Project Description

Safari Description

Animals that roamed the area freely living in the Eastern Cape for centuries have been reintroduced to this special part of South Africa for you to enjoy a Big 5 Kariega Safari. Lion, Leopard (rarely spotted in the Eastern Cape), Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Black Wildebeest and Zebra will be seen in the Kariega Private Game Reserve. Natural small game such as Jackal, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok and Common Duiker continue to thrive.

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About the Reserve

Kariega’s landscape and topography is arguably the most beautiful of all the Eastern Cape game reserves, resulting in stunning views and vistas. Having two major rivers incorporated into the reserve (the Kariega and Bushmans rivers) also adds enormous beauty and value. Kariega Game Lodge also enjoys extremely high game carrying capacities which results in their game viewing and birding experience being exceptional. The amazing story of rhino poaching survivor, Thandi, and the birth in January of her first calf, Thembi, has captivated the world and has been an inspiration to many.

Today, Kariega Game Lodge is an internationally renowned Big 5 private game reserve set in 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans river, just 10 minutes from Kenton-on-Sea and 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth.

Important

Game drives will take 3 – 3.5 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. It is advisable to bring warm clothes along for the drive even in the hot summer months for the early morning and evening game drives. Remember to bring your camera and video camera with you, you don’t want to miss out on that chance encounter.

All safari options in the Eastern Cape are in relatively newly established private game reserves and thus it is not fair to compare to a safari in a more established game viewing area like Kruger National Park which has been around for a hundred or so years.
That said, this reserve is truly special and offers some amazing wildlife moments in a lush, green and mountainous environment.

Itinerary

Depart from your Port Elizabeth hotel or the airport late morning and head east along the N2 and R72 in the direction of Kenton on Sea. There are two main gates at Kariega for each of the 5 separate lodges, so please make sure you arrive at the correct one (we can arrange private transfers to make it easier if you wish, see rates below).

Upon arrival at the reserve, sign in at reception before being transferred to your lodge to relax in the lounge or enjoy a swim in the pool. Once checked into your room around 2:00pm, freshen up, enjoy some lunch and prepare for your 3 hour evening game drive starting at 3:00 pm in the winter and around 4:00 pm in the summer months. Home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as many species of mammals, reptiles and birds, prepare for an amazing experience. Using all their senses & experience, your Ranger will seek out the animals and stop for anything of interest, possibly the spoor of hunting lions or a herd of African elephants. Sunset time is enjoyed on a vantage point with some sundowners and snacks, before we change into night mode and using flashlights, search for the secretive nocturnal creatures of the bush like a sleek genet or unforgettable view of a leopard. Upon returning to the Lodge, a blazing fire and yummy dinner awaits, along with your first night’s sleep in the African bush.

Enjoy an early 3 hour morning game drive with your experienced game ranger, pursuing the animals not yet ticked off your list.

After your game activity you will return to the lodge for breakfast before check out around 10:00am for your onward journey or return private transfer back to Port Elizabeth hotel or airport (if included).

Accommodation

Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. All the log chaletsare air conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks. Each has a spacious lounge and living area which is great for socializing before retreating to the privacy and comfort of your bedroom. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush to create a natural environment where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a swim in the pool.
Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush you will discover 10 superbly appointed air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma with an outdoor pool. Here, guests can unwind in front of warm log fires, enjoy sumptuous cuisine or simply share experiences of the African bush.
River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed thatched suites meander along the banks of the Bushmans River, offering the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquility. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax at the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing.

Nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big 5 game reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry our guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-sea to its picturesque and user friendly beache

Located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still since the last feet to have touched this remote valley were those of the 1820 Settlers as they guided their wagons across the river. The luxuriously appointed and perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience.
The Homestead is a private lodge which offers its’ guests all the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own home. With dedicated hosts, game ranger and cook, guests have the flexibility to plan their day according to their own specific needs. The Homestead is set in a remote and private part of the reserve. With seven spacious bedrooms, all en suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views, it is the perfect lodge for the sole use of a group or family of up to 14 persons.

*Please note that rates apply to groups of up to 10 people (rates adjusted up when more than 10 people).

Safari Details

  • Duration: 2 Days | 1 Night
  • Departure: Daily – on request
  • Departure time: Around 11h00 from Port Elizabeth as a guideline for either self-drive or transfers.
  • Language: English
  • Accommodation: Luxury Suites / Rooms / Chalets
  • Main Lodge: Children of all ages welcome, 4-11 years @ 50% of adult rates and 0-3 years are free.

    Ukhozi / River / Settlers Drift Lodges: No children under 10 years, 11-16 years as 3rd person sharing @ 50% of adult rate.

    The Homestead: Children of all ages welcome.

  • Included: All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, game activities, tea, coffee & selected beverages, conservation & community levy, tourism levy and 15% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
  • Excluded: Spa treatments, curio shop purchases, premium branded beverages, road transfers, gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature.
  • Private road transfers can be provided:
    R 2400 each way per vehicle (1-2 persons)
    R 2600 each way per vehicle (3-4 persons)
    R 2800 each way per vehicle (5-7 persons)
    R 3200 each way per vehicle (5-7 persons)

Rates

  • HIGH SEASON (01/10/2018 – 17/12/2018) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Main Lodge: R 4 950 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 6 200 pp
    River Lodge: R 6 200 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 9 600 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Main Lodge: R 7 425 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 9 300 pp
    River Lodge: R 9 300 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 14 400 pp

    The Homestead: R 43 000 for entire lodge on exclusive use basis. Rates based on up to 10 persons, there will be a rates adjustment for 11-14 persons.

  • PEAK SEASON (18/12/2018 – 10/01/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Main Lodge: R 5 500 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 6 800 pp
    River Lodge: R 6 800 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 10 600 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Main Lodge: R 8 250 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 10 200 pp
    River Lodge: R 10 200 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 15 900 pp

    The Homestead: R 47 000 for entire lodge on exclusive use basis. Rates based on up to 10 persons, there will be a rates adjustment for 11-14 persons.

  • HIGH SEASON (11-31/01/2019 & 01/03 – 30/04/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Main Lodge: R 5 250 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 6 550 pp
    River Lodge: R 6 550 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 10 300 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Main Lodge: R 7 875 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 9 825 pp
    River Lodge: R 9 825 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 15 450 pp

    The Homestead: R 46 500 for entire lodge on exclusive use basis. Rates based on up to 10 persons, there will be a rates adjustment for 11-14 persons.

  • PEAK SEASON (01-28/02/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Main Lodge: R 5 800 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 7 200 pp
    River Lodge: R 7 200 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 11 300 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Main Lodge: R 8 700 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 10 800 pp
    River Lodge: R 10 800 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 16 950 pp

    The Homestead: R 51 500 for entire lodge on exclusive use basis. Rates based on up to 10 persons, there will be a rates adjustment for 11-14 persons.

  • LOW SEASON (01/05/2019 – 30/09/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Main Lodge: R 4 250 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 5 150 pp
    River Lodge: R 5 150 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 7 750 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Main Lodge: R 6 375 pp
    Ukhozi Lodge: R 7 725 pp
    River Lodge: R 7 725 pp
    Settlers Drift: R 11 625 pp

    The Homestead: R 35 500 for entire lodge on exclusive use basis. Rates based on up to 10 persons, there will be a rates adjustment for 11-14 persons.

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