• Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge

Authentically African

Set in 10,000 hectares of African wilderness which includes the Kariega and Bushmans River, the Kariega private game reserve offers the excitement of the Big Five and is malaria-free. Here you can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers as well as guided bush walks close to abundant game and birdlife, river cruises, canoeing and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton on Sea. The air-conditioned log chalets blend effortlessly into the environment and feature large private viewing decks where you can enjoy stunning views of the Kariega River valley. Relax in your lounge and living area or in the comfort of your well appointed bedroom. Alternatively take a dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a treatment at the spa or borrow a canoe and enjoy a trip down the river.

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National park
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Hotel highlights

  • Private viewing deck where you can view the BIG FIVE
  • Family owned and operated
  • Experienced game drivers
  • Air conditioned log chalets

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 21 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kariega Main Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
2232 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1795
  • Very Good 333
  • Average 70
  • Poor 22
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Nov 22, 2019

Good gaming reserve with potential up


It's almost all true. Environment, room, Pesonal, Guide, but the game drives are driven close to the animals. It would be also 3 - 5 meters further away and therefore better for the animals. But I am aware that many other guests unfortunately wish this. As close as possible :-(
Nov 21, 2019

5 star in every way!!


We have just returned from an amazing 3 night stay in this beautiful river lodge. From the moment we arrived everything was perfect, our accommodation was totally 5 star, the food was excellent and our guide Talent went out of his way to make sure we all had the complete safari experience!! We can not recommend this lodge highly enough....if you get a chance...go!!
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Safari Walks

Safari walks can be enjoyed on a variety of well marked trails which are predator free. Guests can experience walking safely amongst many species of game and a variety of bird life.

a herd of elephants walking across a grass covered field

Safari Game Drives

Prepare to be bewildered by 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.


Take out one of the canoes and paddle down either the Kariega or the Bushman's River whilst watching the river birds and animals go about their daily business.

Swimming Pool

Guests can enjoy a quiet swim in the pool.

Kariega Wellness Centre

The Kariega Wellness Centre is the perfect place to relax, rest and rejuvenate your body. Surrounded by beautiful surroundings, indulge yourself in a range of treatments and therapies such as massages and facials.

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Room Types

Log Chalet

Each of the 21 Log Chalets feature large private viewing decks offering stunning views of the Kariega River valley and are comprised of a spacious lounge, living area and comfortable bedroom. Opt for a chalet complete with the luxury of a private pool.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
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Food & Drink


Guests can enjoy traditional meals at the restaurant.

Board Basis Options

Board basis includes all meals and twice daily safari game drives. Beverages are excluded.

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