We visited Kariega in the first stint of our honeymoon. The only disappointment was that we had single beds! As a same sex couple this is happens frequently but I didn't expect it as our travel company specified that we were on honeymoon twice. That aside, what an amazing experience. The staff were lovely and couldn't do enough for guests. After each early morning and night safari, we were greeted by the staff holding a hot towel and a welcome drink. We stayed for 4 nights and the evening meals were excellent and accompanied by exquisite wine. On one of the nights, we were lucky enough to experience the staff singing and dancing which was very special. Our safari guide, Johann was very knowledgable about all aspects of flora and fauna with a good sense of humour. We were so lucky to see baby rhino sparring with dad, elephants, giraffes ,zebras fighting (seriously!), lions sleeping (they are so lazy!), ostrich and many more. If you are a twitcher you will not be disappointed!
There is a gym which is OK and is in need of a running machine.
We also experienced the spa and I would thoroughly recommend the treatments.
So all in all, a fantastic place which I hope to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kariega 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. Located in the 10,000 hectare private game reserve with close-up viewing of rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hippo and other incredible African wildlife. Bird lovers will enjoy sighings of some of the 280 species recorded on the reserve. The safari experience includes twice daily safari drives with qualified guides, guided walks and a river trip as well as all meals, local beverages and accommodation. ... more less
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