Kariega Main Lodge

Main Lodge is a 4-star lodge at Kariega Game Reserve and offers a relaxed African atmosphere is the bush. Main Lodge is a family friendly lodge and is the ideal safari lodge for families as well as couples and groups of friends. Kariega Main Lodge is made up of air conditioned log chalets with large private viewing decks surrounding the main lodge. The lodge nestled in the landscapes of the bush creating a natural environment in the game reserve. At the lodge guests can enjoy the viewing decks, large swimming pool, restaurant and traditional outdoor Boma.

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned private game reserve located in the Eastern Cape. The game reserve covers 5260 hectares of African wilderness and spans across five different eco-systems. Kariega Game Reserve is ranked as one of the best Eastern Cape Safari destinations and offers exceptional game viewing all year round and is set between two beautiful rivers, the Kariega and Bushman’s rivers. The diverse landscape and lush environment make the reserve a haven for varied flora and wildlife species.  The rivers at Kariega Game Reserve connect the rolling African landscapes to the ocean making it ideal for water-based wildlife spotting, cruises, and adventure activities. Lead by energetic game rangers with an incredible passion for the African wild, daily game drives at Kariega River Lodge are taken in specialized 8-seater 4×4 safari vehicles.  With the assistance of your expert ranger, you will enjoy close-up sightings of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, and fish eagles. This remarkable malaria-free reserve also offers safari cruises and kayaking excursions.  Witnessing the incredible birdlife along the riverbeds is nothing short of magnificent on this unique safari experience. Kariega offers a selection of 4-star lodges as well as the 5-star lodges.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • River cruises
  • Canoeing
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Kids program
  • Wellness treatments


  • Big five
  • KariegaRiver
  • Bushman’s River
  • 4 star accommodation
  • Magnificent views

Closest airport

Port Elizabeth Airport – 150km

Children policy

Kariega Main Lodge welcome children of all ages. For children five years and under it is the guide’s and General Manager’s discretion as to whether they can be taken to sightings on the game drives of the more dangerous Big 5 for safety reasons.


2 Game-drives daily, all meals, canoeing, a river cruise, and guided bushwalks.


Drinks, additional activities, Kariega Foundation conservation & community levy of R150 p/adult paying guest per night, and transfers are excluded.


Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 17 December & 01 March – 30 April & 11 January – 31st January

Peak: 18 December – 10 January & 01 February – 28 February

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable and 100% over peak season
  • Rates are valid up to 10 January 2024

Accommodation Options


Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

24 Log chalets, with large private viewing decks (some with private pools) offering privacy and stunning views of the Kariega river valley. All the log chalets are air conditioned (bedrooms only) with en-suite bedrooms.1, 2 and 3 bedroom options are available. Only dedicated 3-bedroom units have private pools.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season £ 342 per per, per night
High Season £ 316 per person, per night
Low Season £ 264 per person, per night

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By Road

The reserve is a 90-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 858km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.



Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes
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