Kariega Settlers Drift

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.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
National park
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 182 Reviews

Hotel highlights

  • Stylish and luxurious tented suites
  • The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free destination, so ideal for families

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kariega Settlers Drift

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 180
  • Very Good 3
  • Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Aug 19, 2019

A calming paradise

Leeds, United Kingdom

We stayed at Settlers Drift as part of our honeymoon and simply could not fault it (which is a rarity for me). Jo and the entire team were wonderful - friendly and helpful at all times. The food was varied and always really tasty. The location is stunning and you really feel like you could be totally alone, relaxing in the jungle. The rooms are wonderful too... the sort of tents I’m happy to sleep in (i.e. they’re not classed are as tents in my eyes!!) From a really comfy bed, to a moonlight bath, to a morning shower in bush they really have thought of every detail. Steph our ranger was ace - passionate and knowledgable about all aspects of wildlife. We saw four of the Africa’s big 5 while we were there - and really closely - full credit to Steph for that. We definitely want to return!!
Aug 06, 2019

Fantastic safari experience

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Can’t speak highly enough of our Settlers Drift experience. First time safari-goers and the team at Settlers Drift made it perfect! The whole team was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Food is great, service is brilliant, and the all inclusive approach (of which I’m generally not a fan) works really well. Just much simpler in that kind of setting! Josh was a great guide - really knowledgeable and keen to make sure you got the best out of your trip. We saw some amazing animal sights - happy to give Josh credit for that!! The accommodation is fantastic - spacious, comfortable and with amazing views. Think I’d prefer a warmer season next time but can’t hold the team responsible for that!! We were visiting as part of a 20th anniversary trip and the team laid on a surprise romantic dinner, which was lovely. Would happily return to Kariega!!!
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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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