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Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

R 343 Between Alexandria and Kenton-on-Sea, Near rural route R72, Kenton-on-Sea 6191 South Africa
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#2 of 2 hotels in Kenton-on-Sea
Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River, this safari 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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Franita K wrote a review Oct 2020
7 contributions
Kariega... The genuineness of the staff, the food, the scenery the attention to detail in the rooms... Wow, never have I left a place with the feeling of leaving family behind! Every person should be visisting this Lodge at least once in a lifetime! River Lodge is ideal for families and friends with older children. Fishing, boat rides, canoeing not to mention the life entertainment provided by the monkeys. Dont even look further... This is your perfect holiday destination!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Bronwen d'Oliveira, Guest Services / Front Office at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge
Responded 12 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We loved having you and hope that you can visit again. Thank you for making the time to share your experience. We are hugely grateful. Until next time...
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Susan L wrote a review Apr 2020
Solihull, United Kingdom71 contributions30 helpful votes
We have recently returned from a 2 night stay in the river lodge. It was an amazing experience.very comfortable accommodation with lovely views from our balcony. We got up in the morning and their were giraffes, and deer in the land beneath us. The food was good, and our guide Trust was great, he was so knowledgeable and took us to see all of the big 5 apart from the leopard which is rare I think, but we saw many more animals than we first imagined. We loved the early morning drive it was magical going out when the sun was just coming up. We did get caught in a very heavy thunderstorm on the way back one evening which was a bit scary but Trust got us back safely. Thank you all for an amazing end to our holiday in beautiful South Africa.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: We had the Rhino suite right next to the main lodge with great views from our balcony
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Stewart W wrote a review Mar 2020
UK5 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 3 days at the reserve, staying at River Lodge which was magical. the game drives were fantastic and we saw 4 of the big 5, with amazing experiences watching the elephants and lions at close range! The food and bar service was excellent. The game drive guides (Lloyd was our guide) were totally knowledgeable and obviously dedicated to the conservation ethos of the Reserve. The daily river trip to the Coast was a great late morning bonus trip. All of the staff were superb and couldn't do enough to make us welcome, we'd love to return!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Bronwen d'Oliveira, Agency / Consultant at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Wonderful! Thank you for your great review. We hope to see you again. With kind regards from the Kariega team.
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Sue H wrote a review Jan 2020
East Sussex, United Kingdom37 contributions23 helpful votes
Have just spent the most wonderful time at Kariega and fortunate to have Trust, as our guide. He was extremely  knowledgeable about the different wildlife and the environment. Having injured my back just prior to the visit, all the staff, especially Trust, looked after me very well, ensuring I felt safe when out on the drives. Seeing lions, elephants, eland, kudo, bison, hippo, white and the infamous black rhino, giraffes and zebra in their own habitat was humbling and a great experience. The River Lodge accommodation was superb and from our private garden area in the mornings we were greeted by giraffe's. Hot towels and drinks greeted us after the drives, as we left the jeeps and all food and drink was fabulous, where staff could not do enough to help. A memorable, high quality break.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Jose v wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
We had a great stay and wonderful experience at Kariega river logde. Beautiful accomodation and nice and friendly staff. We learned a lot from our guide Trust, who took care of the game drives. Hope to come back in the future!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
US$610 - US$946 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stanley's Restaurant, The Red Apple Emporium, and Sandbar floating Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.