My fiance and I have just returned from an 17 day holiday in SA, of which 3 nights were spent @ Kariega Game Reserve (Ukhozi Lodge).
Ukhozi Lodge Rooms:
Absolutely huge, with king size bed (you could easily fit 3 people VERY comfortably in that bed), private plunge pool, deck with gorgeous views of the game reserve "savannah" area below. There is a lounger area (2 seater, x2 single seater, and table), jacuzzi, separate shower, and separate toilet. Fully stocked (and re-stocked) mini bar with alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks, safe, telephone, and wardrobe.
I only managed to fit in a manicure/pedicure and for the price it was TOTALLY worth it. The girls at the spa are both professional and make you feel very relaxed.
Kariega Game Drives (all game drives last 3 hours each):
-> Morning (6am departure from the Main Ukhozi Reception/Restaurant area - your ranger also gives you a wake up call at around 5:30am should you require one).
-> Afternoon (4pm departure and includes some sundowner snacks along the way). The sundowner consists of non/alcoholic drink and some nibblies (very very yummy).
-> The specially designed "van/truck" sits a maximum of 10 people + ranger. The majority of our time there we were 3 couples + ranger so it was extremely comfortable (they also provide wool blankets and ponchos should you need one)
-> During our time there we saw almost all of the BIG 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant, but unfortunately we missed out on the leopard). Our ranger also managed to find us some hippos - swimming in the river on our last afternoon game drive. It was the highlight of the drive! We were also lucky to view the entire herd of elephants, and one of the drives we watched (@ very close proximity) a lion drinking water and playing with one of the tree branches (truly spectacular sight)!
-> We also saw plenty of Eland, Bushpig, Giraffe, Ostrich, various kinds of antelope, fish eagle, crowned eagle, water monitor, zebra, wildebeest (and soooo many more animals & birds)
-> Our ranger (Daniel P) was an absolute fountain of knowlege, and was very informative and tenacious (especially in his successful attempt in finding us our hippos that we so wanted to see - we ended up having a mini "night game drive" at one point, and I must say that was a great experience on its own)
Breakfast and dinner are spent dining with the rest of the people that join you in the game drives (although you can choose to dine separately) and lunch is taken at your leisure. All meals are varied each time, lunch/dinner 3 course feasts, with unstoppable beverages through all meals. Plenty of opportunity to taste some game (during our stay there the Eland and Ostrich was to die for).
After dinner guests retire to a huge open fire to enjoy after dinner drinks and discuss the game rides with fellow guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kariega Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush you will discover 10 superbly appointed air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The Lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma with an outdoor pool. Located in the 10,000 hectare private game reserve with close-up viewing of rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hippo and other incredible African wildlife. Bird lovers will enjoy sighings of some of the 280 species recorded on the reserve. The safari experience includes twice daily safari drives with qualified guides, guided walks and a river trip as well as all meals, local beverages and accommodation. ... more less
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