Hotel

Kariega River Lodge

Kariega River Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
259 Reviews
Guide Price £1,359 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights all inclusive in a Luxury Suite (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.

Unique game reserve linked to the coast

Set in a prime position – on the banks of the Bushmans River, amid the pristine wilderness of the Kariega River Valley – this luxury private game reserve is a sanctuary to more than 25 species of game including the Big Five – lion, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, leopard – hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope and more than 250 bird species.

At this award-winning conservation reserve you can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers, river cruises, guided bush walks, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and swimming in beautiful river pools. In addition, in celebration of its unique riverbank position, the lodge offers a daily boat cruise along the river to the charming village of Kenton-on-Sea and the golden coast.

With just ten thatched suites, you'll enjoy an atmosphere of intimacy and seclusion at this sumptuously comfortable lodge. After a long day, packed full of game viewing activities, retreat to the peace of the library or lounge and curl up with a good book; take a cooling swim in the pool; book in for a soothing spa treatment; or pad over to the deck, overhanging the river, for a cool drink and sensational views over the tranquil river. 

  • Experienced guides for game drives, river cruises and bush walks
  • Nestled in a prime position, on the banks of the Bushmans River
  • Luxury thatched accommodation
  • Malaria-free Eastern Cape location

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 10 rooms
  • Transport is approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Kariega River Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx 90 mins from Port Elizabeth Airport
259 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 209
  • Very Good 32
  • Average 11
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Sep 04, 2018

Superb safari - location, ranger and lodge staff all brilliant.

Shropshire, United Kingdom

My family and I stayed for 5 nights at the river lodge where we had the most fantastic time. Our rooms were over looking the game reserve and when we arrived we saw giraffe grazing - a totally unexpected delight. Our Ranger Thomas was so helpful showing us how to track prints on bush walks and finding animals which we hoped to see. We feel privileged to have been guided by you Thomas - thank you. Watching lion hunting, a stand off between a bull elephant and a rhino, being trumpeted at by an elephant, hippos, kingfishers and porcupine are a few wonderful memories. Thank you to all of the River Lodge staff. Every meal was delicious. If you want top quality safari in a quiet location this is the place to go. Only 10 lodges so a max of 20 guests. night game drives as well as the standard morning and afternoon drives as well as bush walks, canoeing and a trip to the coast in the lodge boat. Amazing does not come close to the memories we have made. Our 14 & 17 year olds loved every minute - totally fantastic 🦁🐒🦅🦓🦏🐘🐃🦒🦌
Aug 29, 2018

Brilliant experience !!!!

Bath, United Kingdom

After arriving Port Elizabeth we were met by a very friendly and knowledgeable driver who took us on the short ride to the wonderful Kariega Game Reserve,River lodge.On arrival the staff were extremely receptive and we,all four of us felt at home straight away. After a welcome drink and some food that had been prepared we are shown to our lovely rooms where our luggage and been delivered. One of the rooms overlooked the river and the other one the hills,they were very close to one another and only a few seconds walk from the main lodge.There are other rooms that are a bit further away from the main reception but even these are only a short walk.Available on request i would imagine.The rooms have everything you need and are a great size.We had an extra bed put in our room as we had our 13 year old son with us and there was still plenty of space.A wonderful deep bath and shower area where all of the items you use are replaced on a daily basis as was the coffee tea and mini bar items.Beds were always turned down for us and the room was always made tidy and clean by the the very friendly staff. Remember where you are though this is not your 5 star Hilton this is the 5 star Kariega Game Reserve and you are there for safaris and some african experiences you will never forget! Ater unpacking and familiarising ourselves with the area it was soon time for our first game drive....yes you are on the move straight away and of into the bush.We were met by our Ranger and he would be taking us for all of our game drives for our time at the lodge.(Two a day) His name was Tallent and he certainly had a lot of that.He made all of our drives extremely rewarding with his knowledge of the area and the animals that we could see there. The drives are taken in open vehicles and you are in a small group.If the weather is cold they supply you with ponchos and waterproofs to keep you comfortable. It is an early start for the morning drive but if you want to get the best out of your stay don't miss it.You then go back to the lodge for your breakfast and then have time to spare before you go on the afternoon drive.You always stop at some time for a break,refreshments and some nice little touches.We went on all the drives to see all that was one offer. All the food is lovely, cooked on site by the small group of staff that work there and there is more than enough.The choice is good and everyone could not be more helpful.The wine was to die for!!! And for non drinkers there are lots of other options but you must try the hot chocolate.We honestly felt they would do anything for you to make your experience something you would never forget. There are also lots more things to do at the lodge and i could go on for quite a while about these but we found nothing negative about our stay.The area,staff and drives were absolutely perfect for us. Just one last thing,we did have our son with us and at 13 you no what they are like about WiFi. You won't get it in the rooms but they do have it in the main lodge.Saying that he didn't use it much because he was worn out with all the activities we undertook. Would we recommend Kariega..without a doubt!! A really wonderful experience in a wonderful area with staff that can't do enough for you.Well done to everyone involved in our stay...hopefully we will return one day. Glyn B
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Kariega River Lodge

Facilities

Safari Game Drives & River Cruises

Enjoy daily game drives, for the opportunity to spot one of the 25 species of game including lion, rhino, hippo and giraffe and more than 250 species of bird. Cruises can also be enjoyed along the Bushmans River to the village of Kenton-on-Sea.

Walking Safaris

Safari walks can be enjoyed on a number of well-marked, predator-free trails, giving you the chance to spot a variety of game and bird life on foot.

Canoeing & River Fishing

Take one of the canoes and paddle down the Bushmans River while spotting a variety of animals and over 250 species of birds. You can also enjoy a spot of river fishing.

Library

Relax and immerse yourself in a book after a day of game drive excitement.

Swimming Pool

Cool off with a swim in the pool after a day of thrilling game viewing.

Wellness Centre and Gym

Situated at the Kariega Main Lodge, guests from all the lodges can enjoy the wellness centre which has two treatment rooms and a gym.

Kariega River Lodge

Room Types

Luxury Suite

Relax in one of ten luxurious and spacious air-conditioned thatched suites, located along the banks of the meandering Bushmans River. Suites offer private viewing decks, en suite bathrooms and you can also enjoy spa treatments in the comfort of your own suite.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
Kariega River Lodge

Food & Drink

Restaurant

Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine at the restaurant and a quiet drink at the boma, situated behind the lodge.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

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

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