Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
148 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
148 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 117
  • Very Good 27
  • Average 3
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 06, 2019

Unforgettable experience

Where to start... We stayed here for 3 nights on our Honeymoon, before heading off to Mauritius. As soon as we entered we were blown away by the warm hospitality and scale of this beautiful lodge. The lodges are spacious, filled with high level furnishings and hold panoramic views with a private plunge pool. The infinity style main lodge pool is also a must see, there a few pools I have seen with such views. The food and wine options were brilliant with lots of different styles/tastes/cuisines available. Catch the South African BBQ night and you will be in for a treat. As for the Safari, prepare to be surprised. Seeing 4 out of the big 5 and tons of other animals is one thing, but seeing them so close is something else. Our guide Juan had bags of knowledge and ensured we had a fantastic experience. We even went rogue and did a night safari, seeing the hippos come out of the water which is rare! As the start of our honeymoon, the standard had been set with this place, a truly unforgettable experience for us and I would recommend to anyone visiting. We hope to come back one day soon!
Nov 05, 2018

Don’t think about it...just do it!

Durham, United Kingdom

What can I say? Well let’s start with.....Wow! This place is great! From the moment the manager, Rosie, met us with hot towels & a nice drink, to the moment we checked out, it was wonderful. Our guide, Juan, was superb. We saw 4 out of “Africa’s big 5” animals (the leopards are notorious for hiding in this reserve) but that didn’t detract. We had a hailstorm one day with hailstones like marbles, but an hour later we were out in the truck spotting elephants!! A fantastic (& for me, life changing) experience. I now want a career change, I want to be a guide, rather than a dentist!!!!
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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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