Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
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133 Reviews

Romance and privacy in the African bush

This luxury Big Five malaria-free private game reserve is set in 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans River. Kariega offers a combination of Big Five game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans across five different eco systems offering the most dramatic views and vistas. The result is very powerful and truly unique to Kariega. At this award winning conservation reserve, guests can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers as well as a diverse range of activities, which include guided bush walks close to abundant game and birdlife, river cruises, canoeing and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton on Sea.

  • Stunning beauty and landscapes
  • Spectacular diversity including two major rivers
  • Malaria free destination
  • River cruises and canoeing

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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  • 10 rooms
  • Transfer duration: 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
133 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 102
  • Very Good 27
  • Average 3
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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


Feb 16, 2018

Good game experience


Despite a fire which destroyed part of the Ukhozi public spaces, Kareiga continued to operate in this area of the reserve, providing guests with catering facilities at their main lodge and transport to and from as required. Although at the time of our stay most of these lodges did not appear to be occupied, never felt isolated or unsafe....plenty of contact numbers to reach someone if needed. 3 out of the 4 game drives proved very active and the ranger had very good knowledge of the reserve as well as excellent driving skills to negotiate some difficult terrain during the drives. Staff were pleasant, helpful and informative throughout the stay and made sure we were well looked after, especially as we had some inconvenience with eating arrangements. All in all a good experience and would recommend a 2/3 day stay here....Ukhozi lodges were very comfortable and spacious and once the new facilities are up and running again later in 2018, it will provide a lovely social space to enjoy outside of the drive times.
Jan 14, 2018

Family Safari

Nantwich, United Kingdom

A safari holiday with our 18 and 16 year old boys. First 3 nights at Ukhozi lodge and then 2 nights at River Lodge. Absolutely fantastic at every level from the game drives with brilliant rangers to breakfast in the bush, sun downers, river trips and boma dinners. Exceeded all expectations. Saw all the animals up close and met some lovely people. Special thanks to the rangers Ben, Nick and Allen
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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 then again in the 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. Guests can experience walking safely amongst over 25 species of game and a variety of bird life.


Take out one of the canoes and paddle down either the Kariega or Bushman's River whilst having the opportunity to spot animals in their natural habitat and over 280 species of birds.

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, guests 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

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 have been crafted from log. All suites have modern bathrooms and come with their own private plunge pool and deck offering guests breath taking 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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