The Kariega Game Reserve comprises 10 000 hectares of pristine southern afrotemperate forest in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Malaria-free and a good way to top off a self-drive holiday along the scenic coastal Garden Route, Kariega has a range of accommodation, the most contemporary of which is Settlers Drift.

A modern tented camp that uses minimalist furnishings, monochrome colours and the textures of nature – think rock, stone, timber and metal – Settlers Drift consists of only nine very spacious suites, each with large living areas, outdoors showers and private decks. Not suitable for children under 10, Settlers Drift is, however, ideal for honeymooners who want a luxurious Big 5 experience. Discreet spa treatments are offered in the beautiful open-air sala.

Those keen on game viewing will not be disappointed: Kariega is home to more than 25 species of game (including giraffe) and nearly 300 types of birds, like fish, martial and crowned eagles. In addition to traditional morning and afternoon game drives, there are cruises on the Bushman’s and Kariega Rivers, guided bush walks and canoe safaris. The dramatic landscape encompasses five different ecosystems, making for diverse scenery and exciting photographs when out on a drive. 


  • Excellent malaria-free Big 5 game viewing
  • Canoe safaris & guided bush walks
  • Swimming pool & sala
  • Contemporary design that resonates with nature

Perfect for self-drivers & honeymooners

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Settlers Drift has an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool for sunny days and a peaceful sala where spa treatments are undertaken. There is satellite television in the main lodge area.

A safari shop caters for those ‘I forgot to pack…’ and ‘need to buy a gift for…’ purchases, and there is a private laundry facility.

General Facilities

    Curio or Gift shop
    Swimming Pool
    Wine cellar
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Wi-fi available


There is a full bar with sweeping views of the valley below, a well-stocked wine cellar and a private dining table near the cellar that is warmed by a roaring wood-burning fireplace. You can choose to dine at separate tables in the airy and light dining room, or outdoors at the pool area. 

Luxury Tent

There are nine spacious tented suites at Settlers Drift, each with an en suite bathroom and a fireplace. All open up onto sunny balconies with tranquil views over the verdant Eastern Cape landscape. Bathrooms have double vanities, tubs with views and outdoor showers. Décor is modern and minimalist, with crisp white linen covering the king-sized beds and ceiling fans in place for the summer months.

Children aged 11 to 16 are permitted to share their parents’ suite.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Twin bed available


  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • River cruises
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $505 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017 $670 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 18 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $745 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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