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Experience the romance of Africa at Ukhozi Lodge, Kariega Game Reserve

Guests enjoy sharing their excitement of seeing the incredible wildlife we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep….

By Rosie Rickards
Manager Ukhozi Lodge at Kariega Game Reserve

I have been at Ukhozi Lodge at Kariega Game Reserve for over six years, first joining them as a field guide. Now, as manager of the lodge, I can combine my passions of being close to nature with the love of working with people. This includes both the staff at Ukhozi Lodge as well as the guests that come to stay with us. I take great pride in everything I do and giving the guests a great experience provides me with a huge sense of achievement.

Ukhozi Lodge is a beautiful building with local stone used in the walls and lots of glass to maximise the views. I love the open-plan design of the central lounge, bar and dining areas where I can get to chat to our guests. With my background in guiding, it’s a pleasure to greet them as they return from their game activities, whether they’ve been on a cruise on the Kariega River, a guided bush walk or a game drive. Guests enjoy sharing their excitement of seeing the incredible wildlife we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep.

Our ten luxurious suites have the ‘wow’ factor and it’s great to see the reaction on our guests’ faces when they are shown where they will be staying, particularly when they step out on the deck and see their private plunge pool. Intimate and romantic, it’s perfect for couples. Between game drives it’s the ideal place to relax and look for the many species of antelope that graze on the plains below the lodge.

Together with my team of 20 staff, nothing is too much trouble. We particularly love to surprise our guests creating memorable experiences such as a delicious private dinner on their deck, poolside or out in the bush.


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Alfred & Rosie Rickards

Armed with a degree in zoology specialising in marine science, Rosie left the UK in 2012 to join Dyer Island Conservation Trust monitoring the movement of great white sharks. This led to a field trails guiding course and a Masters of Science in wild animal biology. In 2015 she became a field guide at Ukhozi Lodge and is now manager of the lodge.

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