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Kariega Game Reserve - Settlers Drift
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Undoubtedly the best 5 star experience in all the Eastern cape reserves. Wonderful attentive staff who are professional yet make you feel at home. The food is top notch and the rangers so knowledgeable .Will definitely return.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This place is amazing! My husband and I came here during our honeymoon trip to South Africa. We were both blown away.
- The service is above and beyond. The staff was so friendly, I felt so attached to them. They really put in so much effort to make each and every person feel special.
- The food was amazing! Every night for dinner we loved our food. We still talk about it.
- The accommodations were so luxurious, we didn't want to leave.
-And the most important part: the game drives. We did a total of 6 game drives, and I probably could have done 6 more. Each drive had such a unique experience. We saw so many animals! But this all was because of our amazing driver, Louie! He was so knowledgeable and so comfortable with the animals. He was super sweet and really catered the drives to those in the car.

We did do another safari later on our trip, and although that was a lot of fun also, we continuously compared each moment to our time at Settlers Drift and to our experience with Louie.

I highly recommend staying here! And if you do multiple safari's, you may want to save the best (this one) for last!

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Have just spent 3 nights at Settlers Drift and the whole experience from start to finish is outstanding and executed flawlessly by a friendly and efficient team.

The accommodation is beautiful, luxurious, the views are stunning and the food excellent.

Our guide Louis gave us an amazing experience with too many special moments to mention but included walking alongside giraffes and sunset drinks amongst the animals.

A special thanks to Jo who focuses on every detail and made my birthday an exceptional day.

Can’t recommend this place enough and hope to go back.

Stayed: December 2017
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon in December 2016 (the site won’t let me go back that far - it’s taken me a year to get round to writing this but time to think just makes us appreciate the place even more).

You are met at a jetty by your guide with a selection of drinks and then transferred by boat down the river to the lodge itself. As an introduction to the place nothing could have been better, going down the river a giraffe walked over to say hello.

The game drives are top drawer. The whole team work really well to advise where the animals are but crucially also make sure they are never crowded and can be admired in their natural behavior. There is an enormous amount of respect for all of the animals, which further enhances the experience.

When we visited each truck held only 6 people meaning your view was always unobstructed and you were very comfortable. Water, blankets and binoculars were all provided as well as drinks and nibbles on each game drive. We were out 3-4 hours at a time which flew by.

We were incredibly lucky to see the big 5 on our first day and over the trip highlights were seeing 3 female lions hunting as a team from a few meters away (they didn’t make a kill sadly but still a sight I’ll take to my grave) and a heard of elephant passing meters from our truck on 2 different occasions.

As others have mentioned this is a fenced game reserve, however in our experience, being there 3 days, this didn’t present an issue at all, almost to the contrary it allowed us to see a variety of animals every time we went out without hours of searching.

Our guide – Vicky – was exceptional. Show her an animal and as well as the interesting things about it and it’s species she can likely tell you which way it would vote. I’ve never met anyone with more passion, knowledge and genuine excitement for their job. The way the scheduling worked we were fortunate enough to have Vicky as ranger to ourselves for 2 days and it was easily the best part of our whole honeymoon.

The food was of the highest quality. Additionally the chef came to meet us on arrival and asked if we had any allergies or requirements which were catered for at each meal for he remainder of our stay without anything more ever needing to be asked.

As well as the fantastic game drives (the main reason you go) the lodge itself is also a brilliant place to stay. The décor and ambience are first rate, you really feel a part of the countryside. The infinity pool overlooks a large plain area meaning you can watch animals in the distance while sipping any one of a number of drinks.

The tented lodge in which we stayed was enormous and very well equipped, highlight for me being the shower which could convert to outdoor by sliding the glass doors away. You have a fantastic view of the reserve as almost all walls facing that way are entirely glass.

One piece of advice – no matter how tired, how exhausted, how ill you may be make sure you do all of your game drives. You will always see something different.

I cannot recommend this place and it’s fantastic team enough.

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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely perfect!!! Very clean, nice interior. Stunning views. Very friendly staff. Great food & drinks!

The Safari was an exceptional and breath-taking experience (thank you Chris!).
We recommend to stay for at least 3 nights as there is so much to explore!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kariega Game Reserve - Settlers Drift

Address: R72, Near Kenton-on-Sea, Kenton-on-Sea 6169, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range: R 13 298 - R 20 836 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kariega Game Reserve - Settlers Drift 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Settlers Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge located in the Big 5 malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. The experience includes all meals, drinks, twice daily safari drives, river trips and guided walks. The modern and luxurious lodge has spacious decks, a pool, boma, shop, library and spa. ... more   less 
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