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Explore the Kariega Game Reserve

Updated Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Kariega Game Reserve is a stunning escape in the heart of the Eastern Cape, boasting each of the magnificent Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant). However, nature-lovers are in for a very rewarding experience because, in addition to these impressive species, there is a plethora of other animals to see within their natural habitat. This includes almost 300 bird species and 25 different kinds of game.

Kariega Game Reserve

International visitors are assured that this entire area is a malaria-free zone, so no extra precautions need to be taken. The reserve is situated on the Kariega River and the Bushman’s River, which introduce yet more biodiversity. It is about 140 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, and only about 20 kilometres from the coastal village of Kenton-on-Sea.

The mountains, rivers and valleys create a haven of tranquillity in which a fascinating hive of activity emerges. Kariega invites visitors to immerse themselves in this serenity.

River cruises and walking safaris are also on offer, and give Kariega’s visitors a new perspective on some of the life that inhabits this reserve. Walking trails mean getting up close and personal with some of the fauna and flora at a slow, comfortable pace.


The luxurious 4-star accommodation at Kariega Game Reserve ensures that each guest feels pampered and at home during their stay. The River Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge are both officially rated as “4-star Superior” and each comprise 10 elegant suites. The Main Lodge and the Homestead are ideal for groups or families and combine luxury living with comfort.

Each of these facilities has been built in such a way that, while occupying the natural landscape, they are stylishly incorporated into it in an unobtrusive way, allowing guests to feel part of the magnificent surrounds.

The Accommodation Options at Kariega

During your stay at Kariega, there is certainly no shortage of things to do and see. Sundowners on the river, game drives, walking trails, canoeing, fishing and swimming in the rivers or swimming pool are all part of the Kariega experience. In addition, the spa and gym will ensure that you look and feel your best.

Settlers Drift Lodge at Kariega

Due to all of the animal life that can be enjoyed amidst opulent surrounds, visitors are reminded to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable shoes and warm clothing (for early morning or evening outdoor experiences).

Useful Kenton on Sea Links