Earlier this month we had the unique experience of visiting the Kariega Game Reserve. The diversity of wild mammals and birds found on the ~35 square mile preserve is truly amazing
While the lodging and food provided are commensurate with their 4-star rating, the quality of the guides make this a 5-star experience. Even though we didn't see everything the preserve has on offer, we did see enough to take away some great memories. For example, the lion and lioness walking by our open vehicle as they searched for their evening meal.
Not having visited other game preserves, we can not say the Kariega reserve is the best. But we can say without equivocation the experience was a top highlight of our 17 day holiday in South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kariega Game Reserve is a 10,000 hectare Big 5 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 Game Reserve has five safari lodges. Main Lodge consists of 21 separate log chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms, lounge and private balcony; River Lodge has 10 suites and is located on the Bushman's River; Ukhozi Lodge has 10 spacious suites, each with private pools and great views; Settlers Drift Tented Lodge has 9 modern but intimate suites surrounded by natural bush and overlooking the Bushman's River wilderness area and lastly the Homestead private lodge is perfectly suited for families or groups of friends of up to 14 people. Rates include accommodation, meals, morning and evening game drives with your experienced guide, walking safaris and a river trip. Fishing, canoeing and other activities can be arranged. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kariega Game Reserve Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
- Kariega Lodge