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Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

A safari holiday with our 18 and 16 year old boys. First 3 nights at Ukhozi lodge and then 2 nights at River Lodge. Absolutely fantastic at every level from the game drives with brilliant rangers to breakfast in the bush, sun downers, river trips and boma dinners. Exceeded all expectations. Saw all the animals up close and met some lovely people. Special thanks to the rangers Ben, Nick and Allen

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

From driving through the reserve gates it was amazing!
All staff welcoming and very knowledgable. The reserve is beautiful and the animals are clearly well protected. The rangers had excellent knowledge.
We enjoyed the group dining with who is on your games drive. Meeting lots of new people.
The main resturant/pool area is breathtaking, food is delicious.
I would highly recommend.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank HollieHoliday
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Absolutely loved our time at Kariega from start to finish. It had been recommended by friends who visited a couple of years ago and we certainly weren't disappointed. Our room at Ukhozi lodge was clean, large and comfortable with a huge bed. It had a good heater which we needed as it was quite cold. From our veranda we had fantastic views across the plains and animals. On arrival, we were given a very warm welcome by our guide Rosie, who showed us to our Lodge and explained about our facilities and also how our timetable was going to work. During the course of our stay, Rosie turned out to be an exceptional ranger. Highly professional with an amazing wealth of knowledge of animals, flowers, fauna, birds etc . Her attention to detail was exceptional, she would use reference books to show us more about a particular bird or animal. She was very good at reading signals of where animals might be and she absolutely made sure we saw all we wanted to see in our time there. All four of our game drives were excellent, waterproofs, blankets and water were provided in the vehicle. The restaurant staff were all friendly and helpful and although food was plentiful, the quality could be improved. There was also a lack of information regarding check in times, this could have made clearer. The only thing we were really disappointed in was the bad customer service experienced in the shop. The member of staff at the time we visited was completely uninterested in the customers. If we had been made to feel welcome we would have been happy to have made some purchases, but the attitude really put us off. However, this aside, Kariega was a fantastic and unforgettable experience which far exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ruthie3005
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous stay at Kareiga and highly recommend it. The staff were friendly and helpful, our ranger Brendon was fantastic, funny and knowledgeable and we had amazing animal sightings including lions, lionesses, elephants, rhino, giraffe, zebra and hippos. The chalets are beautiful and spacious, and we enjoyed the company of fellow guests over lovely food and drinks in the common lodge area. Overall, a wonderful and memorable safari experience!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Grishma J
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Amazing reserve to visit if not going to Kruger. Wide range of wildlife including regular sightings of 4/5 big five. Rosie was an experienced and extremely knowledgeable guide who helped make the trip so incredible. The staff in the lodge are fantastic and cant do enough for you, excellent service. Can't recommend enough.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge

Address: | Near rural route R343, Between Kenton on Sea and Grahamstown, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range: R 8 769 - R 17 735 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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