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Karukareb Wilderness Reservaat Lodge
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

Spent 2 nights in one of the luxury tents and loved it. During our 5 week trip to South Africa we thought that this was the best all-round accommodation we stayed in. The tents are set in a beautiful valley by a stream. Main sleeping area is under canvass with brick built bathroom attached. The lights, fridge and kettle are all powered by solar energy. The plentiful water for the shower or separate large roll top bath is heated by gas, there is a window by the bath, so you have a soak, sip a glass of wine and watch the birds or a magnificent sunset.

Breakfast and dinner are served at the main lodge and are both excellent and plentiful. The kitchen also packed a fabulous picnic lunch for us to take on one of their recommended walks.


Due to the remote location of the tents on the valley floor the night skies are stunning, we have never seen so many stars, and with a background accompaniment of crickets and the running stream, it felt like a little bit of heaven on earth. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank T-SGlobetrotters
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

Stayed at Karukareb for 4 nights, stayed in both the tented camp, which are amazing.
Food is simply amazing, never got the chance to thank the chef for the awsome food, fantastic service.
The perfect South African hospitality, they never crowd you and they there when you need them.
We had wonderful stay, the ranger took us up the mountain showed us bushman paintings he had found, and was so informative.
Definantly would like to go back in summer there are some beautiful hidden swimming spots.
Rooms are great both at the lodge which is ideal if you are a big group, but the tented camps are so amazing, quiet and peaceful. Views and sunsets are phenominal.
Best thing to wake up to the river running and birds cheaping .

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

We spent a weekend at Karukareb with friends and booked the "Lodge". The attention to detail was wonderful as well as all the little luxuries, coffee, tea, rusks and feather duvets. The meals were excellent and teh service topped it all. Nothing was too much and always done with a smile. Highly recommended.
Henk and friends

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank lazy-henk
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Reviewed 8 December 2008

We spent 2 nights at Karukareb whilst touring in SA. The setting is wonderful in a tranquil valley with the Cederburg touring around you. But, the rooms were a little smaller than we had hoped for a 4 star establishment - there was nothing wrong with the style of them, they were just a little smaller than we had expected. We did feel that the food and its service lacked the quality we were expecting. Saying that, we had a wonderful local San guide to show us the local rock art which more than made up it!

Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed 10 December 2007

We spent February and March of 2007 travelling abroad and, of all the places we stayed on our first trip to South Africa, from the 4-star hotels in Jo’burg to the luxury lodges, the all-round BEST was the Karukareb Wildernis Reservaat in the Cederberg Mountains, for the simple reason that the service was exceptional. Don’t let the owner’s outward appearance fool you : he’s a modern-day Indiana Jones with a bit of a wild look, but you couldn’t ask for a better host! When we arrived in the late afternoon, he was barbecuing chicken for the evening meal, but took the time to show us the luxury tent (complete with a deep Victorian bath) and explain the layout of the property to us ; when our BMW got submerged in the sand after an ill-fated attempt to find our way back to our tent after supper we were devastated – and wondering if we wouldn’t have been better off with a jeep or land rover... but we awoke the next morning to find it parked in our space – he had simply pulled it out of the sand for us! This is not the kind of chap who’ll stand around and chew the fat with you, but he sure knows how to make his guests feel welcome – for two “city slickers”, we felt extremely lucky to have found such a wilderness haven, and to have been hosted by such competent, friendly, and efficient staff. One of the highlights of our Karukareb stay was a mountain bike ride to the rock pool (better off hiking there, though, as the path is too sandy for biking) – a natural rock pool where you can cool off with a swim and have a picnic (packed for you by the kitchen staff). There are also smaller rock pools behind the tents, perfect for a dip anytime during the day. You won’t see lions or zebras here, and there’s no skydiving or white water rafting, but I believe that where one stays on a holiday has to do with the overall experience – and for overall experience I can’t recommend Karukareb too highly. p.s. the food is excellent and attractively prepared, and they offer a great wine selection!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank Lisa R
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