Kariega River Lodge

Kariega River Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
290 Reviews

Big Five Reserve connected to the sea

This luxury Big Five malaria-free private game reserve, set on the pristine wilderness of the Kariega River Valley is a sanctuary to more than 25 species of game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope and more than 250 bird species. At this award-winning conservation reserve, guests can enjoy game drives with experienced rangers, river cruises, guided bush walks, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming in beautiful river pools and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton on Sea.

  • Experienced game drivers
  • Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River
  • One of a kind
  • Luxury thatched accommodation
  • Malaria free destination

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
  • Check-out Time:
  • 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 River Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx 90 mins from Port Elizabeth Airport
290 Reviews 90% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 239
  • Very Good 33
  • Average 12
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 1

What to Expect

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


Jun 24, 2019

Wow!! 43rd Wedding Anniversary!!

Uitenhage, South Africa

Hospitality great, cuisine highly recommendable, but needs some upgrade, safari trips exciting with great ranger, rooms spacious, but would have been nice to see the Bushman's River!! Overall opinion - will definitely come back for another smart and upgraded safari experience on our doorstep!!
Jun 21, 2019

Amazing Game Reserve

Manly, Australia

We came here for my father-in-law’s 70’th birthday, and spent 2 nights in the River Lodge. The service in Kariega far exceeded our expectations. It felt like the staff were always checking in to make sure you had everything you needed, offering a drink, or anything else. The rooms had recently been refreshed, were clean, well appointed, huge, and had a massive oversized king bed, which was great after a long day out viewing the animals. The food was delicious, and having options of springbok and warthog during our stay was exciting. Our ranger, Nick Swanepoel was incredibly knowledgeable, seeming to know something about every animal, bug, or bird in the reserve. He found animals every day for us, lions (both the male and females), elephants (multiple days), Cape buffalo, and the white rhino (with her baby!), among tons of other animals. We’ve been to other game reserves as well, and Kariega gets top marks in all areas. We would definitely recommend visiting Kariega!
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Kariega River Lodge


Safari Game Drives

Enjoy game viewing at this luxury private malaria free game reserve, where hopefully you will get the chance to spot one of the 25 species of game including lion, rhino, hippo and giraffe and more than 280 species of bird on the reserve. River cruises can also be enjoyed along the Bushman's river.

Walking Safaris

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.


Take out one of the canoes and paddle down the Bushman's River whilst spotting over 280 species of birds watching and animals go out about their daily business. Also guests can enjoy a spot of river fishing.


Relax and indulge in your favourite book after a day of game drives.

Swimming Pool

Guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool after a day of game viewing.

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.

Kariega River Lodge

Room Types

Luxury Suite

Relax in one of the 10 luxurious and spacious air-conditioned thatched suites which meander along the banks of the Bushman's River. Guests can also enjoy spa treatments in the comfort of their own suites.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
Kariega River Lodge

Food & Drink


Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine at the restaurant and enjoy a quiet drink at the boma which is situated behind the lodge.

Board Basis Options

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

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