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Kariega Game Reserve

This unique, fertile oasis is located in the eastern part of South Africa, also called Eastern Cape. The Kariega valley is known for its beautiful and varied landscape, two large rivers, wooded hillsides and open grass plains. Get close to the rich variety of wildlife and experience a world far removed from everyday life.

Popular Itineraries: Kariega Game Reserve

Malaria-free family safari

Embark on an exciting safari in Kariega with child-friendly excursions and fantastic beaches.

9 days, including flights

‘Big Five’ Safari

Get even closer to the wildlife in the Kariega Game Reserve and discover the beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

9 days, including flights

Worth knowing

The reserve

During the 19th century, most of the land in the Eastern Cape was given over to agriculture. Out of a fear that the families and domesticated animals that lived there would be attacked by the wild animals in the region, hunting became widespread, leading to massive depletion of many species of wildlife. This continued well into the 20th century and needless to say, many indigenous species became endangered, in some cases close to extinction.

The reserve was established 20 years ago in an area where the natural surroundings contain everything needed for wildlife to flourish, from shrub land to open grassy areas, damp meadows and parched hillsides.

The 10,000 malaria-free hectares of the Kariega River Valley stretch across five different ecosystems, through which pass two rivers: Bushman’s and Kariega. This unique landscape forms the backdrop for a very diverse safari, where it is possible to observe more than 25 different species of animal.



Kariega Game Reserve welcomes thousands of visitors every year, and the reserve offers unforgettable experiences for the entire family.

Many visit the area primarily to experience what we refer to as “The big 5”: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes, where you can experience them at close range in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may also see hippos, giraffes, zebras and many other well-known African animals. The traditional game drives through Kariega Game Reserve take place in open jeeps which guide you through the landscape, offering ample opportunity to observe and photograph the animals at close range.

So don’t forget your camera and take a trip into the wilderness in magnificent surroundings!


Travelling while pregnant or with small children

If you are pregnant and have doubts about whether you should travel, it is a good idea to ask your own doctor for advice regarding any health risks relating to the trip as well as the increased risks associated with the pregnancy itself.

If you want to travel with children, then South Africa is a country with plenty to offer. South Africans adore children and are happy to show it, so you are assured many pleasant experiences. In terms of food, you need not worry about the children getting enough healthy food whilst on vacation. South Africa is a clean country with plenty of organic crops, and you can even drink the water from the faucet. All along the roads, small farmers’ markets can be found offering a selection of local fresh fruit, home-pickled produce, olive oil, nuts and dried fruit, as well as the local wine.

Kariega Game Reserve welcomes children and makes sure they also feel welcome and have a fantastic experience on the selected excursions.



The area has a subtropical climate, with mild winters (May – September) and hot summers (October – April). The climate is extremely moderate all year round.