Kariega Game Reserve is a private, malaria-free Big 5 South African Safari. Found along the Garden Route, it’s driving distance from Grahamstown and Kenton-on-Sea, one of the Eastern Cape’s many charming holiday villages.

Get up close and personal with the Big 5, as well as hippos, warthogs and beautiful resident and migrant bird life. Surrounded by hills, plains and river valleys, daily activities include game drives, guided bush walks, river cruises and canoeing.

  • Best Time to GoJune to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It can get a bit busy)

Why Go:

  • Big Five private game reserve
  • Set in malaria-free area
  • Exclusive wellness treatments
  • Just 15 minutes from the Indian Ocean
  • Variety of luxury accommodation options
  • River Cruises in Kariega River Valley


Tick the Big 5 off your bucket list with twice-daily safari drives, once every morning and once in the afternoon/early night. Don’t forget to look out for gentle giraffes and zebras, or even the striking African Fish Eagle.A pair of binoculars is essential!

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Kariega’s landscape and topography are arguably the most beautiful of all the Eastern Cape game reserves, resulting in stunning views and vistas. Having two major rivers incorporated into the reserve (the Kariega and Bushmans rivers) also adds enormous beauty and value.

Weather & Climate

Weather conditions are generally favourable year-round. April is that perfect time of the year, when it’s not too wet and not too cold, while September/October is the middle of spring when wildflowers are beginning to blossom.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Kariega Game Reserve is from June to September when you’re most likely to see wildlife and get the most out of the open game drives.

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