A natural add-on to a stay in Cape Town or a trip along the Garden Route, the 10,000 hectare malaria-free 'Big 5' Kariega Game Reserve is set in the pristine wilderness of the Kariega and Bushmans River Valleys. Guests can enjoy the mystery and magic of Africa in one of five lodges, all combining game-viewing with an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans five ecosystems, offering dramatic views and vistas. In addition to unforgettable game-viewing from open vehicles, the Kariega experience offers a diversity of activities, which include guided bush walks and river cruises.
Kariega Main Lodge is a comfortable lodge, nestling on top of a hillside with views across the Kariega River Valley. The Main Lodge has 21 log chalets, ideal for families, each with a lounge and fireplace and opening onto a private viewing deck (some have a plunge pool) with views of the valley below. The lodge offers a relaxed and friendly environment where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar, or a swim in the pool.
Kariega River Lodge meanders along the banks of the Bushman’s River surrounded by rugged, hilly bushveld, offering 10 spacious thatched rooms nestled amongst river vegetation, each with private viewing patios with tranquil river views. The double volume thatched guest area includes a main lounge and dining room that opens onto a large deck overhanging the river offering spectacular views. There is a small library, outdoor boma and swimming pool.
The open lounge and dining area of Kariega Ukhozi Lodge has strong wooden supporting beams surrounded by stylish leather furnishings and is warmed by a central stone fireplace. The Boma is just beyond the pool and there is also a Wellness Centre which comprises two treatment rooms and a well equipped gym. The 10 luxury suites are constructed entirely out of wooden logs, and the lounge areas open out to private plunge pools and decks offering panoramic views of the valley.
Settlers Drift (5-Star) offers a luxury tented safari experience in a stunning setting, strung out on a ridge in a secluded area of the Kariega Game Reserve, overlooking the Bushman's River. Here guests can enjoy a traditional safari, blending an Afro-Chic atmosphere with contemporary design for absolute comfort and relaxation. The stylish lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with a panoramic view of the plains down below. Each air-conditioned suite offers an opulent bedroom and living area, wood burning stove, full bathroom with indoor & outdoor showers, and a private viewing deck. The main lodge includes dining and lounge areas, library, wine cellar, boma and a sala for spa treatments. The lodge opens onto a large wooden deck with loungers, and of course the amazing view! Savour African inspired cuisine and sip fine wines and in the evenings around the fire beneath starlit night skies. Swim in the rim-flow pool whilst watching the game below, or relax with a glass of wine or good book on the deck.
The Homestead is a private lodge which offers its’ guests all the comfort, convenience and luxury of their own home. With a dedicated game ranger and chef, guests have the flexibility to plan their day according to their own specific needs. The Homestead is set in a remote and private part of the reserve. With seven spacious bedrooms, all en suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views, it is the perfect lodge for the sole use of a group or family of up to 14 persons.