We stayed at Kariega at the end of December. Our stay at Kariega was going to big treat for my husband as he is from New Zealand. Unfortunately I have to say that we were dissapointed. when I looked at all the options for game lodges available in the Eastern Cape Kariega caught my eye due to the boat trip on the River. My husband also was looking forward to this. when we checked in on the day no one ever mentioned anything about the boat being damaged or no indication was given on their website about the boat trips being cancelled. It was only after I asked our Ranger the night before dinner that she told me the boat is damaged. Accordng to her the flood that damaged the boat happened 6 weeks ago but when I got to my parents house and asked after the floods we realised the flood happened 11 weeks ago. The weather was not the best the morning for our Game Drive so instead of a Game Drive that lasted 3 to 3.5 hours ours lasted two hours. No compensation was ever offered for the cancelled boat trip or the shorter game drive. and to add to our frustration something small such as coffee and muffins that were promised on the Game Drive was never given. And then there's the fact that its advertised as a Big 5 Game Reserve, but after asking the Ranger about leopards I got the idea that there's not really a leopard/s on the Reserve. The room and the food however was lovely.
Also I would like to add that I e-mailed the Reserve with these comments before posting it on Tripadvisor but after 5 days I still had no reply. Funny when you want to make a booking they get back to you within hours.
- 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