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Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Star Rating
4 out of 5



4.0 / 5Very Good
5 reviews


  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Kenton Marina
    16 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Kenton on Sea Beach
    16 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Quin Sculpture Garden
    36 min drive

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  • River Lodge Suite

    Room Amenities

    • Sleeps 2
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About this area

Kenton on Sea

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge is located in Kenton on Sea. Local points of interest include Mosaic Studio, Kenton on Sea Beach, and Kenton Marina.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Kenton Marina - 16 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Kenton on Sea Beach - 16 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Quin Sculpture Garden - 36 min drive
  • Popular Location
    St John's Anglican Church - 51 min drive
  • Popular Location
    The Toposcope - 51 min drive

Getting around

  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ) - 94 min drive


  • Where to eat
  • Boma – Restaurant with a bar offering barbecue. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

About this property

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

4-star beach lodge with a full-service spa
Hop on Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge's free shuttle to the beach or pamper yourself at the lodge's full-service spa. All 10 rooms boast deep soaking bathtubs, and offer balconies and fridges. Other amenities available to guests include minibars, separate bathtubs and showers and coffee/tea makers.
Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge offers 10 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with minibars and a safe. Rooms open to balconies. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and coffee/tea makers.
Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a deep soaking bath, a complimentary bathrobe, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a ceiling fan. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.



Check-in between 2 PM - 6 PM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.


Check-out before 10 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets not allowed

Payment types at the property

Diners Club
American Express

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Destination fee: ZAR 130 per person, per night.

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Property is also known as

  • Kariega Game Reserve River Lodge Kenton On Sea
  • Kariega Game Reserve River Lodge
  • Kariega Game Reserve River Kenton On Sea
  • Kariega Game Reserve River
  • Kariega Game Reserve Hotel Kenton-On-Sea

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking
  • Free beach shuttle

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Boat tours
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Full-service spa
  • Game/wildlife drives
  • Game/wildlife viewing
  • Outdoor pool
  • Safari

Family friendly

  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fridge


  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Library

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Computer station


  • Pool sunloungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • 2 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - swedish
  • Massage - Thai
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Beach towels
  • Fireplace in reception
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in reception

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan


  • Bathrobes
  • Deep-soaking bathtub
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar
  • Fridge

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Desk
  • Safe

Nearby things to do


Where to eat


Very Good

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • Liked: Room comfort
  • Disliked: Cleanliness

Disapppointing stay

Good cases taken directly to our lodge which we got to by golf cart. (This broke down the following day and replacements lights did not work so was given a torch!)(Really!) Barbeque one evening but difficult to actually see what I was eating as the light wasn't good. Face clothes disappeared, asked for 2 replacements, 1 given, likewise mini bar wasn't stocked properly. We were told that our group had to all do the same thing during the free time between drives, yet when we went to the beach, we had people from other groups joining us. Likewise when we asked about doing a bush walk, we went with another 2 people and it was only from the main lodge, not what we'd been given to expect, which was why my mother decided not to come. There was never any canoe session which we'd also requested and was the reason we'd chosen the river lodge for the other activities between drives. There was an issue with the pool malfunctioning and making a noise on our last night which was reported but nothing done. The phone to the lodge didn't work! The only way to contact reception was by going outside, getting in the golf cart and driving up to the main lodge. Not good enough as it was horrible being so cut off. No wifi in lodges which would be better. Towels from the pool were not removed but just left after day 1, so never checked. Query Big5 as the leopard hasn't been seen for 6 months we were told.

Stayed 3 nights in May 2018

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

fantastic stay

from start to the end it was just the best time I have had on a adventure holiday every thing was 100% Thanks to all the crew at River Lodge.

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

First Class Game Reserve

A wonderful game reserve, staff extremely friendly and helpful,the game rangers knowledgable and friendly.Food excellent, room excellent. It would be hard to find a better game reserve. Saw many wonderful animals at close range.

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

cute rhinos

Wonderful place.


Sehr schöne Logde mit Verbesserungspotential

Die River Lodge liegt idyllisch am Bushmanriver und bietet sich für Kurzurlaube (bis 4 Tage) von Paaren ohne Kinder an. Die Ranger sind ausserordentlich bemüht, den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten und alle Wünsche der Gäste zu erfüllen. Die Ausfahrten am Morgen und Abend können mit Bootsfahrten und Wanderungen kombiniert werden. Das Angebot an Tieren ist großartig. Das Wilderness Fly Camp (Übernachtung im Zelt in der Wildness) ist ein absolutes Erlebnis. Bei längeren Aufenthalten zeigt sich jedoch schnell, daß die Lodge wenig Abwechslung in Bezug auf die Speisekarte am Abend und beim Frühstück bietet. Alle Getränke sind im Preis inklusive und die Auswahl ist recht groß. Die Qualität der Zimmer hat im Laufe der Jahre etwas gelitten (Abnutzungserscheinungen, Schimmel in der Dusche, fleckige Möblierung). Im Gegensatz zum sehr guten Service im Haupthaus (Bar, Restaurant) läßt das Housekeeping zu wünschen übrig. Während unseres Aufenthaltes frühstückte der Besitzer der Lodge Sonntags morgens zusammen mit seinen privaten Gästen auf der Terrasse am Fluß, während die zahlenden Gäste trotz schönsten Wetters drinnen im Restaurant essen mussten. Insgesamt erscheint uns das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis nicht ganz stimmig.

Pros: Engagement der Ranger

Cons: Sauberkeit der Zimmer, Housekeeping

Location: Ausgezeichnete Lage am Fluß

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