Owned by the same settler family since 1823, Kariega’s appeal encompasses natural and historical abundance, and the property has being lovingly restored to reflect its former glory. Offering an unforgettable African safari experience, Kariega is known for its top-notch service, warm hospitality, beautiful surroundings, unrivalled game viewing opportunities and ultra-luxurious accommodation. The Kariega Reserve stretches from the Kariega River to the Bushmans River and is located a mere 14 kilometres from Kenton-on-Sea.
Kariega Main Lodge features 21 log chalets that are all fitted with air-conditioning, satellite TV, en-suite bathrooms and large, private viewing decks.
Each Kariega Main Lodge unit includes a spacious lounge and living area, complete with fireplaces to warm up chilly winter nights. All the rooms offer king-size beds (or twin beds on request), and the chalets are perfect for families (children of all ages are welcome), couples or groups of friends in search of a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on nature’s doorstep.
Kariega Main Lodge also offers both private laundry and childcare/babysitting services, so guests can truly sit back and unwind. Kariega masterfully integrates luxury accommodation with the natural surroundings to create an authentic bush experience – a boon considering that Kariega Game Reserve is Big 5 territory.
Offering a host of activities, including famous river cruises on the Kariega Queen, this malaria-free reserve has something for everyone. A definite highlight on the menu of activities is the combined early morning game drive and river cruise, culminating in a scrumptious breakfast. After lunch, it’s customary to enjoy a siesta before setting off on a late-afternoon game drive, and back at the lodge, traditional evening meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant.
Guests are also treated to a spectacular architectural award-winning pub, a refreshing pool and internet connectivity. Nearby attractions include visits to Grahamstown and the delightful village of Bathurst; Port Alfred’s pristine beaches; golfing on the nearby Gary Player-designed course and daytrips to the Addo Elephant National Park.
A true sanctuary for abundant game and wildlife, Kariega boasts a line-up with the likes of lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, hyena, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, and this 9 000-hectare private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s Eastern Cape is a must.