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Incredible Safari Experience
We visited Kariega (Ukhozi Lodge) in February of 2019. We had an incredible experience and would recommend the lodge/safari to everyone! The staff there were amazing. They went above and beyond. With that said, it was really the time we spent with Zolani that made the trip a once in a lifetime experience. His knowledge of the animals, education and years of experience set this safari apart from others (and we have been up to Kruger to a great resort too). If you go you must ask for Zolani as your driver - he will not disappoint! We chose Kariega because it was in a malaria free area and I was 4 months pregnant on the safari. We went as a family of 4 (my husband and I in our mid 30s and my parents in their early 70s). After going on an awesome safari in the Kruger area the year before, we were worried about being in a private game reserve - we learned we had nothing to worry about. The reserve is MASSIVE. We spent 4 full days on the safari and I don’t think we were able to cover all of the reserve. The animal experiences were UNFORGETTABLE. Truly once in a lifetime. I could go on and on about the animal encounters. My parents were very hesitant to travel all the way to SA from Canada and go on this safari - especially while I was pregnant... they now RAVE about the trip. They wish they could go there every year. My Mom was so sad to leave on the last day of the safari. These are memories we will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you to Zolani for making this trip for us. He always made sure I was comfortable and safe. I rode in the front seat with him the 4 days because the back is quite bumpy (for being pregnant). We shared so many laughs and time together. Zolani made this trip for us. Kariega is fortunate to have him on their team. We also encourage people to provide gratuities to all staff and their drivers when possible - they go the extra mile and it is nice to show your appreciation to them. Thanks Zolani and team - this will forever be our most cherished trip EVER!
Go back in time and experience the African bush
We spent 3 night in Ukhoze Lodge at Kariega. During this time we went on 6 dame drives, and each one was utterly spectacular, with sightings of large elephant herd, lions and their cubs, rhino, giraffe, hippo etc. We could not have hoped for more in regards animal sightings. To add to the experience, our game ranger was personable and knowledgeable. Food - three sumptuous, delicious, filling meals a day, served in a beautiful setting. Accommodation. - everything that you could ask for. sufficient space, beautiful bathroom and your own private plunge book ride outside your door, and overlooking the value All I can say is - GO!
an unforgettable stay in Ukhozi Lodge
I can only recommend the lodge. Everything was on a very high level, starting with the reception, service, kitchen and of course the game drives. The rangers are very experienced and take a lot of time to answer all questions of the guests. Would award more stars than there are stars to choose from. We will definitely come back. This lodge is worth every cent.
Wonderful 1st Safari experience
As Safari virgins, my wife and I chose Ukhozi lodge through our trusted travel agents, Kuoni. The facilities are truly first class with little touches like a cool face towel and refreshing drink when you arrive back from your game drive. Highly recommended.
Great game experience, but all inclusive was poor
We stayed in the Ukhozi lodges and these were of a good standard, large, well equipped and great views. However, the mini bar choice was limited and restocked daily only. The game drives were excellent and the ranger was very informative, we managed to awe all the animals we expected and more, this included a river cruise and the offer of a walk around the reserve with the ranger. He facilitated great opportunities to be amongst som of the animals and stopped frequently for photo opportunities. The negative side was the choice of food at lunchtime and evening, this was limited in choice, particularly lunchtime as this was more of a snack. It did not meet the standards od a 4* superior standard unfortunately. The majority of staff were friendly and professional. However, we would return but would not upgrade the accommodation as not to be disappointed
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