there are morning and afternoon game drives at Kariega, you are assinged a ranger when you arrive and always go with him in the same vehicleOur ranger was Brendon, he was great, full of enthusiasm about his job and about Kariega itself, not only was he a mine of information about the animal and plant life, but also about the conservation and...more
Southwell, PO Box 564, 6191
Good for: Couples
the food at Kariega was very good, hot dishes were piping hot, not lukewarm, and the plates were warm too. the retaurant is buffet style with a choice of carvery roast meats each evening, fish dishes and vegetarian optionsthere is a well stocked salad bar at both lunch and dinner and some of the best home made soup I have ever tasted and the...more
Situated at the Kariega River Mouth, you have a beautiful view of the river, beach and sea. A resturant with the fresh sea air passing through the window. On a pleasant evening, sit out on the deck and watch as the last of the sun worshippers reluctantly leave the beach as the sun sets. Try some fresh fish, it's always tasty!more
Sit out in the sun on the deck. In the distance are the rolling green hills and rumbling sea...down below is the river. With the birds chirping away and the fresh breeze, it makes for an unforgettable Sunday lunch or evening meal. We made the most of the Sunday lunch. For a fixed price you get a starter, main Sunday lunch and a choice of desert.more
There are many more stars visable in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere than in the North, the clear unpolluted air of the countryside and lack of sodium street lights makes them even clearer and made me feel very small in the great scheme of things.Returning from a game drive well after sunset with the roar of a lion still in my ears it was marvellous to gaze up and see them above me
Awake before dawn I watched the stars fade away as the sun rose
not much of a nightlife tip I know, but it made me happier than a noisy nightclub would have
We flew into to Port Elizabeth airport to go and do our safari at Kariega, the reserve arranged our very reasonably priced transfer for us and we were met at the airport by Cedric, one half of All Seasons Tours and Transfers
What a great guy ! After settling us into his comfortable car we set off, he gave us lots of great information about Port Elizabeth and and the route to Kariega, we had a `comfort stop` on the way [its a 90 minute journey to the game reserve] at a lovely roadhouse, we could have stopped for coffee but Cedric had a cool bag with drinks. By the time we had reached Kariega we felt we were travelling with a friend.
Our return journey after our safari was just as much fun, Cedric gave us a mini tour of the places in Port Elizabeth we hadnt seen previously and we stopped for coffee and a sandwich at a great little beach front restaurant before going to catch our flight, where with hugs and handshakes we said goodbye to our new friend
All Seasons is a relatively new business and these guys work really hard at getting the service right, I can certainly recommend them for any transport needs in this part of South Africa
If you're interested in birds and art, there is a well-known artist on your doorstep once you arrive in Kenton. Many bird books have been published with his paintings which are excellent quality and extremely detailed.
What to buy: Choose your favourite bird from the area and specify the background you'd like...and there you have it, a personal reminder of your trip to Kenton.
What to pay: The prices vary according to the size of the painting, and wether it is frame or not - so if you can't afford a big expensive one, choose a smaller one to suit your budget.
Ticks are endemic throughout the Eastern Cape, you can get Tick bite fever which is rather nasty so you should take care to avoid being bittenuse a good insect repellant on exposed skin on your legs or feet and on your trousers before walking anywhere other than on a road. the Pepper ticks are very tiny, scarcely visable, and you may not be aware...more
It goes without saying that you must take care around wild animals. you absolutely cannot pet them, no matter how much they ignore of accept the safari vehicles they are definately NOT tame, do not make loud noises or sudden movements which will either frighten away or antagonise the animalslisten to the instruction and advice of your ranger and...more
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After sunset the temperature drops a dramatically, so be sure to bring a warm jacket especially if you are visiting any other time than the Summer months, waterproof capes are supplied if needed on the game drives
Ticks are a problem so long trousers tucked into socks offer some prevention, do not wear bright colours as the animals dont like them, khaki, sand and light browns colours are best, and strudy walking boots are the best footwear
dont forget your swimsuit, most lodges have private plunge pools and there is a communal swimming pool
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toiletries are supplied, but dont forget any medication you need to take
you wont need anti-malarials as Kariega is malaria free
Photo Equipment: bring plenty, there are unlimited photo opportunities here
Miscellaneous: a pack of cards to help pass the time when you arent gazing at the splendid views, watching animals, or chilling out in the bar, there is a small shop on the reserve but the stock is mostly of the souvenier kind
the reserve is only a ten minute drive from Kenton-on-Sea town, so if you are staying on a self catering basis its not far to get grocery supplies
Be a bit adventurous a spend a week end at a BushCamp. After a 30 minute horse ride from the meeting point, down to the river and along the beach, you will reach your campsite for the night. Settle in to your mud rondaval and explore the outdoor kitchen, shower and toilet. The atmosphere is so peaceful. Just sitting around the fire, under the open...more
Pack a picnic and a bat & ball and head off to Shelley Bay for the day. The bay is situated between Middle Beach and the Bushmans' River Mouth. So you can either walk along beach from the Middle Breach carpark, so over the sand dune from the Bushmans side carpark. I'd advise the sand dune route if it's high tide as it's safer than trying to face...more
There had been a great deal of rain, the rivers were high and the tracks very muddy but it was a fine if chilly late afternoon as we were making our way to where we hoped the lionesses would be. The way there was by the path along the boundary fence, but as good as the game vehicle was it was no match for the slippery red mud, and then we slid,...more
As we drove towards the Reception at Kariega we rounded a bend and there before me was my favourite African animal........I love the way giraffes look and move, I know they are not the wildest or rarest of the African mammals but to see them in there in their natural enviroment was such a thrill for meI always think that they look like a creature...more
The kilometres of beaches are just absolutelly beautiful... you could walk for miles just listening to the sounds on the rumbling sea and the scrawking seagulls in the background...watch the fishing boats some into the river mouth and the kids get covered in sand!During the summer holidays (December) our little town becomes extremely crowded, but...more