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Kariega River Lodge is a luxury thatched lodge situated on the banks of the Bushman's River in the Eastern Cape's Kariega Game Reserve. This private and relaxing lodge has spectacular views of the river and offers fine cuisine, superior comfort and a genuine safari experience in a malaria-free area.

Kariega is rich in wildlife and the lodge offers early morning and afternoon/early evening game drives plus river cruises with expert guides. It is Big 5 country and the reserve has a great bird list and plenty of other classic African mammals too. Kariega River Lodge also offers numerous walking trails, mountain bike game rides, a small spa and canoeing on the river, and it's just a 15-minute drive to the coast and Kenton-on-Sea where you can enjoy a horse ride on a white-sand beach.


  • Safari lodge in a malaria-free private reserve
  • Classic Big 5 game viewing and great birding
  • A short drive or boat ride to the beach
  • River fishing, canoeing and river cruises
  • Friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere


  • Beach activities
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical tours
  • River cruises
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Boat excursions
  • Game drives
Amazing food, staff and safaris...LOVE this place! You can enjoy fishing, river cruises and even crabbing - great additions to the overall safari experience.
Mary Keet

Mary Keet

Africa Safari Expert

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Luxury Suite

Kariega River Lodge offers 10 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned thatched suites. Each is simply yet elegantly decorated in warm colours and textures and opens onto a private patio. The en suite bathrooms each have a separate and spacious shower as well as an ornate free-standing bath with natural wood and copper finishings.


Suites 8, 9 and 10 are ideal for a family or group of friends travelling together as each features a private sitting area and sole-use plunge pool.


Kariega River Lodge is very open and spacious with a dining room attached to a lounge, with a television set, bar and quiet upstairs library.

The spacious deck overlooks the winding Bushman’s River, as does the lodge's swimming pool. There is a small spa with a single treatment room.


Coffee and pastries keep you going on your morning game drive before you return to the lodge for a hearty cooked breakfast.

Lunches and 3-course dinners are accompanied by an excellent selection of South African wine - dine on the deck overlooking the river or in the thatched dining area.

General facilities

  • Computer facilities
  • Library
  • Restaurant
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Kariega River Lodge

Ian Ellis

The River Lodge had a great location right next to the river and we had a lovely family suite with two rooms separated by a common area. I think we may have been upgraded but I am not sure. The ranger here was very child friendly and really engaged with us. We had a fantastic hippo sighting and an amazing encounter with elephants, again probably one of the best that we have experienced in 7 years. The evening meals were excellent although the afternoon "eats" were rather strange. A significant plus here was there were other activities such as taking the boat to the beach or going on a river safari and using canoes which meant that the time flew by. It also supports a local school which we had a moving visit to and will provide some financial support to.
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Andrea Monks

"We had a great time on safari at Kariega and saw loads of incredible game."

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