We stayed in the River Lodge between Nov 24th and Nov 27th 08. It is a fantastic place and we were very well looked after. I was on honeymoon with my husband and we received a small bottle of champagne and fruit platter when we arrived which was a nice touch. Our room was huge and was fabulously decorated. The food and staff we were great too. On 2 of the nights we sampled the outside Boma where we sampled typical African food buffet style and the staff put on a show of traditional African dancing and singing. This was a great experience. But the best aspect of the stay had to be the game drives. Our Ranger Mike was absolutely superb in getting close to the animals. He seemed to have a 6th sense for knowing where they would be and he was not scared in getting INCREDIBLY close to the animals. We saw almost everything apart from the leopards which are notoriously hard to spot anyway. Mike defininitely seemed like the best ranger there. So knowledgeable and friendly. He also had the best stories to tell which made it all the more exciting.
We picked this place because it was slightly cheaper than other places such as Shamwari and we definitely did the right thing as we received top notch service and went on amazing game drives. It could not have been any better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the banks of the Bushman's River, this Lodge is unique in that it connects a Big-5 Kariega Game Reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry guests through the quaint sea side village of Kenton-on-Sea. Inside the Lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, enjoy the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Twice daily safari drives, guided walks, river fishing, canoeing and river trips are included. Accommodation, all meals and local beverages are also included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River Hotel Kenton-On-Sea
- River Hotel Kariega Game Reserve
- Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge South Africa/Kenton-On-Sea