Kariega Game Reserve - Main Lodge

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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The hotel

Family owned and managed, it would be accurate to say that the gradual growth and development of the now expansive 11,500 hectare malaria-free 'Big Five' reserve is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape to date. Kariega’s landscape spans across five different eco-systems, offering an exceptional game viewing and birding experience. Having two major rivers incorporated into the reserve (the Kariega and Bushmans rivers) adds enormous beauty and value. With a choice of lodges; Ukhozi and River Lodge offer a more intimate atmosphere, and the Main lodge is ideal for families; so whatever the occasion, Kariega Game reserve has something to suit your needs and create lasting memories.

Amenities

  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

On 11,500 hectares of natural bushveld in the Eastern Cape. Transfer time from Port Elizabeth Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

There are 5 different lodges: Main Lodge – has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush offering stunning views of the reserve. The 24 log chalets enjoy complete privacy with large private viewing decks (some with private pools) and stunning views of the Kariega River valley. All chalets with air-conditioning, en-suite bedrooms, fire place and satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: all meals and selected beverages (bottled water, soft drinks, local beers, wines brandy, whiskey, gin etc). Two game-drives per day, river cruises, guided bush walks and canoeing. 

 

Ukhozi Lodge – truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa, offering10 luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the river plains. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (over 10 years old).

The River Lodge – is uniquely situated on the banks of the Bushmans River and comprises 10 luxury thatched suites. Special activities include daily boat trips to the Kenton beaches and river fishing. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (over 10 years old).

Settlers Drift – is a 5-star luxury tented lodge, located in an untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, featuring 9 luxurious tented suites that offer a spacious living area and bedroom, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, and a private deck with unrivalled panoramic views over valley plains, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child (over 10 years old).

At each lodge – indoor and outdoor (boma) dining, lounges and bar, swimming pool, spacious decks, curio shop and spa treatments. Wine cellar (Settlers Drift and Ukhozi Lodge only). Activities include morning and evening game-drives, guided bush walks, river cruises, canoeing and fishing*. Activity programme for kids. Wellness Centre* at the Main Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge. Sala's at Settlers Drift and River Lodge. Complimentary WiFi is available at all lodges. Private laundry facilities.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: all children are welcome at the Main Lodge. Children under 10 years are not permitted at River Lodge, Settlers Drift, and Ukhozi Lodge.

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Jul 11, 2022 warwickd868 Cape Town Central, South Africa

Our family spent a fantastic 2 nights at Ukhozi Lodge. The setting is amazing. The rooms are great, and the food is excellent! Take a costume, as all rooms have their own pools, and the main pool is very special. The game drives delivered fantastic sightings of all of the Big 5 barring the leopard, as well as plenty of other game. If you like a… Read more
Our family spent a fantastic 2 nights at Ukhozi Lodge. The setting is amazing. The rooms are great, and the food is excellent! Take a costume, as all rooms have their own pools, and the main pool is very special. The game drives delivered fantastic sightings of all of the Big 5 barring the leopard, as well as plenty of other game. If you like a laid back, friendly, knowledgeable guide, ask for Nic. He was great! Read less
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Jul 10, 2022 Mmbbaallii

Ukhozi lodge has such lovely staff, delicious food, great facilities and beautiful animals. Our guides Richard and Ashley, were so knowledgeable and funny. Thanks to them we saw 4/5 big 5 animals on our short stay. My sister and I will definitely be back and requesting those two by name.
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Jun 30, 2022 Grace H County Mayo, Ireland

This was the last stop of our south african leg of our honeymoon and what an epic way to end it. Our Guides Amber and Margo were so friendly, positive and informative. We had 1 game drive the day of arrival 2 the following day and 1 the morning of checkout - wrap up warm it gets very cold and take the blankets offered. Got to see 4 of the big 5… Read more
This was the last stop of our south african leg of our honeymoon and what an epic way to end it. Our Guides Amber and Margo were so friendly, positive and informative. We had 1 game drive the day of arrival 2 the following day and 1 the morning of checkout - wrap up warm it gets very cold and take the blankets offered. Got to see 4 of the big 5 which was amazing but also a wide range of other gorgeous wildlife. The lodge itself is beautifully finished as were the suites. The food from breakfast lunch and dinner was amazing hats off to the chef! My only 1 negative on arrival I asked the lady we were greeted by about having a bottle of bubbly and a massage (as was part of our honeymoon package from our tour agent). She started telling me we werent entitled to it as we werent staying the minimum nights and that our tour agent was wrong but it was on my booking voucher. I just feel this was not my issue and that it shouldnt have been mentioned to me - rather take it on the chin and deal with the tour agent to stop it happening in future. We did get our massages but no other mention of our honeymoon which was disappointing as every other place had made some small gesture to mark it for us. Read less
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Jun 19, 2022 amandagradwell3

We had the most fantastic stay and recommend this getaway to anyone who needs to reset, recharge and refresh! Everything exceeded our expectations! The staff were so welcoming and hospitable and we really enjoyed our dinner entertainment. All meals were perfectly prepared, proportioned and presented and basically melted in our mouths. Our tour… Read more
We had the most fantastic stay and recommend this getaway to anyone who needs to reset, recharge and refresh! Everything exceeded our expectations! The staff were so welcoming and hospitable and we really enjoyed our dinner entertainment. All meals were perfectly prepared, proportioned and presented and basically melted in our mouths. Our tour host was very knowledgeable and accommodated each persons interest, always making sure we were comfortable and warm. Gold stars all round. We look forward to our next stay. Read less
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Jun 16, 2022 Tamartina91 Munich, Germany

We stayed at Ukhozi Lodge a very modern and new main house with a lot of nice places to relax and enjoy a drink. In the evening it gets super comfy with a lot of different fire places. The suites are huge and nicely furnished we even had a little personal plunge pool in addition to the infinity pool all guests have access to. We had a great time… Read more
We stayed at Ukhozi Lodge a very modern and new main house with a lot of nice places to relax and enjoy a drink. In the evening it gets super comfy with a lot of different fire places. The suites are huge and nicely furnished we even had a little personal plunge pool in addition to the infinity pool all guests have access to. We had a great time and enjoyed the very good service from lodge staff, the great meals and of course the various game drives with our guide. Read less