This is a valid question and I ask you to please answer it before reading on. Cheeky of me I know, but I’d like to think that this article could somewhat change your mind, had you not considered this one before.

My boss went gaming, you see. And she had the most amazing time. Such was her experience, that she was just bursting at the seams to share this special place with us and in turn with you.

Along with a her handsome hubby and beautiful girls, they decided to spend a week in Port Elizabeth. Not knowing exactly where to go, or what to do, she researched many options in and around Port Elizabeth. Once she settled on gaming, she found many reserves in the area, but the one that spoke to her the most is one called Kariega Game Reserve. And she is not sorry she made the decision to spend precious quality time with her family there.

Special family pic taken on a sunset game drive

 Kariega Game Reserve is situated at the very end of the famous and very scenic Garden Route, 141km from Port Elizabeth. This is roughly 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport. It is a family owned establishment comprising of 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness that spans across 5 different eco systems! It is home to more than 25 species of game, including lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala, kudu, warthog and a variety of other antelope and more than 280 species of birds amongst which are the soaring martial, crowned and fish eagles which nest on the reserve. It is fondly known as a Big 7 reserve, because you can also see the great white shark as well as whales in the bay.


The big boys
White rhinos are dehorned for their own protection

So what makes Kariega Game Reserve extra special? Have a look at this:

  • it is completely malaria free! in my humble opinion, this is the best reason ever. I mean, who really wants to give kids prophylactics or having to choose another destination due to pregnancy, the list here is endless
  • being family owned and managed, the result is a warmer, special experience at the reserve
  • comfortable driving distance from Port Elizabeth
  • there are a variety of luxury lodges, ranging from 4 to 5 star
  • prolific game viewing, including the “big 5”
  • amazing unique activities (game drives, river cruises, guided bush walks, fishing and canoeing)
  • proximity to the sea and beaches
  • social and conservation responsibility
Meet lovely Rosie, the family’s personal game ranger. With her Zoology degree from Newcastle University, she has fallen in love with our African skies in a very big way.

 Maggie stayed at Ukhozi Lodge, which is a 4 star lodge. Apart from gaming, they really enjoyed relaxing at the end of their day, at what is called a bush tv. This is found at Settler’s Drift, which is another luxury lodge minutes from Ukhozi Lodge.

Why doesn’t every home have a fire pit? So mesmerizing under
the African skies…

For those visiting SA from abroad, Kruger National Park is not the only place to view game. I strongly recommend Eastern Cape. And this is attractive for locals too, combine it with garden route and you can’t go wrong.

Go on, add it to your list…

Happy Travels

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