Overview of Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
1 bedroom, minibar, in-room safe, desk

4.0/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

    Popular LocationKenton Marina12 min drive
    Popular LocationMosaic Studio15 min drive
    Popular LocationKenton on Sea Beach16 min drive
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About this area

Kenton on Sea

Located in Kenton on Sea, Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge is in the mountains. While the natural beauty of Kariega Game Reserve Eastern Cape and Kenton on Sea Beach can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can head to Kenton Marina. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkelling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with mountain biking and hiking/biking trails.
Visit our Kenton on Sea travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kenton Marina - 12 min drive
  • Mosaic Studio - 15 min drive
  • Kenton on Sea Beach - 16 min drive
  • The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club - 28 min drive
  • St John's Anglican Church - 51 min drive

Getting around

  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ) - 105 min drive


  • Boma — 1 min walk
  • Stanley's Restaurant - 11 min drive

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. Guests will also find 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. Fridges and coffee/tea makers are provided.

Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a deep soaking bath, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a ceiling fan. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Guests can experience the thrill of a safari, and take advantage of an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Kariega Wellness Centre has 2 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

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
  • No lifts

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 lobby

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



Check-in from 2 PM - 6 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
The host will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Host will greet you


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

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

Payment types at the property

Important information


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

  • Destination fee: ZAR 150 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 may be 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
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

Quality graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organisation.

Property is also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge and receive a full refund?
Yes, Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Check-in is from 2 PM - 6 PM. After-hours check-in is not available.
What time is check-out at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge located?
Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kariega Game Reserve Eastern Cape and within 9 miles (15 km) of Kenton Marina and Mosaic Studio. Kenton on Sea Beach is 9.3 mi (15 km) away.
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Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

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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

Happy face iconLiked: 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

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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

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cute rhinos
Wonderful place.

3/5 Okay

Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service, room comfort
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.

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