Family of 3 (one 8yr old), we stayed here for our first safari experience in SA. We then also stayed up near Botswana at another lodge, so this is basically a comparison review. In Winter it can be very cold here, which is not a fault of the lodge but does affect your stay. We had a fire going most of the days inside the very nice accomodation. No problems with our chalet, large, comfortable and well tended. Meal times were rather regimented and of a canteen style in delivery. Queue up and help yourself to the mostly good and plentiful food - you can help yourself as much as you like. Waiter/ress service limited only to drinks, but friendly. Food not always hot, and plates never hot, so in winter it was virtually cold by the time you sat back down. Game drives here are limited by the weather, so most were 2 1/2 hours max, which was enough in the cold, but further North in the sun these drives were 3 1/2 hrs and warm. Plenty to see on the wildlife front, and very knowledgeable guides, so worth the stay for that. The river cruise was fairly pointless when we went..saw a kingfisher or two but not worth the effort (maybe in winter), so a drive would have been better.
Overall, a good experience,but there is no 'good' rating. Certainly professional, but if you can get further north it's a more pleasurable experience. However, some sort of non-canteen type of meal would have been nice, as would hotter food/plates. Although the lodge takes children, there are no facilites or activities that are specifically child-focussed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kariega Main Lodge is located in Kariega Game Reserve, a 10,000 hectare malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The safari experience combines close up Big 5 game viewing, an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife, a landscape spanning 5 eco-systems and dramatic views and vistas. Kariega Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. All 21 log chalets are air conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks (some have private pools). Each has a spacious lounge and living area. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush to create a natural environment where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet a swim in the pool. All children welcome. Ideal for couples, families and groups (with special group rates). Rate is full board including all meals, morning and evening game drives and activities (excluding drinks). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kariega Game Reserve Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
- Kariega Lodge