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Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge

South Africa, Eastern Cape

• Most rooms offer beautiful views over the lush landscapes and the reserve’s rivers
• A chance to see some of Africa’s amazing wildlife up close
• Enjoy river cruises and bush walks, as well as safari tours
• Fully unwind in the onsite spa

A privately owned and family run safari reserve on South Africa’s spectacular Eastern Cape, Kariega is ideal for explorers, families and couples wanting to get a glimpse of Africa’s famous Big Five. Enjoy open top 4x4 safaris and get to know the wonderful species of animals and birds, as well as insects, trees and flowers. Each of the rooms offers beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness, with a chance to enjoy a relaxing stay in the heart of the bush. Listen to your experienced hosts’ and guides’ stories in the evenings as you warm yourself round the open fire in the boma and indulge in delicious dishes produced by the onsite chefs. Between game drives there are plenty of facilities to enjoy, including swimming pools, a spa, shop, viewing decks and a games room for children.


Bars & Restaurants

Dining Areas

Kariega Safari Reserve offers a selection of international dishes created by the onsite chefs, using the freshest local ingredients. All meals are included in your stay and can be enjoyed on the viewing platforms as you watch the native wildlife.

Al Fresco Dining

Snacks and meals can be served within the heart of the bush on your safari tours. Enjoy delicious dishes freshly packed by the hotel’s kitchen staff. There is also a boma, where you can sit beneath the shady trees as you listen to stories and take in the warm glow from the fire.

Beach & Pools

Main Lodge Swimming Pool

Relax and soak up the warm rays of the African sun by the Main Lodge’s communal swimming pool. Take a cooling dip in the clear waters as you look over the surrounding landscapes.

Spa & Wellness

Kariega Wellness Centre

Found in the Main Lodge, the wellness centre overlooks the luscious green surroundings and offers a choice of treatments, including massages and facials.

Activities & Entertainment

Game Drive

Your stay at Kariega Game Reserve includes two daily open vehicle safari tours. These usually leave in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active. Spot lions, elephants, giraffes and more as your expert guides teach you about the local animals.

River Cruises

Perfect for bird lovers, river cruises are also included in your stay at Kariega. Enjoy the peaceful river valley as you listen to the sounds of the birds in the trees.

Bush Walks

The perfect way to get closer to the inhabitants of the reserve, see the smaller animals that make up the bushveld with expert guides leading the way.


Explore the river valley and its peaceful surrounding area, as well as getting close to the birds and insects in the area with canoeing trips.


Enjoy fishing in either the Kariega or Bushman River from a boat or canoe as you soak in the quiet, tranquil surroundings.

Children's Facilities

A programme of activities is available for children from 11:00 until 14:00 every day. This includes a bush walk along the ‘kiddies trail’, where you can spot insects, learn to track animals using dung, practice using a sling shot and lots more.

The indoor children’s play area contains games and amenities, including a television with wildlife DVDs, books, toys, games, a black board and table tennis. Babysitting is also available.

About the location
Transfer time
1 hour 30 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
Main Lodge Chalets

24 log chalets blend into the stunning surrounding environment. Enjoy views over the Kariega River valley, air conditioning, an en suite bathroom, king sized bed and some with private pools.

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The Best of South Africa Self Drive

Enjoy the freedom of a self-driving holiday coupled with Sovereign’s expertise as you explore South Africa’s famed Garden Route

Begin with a stay in a private game reserve before enjoying a classic self-driving tour of South Africa’s iconic Garden Route, as well as the beautiful Cape Town and some of the world’s most famous vineyards. Experience some of the most incredible views in Africa as you explore this stunning area of the world.

View the South Africa Self Drive itinerary

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01293 762400
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