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This family-owned and operated private game reserve spans a huge expanse of pristine wilderness in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The reserve combines spectacular and dramatic vistas with an abundance of African game and wildlife in its natural habitat, to provide for guests a true African safari holiday experience of a lifetime – one they will never forget! Luxury accommodation and fine dining in game lodges nestled into the African bush, allows guests to unwind in comfort as they settle into the ordered rythms of nature. The surroundings create a truly relaxed atmosphere for the ultimate of safari holidays.

The Health Spa is also there to sooth and rejuvenate. Kariega Private Game Reserve is bordered in the east and west by the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers. Take in the unique eco-systems of the rivers on a tranquil boat cruise. The twice-daily safari drives on open landcruisers offer a unique combination of exciting lion, elephant and Big 5 game viewing and expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that incorporates two majestic river valleys and five different eco-systems. The experience is very powerful and authentically African. Only 80 minutes drive east of Port Elizabeth, a stay at Kariega Private Game Reserve should be considered a natural extension of a trip along South Africa’s famous Garden Route, between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape.


River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed thatched suites meander along the banks of the Bushman’s River, offering the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquility. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax at the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Unique features include excellent river fishing and crabbing. Nestled on the banks of the Bushman’s River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big-5 game reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry our guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-sea to its picturesque and user friendly beaches. Lodge Bedrooms 10 spacious, luxuriously appointed, en-suite thatched suites. All air-conditioned with an overhead fan. Guests can relax, viewing game and enjoying the stunning vistas from their private patio.


Room Amenities

  • King-size bed (can be made up as twin bed)
  • En-suite bathroom
  • In-side shower and Ornate bath
  • Double vanity basin
  • Air-conditioning and overhead fan
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet connectivity (at reception)
  • Safe and telephone
  • Private viewing patio


Morning and evening game drives with experienced rangers give guests the opportunity of game viewing from open vehicles. Guests can expect to be enthralled with the sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species, including nesting fish, martial and crowned eagles. At least one game drive will include a boat cruise on the stunning Kariega or Bushmans rivers.


From R 2,500.00 per person sharing per night
Children Welcome