Kariega Settlers Drift

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Kariega Game Reserve


Settlers Drift, nestled in the heart of the pristine Kariega wilderness, offers a truly exceptional safari experience, blending the adventure of tented accommodation with the opulence of a 5-star retreat. The lodge boasts 9 generously sized tented suites, each featuring breathtaking views and private, secluded viewing decks. As you gaze from these decks onto the tranquil Bushman’s River below, it’s as though time has come to a standstill, preserving the unspoiled beauty of this remote valley, last traversed by the 1820 Settlers and their wagons. These luxuriously appointed and strategically positioned tented suites guarantee an unparalleled guest experience.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Tea / Coffee
  • En-Suite
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Shower

What to Expect

Settlers Drift, a 5-star luxury tented lodge situated within the malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve, comprises 9 spacious tented suites, each spanning 110m². These suites offer lavish bedrooms and living areas, complete with full bathrooms, indoor/outdoor showers, well-stocked mini-bars, and private viewing decks. The lodge’s amenities encompass a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, expansive decks, a rejuvenating pool, a traditional boma, a curio shop, a library, and indulgent spa treatments. Kariega Game Reserve, spanning 10,000 hectares, provides a unique blend of up-close Big 5 wildlife encounters and a rich diversity of flora, fauna, and avian species across five distinct ecosystems.


Luxury Safari Tent/ Suite

Indulge in the lavish comfort of our private tented suites, each spanning a generous 110m². These sumptuous accommodations feature opulent bedrooms and spacious living areas, complemented by full bathrooms, both indoor and outdoor showers, a well-stocked minibar, and your very own secluded viewing deck. Your stay includes a comprehensive package encompassing all meals, beverages, twice-daily safari drives, and tranquil river cruises, ensuring a truly immersive experience in the lap of luxury amidst the natural splendor of our reserve.

Safari Drives

The Kariega Game Reserve safari experience is centered around twice daily game drives. Guests will be delighted with close up viewing of a diversity of wild African game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, a host of antelope species, and much more including a myriad of exquisite birdlife. Skilled and knowledgeable game rangers will spend time unraveling some of the secrets of the African bush, will see to any specific requests, and ensure that all your questions are answered.


Guided Safari Walks

At Kariega Game Reserve there are a number of walking trails that guests can enjoy with their ranger. Guided safari walks allow guests to experience the feel of the African bush and enjoy watching wildlife and birds on foot.


Settlers Drift, situated along the Bushman’s River, offers fantastic fishing opportunities. With serene riverbanks and abundant aquatic life, it’s an ideal spot for both seasoned anglers and newcomers to enjoy this recreational pursuit. Spend your days by the water, casting your line, and relishing the tranquility and thrill of fishing.

River Safari Trips

The Bushman’s River provides a great river safari option. Guests can enjoy exquisite scenery and enchanting birdlife including the Crowned, Martial and African Fish Eagles. Guests to Settlers Drift can choose to arrive and depart by boat too.


  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
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