Kariega Game Reserve Eastern Cape, South Africa

This 10,000 hectare family owned private game reserve has four luxury lodges - River Lodge, Main Lodge and The Homestead (all 4*) as well as our favourite, the 5* luxury tented camp - Settler's Drift. (Ukhozi is currently closed due to repairs in 2018).

River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed thatched suites meander along the banks of the Bushmans River, offering the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquility with 10 spacious, luxuriously appointed, en-suite thatched suites. All are air-conditioned with an overhead fan. Guests can relax, view game and enjoy the stunning vistas from their private patio. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax at the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing.

Nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big 5 game reserve to the sea. As well as the twice daily game drives guests can enjoy optional daily boat cruises through the quaint village of Kenton-on-sea to its picturesque sandy beaches.

Settler's Drift is the more expensive luxury option. It overlooks the Bushman's River in a beautiful and remote location in the middle of the reserve. The nine tented suites all have fabulous views from secluded decks and indoor/outdoor showers and there is also a lovely camp swimming pool. Kariega is easy to reach and fits in well to a self drive itinerary along the Garden Route and it is also an 80 minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport.

The game reserve works with Save the Rhino and runs a leopard project as part of its extensive conservation work.

Nearby Attractions

Eastern Cape Game Reserves


Kariega Game Reserve


Settler's Drift (5*) - there are just 9 spacious tented suites (110m²) – each with an opulent bedroom and living area, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, mini-bar and private viewing deck. There is also a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, spacious decks, pool, boma, curio shop, library and spa.

  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Luxury tented suite with king-size bed (twin or double)
  • Complete privacy
  • Wood burning stove
  • Private viewing deck
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Indoor/outdoor shower and contemporary free-standing bath
  • Double vanity basin
  • Air-conditioning and overhead fan
  • Internet connectivity (in lodge, not in suites)
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone




  • Safari drive twice daily
  • River cruises and guided bush walks
  • Fishing and canoeing

Safaris featuring this property

19 days
From £ 3635
Ultimate Garden Route Self Drive

This is a comprehensive self drive holiday to South Africa's beautiful Cape, including a Big Five safari