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Kariega Settlers Drift

Kariega Settlers Drift

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131 Reviews
Guide Price £3,459 per person
Based on 02 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Virgin Atlantic, staying for 7 nights all inclusive in a Luxury Safari Tent (2 adults sharing) including return private transfers.
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.

Luxurious lodge beside a meandering river

Settlers Drift is a luxury tented lodge, situated in the ruggedly beautiful wilderness of the Kariega Game Reserve. Named after the 1820 settlers who guided their wagons through valleys and across Bushmans River here, the unspoilt beauty of Kariega will make you feel as though time has stood still.

Nestled in the riverine forest, the lodge offers just nine spacious tented suites with stylish bedroom and living areas featuring atmospheric billowing ceilings; en suite bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs; and indoor/outdoor showers and secluded viewing decks. The sides of the suites can easily be raised to reveal panornamic views over the verdant valley.

Stay here and you'll enjoy twice-daily game drives, providing the opportunity to spot the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo – along with an an array of other game species roaming across the savannah, through the woodlands and drinking at waterholes.

Time at Settlers Drift perfectly contrasts wildlife viewing – games drives; a boat cruise along the Kariega River; and kayaking along Bushmans River – with relaxation by the infinity pool and invigorating spa treatments in the sala. Finish your day at the lodge's restaurant – with cuisine that will appeal to the most discerning of gourmands and where wine flows freely – before cosying up around the fire pit to trade safari stories with your fellow guests.

  • Stylish and luxurious tented suites
  • The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free destination, so ideal for families
  • Spa treatments available at the wellness centre
  • Guided bush walks and game drives available
  • Cool off in the enticing infinity pool

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 9 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
Location Highlights

Kariega Settlers Drift

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 130
  • Very Good 1
  • Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Aug 10, 2018

A magical experience ..!

Chippenham, United Kingdom

Settlers Drift is one of the kind. A place you can just relax and feel at home for the few days. The staff go beyond any expectations, their customer service skills are exceptional and they can’t do enough for you. The food and drinks menu is insane- if you like wines then you will be in heaven. The drives are phenomenal- animals everywhere and the scenery is outstanding. The lodge and rooms are fabulously equipped with everything you will need including log burners, in/outside shower and bath. A fantastic terrace that opens up onto the plains. The experience you get from this reserve is magical, One to remember and definitely return to in the near future!
Jul 17, 2018

This is the very best place ever

We searched and researched our first Game drive in SA and kept coming across Kariega ... bit above what we wanted to pay but WOW! Arrival; From the moment you are greeted as you arrive .. walk into the lodge reception with open fire pits and a drink you can relax. After 27 hours -due to delays- my husband was keen to watch England in the World Cup- they set up dining for us in the tv room - set a wonderful table and brought us the most amazing supper Rooms 5star luxury... private / immaculate / Everything you could ever want is already there Game drives Our ranger was Wayne ... what a brilliant bloke ... he actually made my holiday Early morning call to wake you up. Hot water bottles & blankets in the jeep and his instinct to find the hidden animals is incredible One of the days was forecasting rain do he took us on an extra long night drive so we didn’t miss out .. saw the hippos at the watering hole alongside wilder beast & rhino Unfettered by a bit of rain in the morning he gave us ponchos and we went off searching - we were the only lodge out that day and tracked the lionesses after a kill... amazing Food It’s like eating ever meal in a 5 star restaurant .. before the morning drives there is coffee/ cakes Get back to a cold buffet and order off the hot menu- served perfectly Afternoon tea before your afternoon game drive is incredible then back for another 5 star dinner You eat with the ranger and guests in your jeep (maximum of 6) it wasn’t something that I was particularly looking forward to tbh but it worked out brilliantly Like minded and interesting guests I also think that if you didn’t want to do this - a little nod to the ranger and he’d sort it so you ate in your couple Staff Friendly, welcoming and couldn’t do enough for you Venue The journey down the track to the lodge is bumpy, wild and dark. We got the lodge to collect us fro PE airport as we were arriving late Our driver stopped half way there, turned off all the lights and showed us the stars and the Milky Way in the sky ... unforgettable I actually cried when we left If you are in 2 minds where to go then choose Kairega Settlers Drift The most amazing, brilliant 3 days ever
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Kariega Settlers Drift

Facilities

Guided Bush Walks

Your guide will take you on a variety of well-marked, predator-free trails to witness a range of game species and bird life.

Safari Game Drives

Enjoy game viewing at this luxury private malaria-free game reserve with an experienced game driver. River cruises can also be enjoyed along the Bushmans River.

Canoeing

Take out one of the canoes and paddle down the Kariega or Bushman's River whilst watching the river birds and animals and taking in the spectacular views.

Library

Relax and enjoy quiet time in the library after a busy day on safari.

Swimming Pool

Enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool.

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.

Curio Shop

Purchase exquisite souvenirs to remember your experience at the Curio Shop.

Kariega Settlers Drift

Room Types

Luxury Tented Suite

Each of the nine spacious tents is 110 square metres and offers opulent bedroom and living areas, en suites bathrooms, indoor/outdoor showers and private decks. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
Kariega Settlers Drift

Food & Drink

Bar

Relax and enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar after a day of game viewing.

Restaurant

Guests can enjoy local African cuisine at the restaurant.

Boma

Enjoy a well-deserved drink at the boma as you relax and take in the outstanding views as the sun sets.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

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

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