We were welcomed at reception with a cold glass of ice tea then driven to our lodge although we had to wait until Digler, a large male giraffe, got off the road only yards from our lodge door. Our ranger, Lauren, was out on a game drive when we arrived but we met her just before dinner in front of a huge welcoming fire. Believe us it is cold on the game drives in September! Nothing was too much trouble for Lauren or anyone else from restaurant staff to the girl in the gift shop. One night my husband was not able to go to the restuarant for dinner (he has a back problem) we were invited to choose from the menu and the meal was served to us in our lodge and the food was excellent. The ladies who cooked and served our meals also provided entertainment on the Boma nights. Our bed was turned down every evening and our lights left on for us returning from evening drives. We were in lodge 7 and we were visited by a variety of birds, monkeys, baboons and a giraffe. We didnt see the elusive leopard but we saw so much - from elephants at a waterhole, a huge male lion lying on his back sleeping with all four paws in the air just like any house cat lying on a rug in front of a fire, a baby zebra getting to his feet for the first time and a jackal buzzard having a bath. We stayed for 9 nights and did 17 game drives and each one was different. There were so many wonderful experiences on this holiday we couldnt mention every one and we couldn't possibly praise everyone enough. It was a truly amazing experience. One of the things that amazed us most was how the rangers could find the animals in such a large area which could be very rough and wooded although some of the Big 5 have collars for legal requirements. If there was anything that wasnt up to our expectations it was the weather. Would we go back? In a minute.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kariega Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush you will discover 10 superbly appointed air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The Lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma with an outdoor pool. Located in the 10,000 hectare private game reserve with close-up viewing of rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, hippo and other incredible African wildlife. Bird lovers will enjoy sighings of some of the 280 species recorded on the reserve. The safari experience includes twice daily safari drives with qualified guides, guided walks and a river trip as well as all meals, local beverages and accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kariega Game Reserve - Ukhozi Lodge South Africa/Kenton-On-Sea