Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

4.0 star property
Kenton on Sea beach lodge with spa and outdoor pool

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Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

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Property grounds
Aerial view
1 bedroom, minibar, in-room safe, desk
Free daily full breakfast

Overview of Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

8,0 out of 10 Very good
8,0/10 Very good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Kenton-on-Sea, Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape, 6191
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Beach towels
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Library
  • Computer station
Feel at home
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate bedroom
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

River Lodge Suite

  • River view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Twin Beds

About this area

Getting around

  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ) - 126 min drive
  • Area shuttle


  • Stanley's Restaurant - 11 min drive
  • Horn's Up - 25 min drive
  • Dorothy Long - 11 min drive

About this property

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge is a great choice for your beach stay in Kenton on Sea, putting you near activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing/body boarding. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, and aromatherapy. Boma serves barbecue and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this upscale lodge include a bar/lounge and a terrace.


Afrikaans, English

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/140°F 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 sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

What to do

  • Safari
  • Canoeing
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Beach nearby
  • Free use of nearby fitness center
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Beach towels
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


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.


Boma - This restaurant specializes in barbecue and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Destination fee: ZAR 170 per person, per night. This fee does not apply to children under 3 years of age.

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts major credit cards, debit cards and cash.

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

Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like rowing, fishing, and boat tours. Additional recreation onsite includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive, and a safari. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge also has spa services.
Are there restaurants at or near Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge?
Yes, Boma offers barbecue.
Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.



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Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


6/10 Good

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.
Coralie, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
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8/10 Very good

cute rhinos
Wonderful place.
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6/10 Good

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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