Kariega Game Reserve

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, in the heart of 1820 Settler Country.

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, river cruises, canoeing, fishing, spa and gym.

Kariega Game Reserve accommodates guests in a diverse selection of 4 and 5-star lodges, and an exclusive homestead.

Settler's Drift

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.

Morning and evening game drives in open customised safari vehicles, spotting the Big 5. Or enjoy a river cruise, guided bush walk, fishing and canoeing. Children over 10 years are welcome.

River Lodge

Located in the southern region of the 10 000 hectare Kariega Private Game Reserve in the malaria free Eastern Cape, is Kariega River Lodge (4-Star Superior). One of five lodges within this reserve, Kariega River Lodge meanders along the banks of the Bushman’s River surrounded by rugged, hilly bushveld. River Lodge offers 10 spacious, thatched rooms nestled amongst river vegetation.

The rooms are en-suite with double vanity basins and a separate bath and shower; include air-conditioning, overhead fans, king size double or twin beds, tea and coffee facilities and private viewing patios with tranquil river views.

The double volume thatched main lodge includes a main lounge and dining room that opens onto a large viewing deck overhanging the river, and offering spectacular views. There is a small library, outdoor boma and swimming pool with sun loungers. With its unique position on the Bushman’s River, Kariega River Lodge connects a 'Big 5' game reserve with the sea. Activities from River Lodge include guided game drives in the morning and afternoon. Optional activities available are river cruises, guided bush walks, fishing, canoeing and daily boat trips to Kenton-on-Sea beaches. Kariega Reserve has a wellness centre offering River Lodge guests select treatments in the privacy of their rooms (additional charges apply). Children over 10 years are welcome.

Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge (4-Star Superior) is located within the African bush on a pristine section of the Kariega Game Reserve, bordering the upper reaches of the Kariega River.

The open lounge and dining area has strong wooden supporting beams surrounded by stylish leather furnishings and is warmed by a central stone fireplace. The Boma is just beyond the swimming pool and there is also a Wellness Centre which comprises two treatment rooms and a well equipped gym (at nearby Main Lodge).

The 10 luxury suites are constructed entirely out of wooden logs, they are fully air-conditioned and have spacious en-suite bathrooms. The king or twin bedded rooms are equipped with safes, telephones and mini-bars and the lounge areas open out to private plunge pools and decks offering panoramic views of the valley.

Children over 10 years are welcome.

Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge (4-Star) is a comfortable safari lodge, that has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush, nestling on top of a hillside with views across the Kariega River Valley.

The Main Lodge has 21 log chalets. All chalets, some with 3 or 4 bedrooms (and a plunge pool), are en-suite with a shower and bath and have double/twin king size beds. Chalets are air-conditioned, with a lounge and fireplace offering satellite television and tea and coffee facilities and opening onto a private viewing deck 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 Main Lodge offers a range of activities. Twice daily game drives - morning and afternoon, cruises on the Kariega River, guided bush walks, canoeing down the Kariega River and fishing.

The wellness centre comprises two treatment rooms and a well equipped gym.Children of all ages are welcome.

The Homestead

The Homestead (4-Star) is a restored 100 year old farmhouse that operates as a private exclusive-use 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 and includes seven spacious bedrooms, all en-suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views.

Relax in this homely environment and enjoy stunning views of the surroundings. It is the perfect lodge for the sole use of a group or family of up to 14 people. Children of all ages are welcome.