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Kariega River Lodge

4.0 of 5 R 343 | Kenton, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sicily
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

After much excitement for our first safari we left Kariega after a 3 day safari feeling very happy with the experience but also very disappointed. The place was stunning, the room was gorgeous, the setting was perfect and the animals that we saw will stay with us for ever but unfortunately the food and service were a real let down.... More

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

Thank you so much for you comments. We really value your feedback about what we need to do to improve our service and experience. I've discussed your comments about service with the general manager and they have already being addressed. We are very sorry that the management of River Lodge did not meet our usual standard of service. We are... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We arrived very late after a very long journey from the UK to find staff waiting for us with food available long after they should have gone off duty. This was a sign of the good service and committment from the team at River Lodge that we enjoyed during our 3 day stay. Gerrard our ranger was knowledgeable and patient... More

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

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us over Christmas and thank you for posting your review. We've passed on your compliments to the team at River Lodge including Gerhard, the kitchen and hospitality team members. We hope to see you at Kariega again. Kind regards, Bronwen & the Kariega team More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed in the main lodge, which was very spacious but I may be tempted to upgrade to one of the other lodges (Ukhozi or River Lodge) if I went back as I think they were a bit more modern. However we were right next to the restaurant so we didn't have far to walk. This is all about the... More

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

Thank you so much for posting your review of your stay at our Main Lodge chalets. We are so pleased that you had a super wildlife experience and really sorry that you missed the rhino, especially our incredible white rhino, Thandi. I'm sure you know that she managed to survive a brutal poaching incident in March this year when her... More

Ducktown
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97 reviews 97 reviews
43 hotel reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stayed three nights at the River Lodge. After a warm welcome we were brought to our room (chalet '10) with a golf cart. It was aprox 400meters away from the main building. The golf cart was ours to use the whole stay. (we preferred to walk back after dinner, its a nice stroll and perfectly safe) The rooms itself... More

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

Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay with us at River Lodge. We have passed on your comments to our maintenance team who will attend to these issues. We have also passed on your feedback about service to our lodge manager. Thank you for letting us know. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your game experiences... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

From the moment we arrived at the entrance gate to River Lodge, we knew we were in for something truly special. Whilst being driven by our ranger Candice, we were escorted down to the lodge by a swooping flock of cackling Crowned Hornbill, occasionally being greeted by the gentle and inquisitive faces of giraffe. Ahhh, our Africa! On arrival at... More

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

We are so pleased that you enjoyed a special birthday celebration with us at Kariega's River Lodge. Thank you for sharing your review and experience. We've passed on your thanks to Clive, Candice, Nosakhe, Samantha and the rest of the team. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you at Kariega again soon. Bronwen and the Kariega team More

Essex
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you have not been on safari before then Kariega is not a bad place to start. We stayed at the River Lodge which we imagined to be the best of the two options the other being the Main Lodge. The reserve is split in two with a main road segregating the halves. The River side holds the more predatory... More

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

Thank you for posting your review on your stay at River Lodge and experience at Kariega Game Reserve. We are so pleased that you particularly enjoyed the wildlife, the experience with your guide and our fabulous local beach at Kenton-on-Sea. We consider ourselves very fortunate to offer guests a malaria free wildlife experience on our 9000 ha reserve. To give... More

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights here in September 2012. I have stayed at Safari lodges before which were 5 star and as much as this was rated 5 star I would question this. I had asked for the honeymoon suite with it being our honeymoon to be told that the Villas near to the reception were classed as... More

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

Hi Wendy, Thank you for posting your review about your stay at River Lodge and we are very sorry that this did not live up to your expectations. We have noted your comments about the maintenance and have asked our maintenance team to deal with the items. We have also noted your comments about the food and fed this back... More

Birmingham, England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

As a solo female traveller, the people you meet along your journey play a big part in the success of the trip, and with a warm welcome from Banga, I had good feelings about this lodge. Within an hour of my arrival I had been introduced to Brendan who would turn out to be a great guide, and with his... More

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

Thank you so much for posting your review of River Lodge. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and that our team looked after you well. Brendan has a great eye for photography. We are glad you enjoyed your trips with him. Please feel welcome to post some of your photographs from your stay on our... More

London, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
41 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Set on the Bushmans river, this little lodge that only has a max of 20 guests is just an ideal stay. The lodge is staffed by some lovely people. Our ranger Rupert was very knowlegeable and made our drives very rewarding. Our boat trip to the sea was a great highlight and the champagne was a lovely surprise. A candle... More

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

Hi Steve, Thank you so much for your lovely review of River Lodge and Kariega Game Reserve. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the boat trip to the sea. We are so lucky that the lodge has such a great location. We have passed on your compliments to Rupert and... More

Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed on 23rd August for 3 nights.We had been upgraded from Main Lodge to River Lodge at no extra cost - not bad for a Trailfinders booking!- which was fantastic. Safari's, food, drinks, suites,river cruise, walks, everything about River Lodge was excellent. Gerhad our ranger made our stay truely memorable. He is an expert on all the game there... More

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Address: R 343 | Kenton, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kariega River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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Also Known As:
River Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
River Hotel Kariega Game Reserve

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