• 24 Comfortable Wooden Chalets
  • Kariega Game Reserve
  • Exceptional Big Five Viewing
  • Excellent Rated By Guests

Kariega Main Lodge is nestled in the thickets and bushveld of the Eastern Cape landscape and offers guests panoramic vistas of the green river valley below. This authentic safari lodge is the ideal location from which to enjoy your African safari at Kariega which includes twice-daily game drives on the private reserve, experiencing close up viewing of a lion, elephant, rhino and other big 5 African games. Kariega Main Lodge is comprised of 24 log chalets, a vibrant restaurant, bar, and living area as well as a pool, curio shop, gym, and health spa.


  • Located at the Kariega Private Game Reserve;
  • Luxury accommodation;
  • Professional and friendly staff;
  • 24 chalets with lots of room amenities;
  • Exceptional Big 5 game viewing and birding;
  • Huge variety of activities.



  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Conference Centre
  • Gym
  • Kiddies Club
  • Malaria Free
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa


Room type Features Rates
Wooden Chalet
Kariega Main Lodge

Available: 24 Chalets

Unit Sleeps: 2 adults

Check-in: From 01:00 PM

Check-out: To 10:00 AM

Show Room Info
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fan
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Lounge Area
  • Verandah
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Fridge
  • Satellite / Cable Television
  • Heater
  • Disabled Rooms
  • More

    FROM R4250

    TO R8700

    Per person per night sharing

    Enquire Now What's Included Seasonal Rates


    Kariega Main Lodge offers the huge variety of outdoor activities as game drives, guided safari walks, walking safaris, a lot of water activities. Morning and afternoon open vehicle game drives show the exceptional views of nature and open the opportunity to see the famous Big 5. As we mention, Main Lodge offers also some water activities as river cruises on their African Queen boat, beach visits by boat to Kenton-on-the sea, great fly-fishing from the deck, canoeing from the lodge jetty, there is a range of combination activities such as a river cruise followed by a game drive. You can find the best option for you to spend your time unforgettable.

    • Game Drives
    • Bird Watching
    • Game Viewing
    • Guided Walks
    • River Cruise
    • Rhino Tracking
    • Kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Health Spa


    Low Season

    Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
    01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R4250
    Per person per night single From R6375

    High Season

    Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
    01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5500
    Per person per night single From R8250
    11 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5250
    Per person per night single From R7875
    01 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5800
    Per person per night single From R8700
    01 Mar 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5250
    Per person per night single From R7875
    01 Oct 2019 - 17 Dec 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5250
    Per person per night single From R7875
    18 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5800
    Per person per night single From R8700
    01 Jan 2020 - 10 Jan 2020 Wooden Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5800
    Per person per night single From R8700


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • Safari drive twice daily
    • All meals inclusive
    • Meals served buffet-style
    • River cruises
    • Guided bush walks
    • Canoeing
    • Comfortable bedrooms with king-size beds (twin or double)


    Based on 262 Reviews

    Eastern Cape Game Reserves

    “Absolutely Amazing!!”

    I don’t have a bucket list but if I did then safari would be the only thing on it and our few days and game drives at Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge would have filled my bucket to overflowing!!!

    We were v v lucky to have an absolutely fantastic Ranger in Carrie-Ann – she was knowledgeable, helpful, professional, accommodating, personable and great fun – she was brilliant and made the trip an unforgettable experience!

    The Main Lodge accommodation was super (we stayed in Lodges 1 and 1a) and the facilities offered by the Main Lodge in terms of dining, bar, pool, and wellness center were fab! The food was great – tasty and plentiful at every meal time, with the drinks being v good value for money (drinks were not included in the package we bought).

    We were fortunate – on our morning, afternoon and evening drives we saw 30+ elephants, lions, and lionesses, hippos (including a baby!), a family of rhino, several giraffes as well as lots of zebras, ostrich, impala, nyala, waterbuck etc etc etc

    I can’t recommend this Game Reserve highly enough! The facilities, service, and experience were second to none.

    You should go!!

    ~ Caroline S ~ Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
    Eastern Cape Game Reserves

    “Great stay at Kariega”

    For a family-friendly, safe, non-malarial game reserve Kariega ticks all the boxes. It’s an easy drive from Port Elizabeth and a great end to a Garden route self-drive that had us looking forward rather than dreading the end of our trip. The main lodge chalets are fantastic for families and my 5-year-old was delighted with her own room with bathroom with roll top bath, and with the monkeys playing in the trees as we stepped out onto our deck on arrival. Was also great to have our own log fire in the living area. We loved our game drives and river cruise and had amazing close-up encounters with loads of wildlife, particularly with the 30 plus elephants that ambled right by us, surrounding our vehicle seemingly not even noticing our presence; and with a mating pair of lions (described as playing to my daughter). Amazing staff, great kids club, and an overall really warm welcome.

    ~ R2247DCandream ~ Stellenbosch
    Eastern Cape Game Reserves

    “Big tick on the bucket list!”

    As soon as you pass through the main gates you know that this place is going to be special. We were met at the main reception by our ranger Archie who showed us round the main lodge and settled us into our chalet. We did 5 game drives with Archie, early morning and late afternoon, each drive being totally different as Archie puts in a tremendous effort to show you all the wildlife, his knowledge and experience is vast and it’s a holiday we will never forget. The food in the main lodge is buffet style and is very good. The only one comment I would make is our chalet was looking slightly tired in some areas and could do with a redecoration but I would have no hesitation in recommending this game reserve. One final note Archie makes a fantastic hot chocolate for sundowners!

    ~ Caroline H ~ Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Eastern Cape Game Reserves

    “Most wonderful experience !!”

    Our stay started wonderfully with a friendly welcome at the reception. Our ranger Trust took us to the main lodge and showed us around. Everything looked just great. When we entered our lodge we were surprised how big and beautiful it was. The quality of breakfast, lunch, and dinner was of good standards. It was enjoyable to spend these moments with our ranger and the other guests. The game drives were great and exciting. Our ranger Trust was the best. You could feel his pride for this job, and also his knowledge was extraordinary. And because of his passion, we had the chance to spot the rare black rhino! And also a special thank that he went on a bush walk with us … standing on the bank of a river looking at 3 hippo’s in the water, was a real adrenalin moment.

    ~ Guido-Krystyna W ~ Wommelgem, Belgium

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