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Kariega River Lodge

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R 343 | Kenton, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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South Bend, Indiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I went to the Kariega River Lodge in August, 2014. The safari was all inclusive and room and food was unbelievable in quality. The pictures on their web site are very accurate. The weather was great in August, no snakes or bugs. Our guide was Wayne and he was a wonderfully friendly young man with impressive knowledge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome place...we felt like in a different world. The staff took care of everything, the food was awesome and The safaris just Great. Bianca our guide had a lot of information about the different animals. Also The rivercruise is very recommandable. Perfect holidays

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Hamburg, Deutschland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We spent two nights in the River Lodge and we really had a great time. The lodge is situated right by the Bushmans River in the southeast Kariega Game Reserve. Upon arrival, we were expected by the friendly staff who took care of our bags and parked the car. We had a suite with river view which we liked very... More 

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Kirkkonummi, Finland
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13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It was nice and good place to explore the animals. Accommodation spaces was good, clean and cozy. Breakfast GOOD, restaurant menu also good. Safar guide great, he know lot of those animals what we see. You have two safar for a day, first early mornin and secon afternoon. Only surprising thing was that tip culture. Than lodge is all- in... More 

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Tuomo, Thank you so much for adding your review in both English and Finnish. We really appreciate you sharing your feedback on your stay on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our hospitality and your safari's. We are so sorry that you felt uncomfortable about the tipping. This is standard across all safari experiences in Africa but... More 

Farnham, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The service offered by the Kariega private game reserve was of the highest quality. The staff were cheerful and apparently pleased to serve; the food was gourmet in quality and gourmand in quantity ... kudu steaks, impala, as well as more usual meats, and plenty for the vegetarian. The accommodation, individual suites in a local style, could scarcely have been... More 

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Roy, What a delight to read about your safari and stay with us at River Lodge. I can imagine how you felt and you describe your experience so eloquently! A safari at Kariega is certainly different from the wide open plains of east Africa. We are so glad the wildlife and close-encounter experiences were a delight! Thank you for... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We spent 3 night including New Years Eve in Kariega River Lodge. The food was excellent, as was the general service. Nice little shop. Guiding was brilliant by Anthony. Room large with beautiful bathroom, Nespresso and all inclusive drinks. Great variety of game viewing by Land Cruiser as well as boat. Negative was only the fact that the lodge is... More 

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Martin, Thank you so much for your review of your stay at River Lodge. We are pleased to read that you rated your stay so highly but we do want to be excellent! All rivers in South Africa have to allow public access and the upper reaches of the Bushman's River is no different, particularly at peak holiday season... More 

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I, and two other couples, spent three nights at Kariega River Lodge in November. It was superb! It was, to me, the perfect blend of great service and friendly informality. Our room was a very luxurious thatched suite right next to the river about five minutes walk from the main lodge, but we didn't have to walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

We are honeymooners from the UK and stayed for 2 nights at Kariega. We stayed in the Zebra Lodge at River lodge. From the moment we arrived we were met with a hot flannel and a nice cool drink. The service stayed this good the whole trip. Our room was beautiful and private with a river view. The food and... More 

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for three nights from the 21/11 all the staff made you feel you had been long lost friends .We were with my daughter & her husband. David was our ranger and had been told my wife may have problems getting into the land cruiser . He provided a stool to help and sat her beside him checking to... More 

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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 years ago, see my review, and this time we took my wife's elderly parents to enjoy the experience. Dave our ranger was exceptionally knowledgable, had a deep passion for the animals and birds, and above all he took great care making sure my parents in law were comfortable on the drives. This reserve looks to be going... More 

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you had a great second visit to Kariega and enjoyed your stay with us at River Lodge. We've passed on your compliments to ranger Dave and the team at the lodge. They really appreciate it getting feedback. Great suggestion regarding the smoking area and the lodge manager will get this implemented. Thanks again for taking... More 

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