Overview

  • 21 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 21 log chalets, a vibrant restaurant, bar, and living area as well as a pool, curio shop, gym, and health spa.

HIGHLIGHTS

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

Facilities

General

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

Rooms

Wooden Chalets

Available: 21 Chalets Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 01:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 10:00 AM

Kariega Main Lodge consists of 21 air-conditioned log chalets, lined up along the narrow road through the lodge. Each chalet has two separate bedrooms: a double and a twin – and each bedroom has a small en-suite bathroom. Among these is a living area, in which the focus is an old-style sofa and chairs, and a very welcome log-burner – for which kindling and logs are supplied. We loved lighting the fire and having the warmth in the evenings. Even though the décor was dated, the layout of the bedrooms and lounge was ideal for a small family.

Kariega Main Lodge 

Suite features

  • 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

Activities

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

Rates

High Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 JAN - 10 JAN 2018 Chalet Per person per night sharing From $442
11 JAN - 31 JAN 2018 Chalet Per person per night sharing From $429
01 FEB - 28 FEB 2018 Chalet Per person per night sharing From $476
01 OCT - 17 DEC 2018 Chalet Per person per night sharing From $476

Low Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018 Chalet Per person per night sharing From $342

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

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

Reviews

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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