Kariega Settles Drift is a blissful retreat in a remote valley of Kariega Game Reserve. Peering down into the Bushman’s river, the lodge has a soothing and modern design, opulent tents and stylish communal areas balancing a rustic and contemporary atmosphere. A wonderful location from which to enjoy the rugged wilderness of this pristine and unpeopled reserve.


Plan your journey

Location

Sitting amid indigenous trees, the lodge enjoys a brilliant location at the top of the Bushman’s River Valley in Kariega Game Reserve. It occupies a truly secluded area of the wild-life rich Eastern Cape so game drives are intimate and undisturbed. The reserve itself is a 10,000 hectare malaria-free wilderness area of acacia woodlands and savannah grassland tucked along South Africa’s Garden Route just 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth.

With a name inspired by the river which meanders through the region, the once overly farmed reserve is owned and managed by the Rushmere family who purchased the land in 1989. Compromising five different eco-systems, including mountains, forest, savannah and two stunning rivers, the landscape is abundant with wildlife, much of which was reintroduced once the Rushmere’s took the reigns from farmers who hunted and eradicated many of the local animals. All Big Five, zebra, giraffe, hippos, blue wildebeest and waterbuck, as well as wild cat, hyena, baboon and much more now safely call the thriving reserve home, making for fulfilling game drives and a rich, busy wildlife experience.

The two rivers which run through Kariega is what makes this reserve extra unique, the Bushman’s and Kariega Rivers. Reaching towards the sea, guests not only benefit from river activities alongside the usual bush adventures but also the nearby Kariega Beach and Kenton-On-Sea provide an incredibly well-rounded safari experience.

Rooms

There are nine tented suites placed discreetly throughout the woodland with pitched roofs and lots of glass windows for a bright and cool space. Interiors are very spacious and modern with soft neutral and grey furnishings and wooden floors. King-size beds face the canopy of trees and resident wildlife outside, and the lounge area features a wood-burning stove and sofas. Outside, there’s a small a private veranda and open-plan en-suites have both indoor and outdoor showers, and free-standing bathtubs with a view.

Communal Areas

Sleek wooden walkways lead to the main area housed under a tall pitched roof and through a grand entrance. The lounge has a soothing colour palette with neutral and grey tones throughout to create a contemporary and stylish space. The lounge has comfy sofas and chairs, coffee tables and a warming fireplace. An elegant marble and wood bar sits nearby with the restaurant just beyond. Guests can also dine out on the large deck with views of the hills and river or in the boma by the infinity pool. Explore the wine cellar and the curio shop stocked with souvenirs, artefacts and essentials.

Activities

Take game drives during the morning and afternoon through the reserve to search for the Big Five and more. Morning drives are often accompanied by a river cruise on the Kariega and Bushman’s river which run through the reserve. Embark on guided bush walks with knowledgeable guides, glide across the river on canoe excursions and try your hand at fishing. Just 15 minutes from the reserve are the beaches of Kenton-on-Sea and the Eastern Cape’s port towns of Bathhurst and Salem.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Safari drive twice daily
Fishing and canoeing
Complimentary mini-bar

When to go

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SUMMER

A beautiful time to visit with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The Eastern Cape does occasionally experience heat waves during these months with temperatures climbing over 35°C/95°F, for this reason you will find safari activities taking place at sun rise and late evening to take advantage of the cooler conditions.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

SUMMER

A beautiful time to visit with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The Eastern Cape does occasionally experience heat waves during these months with temperatures climbing over 35°C/95°F, for this reason you will find safari activities taking place at sun rise and late evening to take advantage of the cooler conditions.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

AUTUMN

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

AUTUMN

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

WINTER

The Eastern Capes location so close to the Indian Ocean offers much more pleasant midday temperatures in comparison to the Western Cape, averaging around 20°C/68°F. Morning can be a little cool, so do pack some warm clothes!

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

WINTER

The Eastern Capes location so close to the Indian Ocean offers much more pleasant midday temperatures in comparison to the Western Cape, averaging around 20°C/68°F. Morning can be a little cool, so do pack some warm clothes!

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

WINTER

The Eastern Capes location so close to the Indian Ocean offers much more pleasant midday temperatures in comparison to the Western Cape, averaging around 20°C/68°F. Morning can be a little cool, so do pack some warm clothes!

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

WINTER

The Eastern Capes location so close to the Indian Ocean offers much more pleasant midday temperatures in comparison to the Western Cape, averaging around 20°C/68°F. Morning can be a little cool, so do pack some warm clothes!

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

SPRING

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

SPRING

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

SUMMER

A beautiful time to visit with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The Eastern Cape does occasionally experience heat waves during these months with temperatures climbing over 35°C/95°F, for this reason you will find safari activities taking place at sun rise and late evening to take advantage of the cooler conditions.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

SUMMER

A beautiful time to visit with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The Eastern Cape does occasionally experience heat waves during these months with temperatures climbing over 35°C/95°F, for this reason you will find safari activities taking place at sun rise and late evening to take advantage of the cooler conditions.

The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two. Its coastal areas enjoy both a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland things get a bit hotter. The geographic location between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean give the region rather mixed rainfall patterns, with no distinct dry period as found within the Western Cape. Rainfall amounts are however usually minimal with plenty of sunshine throughout the year!

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