Fantastic safari sightings
Conservation focussed
Private reserve
Malaria Free Reserve
No booking fees!

What’s the deal?

Stay 3 nights and get 10% off nightly rates at the incredible Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

Valid for stays at Main Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge, River Lodge and Settlers Drift, between 1 May to 31 July 2022

When to travel?

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.

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 a choice 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.

Low Season: 1 May to 31 Aug 2022
High Season: 11 to 31 Jan & 1 Mar to 30 April, 1 Sept to 17 Dec 2022 and 11 to 31 Jan & 1 Mar to 30 April 2023
Peak Season: 1 to 10 Jan, February 2022 and 18 to 31 Dec 2022 & 1 to 10 Jan 2023

Luxury Lodges

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.

Nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, this thatched lodge is unique in that it connects a Big 5 game reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry our guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea to its picturesque and user friendly beaches.

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.


At Kariega, everything revolves around our twice-daily safari drives – the close-up encounters with African wildlife are the centre of guests’ unforgettable safari holiday. Experienced game rangers will drive you out on safari every morning and afternoon/evening in open game-drive vehicles, traversing the valleys, grassy plains and African bushveld to bring you close to the Big 5 and other game roaming freely in their natural habitat. If you are fortunate, you may witness the lion hunting or feeding, or even the heartwarming social interactions of an elephant herd.

Kariega offers guided bush walks with experienced rangers. This provides guests with the opportunity of walking amongst more than 25 species of game and abundant birdlife.

An abundance of bird and animal life makes for exciting game viewing whilst enjoying the peace and tranquility of the dramatic river valley. During one of the morning game drives, guests at Main Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge can enjoy a majestic cruise down the Kariega river. At River Lodge, an optional daily boat cruise takes guests down the Bushmans river, through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea and to its picturesque beaches. Settlers Drift guests can also enjoy boat cruises on the Bushmans river.

Take one the canoes for a leisurely paddle down either the Kariega or the Bushmans rivers and watch in blissful silence as the river birds and animals go about their daily business.

The Wellness Centre at Kariega Private Game Reserve is the perfect place to rest, relax and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Treat yourself to the luxury and pampering you deserve in beautiful, tranquil surroundings and indulge in our range of treatments and therapies, including various relaxing or energizing massages, facials and the like.

Situated at Main Lodge, the Wellness Centre is also ideally positioned to service guests from Ukhozi Lodge and the Homestead . The centre includes two treatment rooms. A gym is located separately at the Main Lodge. Treatments for River Lodge and Settlers Drift guests are available in the spa at each lodge.

Include: local towns of Grahamstown, Salem, Bathurst and Port Alfred – all significant in South Africa’s history, or try your hand (or if you’re an avid golfer) at a round or 2 at a local course, alternatively visit Port Elizabeth or extend your itinerary to include more of the Garden Route and Cape Town.


Main Lodge welcomes children of all ages and kids can enjoy our daily children’s programme, between approx. 11h00 and 14h00. These are mainly about having fun but we also aim to inspire, excite and educate.
Children are encouraged and welcome to join their parents on all game drives. Baby-sitting is available if required.

Please note that children of all ages are most welcome at Main Lodge and The Homestead. Settlers Drift, River Lodge and Ukhozi Lodge do not accommodate children 10 years and younger.

  • Main Lodge: Children of all ages are welcome; Children 12 years and under pay 50%, Children 3 years and under stay free
  • Ukhozi Lodge, River Lodge, Settlers Drift: No children 10 years and under; Children and 3rd Person Rates. Upon request a 3rd person can be accommodated in a suite (extra bed), 11 to 16 years (as 3rd person sharing) – 50% of above per person sharing rate, 17 years and over (as 3rd person sharing) – above per person sharing rate

Nightly Rates

Main Lodge
  • per adult per night
Ukhozi Lodge
  • per adult per night
River Lodge
  • per adult per night
Settlers Drift
  • per adult per night


  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Main Lodge: all inclusive (all meals, excluding beverages)
  • Ukhozi Lodge, River lodge, Settlers Drift: fully inclusive (all meals, selected beverages)
  • All daily guided game drives and activities
  • Wifi


  • Conservation & community levy (R150 per adult paying guest per night), towards conservation efforts, Kariega’s Anti-Poaching Unit and community upliftment projects
  • International and local airfare
  • Transfers to Kariega Game Reserve (we’ll arrange all for these for you)
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Optional extensions available around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Hoedspruit, KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town available

Let’s talk and plan your exciting safari in Africa.
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