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South Africa
Eastern Cape
Kariega Game Reserve


River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. Nestled on the banks of the Bushman’s River, this 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.


River Lodge is a beautiful river-side lodge offering peace and tranquillity to the most discerning of guests. This stunning stone and thatch safari lodge comprises 10 luxurious and air-conditioned suites decorated in a blend of traditional safari and crisp modernity. The Lodge itself offers spectacular dining over-looking the river, an outdoor pool and an exclusive library. Unique activities include daily boat trips to Kenton beach, as well as excellent fishing and canoeing.

Game Drives
The Kariega Game Reserve safari experience is centered around twice daily game drives. Guests will be delighted with close up viewing of a diversity of wild African game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, a host of antelope species, and much more including a myriad of exquisite birdlife. Skilled and knowledgeable game rangers will spend time unraveling some of the secrets of the African bush, will see to any specific requests, and ensure that all your questions are answered.

River Cruise
Enjoy a boat ride on the Bushman’s River viewing exquisite scenery and enchanting birdlife including the Crowned, Martial and African Fish Eagles.

Beach trips by boat
Take a trip up the Bushman’s River and spend the day on the beautiful beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.

Guided Walks
At Kariega Game Reserve there are a number of walking trails that guests can enjoy with their experienced ranger. Walking safaris allow guests to experience a real sense of wilderness and view both wildlife and birds.

Try canoeing for a scenic exercise option, or opt for a leisurely paddle enjoying the sights and sounds of river life. A great activity for the whole family.

Home to two abundant rivers – The Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers – Kariega is a great place for fishing.

Health Spa
The Kariega Wellness Centre is a great place to unwind and relax, offering luxurious treatments and therapies

01 January 2016 – 30 April 2016 Per Person Per Night Sharing
01 May 2016 – 30 September 2016 Per Person Per Night Sharing
01 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 Per Person Per Night Sharing

10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed en-suite thatched suites meander along the banks of the Bushman’s River. 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 river. Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing.

Lodge Suites
All air-conditioned with an overhead fan. Guests can relax, viewing game and enjoying the stunning vistas from their private patio.

Rates Include
Safari drive twice daily
River cruises and walking safaris
Fishing and canoeing
Beach trips by boat
All meals and selected beverages
Luxury suite with king-size bed (twin or double)
Private viewing patio
En-suite bathroom
In-side shower and Ornate bath
Double vanity basin
Hair dryer
Air-conditioning and overhead fan
Internet connectivity (in lodge, not in suites)
Safe (at reception) and telephone
Tea and coffee facilities

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Rates and accommodation is subject to availability
3rd person sharing, where applicable, pays sharing rate. Upon request a 3rd person can be accommodated in a suite (extra bed)
Per person per night sharing all inclusive (all meals and activities but excluding beverages
50% Single Supplement applies
No children 10 years and under.
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
Children (11 years and over) in own suite – pay full adult rate

Check In / Check Out Times:
Check In Time: 14h00
Check Out Time: 10h00
Please note: Afternoon game drives start at 15h00 in low season and 16h00 in high season.

Game Activities: Guests enjoy morning and evening game drives / river cruises in our quoted inclusive rates. Guided bush walks and canoeing are also free of charge.

Children Game Drive Policy:
Children 5 years and under can enjoy game drives, but it is in the Ranger’s and ultimately the General Manager’s discretion as to whether they can be taken into sightings of the more dangerous “Big-5” animals, for safety reasons.
A tailor-made Children’s Program is available at Main Lodge for kids every day from 11h00 to 14h00.

Our rates are quoted on a fully inclusive basis and will apply no matter whether a guest misses any meals or activities. In addition, no refunds will be due if any activities are not available or possible due to prevailing weather conditions or factors out of Kariega’s control.

Full accommodation and other charges payable 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy:
25% of charges payable if booking cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival.
50% of charges payable if booking cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival.
100% of charges payable if booking cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival.
Refunds are subject to administration fees.

Travel from Port Elizabeth along the N2 towards Grahamstown for approximately 50 km and then take the Port Alfred turnoff, where you will then travel along the R72 towards Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred. The turnoff to River Lodge is signposted and is exactly 15 km beyond Alexandria.

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