activities is relaxing.

    Guests are treated to game drives twice a day, usually in the early morning and late afternoon. However, times are dependent on the season and weather. One of Kariega’s expert rangers will reveal hidden details about the wildlife to ensure that your safari is an educational one. Kariega prides itself on the quality of its game drives and close-up encounters with the likes of lion, elephant and plenty of other wildlife are guaranteed.

    With its luxury accommodation, its stunning wildlife and its picturesque location alongside the Kariega and Bushman’s River, Kariega Game Reserve is a cut above the rest. Many travellers often wind up their Cape Town and Garden Route adventure with a stay at Kariega, and always enjoy it.

    Luxury Tented Camp

    Main Lodge ★★★★

    Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. All the log chalets are air conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks. Each has a spacious lounge and living area which is great for socializing before retreating to the privacy and comfort of your bedroom. 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 swim in the pool.

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    River Lodge ★★★★

    River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed suites offer 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 Bushmans River. Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing.

    Nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, this thatched lodge is unique in that it connects a Big 5 game reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry our guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea to its picturesque and user friendly beaches.

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    Settlers Drift ★★★★★

    Located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still since the last feet to have touched this remote valley were those of the 1820 Settlers as they guided their wagons across the river. The luxuriously appointed and perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience.

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    Ukhozi ★★★★

    Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Superbly sculptured from stone, wood and glass, this stylish and uniquely designed lodge forms idyllic spaces and nestles subtly into the landscape. Views are spectacular and the beautiful rim-flow pool on the valley edge is simply iconic – offering guests an unequalled panoramic view of the river plains teaming with wild animals. Meandering bush paths connect 10 luxurious suites, each offering complete privacy with their own breath-taking vistas and private plunge pools.


    What does a typical day at a lodge entail?

    Guests can enjoy two game drives per day, where they will encounter some fascinating wildlife and excellent scenic views. Guests can also enjoy guided bush walks, bush picnics and various other safari activities. The lodge itself has a relaxing atmosphere and guests are welcome to enjoy a day of leisure around the pool.

    What is the dress code and what should be packed?

    Guests are advised to dress in comfortable, loose fitting and relatively cool clothing. Sandals, sneakers and hiking shoes are suitable for relaxing as well as safari activities.
    Items to pack include the necessary clothing as well as comfortable shoes, a hat or cap, sunscreen and, of course, a camera. Avoid bright coloured clothing and stick to light pastels or khaki.

    Are tipping/gratuities expected?

    Gratuities are expected and are not included in the rates.

    Is the reserve a malaria free?

    Yes, the area is malaria-free.

    What is the climate like?

    South Africa enjoys a warm climate year-round. Winter temperatures range between 7 and 22°C while summer temperatures reach between 16 and 36°C.

    What is the best time of year for game viewing?

    Game viewing is not affected by the weather, seasons or time of year. Animals are active 365 days a year. If there is something you are specifically looking to see, consult with one of our safari experts upon making your booking.
    Additionally, it’s recommended that you bring warmer clothing along for the trip as it may get cold, regardless of the time of year.


    South Africa has world-class medical facilities, with a large network of hospitals that offer excellent services. However, please ensure that you have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution.

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