Kariega River Lodge

Kariega River Lodge

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Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
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233 Reviews

Big Five Reserve connected to the sea

This luxury Big Five malaria-free private game reserve, set on the pristine wilderness of the Kariega River Valley is a sanctuary to more than 25 species of game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope and more than 250 bird species. At this award-winning conservation reserve, guests can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers, river cruises, guided bush walks, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming in beautiful river pools and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton on Sea.

  • Experienced game drivers
  • Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River
  • One of a kind
  • Luxury thatched accommodation
  • Malaria free destination

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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  • Check-out Time:
  • 10 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx 90 mins 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
233 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 187
  • Very Good 29
  • Average 10
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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


Jan 21, 2018


We really didn’t know what to expect as it’s our first game reserve. But it was excellent! The standard of the accommodation was really high, and staff was very helpful and very attentive. The drives were great and got really close to all the animals we saw. Amazing treat :)
Dec 18, 2017

Loved this Place

Stirling, United Kingdom

This was a fantastic end to our garden route trip in South Africa. We spent 3 nights here from 23 - 26 November and had a great time. Most of this was thanks to our guide JC who was a great companion and teacher to us. The accommodation was very good and with a very big comfortable bed. We were in lodge 5 next to the main lodge which was very handy. The day starts with a 6am safari drive for 3 hours then have breakfast on return. You can if you want get the boat to the beach at Kenton-on-sea which is lovely. You get to spend an hour there which is half an hour away. The food ia great and staff are ever so helpful. Another safari drive takes place at 4pm for 3 hours so you get a sunrise and sunset drive. These are the quickest 3 hours of the day and the best. We were delighted to get as close as we did and to see as much as we did. I loved the elephants. If I was to pick a downside to this place it's that you are with the same group of people for 6 hours in a land cruiser and you also have breakfast and dinner with these people too. This was great for the first 2 drives with 2 Swiss visitors but then we were joined by 6 Germans who were very rude and arrogant and spoiled our time. I think Kariega need to take into account that no one nationality should be so dominating. We were made to feel we were intruding on their holiday. Apart from this we had a great time thanks to JC.
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Kariega River Lodge


Safari Game Drives

Enjoy game viewing at this luxury private malaria free game reserve, where hopefully you will get the chance to spot one of the 25 species of game including lion, rhino, hippo and giraffe and more than 280 species of bird on the reserve. River cruises can also be enjoyed along the Bushman's river.

Walking Safaris

Safari walks can be enjoyed on a variety of well marked trails which are predator free. Guests can experience walking safely amongst many species of game and a variety of bird life.


Take out one of the canoes and paddle down the Bushman's River whilst spotting over 280 species of birds watching and animals go out about their daily business. Also guests can enjoy a spot of river fishing.


Relax and indulge in your favourite book after a day of game drives.

Swimming Pool

Guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool after a day of 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 the 10 luxurious and spacious air-conditioned thatched suites which meander along the banks of the Bushman's River. Guests can also enjoy spa treatments in the comfort of their own suites.

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

Food & Drink


Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine at the restaurant and enjoy a quiet drink at the boma which is 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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