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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 ★★★★

    The lodge is comprised of log chalets raised above the African bush in the Kariega Game Reserve. In addition to breath-taking views, each chalet houses a comfortably equipped and neatly decorated interior from which to enjoy the scenery. The custom design of the common areas at Main Lodge ensures that guests feel as close to nature as possible. Whether it’s a dip in the pool or a drink at the bar, Main Lodge promises a beautiful locale in which to do it. The lodge houses 24 log chalets. Each one comes complete with a large private viewing deck. Some of the chalets have private pools but all of them contain satellite television. Additionally, all of the bedrooms contain an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

    Main Lodge is the perfect destination for groups of friends and families seeking a special safari holiday of a life time. The Main Lodge balcony, bar and restaurant offer the very best views at Kariega, featuring magnificent panoramic vistas of green valleys and winding rivers.

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    River Lodge ★★★★

    Indulge in safari bliss along the Bushmans River at River Lodge. The 10 air-conditioned suites at Kariega River Lodge are perfect for relaxing in, but there are also plenty of other spots around the lodge to take in its tranquillity. Additionally, the lodge houses a library, outdoor pool and several lounges – all perfect spots for guests. Due to its location on the Bushmans River, River Lodge is unique as it connects Kariega Game Reserve to the sea. Furthermore, the lodge offers daily boat cruises to the beach through the picturesque seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea.

    The Lodge has 10 spacious, well-appointed thatched suites. All of the suites come equipped with air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. The Lodge itself offers spectacular dining over-looking the river, an outdoor pool and an exclusive library.

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    Settlers Drift ★★★★★

    Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still. After all, 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 in Kariega Game Reserve delivers the ultimate guest experience. There are nine spacious tented suites that each measure 110m² . Each suite comes complete with a king-size bed and a spacious living area. The bathroom is equipped with hygiene products and an indoor and outdoor shower. There is also a private deck attached to each suite.

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    Ukhozi ★★★★

    Ukhozi Lodge combines the best of both worlds. The lodge’s 10 log suites promise all of the comforts of a stay in a luxury hotel, only nestled in the wild African bush. Each suite comes decorated with an African flavour and the lodge’s location ensures sweeping views of Kariega Game Reserve‘s landscape. Additionally, the lodge prides itself on its outdoor pool, restaurant and bar area. All of them are open to those who seek a relaxing stay in the African wilderness.

    The lodge boasts 10 luxury log constructed suites. Each suite has a private plunge pool and a deck that looks out over the beautiful valley. Furthermore, the suites come equipped with a spacious en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.


    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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