Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Romantic seclusion in the African bush

This luxury private game reserve is set in 10,000 hectares of unspoilt African wilderness, incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans rivers which enhance the dramatic views and vistas.  

Kariega Private Game Reserve is world-renowned for the enormous diversity of flora, fauna and birdlife in combination with a landscape that spans five different ecosystems: the result is spectacular and truly unique. 

At this award-winning conservation reserve you'll enjoy Big Five game drives with experienced rangers as well as a range of activities which include guided bush walks close to abundant game and birdlife; river cruises and canoeing; and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Elizabeth (80 minutes' drive away). 

An atmosphere of intimate seclusion has been created here. Accommodation takes the form of just ten deluxe suites – crafted from rustic logs – each with its own private deck and plunge pool, providing you with panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. At the end of your day, unwind in front of the log fire as you relive your experiences of the African bush.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,399  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 194 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Beautiful and diverse landscapes, including two major rivers
  • Luxurious accommodation with viewing decks and plunge pools
  • Situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape
  • Enjoy river cruises, bush walks, canoeing and safari drives
  • Located along the iconic Garden Route – combine your safari with a road trip

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 10 rooms
  • Approx. 90 mins from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx 90 mins from Port Elizabeth Airport
194 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 162
  • Very Good 28
  • Average 3
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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Nov 11, 2019

Fantastisch days at Kariega

Seligenstadt, Germany

We had 3 Nights at Kariegarivier Game reserve/ ukhozi lodge and will never forget this experience. Great staff, excellent Food, Perfect organisation, very good Ranger and fantastic Atmosphere. We Want to come back.
Oct 28, 2019

Amazing safari

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We had an amazing time from start to finish . Ukozi lodge is fab , food delicious and wine plentyful . Our guide Ben was very knowledgeable and friendly. Rosie and all the staff were amazing . Would def go back , didnt want to leave . Make sure you go on all the drives as theres always something different to see
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Kariega Ukhozi Lodge


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Safari Game Drives

Have your camera at the ready for close-up viewing of the Big Five as well as many other species. Game drives are offered in the early morning and late afternoon/evening in open safari vehicles. River cruises can also be enjoyed, to catch a glimpse of the stunning wildlife.

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Safari Walks

Safari walks can be enjoyed with one of the experienced rangers on a variety of well-marked trails which are predator-free. You'll experience walking safely among over 25 species of game and a variety of birdlife.

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Take one of the canoes and paddle peacefully down the Kariega or Bushman's River while having the opportunity to spot animals in their natural habitat.

Kariega Spa

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.

River Cruise

During one of the morning game drives, you can enjoy a river cruise down the Kariega River on the Majestic Queen. An abundance of bird and animal life can be seen on the river cruise whilst enjoying the peace and tranquility of the river valley.

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Swimming Pool

Cool off and enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool in between game viewings.

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Room Types

Luxury Suite

Each of the 10 luxurious air-conditioned suites has a modern, spacious en suite bathroom and a private deck with plunge pool, offering you breathtaking views of the valley.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Private Pool
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Food & Drink


Guests can enjoy sumptuous local cuisine at the restaurant.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

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

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