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Kariega River Lodge

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.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 313 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

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

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kariega River Lodge

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 257
  • Very Good 36
  • Average 12
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 1

What to Expect

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


Nov 13, 2019

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Romanshorn, Switzerland

The welcome was warm and friendly. We had a good time at Kariega during our 3 days stay, although the weather conditions wasn't perfect. Furthermore the "all inclusive" (food and beverage) we appreciated very much.
Nov 12, 2019

We had a great time

The river lodge is on a beautiful place! Also the place for eat was very nice. Also was we listening to a small group of african music. The breakfast was delicious. The housekeeper was very frendly and helpful
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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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