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Reviewed 21 September 2015

We've just returned from an amazing holiday at Kariega Game Reserve (River Lodge). The staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and getting the most from our visit. We stayed for a week and despite a very rainy first few days the whole holiday was very enjoyable. Victor was our guide for the week and was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The food was excellent and abundant and the service was attentive and friendly. Overall it's the best safari we've ever been on and we're already saving to come back!

Room tip: Rhino (Room 2) is near the reception if you don't want to walk far for dinner etc.
Date of stay: September 2015
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Thank Catwasp
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Reviewed 16 August 2015

Warm welcome from the minute we arrived, friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you. Excellent game drives however very weather defendant at this time of year, we were not able to see all aspects due to heavy rainfalls. Food & Dink was great and lots of it!

Date of stay: July 2015
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Thank Irish0804
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Bronwen d, Manager at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2015

Thank you so much for your great review of your stay with us at River Lodge. We are sorry about the rain although it is great for the vegetation and wildlife! We are so pleased that you enjoyed our hospitality, food and beverages. We really try to ensure that all our guests have a great safari experience. We hope to see you back again. With kind regards from all at Kariega.

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Reviewed 6 July 2015

We had a wonderful weekend at the River Lodge with top class accommodation, service and meals. The game drives were amazing and we had close encounters with 4 of the big 5 as well as many other animals. We really couldn't ask for a better weekend away.

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank 166tarynm
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Reviewed 13 May 2015

Had a two night stay here at the end of our time in S Africa. After a relatively dull sundowner game drive at Addo, this place was a revelation, as was Rosie our marvellous game ranger.
Our first close encounter with the wildlife (a boomslang in the reception lobby roof!) twas a bit unnerving but what followed was unforgettable. TLions, giraffe, zebra, elephant, rhino, hippo, wildebeest, ostrich, and more bucks and boks than you could shake a stick at! Two 4 hour game drives a day, all packed with wall to wall close up game viewing.
All inclusive food isn't going to win any fine dining awards but was great, as was the bottomless bottle of Beyerskloof pinotage! You get spend your main meal times (breakfast and dinner) and the game drives, with your allocated ranger and fellow holidaymakers. That worked very well and we met some great people.
The lodge is (as its name suggests) on the river in a beautiful location. And our accommodation, a thatched lodge about 50 yards from the main building, was spacious and comfortable - and how can you beat opening your curtains at 7am to see giraffes having their breakfast just yards away from your front door.
Finally, another word for our ranger. Rosie's passion for wildlife shone through and her knowledge and instinct for knowing where best to go made for a wonderful experience for us. There were so many "good things". But coming across a pride of lions resting after a kill, or getting out of our vehicle to watch a technicolor sunset, drink in hand, alone apart from the company of giraffes and springboks, that was something else.
Thank you Rosie!

Room tip: There are more remote rooms than we had, reached by golf buggy. We were pleased to be closer to the main building.
Date of stay: March 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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5  Thank 142stephens
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Reviewed 25 April 2015

We spent three nights here and it was an amazing experience. First class accommodation and the lodge (River Lodge) was in a wonderful setting. The staff were all very attentive and thought of everything!

Date of stay: March 2015
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