The 4-star Kariega Main Lodge sits high on a ridge in the malaria-free Kariega Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This private game reserve is also a short drive from the coast, making it easy to combine with the sandy beaches and warm sea of the world-famous Garden Route.
Kariega Main Lodge boasts twenty-one wooden Chalets built on raised wooden platforms to make the most of their spectacular views of the reserve. Whether you choose a one-bedroom or a four-bedroom chalet, each with a double bed or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower, hairdryer, in-room safe, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, sitting area, a fireplace (in most chalets), satellite television, and a private viewing deck. Some chalets even have a small swimming pool.
The lodge facilities include a restaurant, outdoor boma, swimming pool, wellness center,
Kariega Game Reserve is the perfect setting for exciting safari vacations with an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard. Other species to be seen on the reserve include hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck, various antelope species, and a myriad of bird species including the nesting crowned eagle, martial and fish eagles.
Activities offered at the lodge include morning and afternoon open-vehicle game drives, river cruises, guided bush walks, and canoeing excursions. Since this is a private reserve your guide is allowed to drive off-road getting you right up close to the reserve’s wildlife.
Kariega Main Lodge welcomes children of all ages and
Kariega Main Camp is ideal for solo explorers, couples
Includes: Accommodation, all meals
"This was beyond expectations! Proved to be the most memorable part of a 3 week trip around South Africa. The quality of everything was better than we ever imagined. We saw a huge range of animals and birds."
"Admittedly this was our first safari but we cannot praise it enough. Our guide Matt was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and determined to give us the best experience ever. We saw everything we'd hoped for and more and got unbelievably close to the animals. Our chalet was pleasant and the food was scrumptious and plentiful! All staff were lovely. And we had some fun table tennis!"
"You simply have to chose this park, the staff, setting and quality make for a memorable stay. Cleo our ranger was passionate about the animals and shared his knowledge with us. A great trip thank you so much."
"We stayed here for 5 days early October and had the most amazing time! We were the first cabin you came to in the main lodge which was very large, with brilliant views! Our game driver Rudi we cannot say enough about him, he made the trip more than we could have imagined his knowledge of the animal, plant life and surrounding area was so extensive. The food here was amazing something for everybody and all the rest of the staff were so helpful. We were lucky enough to do a boat trip and a walk through the bush which was brilliant, only thing we didn't do was take warm enough clothes, layers are a definite must but luckily the game drives do have blankets. Cannot recommend this place enough"
"We stayed at Kariega in a group of 60, all couples were accommodated in very nice rooms, you don't stay here for the rooms though. The experience of a game park was new to everyone in our group and what we saw was absolutely amazing. You do two tours a day one in the morning and one at around 4 pm, both are unmissable, coffee in the morning and a sun-downer in the afternoon, all very civilized really. Our group was never disappointed on any of the seven visits to the game park that we did, from getting very close to lions and elephants to the diversity of all the animals in the park. We had three very enthusiastic rangers that took us out Daniel, Cleo and Johanas, always felt very safe and informed, they were genuinely excited when we spotted some rare finds, which was really refreshing. We absolutely loved our stay at Keriega, rooms were great, food and beverage were spot on, service from all staff was uniquely African, game park was the absolute highlight, will make it a point in our life to revisit this truly unique experience."
"There was 60 of us including kids. Stayed 3 nights. Everything was so well organised. Food was amazingly good & gluten free option was not an issue & happily provided yummy substitutes. (on request) Be prepared to put on weight as its so delicious you won't stop. Staff, views, animals & day spa are all perfect. Recommended for all ages."
"Went with my daughter. Her third, my first safari. An amazing experience in an amazing place. We stayed 5 nights which was right for us. The drives were great with our very knowledgeable ranger Chris. The food was excellent and plentiful and the service was friendly."
"We loved our 3 days at Kariega. Saw and learnt so much. Our guide was incredible and our game drives were tapered to the individual needs of the group. Our experience was very memorable. Accommodation comfortable, food excellent and overall experience amazing. Would def recommend. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us. Our small children (age 6 and 4) too had such a great time and our ranger made so much effort to teach them about the bush and engage with them."
"We can highly commend Kariega to anyone who wishes to have an incredible game viewing experience!! Way beyond our expectations in every aspect from the brilliance of our Ranger Rudi to the accommodation and the meals."
"Our game ranger Ryan was fantastic with dealing with the children, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We saw hippo's in their natural environment, which was extra special, and we saw baby rhino and baby elephant. The game viewing was spectacular."
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