Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

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Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
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174 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.

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.

  • 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

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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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
Location Highlights

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 143
  • Very Good 27
  • Average 3
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

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Jun 19, 2019

Experience the big five in a luxurious and sustainable reserve

This is a private game reserve with the mission of repopulating the Eastern Cape of all the animal and plant life which have been lost over the centuries. In a world where we read on a daily basis about the dozens of species that are endangered or now extinct, Kariega brings a small glimmer of hope. The safari drives, with Zolani our guide, were tailored made and took us to see different animals each day. In a controlled environment, each drive was clearly designed to make sure we saw different animals and any animal we indicated an interest in seeing. We noted that we had only caught glimpses of Hypos in Kruger. Zolani then drove around looking for them in the usual places and finally stopped by a river and invited us to continue by foot. We them saw them, a group of about 8 moving down the river, it was quite spectacular. We strongly recommend the Ukhozi lodge which provides ultimate luxury, and fits well in this setting. There are some twelve cabins, each with a private dipping pool and verandah overlooking two valleys and the hills beyond. From our verandah, with our binoculars we could see rhinoceros, warthog, koudous, zebras, ostriches, giraffes and more just roaming on the grassland eating, drinking or playing with each other. The main house has just been rebuilt and is designed with extreme elegance and grace. It provides an infinity pool, several fireplaces, bars and lounge areas, in addition to the dining area. Except for premium wine, it is an open bar and visitors are served all they may want. The food was representative of Africa’s reputation for high level cuisine. For us it was the perfect complement to Kruger where we enjoyed its adventures and wild nature. But for travelers looking for malaria free game reserves and who want to be sure they get up close viewing of the big five, this is a spectacular place to go. I also believe that their mission of restoring the lost fauna and flora of the Eastern Cape and community work is a good fit for travelers interested in experiencing sustainable tourism.
Jun 12, 2019

STUNNING - an unforgettable experience

We were lucky enough to have 4 nights at Ukhozi Lodge and it is an experience we will never forget. Our lodge was magnificent - spacious, luxurious with a view to rival anything else worldwide. The food and the staff are amazing - both top quality. However the absolute pinnacle of this visit were the game drives. We had a superb ranger called Allen and with him we were privileged to see lions, elephants, rhino, giraffe, zebra, jackals, secretary birds and so much more. He made it informative as well as funny but always special. There were so many surprise touches organised by the staff who were all prepared to go the extra mile to give visitors a memorable stay - I wont spoil the surprises for anyone else who might be lucky enough to be going soon but they each added to our wonderful experience and we can't thank the Ukhozi team enough. If you get the chance to stay at Ukhozi do not hesitate - it will be an unforgettable experience you will cherish forever.
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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.

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.


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.

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.

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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