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Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge

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Guide Price £1,109 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a one bedroom chalet (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

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, families and groups. 

  • 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
  • Ideal for families, the lodge features a children's play area and activities
  • Wellness centre with spa and gym

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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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

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Club
  • Kid's Pool
Location Highlights

Kariega Main Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
2112 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1691
  • Very Good 318
  • Average 68
  • Poor 22
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jun 24, 2019

Wow!! 43rd Wedding Anniversary!!

Uitenhage, South Africa

Hospitality great, cuisine highly recommendable, but needs some upgrade, safari trips exciting with great ranger, rooms spacious, but would have been nice to see the Bushman's River!! Overall opinion - will definitely come back for another smart and upgraded safari experience on our doorstep!!
Jun 21, 2019

Amazing Game Reserve

Manly, Australia

We came here for my father-in-law’s 70’th birthday, and spent 2 nights in the River Lodge. The service in Kariega far exceeded our expectations. It felt like the staff were always checking in to make sure you had everything you needed, offering a drink, or anything else. The rooms had recently been refreshed, were clean, well appointed, huge, and had a massive oversized king bed, which was great after a long day out viewing the animals. The food was delicious, and having options of springbok and warthog during our stay was exciting. Our ranger, Nick Swanepoel was incredibly knowledgeable, seeming to know something about every animal, bug, or bird in the reserve. He found animals every day for us, lions (both the male and females), elephants (multiple days), Cape buffalo, and the white rhino (with her baby!), among tons of other animals. We’ve been to other game reserves as well, and Kariega gets top marks in all areas. We would definitely recommend visiting Kariega!
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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.

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.


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

Swimming Pool

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

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.* For children five years old and under, it is at the ranger and General Manager’s discretion as to whether they can be taken to sightings of the more dangerous Big Five wildlife.

Kariega Main Lodge

Family Friendly Facilities

Kids on Safari

Children are more than welcome at the Kariega Main Lodge. There is a dedicated play area for children which is equipped with DVDs, books, toys, games, blackboard and table tennis. Children over five years old are also encouraged to enjoy game drives with their parents. There is also daytime activities for the children to enjoy and a babysitting service which is at a charge.

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