Focus on Kariega Game Reserve, Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Located in pristine surroundings, the tranquility and splendour of Kariega Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is beyond doubt awesome.

Unique attractions place this malaria free Game Reserve in a class of its own.

Sanctuary to abundant game and wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species, including nesting Martial, Crowned and Fish Eagles, this 5000 hectare private game reserve is a must, for those seeking the retreat and the thrill of the great outdoors and an African Safari vacation of a lifetime.

Set high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, you cannot get closer to nature than in this wondrous African wilderness, in the heart of the 1820 Settler Country, with its rich historical heritage.

The golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea are less than 15 minutes away.

Only 80 minutes east of Port Elizabeth, a visit to Kariega Game Reserve should be considered a natural extension of your trip along South Africa`s famous `Garden Route`, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Ukhozi Lodge

Ukhozi Lodge accommodates 20 guests in ten superbly appointed luxury suites crafted from log, with panoramic views from private decks.

The suites are decorated in an African style and allow you to blend natural beauty and splendour with all the best of human comforts. Each suite has a large en suite bathroom and a fan for those warm summer nights.

During the day and between game drives, guests can soak up the African sun in the tranquil ambiance of Ukhozi’s outdoor heated pool.

In the evenings, guests can unwind in front of warm log fires, enjoy sumptuous cuisine or simply share experiences of the African bush.

Kariega Lodge

Kariega Lodge comprises luxurious and spacious, fully serviced log chalets, all en-suite with their own viewing decks and some with private pools.

The chalets are decorated in an ethnic style, are very spacious and enjoy complete privacy and spectacular views.

From your deck listen for the cry of the African Fish Eagle or in the comfort of your chalet, revel in the stillness and silence as night falls over Kariega.

A spectacular architectural award-winning pub and restaurant, nestled in indigenous bush with commanding views of the reserve, serves tasty traditional South African cuisine, or guests can enjoy the experience of a meal in the open-air boma.


For those who want to do more than merely relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings at Kariega, there is plenty to keep you busy in and around this enchanting Reserve.

Kariega also offers some unique features that are rarely found in South African Reserves.

Enjoy these exciting activites and adventures at Kariega:-

  • Hiking - for hiking enthusiasts, Kariega's trails are a must. Walk freely amongst more than 25 species of game and wonderful birdlife.
  • Game Drives - enjoy our game drives in open vehicles with experienced Rangers.
  • River Cruises - Kariega is proud to announce that their new barge is now 'a floatin'.
    Join us on the Kariega Queen for a memorable cruise down the Kariega River. Watch the sun set in the tranquility of nature, whilst enjoying a refreshing drink from the bar on deck.
  • Fly-fishing - this is a haven for fly fishermen. Enjoy tranquil and picturesque surroundings whilst fishing for your prize in the well stocked Kariega River.
  • Canoeing -take a leisurely paddle down the Kariega River and spot our nesting Fish Eagles.
  • Golf - within 25 or 40 minutes are the famous Royal Port Alfred or Fish River Sun golf courses. Golf enthusiasts can experience these magnificent courses.

How to get there

From Port Elizabeth take the N2 to Grahamstown and choose one of two alternative routes, namely the Coastal Route on the R72 via Alexandria to Kenton-on-Sea where you turn inland and proceed for 14 km on the R343, or proceed on the N2 towards Grahamstown for about 110 km turning to your right before reaching Grahamstown onto the tarred road (R343) to Salem and Kenton-on-Sea for a distance of 32 km.

The turnoffs on both routes are well signposted.

Clothing & Accessories
Camera, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, walking shoes, insect repellent, bathing costumes, warm jackets for game drives & river cruises.

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