Situated along the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape, Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated 10.000 ha of pristine African wilderness. Guests can enjoy viewing a member of the Big 5 up close during a game drive or boat cruise, or even while kayaking up the calm river.

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned Big 5 private safari reserve located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, situated along the Garden Route. This malaria-free destination is the largest employer in the Kenton-on Sea community, and encompasses 10.000 ha of pristine African wilderness and 2 rivers – the Kariega and Bushman’s rivers. In addition to unforgettable game viewing, the Kariega experience is unique in its variety of activities and its proximity to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.


Relax and sit back with a sundowner among the tranquil sights and sounds of the reserve's river life.
Go on daily game drives to witness the thrill of a lion hunt or watch as a family of hippo emerges from the water for a night of grazing.
Experience Kariega’s excellent bird watching.
Embark on various activities, including guided bush walks, river cruises, canoeing, and fishing.
Head towards Kenton-on-Sea and indulge in the coastal town’s many treasures.

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Best time to go to Kariega Game Reserve

When visiting Kariega Game Reserve, you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable safari experience, as temperatures usually tend to be mild and pleasant year-round. In spring and summer (October to April), it tends to get hot during the day, while in autumn and winter (May to September), the nights can get relatively cold. The optimum time for game viewing is between May and August.

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