Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated Big 5 private safari reserve located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The reserve is situated along the Garden Route, making it the perfect South African safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along the country’s beautiful coast.
Malaria-free Big 5 South African Safari
This malaria-free game lodge incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers – the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers. The reserve offers five safari lodges to suit all needs. Experience close up game viewing of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as well as multitudes of other South African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.
Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. All the log chalets are air conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks. Each has a spacious lounge and living area which is great for socializing before retreating to the privacy and comfort of your bedroom. The lodge has been expertly integrated with 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 swim in the pool.
Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Superbly sculptured from stone, wood and glass, this stylish and uniquely designed lodge forms idyllic spaces and nestles subtly into the landscape. Views are spectacular and the beautiful rim-flow pool on the valley edge is simply iconic – offering guests an unequalled panoramic view of the river plains teaming with wild animals. Meandering bush paths connect 10 luxurious suites, each offering complete privacy with their own breath-taking vistas and private plunge pools.
River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed suites offer 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 Bushmans River. Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing.
Settlers Drift is located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still since the last feet to have touched this remote valley were those of the 1820 Settlers as they guided their wagons across the river. The luxuriously appointed and perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience.
The Homestead is a private lodge which offers its’ guests all the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own home. With dedicated hosts, game ranger and cook, guests have the flexibility to plan their day according to their own specific needs. The Homestead is set in a remote and private part of the reserve. With seven spacious bedrooms, all en suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, lounge, large garden, boma and spectacular views, it is the perfect lodge for the sole use of a group or family of up to 14 persons.
An example day (Main Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge and The Homestead)
06h00 : Tea, coffee and a snack. Depart for an early morning game drive or perhaps a river cruise.
10h00 : Return to your lodge for a late, but hearty breakfast/brunch.
11h00 : Enjoy a bush walk, a spa treatment, go canoeing, have a swim, or just relax or siesta.
14h30 : Savor the flavors of our well-earned afternoon eats.
16h00 : Depart for an evening game drive and sundowners.
19h30 : Return to the lodge for your evening meal in either the boma or the restaurant.
Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation aspire to emulate a similar and mutually beneficial balance and harmony between commercial success and stability; community collaboration and activation; and sustainable wildlife management and conservation.
The Kariega Foundation is fuelled by a community and conservation levy paid by adult guests visiting Kariega Game Reserve, making all safari guests and the Kariega Game Reserve owners, management and staff our valued partners and supporters.
Our numerous and diverse projects are inspired, led and managed (with the support of our dedicated Foundation team) by passionate and energetic people from Kenton-on-Sea, Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein and bring forth significant and positive results in the areas of early childhood development, youth development through sport and dance, enterprise development, education transformation, environmental education, domestic animal care and the conscious protection and preservation of our natural heritage, wild animals and plant life.
Find out more about the Kariega Foundation here.
We are a social enterprise! Please use the enquiry form below – by doing so you are supporting both this partner and nearby projects at no extra cost. You will also get access to similar projects, accommodation discounts and special offers.
Donations and Campaigns
Adopt a rhino via Kariega’s Save the Rhino Fund here.
Name a rhino and win via Kariega’s Name a Baby Rhino Campaign here.
Find out more about Kariega’s Pack for a Purpose Initiative here.
All donation options here.
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The winning image for this week in our 2020 Kariega Instagram photo competition was taken by @thetravelisa. To enter post your favourite photographs taken at Kariega and use the hashtag #kariegaphoto in your caption. We will select one winning image each week until the competition closes on 30 June 2020. One overall winner will be selected by a panel of judges. The prize is an all-inclusive two night stay for two at Ukhozi Lodge. We enjoyed Lisa's caption too… "And finally we know how much worth a hug is." We look forward to seeing your entries. . . . #lions #staysafe #kariega #kariegagamereserve #lionsking #africa #southafrica #gamereserve #wildlife #kariegaphoto #photocompetition #lovewildlife #wildelifecompetition #animalphotos #wildlifephotos #easterncapesafari #southafricasafari #wildlifephotography