Kariega Game Reserve

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The scenic Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa covers about 9,100 hectares of a magnificent wilderness in the Eastern Cape.

Kariega is a 15-minute drive away from the sleepy coastal village of Kenton-on-Sea, and 142 km from Port Elizabeth, making it readily available for travellers.

Combining luxury accommodation, unforgettable safaris, delicious cuisine and breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys, the Game Reserve offers the ultimate in safari getaways. 

The Kariega is set along the lush Garden Route, making it the perfect Big 5 safari destination along the country’s beautiful coast. Being home to some of the richest biodiversity in Southern Africa, the malaria-free Kariega Reserve features two abundant rivers, namely the picturesque Kariega River and the Bushmans River.

Visitors have the unique opportunity to experience thrilling encounters with the "Big 5": lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. Many other South African safari wildlife can also be observed from the comfort and safety of an open safari drive vehicle.

Each day starts with a thrilling early morning safari into the bush where guests experience the dawn of a new day as the landscape comes to life with the African sunrise. During the evening safaris through the Game Reserve, guests may be lucky to witness the excitement of a lion or watch as hippos emerge from the water for a night of grazing on the shores. As the nightlife begins to awaken in the bushveld, guests return safely to the lodge for a hearty dinner.

The four-star Lodge provides families with children, friends and couples a welcoming environment to enjoy the African bush. The large log chalets are; air-conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks. Each cottage provides a spacious living area and lounge. This lodge has been exceptionally well integrated into the surrounding bush to create a natural environment where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet a swim in the pool.

The Ukhozi Lodge reflects the romance of Africa and lets guests discover the beautifully appointed, air-conditioned luxury suites which have been crafted from a log. The chalets offer a private plunge pool and outdoor deck providing scenic views of the valley.

The Ukhozi Lodge features a comfortable African-style lounge, restaurant as well as a boma with an outdoor swimming pool. It is here where guests can relax and unwind in front of warm log fires and enjoy delicious cuisine.

The River Lodge offers guests the choice of ten spacious, air-conditioned and well-appointed thatched suites. Located along the Bushman’s River, the suites offer the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquillity.

The River Lodge offers quiet lounges, where guests are welcome to page through a book in the library, relax by the swimming pool or enjoy the breathtaking view from the deck.

Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing. The River Lodge connects a "Big 5" game reserve to the sea thereby offering free daily boat cruises which ferry guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea to its picturesque and accessible beaches.

River Lodge features and activities:

  • Safari drives twice daily
  • River cruises and walking safaris
  • Fishing and canoeing
  • Beach trips by boat
  • All meals and selected beverages
  • Luxury suite with king-size bed (twin or double)
  • Private viewing patio
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Inside shower and Ornate bath
  • Double vanity basin
  • Air-conditioning and overhead fan
  • Internet connectivity
  • Safe and telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities.

Main Lodge features and activities:

  • Safari drives twice daily
  • All meals inclusive
  • Private viewing deck, some with plunge pools
  • River cruises and walking safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Luxury bedrooms with king-size beds (twin or double)
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Internet connectivity
  • Safe and telephone.

Ukhozi Lodge features and activities:

  • Safari drives twice daily
  • All meals and selected beverages
  • River cruises and walking safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Luxury bedroom with king-size bed (twin or double)
  • Private plunge pool and viewing deck
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Inside shower and generous bath
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Internet connectivity
  • Safe and telephone.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at Kariega Game Reserve

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

More Information on Kariega Game Reserve

FAQs about Kariega Game Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Kariega Game Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Kariega Game Reserve located?
Kariega Game Reserve is located at the following location / address: Kariega Game Reserve, Grahamstown District.