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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do I start? The Kariega reserve is sensational and the River Lodge was the perfect place to stay for our safari. Within 24 hours we had seen the BIg Five (and much more) and now looking back through our huge portfolio of pictures I realise with some trepidation just how close we got to truly wild lion, hippo, rhino...

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Thank RonSW18
Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed two nights and made five trips out in the wild. Excellent wine and fine beer was served along with great food. Our ranger really knew it all and had us experience some unforgetable moments including close encounters with the most exotic animals. Birdwatching and river trips by boat was arranged. Unforgettable trip.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have just spent four fantastic days on our first safari. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming from the moment we drove up to the lodges. We had an upstairs lodge with a lovely balcony with views into the reserve. The room was huge and very well equipped with a vast luxury bathroom. The lodge is all inclusive...

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Thank Hilary D
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for three nights in December and had a great time. The lodges were spacious and comfortable, the food was good, the staff were friendly and helpful. The safaris were excellent and we saw lots of animals on every drive including close up encounters with elephant, rhino (black and white), lion and many more. The ranger assigned to...

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Thank Will1815
Toronto
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Stayed in Suite 1, a large and very comfortable room. Food and staff were excellent. Included 2 game drives per day. Game rangers were very knowledgable. Saw lions, elephant, rhino and lynx. River lodge has a very nice atmosphere.

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Thank wallywoo2
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable stay at Kariega. Well organised safaris - and made hugely enjoyable by our guide Ben. We saw lions, rhinos, hippos, giraffe, elephants, zebra ... but what captured my heart was a female leopard tortoise slowly and patiently digging a hole... maybe to lay eggs? Would love to know how she got on. Final night had a BBQ -...

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your stay and safari with us. We'll try to follow up on the leopard tortoise and post an update on our blog and/or Facebook page. Please subscribe and follow us if you can. Kind regards from the Kariega team.

Kilkenny, Ireland
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights on safari and we loved it! We had our own lodge that was very comfortable and clean and we got to do four safari drives. We saw lions, giraffes, rhinos and elephants among others and could get very close to the animals. Our guide Thomas was very knowledgeable, experienced and patient so we got...

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your safari and stay with us. Really appreciate the 5-star review and recommendation. With kind regards from the Kariega team.

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 11 January 2017

I went for an African game experience promised by the website and was surprised by the reality of this experience: - A "Private Game Reserve" is a zoo or game park in the UK, all the animals having been bred in captivity. Most showed none of the the usual wild herd behaviour that I expected. - The numbers are managed...

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

We would like to let readers know that Mr Schulz wrote his review based on ONE 3-hour game drive and a two night stay at Kariega. His wife choose not to join on any game drives. The couple did not experience any other safari activities with us including guided bush walks or river trips. Decide for yourselves how to take...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Kariega River Lodge enjoys a beautiful position on the river. We received a warm welcome on arrival and in spite of arriving at around 2.30 pm were immediately offered lunch. At 4pm we were experiencing our first game drive with Dosani and for the next 3 days we saw the Big 4 (no leopards here) at incredible close quarters. Dosani...

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Cologne, Germany
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Game drives: They start early (mornings) but it's worth spending the morning out there in the park. Of course it's a fenced area, however it never felt artificial or awkward to me. It's not 100% 'human-free' nature, but who really expected 'wild jungle'?! It's an well structured area with stunning views. We've seen the big 4 out of 5. Most...

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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mitch, Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed JC and your safaris. We think that he is a superb guide too! We appreciate your honest feedback about the food. We have employed a chef to oversee the improvement of the meals at all our lodges and we look forward to making improvements...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big-5 Kariega Game Reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry guests through the quaint sea side village of Kenton-on-Sea. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, enjoy the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Twice daily safari drives, guided walks, river fishing, canoeing and river trips are included. Accommodation, all meals and local beverages are also included. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kariega River Lodge

Address: R 343 | Kenton, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range: $804 - $1,227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kariega River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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River Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
River Hotel Kariega Game Reserve
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“Opt for one of suites apart from the central lodge. Beautifully quiet and you get to and from central areas by golf buggy”
 of 5 bubbles RonSW18, 3 Feb 2017 | Read review
“ours was no 6 near the main lodge.”
 of 5 bubbles jougla, 12 May 2016 | Read review
“Room 6 for closeness privacy and game watching from your terrace, room 7 for a river view.”
 of 5 bubbles 185livyh, 4 May 2016 | Read review
“Lodges away from main lodge, only 3 available give your stay even more a feeling of being in the bush.”
 of 5 bubbles kspanner2016, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The Hippo room.”
 of 5 bubbles steveng655, 24 Nov 2015 | Read review
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