Kariega Game Reserve is in prime position to offer safari-goers an excellent bush and sea holiday. Located in the Eastern Cape, this private reserve should be included when opting for a trip to this part of South Africa.
Kariega Game Reserve stretches over 10,000 hectares with the valleys of the Kariega and Bushmans Rivers acting as borders in the west and the east. This gives rise to a unique combination of ecosystems that consists of habitats like acacia woodland, savannah grasslands, valley bushveld, riverine forests and fynbos.
A collection of wildlife species roam within the confines of the reserve. These include the famous Big Five and several other mammals, reptiles and insects. Kariega is a birders paradise with hundreds of species fluttering about.
The stunning wildlife haven that is Kariega is less than 100 kilometres from Port Elizabeth where the nearest airport is located. Car rental facilities are available that will also enable travellers to visit the historic town of Makhanda (Grahamstown) and Kenton-on-Sea.
The overnight accommodation options at Kariega Game Reserve are suited to couples, families or larger groups with amenities catering to all tastes and preferences.
Boat cruises, canoeing and fishing excursions on the Kariega and Bushmans Rivers are available.
Travellers to Kariega Game Reserve can marvel at a variety of fauna and flora species in a malaria-free environment in the eastern part of South Africa. All five members of the Big Five, which includes the buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, are present within the reserve’s boundaries. Other species include antelope such as kudu, waterbuck and eland as well as giraffe, zebra, hyena and hippo. Birders stand the chance of spotting more than 600 bird species, including those in the skies over the coastal and marine areas. Notable species include the African barred owlet, trumpeter hornbill, Narina trogon and the crowned eagle.
Visitors to Kariega Game Reserve will have an enjoyable safari as temperatures usually tend to be mild and pleasant. In spring and summer (October - April), it tends to hot during the day while in autumn and winter (May - September), the nights can get relatively cold. The optimum time for game viewing is between May and August.
Safari-goers will have top pickings when it comes to activities on offer at Kariega Game Reserve. Apart from magnificent game drives during dawn and dusk, guided bush walks will get visitors better acquainted with the intricacies of the natural world. For a different vantage point, boat cruises on the Kariega and Bushmans Rivers are available. Participating in canoeing and fishing excursions is also a possibility.
There are a variety of overnight accommodation options at Kariega Game Reserve at Main Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge, The Homestead, River Lodge and Settlers Drift. All are suited to couples, families or larger groups with amenities catering to all tastes and preferences.