River lodge is set on the banks of the Bushman's River in the heart of the Kariega Game Reserve. The reserve is bordered in the east and west by the picturesque Kariega and Bushman's Rivers, and boasts spectacular and dramatic views and vistas with an abundence of African game and wildlife in its natural habitat. The Kariega Game Reserve is a 9,000 hectare private, family owned and managed, malaria- free reserve and a great game-viewing location.
Daily game drives in open vehicles with qualified game rangers offer the chance to see the Big 5 plus a range of other wildlife and a wide variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that incorporates two majestic river valleys and five different eco-systems.
River Lodge is made up of 10 spacious thatched suites with high ceilings and large picture windows. The suites are located along the banks of the Bushman's River giving guests a true feeling of peace and tranquility in the African bush. Each room has en-suite bathroom facilities with an indoor shower and an ornate bath, air-conditioning and a private patio.
On a typical day, guests will have an early morning game drive, then enjoy a large breakfast back at the lodge after which they can choose from a variety of activities or simply find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax by the pool on the large viewing deck overlooking the river. Lunch and a siesta follow. In the late afternoon there is another game drive culminating in sundowners out on the reserve. On returning to the lodge, guests have time to wash and change for dinner, which will be served either in the restaurant or in the boma area around the camp fire.
River Lodge also hosts a variety of activities. As well as the morning and afternoon game drives, there are safari walks, boat cruises to Kenton-on-Sea beaches, canoeing, river fishing and crabbing to choose from. Guests at River Lodge can also enjoy massages and treatments from the staff at Kariega Health Spa in the privacy of their own suite.
All four lodges within Kariega Reserve give support & donations to their wider community via the Kariega Foundation.
"Lovely location by the river, very relaxing to sit with a drink and watch the wildlife including the cheeky monkeys trying to steal food. Fully inclusive of all food and drinks unless you had special requests for drink that they needed to buy in specially - which was not needed as they had a good selection. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Aim to arrive by 2pm as there will be an afternoon game drive on your arrival day."