Kariega Game Reserve

Explore Kariega Game Reserve, a remarkable Big 5 safari destination on South Africa’s Garden Route. Spanning 11,500 hectares, it offers five luxury lodges and a diverse wilderness. Enjoy game drives, river cruises, and guided walks amid stunning landscapes and prolific birdlife.

Experience Wildlife Wonder at Kariega

Kariega Game Reserve, a family-owned Big 5 private safari reserve, is a jewel along South Africa’s Garden Route. Spanning 11,500 hectares of pristine wilderness, it boasts the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard, along with abundant other wildlife. The reserve’s two rivers, the Kariega and the Bushmans, add to its allure and provide a haven for birdlife. This malaria-free paradise is the perfect complement to a Cape Town visit and coastal exploration.

Choose from five luxurious safari lodges, including Settlers Drift, River Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge, Main Lodge, and The Homestead, all offering an exclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Whether it’s close-up game viewing on open game drive vehicles, river cruises, guided bushwalks, canoeing, river fishing, or beach trips by boat, Kariega ensures a memorable wilderness experience. Plus, spa treatments are available for ultimate relaxation.

The safari park combines close up viewing of abundant African wildlife, excellent personal service and spectacular vistas across African plains and magnificent hills. Kariega Game Reserve offers a range of luxurious safari lodges, including Settlers Drift, River Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge, Main Lodge, and The Homestead, each providing an exclusive and welcoming atmosphere amidst the pristine wilderness of the Eastern Cape.


South Africa, Kariega Game Reserve


Witness the iconic Big 5 in their natural habitat
Enjoy an array of activities
Malaria-free wildernes


5 Superb Safari Lodges

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge


  • All meals
  • Standard bar drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers to / from local airport
  • Local inter-camp road transfers
  • Game-viewing activities
  • Laundry 


  • Spirits,  reserve wines and champagne
  • Flights
  • Spa treatments

Located within the 1820s Settler Country, high above the Kariega River Valley, this Eastern Cape gem is a Big Five haven. Besides the iconic species, guests can spot hippos, hyenas, eland, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest. The reserve’s proximity to Cape Town and its stunning coastline makes it an ideal destination for an unforgettable South African safari adventure.

Moreover, Kariega Game Reserve’s commitment to conservation and community development adds depth to your safari experience. You’ll not only witness the wonders of the African wilderness but also contribute to the protection of these precious ecosystems and support local communities. This holistic approach ensures that every visit to Kariega leaves a lasting positive impact on both the environment and the people who call this region home.

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