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Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge

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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.
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Boating
Canoeing
Spa
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Infinity pool
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Private pool
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

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R343, Kenton-on-Sea 6191 South Africa
Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge
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Huw Williams wrote a review Feb 2024
Swansea, United Kingdom19 contributions19 helpful votes
This lodge is more adult themed as no children under 12 are permitted. Exceptional service (you are met after each drive with warm towels and a drink) The food and wine are up a notch from Main Lodge and the bar, dining room are superb with open fires roaring in the evenings. Ben, our guide was great. Fantastically knowledgable, skilful and with a great sense of humour. Kariega has such varied topography so it is a pleasure to drive around.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you were so well looked after by our staff and your Guide, Ben. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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RachF81 wrote a review Jan 2024
Norwich, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is a dream. We had 3 nights at this beautiful resort as part of our honeymoon. The individual lodges are stunning with their views over the reserve and individual plunge pools. Staff and food are amazing! The main lodge is beautifully decorated and cosy in the evenings. Our guide JJ was fabulous - so knowledgeable and made our game drives so much fun. This place is phenomenal and if you get the chance I urge you to go! Thanks for having us Ukhozi lodge :)
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your honeymoon and that you were so well looked after by our staff and in particular your Guide, JJ. Thank you for your recommendation, it is very much appreciated. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Chris G wrote a review Jan 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow, what an experience me and my partner had, from the moment we arrived to the day we left. We did three nights at Ukhozi lodge, which is a beautiful building. The communal area is cosy with sofas and a fire place, as well as a bar and a viewing platform. There is also an area to sit and have breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the food we had was lovely and was different everyday. My partner is gluten free and they catered perfectly to his dietary needs. Breakfast was a continental buffet with cooked breakfast orders. Lunch was a set menu and dinner was usually a sit down three course meal with different options. For this, me and my partner sat on a table together but on our final night we sat as our game drive group and guide which was lovely. One night was also a buffet bbq style. All the staff are attentive, welcoming and friendly and they really helped ukhozi have a relaxed, fun 5* experiance. We had a game drive very morning and late afternoon which were amazing, and our guide Ben was great. He focused on what we wanted to see and was always looking for tracks to see where the animals were. His knowledge was great and he answered all our questions. At the end of every drive, staff would welcome us with a drink. Our room had a plunge pool and view over the valley. Make sure you pack your binoculars to see the animals from the balcony. The main pool is pure luxury and we enjoyed relaxing there most afternoons. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 30th birthday. They left me a bottle of wine, baked me a cake and sang me happy birthday, really making my experience so special.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 22 Jan 2024
Wow!! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you and your partner had an amazing experience and that you were so well looked after by our staff and in particular your Guide, Ben. Also great to hear that you were made to feel special on your 30th birthday. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Dave C wrote a review Jan 2024
Paddock Wood, United Kingdom66 contributions44 helpful votes
Had a three night stay at Ukhozi Lodge at Kariega. The lodge itself is very well appointed with stunning views across the reserve. On arrival our luggage was taken to our suite and our car parked away while we checked in. The suite was excellent with a generous sitting area, an outside deck and its own plunge pool! There are two game drives a day, each of about 3 hours. The landscape is rugged with steep drops into the valleys, so if you don't like your drives being like a rollercoaster, then you might want to reconsider. The wildlife on the reserve is a good mix and sightings of most animals are likely. 3 meals a day and all of great quality and the staff are all fabulous.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 22 Jan 2024
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your three night stay and that you were so well looked after by our staff. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Ian G wrote a review Jan 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed in Ukhozi Lodge, and could not recommend it more. The suite was well designed and comfortable, and although we were not able to use the plunge pool due to the inclement weather, it was a lovely addition to the room. The service given by all the staff around the lodge was exceptional, from the check-in process, dining times and general needs, nothing was ever an issue and the staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. A special mention to Eliman who ensured that anything we wanted/needed was there for us without a question. The spa was lovely, and it was a nice surprise to be given a voucher for 500 rand per person to celebrate our honeymoon. The food and drinks in the lodge were well thought out and the open-access bar was a fantastic extra which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our biggest compliment is to our guide, Melissa. She exceeded any expectations that we had for the safari. She was thoughtful, interesting, knowledgeable and above all, incredibly friendly, making the safari experience spectacular. Nothing was too much trouble for Melissa, she made us feel comfortable throughout our whole stay and we are extremely pleased that we were allocated to her. Overall, we could not recommend Kariega more and are looking forward to booking another trip (hopefully not too far away!).
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 22 Jan 2024
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for taking the time to post your comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed a honeymoon of dreams and that you were so well looked after by our staff and in particular your Guide, Melissa. Thank you for your recommendation, it is very much appreciated. We certainly look forward to you returning again hopefully in the near future. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Dawn C wrote a review Nov 2023
Cardiff, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
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Spent 3 nights celebrating a special birthday with the family. Absolutely Beautiful Lodge, staff were so friendly and accommodating, the food was delicious, our accommodation exceeded 5* and our ranger JJ was so informative & enthusiastic
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 7 Jan 2024
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you had an outstanding trip and that you enjoyed your special birthday with your family whilst at Ukhozi Lodge. Great to hear that you were so well looked after by our staff and in particular your Guide, JJ. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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gw132015 wrote a review Nov 2023
Wakefield, United Kingdom23 contributions19 helpful votes
Kariega Ukhozi Lodge was our first ever safari experience and was part of our golden wedding celebratory trip to South Africa. It's hard to find the appropriate words to describe this absolutely fantastic place. The whole experience far outlived our expectations. The warm welcome, not just on arrival but each time we returned from a game drive, there was always a refreshing drink waiting for you from the happy, smiling staff. The accommodation is delightful, spacious, clean and with the most wonderful views from the lodge. The food was great - they do so well to prepare and serve such delicious food when they are truly in the middle of nowhere and always served with that infectious smile. However the highlight for us were most certainly the game drives. Thanks to our brilliant ranger Wayne we were lucky enough to see all of the big 5 close up - and we mean close up. We experienced five game drives in three days including a night safari and a river cruise safari. Wayne was incredibly knowledgeable, determined to find the animals whilst keeping us safe and patient in answering all our questions. Not only that he was great fun and added immensely to our enjoyment of the drives - the 'sundowners' will stay in our memory for a long time! - Kariega you're very lucky to have Wayne! Without the slightest hesitation we would recommend Ukhozi Lodge to anyone thinking about a safari. It's a wonderful place with the most welcoming and fun staff and we feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of that for a few short days. Hopefully we will have the chance to go back some day and stay for longer. Thank you to everyone at Ukhozi for taking such good care of us and allowing us to share your wonderful animals for a short time.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 27 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your safari experience with your Guide, Wayne and that you were so well looked after by our staff. Thank you for your recommendation, it is very much appreciated. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Simon R wrote a review Nov 2023
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Ukhozi Lodge is exceptional. From the arrival, the generous time spent on safari with our absolutely brilliant guide, the food, the accommodation, and the general ambience of convivial commonality with first class service and a breathtaking setting. It surpassed every expectation we had - we couldn't fault it. The communal area is beautiful, the pool area modern but subtle with the landscape. The suites very generous, with a private plunge pool per suite. The safari offered some incredible moments, especially the closeness with elephant and rhino in particular - about a foot or so from the vehicle. It was perfect.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your safari experience. Great to hear that you were so well looked after by our staff and your Guide. Thank you for your recommendation, it is very much appreciated. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Natalie P wrote a review Nov 2023
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The safari experience at Ukhozi lodge at Kariega was incredible. The entire experience including the accommodations, the game drives, the warm and knowledgeable staff and the amenities were wonderful.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you experienced amazing memories to last a lifetime and that you were so well looked after by our Ukhozi Lodge team. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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fifi011 wrote a review Nov 2023
Wokingham, United Kingdom22 contributions1 helpful vote
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We are just returning home from a magical four night stay at the Ukhozi Lodge at Kariega reserve. The lodges all have stunning views and are very comfortable with all the amenities you could wish for. The food is excellent; very tasty and plentiful, as was the wine and always served with a smile by the friendly and excellent staff. With thanks to Allen our excellent guide who was very knowledgeable, sought out and found the elephants, lions and giraffes (and many more) and who pours a very good G&T. The other guests in our group were great fun and we are going home with new friends….a bonus to any holiday. I couldn’t recommend Kariega Game Reserve more highly, we were truly sorry to leave.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 27 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and we are delighted that you enjoyed a magical four night stay at Ukhozi Lodge. Great to hear that you were so well looked after by our staff and your Guide, Allen. Thank you for your recommendation, it is very much appreciated. With warm regards from the Kariega Team.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.