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Time of my life in Kariega Game Reserve
It really was the time of my life at Kariega Game Reserve. We had the opportunity to see a Lion hunt and kill and also see them climbing trees was awasone. We saw two Rinos smelling a new born Gnu calf. We saw Hippos both in the river and at land. We saw Fish Eagle with white head. Also the water buffalo. We saw four of the big five. Elephants taking a bath and enjoying themselves as our grandchildren play in the water in summertime. Being several times less than three meters from the lions stands out.
Fantastic Game Reserve
We only did a quick overnight visit here but it was a great experience still. We arrived to the reception where we were warmly greeted and our game driver Nathan met us to welcome us. Lunch was served and was very nice with lots of options from the buffet. The chalets at the Main Lodge were modern, contemporary and spacious with fantastic large windows giving you a view into the bush. Nathan collected us from our villa before both the afternoon and early morning safaris. The safaris themselves were excellent and we saw all of the Big 5 on the first safari. Nathan was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and was a fantastic guide. Dinner was later served which was a buffet also which had various tasty options. At dinner, a dance group from the local township provided us with excellent entertainment which really added to our experience. Following the early morning safari and breakfast, we departed but wished we had longer there! I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting this area of South Africa!
First time safari - not sure we can beat it
Everything from start to finish was brilliant Staff are friendly & attentive, we didn't want for anything Food is amazing - it's hard not to overeat! Our guide Josh was fantastic & really took into consideration our wishes (& the weather) Really hope we can come back some day
Rachel our guide was brilliant and we were lucky to get up close to elephants on our drives as well as seeing lion and lioness, water buffalo giraffes rhino and hippo. Rachel was well informed and calm (even with our slow puncture moment.) The staff are great, food excellent and small groups with each guide at mealtimes and safaris make this an excellent experience. The chalets are spacious and the pool cool and relaxing. Happy memories. The place deserves extra stars for providing an environment where animals can thrive and allow us to watch them.
An experience of a lifetime
Our experience at Kariega was exceptional. We planned to visit South Africa for our wedding anniversary which happened to fall whilst we were at the Reserve. Harry and his team went to great lengths to ensure we would not forget the occasion. Firstly the arrival was a genuinely warm welcome, and the lodges had every comfort though a strong feeling that you were back to nature in a glorious setting with the river flowing by, and the food and hospitality was first class. Our Ranger Guide was Matthew who was determined to fulfil our expectations and did so apart from the most elusive leopard. We had a very close encounter with 2 lionesses who had just fed themselves on an unfortunate zebra only to meet the lion awaiting to polish off what was left. Matthew also gave a beautiful experience with a family of elephants which we stayed with for 30 mins enjoying the behaviours of all the characters - very young and old. He was great at educating the 7 of us in the cruiser in all the animal behaviours and hosting with us over sun downer drinks on the safe heights of the Reserve
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