Safari in South Africa has always been TOP of my bucket list and Kariega did not disappoint.
We had such a wonderful experience at River Lodge and I think we really lucked out with both our Ranger (Trust) and the people in our jeep for the duration.
River lodge itself is a beautiful lodge right on the river. We stayed at room 1 which was only a short 30 second walk from the front door of the lodge.
You go for morning games drives (6am) and evening game drives (4pm) each lasting 3-4 hours.
When you return you dine with your group from your jeep along with your ranger.
Ranger Trust has a 6th sense when it comes to finding the animals and surprised us so many times! He even took us out on a night time game drive which was an amazing experience....especially when we found the hippos out of the water as well as the lions!
We were glad we stayed at River Lodge over Main/Ukhozi as the park is split in 2 (can't be helped, a main road goes through it) and the lions were over the side where River Lodge is so we got to see them lots. We also saw the elephants and giraffes loads and 3 nights was just the perfect amount of time to make sure you got to see everything.
If you have time, check out the spa @ River Lodge too, Caroline is super talented!
Thanks so much Kariega and Ranger Trust, we'll be back! You made the end of our trip super special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big-5 Kariega Game Reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry guests through the quaint sea side village of Kenton-on-Sea. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, enjoy the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Twice daily safari drives, guided walks, river fishing, canoeing and river trips are included. Accommodation, all meals and local beverages are also included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
- River Hotel Kariega Game Reserve