• Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge

A rustic safari lodge in the Kariega wilderness

Set in 10,000 hectares of African wilderness which includes the Kariega and Bushmans rivers, the Kariega Private Game Reserve offers the excitement of the Big Five and the benefit of being situated in a malaria-free region. Here you can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers as well as guided bush walks, river cruises, canoeing and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.

The Main Lodge's 24 air conditioned log chalets blend harmoniously into their forest environment and feature large private viewing decks with far-reaching views over the Kariega River Valley. Relax in the homely comfort of your lounge or your spacious and well-appointed bedroom. Alternatively take a refreshing dip in the enticing swimming pool; enjoy an invigorating treatment at the spa; or borrow a canoe and paddle down the tranquil river.

With plenty of communal areas, the lodge has a relaxed and sociable atmosphere and is an ideal base for couples and groups. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,799  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
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Tripadvisor rating 2223 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Air conditioned log chalets with private viewing decks, some with plunge pools
  • Twice daily safari game drives with experienced guides
  • Deck with stunning views of the Kariega River Valley
  • Wellness centre with spa and gym

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 21 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kariega Main Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
2223 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1785
  • Very Good 332
  • Average 70
  • Poor 22
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Nov 13, 2019

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Romanshorn, Switzerland

The welcome was warm and friendly. We had a good time at Kariega during our 3 days stay, although the weather conditions wasn't perfect. Furthermore the "all inclusive" (food and beverage) we appreciated very much.
Nov 12, 2019

We had a great time

The river lodge is on a beautiful place! Also the place for eat was very nice. Also was we listening to a small group of african music. The breakfast was delicious. The housekeeper was very frendly and helpful
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Kariega Main Lodge


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Safari Walks

Safari walks on a variety of well-marked, predator-free trails will allow you to experience many species of game and bird life.

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Safari Game Drives

Prepare to view the Big Five, as well as many other species, on game drives in the early morning and the late afternoon/evening in open safari vehicles. River cruises can also be enjoyed, for an alternative perspective.

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Take one of the canoes and paddle down either the Kariega or the Bushmans River whilst watching the river birds and animals.

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Swimming Pool

Guests can cool off with a swim in the appealing pool.

Kariega Spa

Kariega Wellness Centre

The wellness centre is the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate your body – indulge in a range of treatments and therapies including massages and facials.

Kariega Main Lodge

Room Types

Log Chalet

Each of the 24 log chalets feature large private viewing decks, offering stunning views of the Kariega River Valley, and are comprised of a spacious lounge, living area and comfortable bedroom. Ramp up the luxury by opting for a chalet complete with a private pool.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Kariega Main Lodge

Food & Drink


Guests can enjoy traditional African cuisine at the restaurant.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

Board basis includes all meals and twice daily safari game drives. Beverages are excluded.

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