Spend three full hours enjoying an open 4x4 vehicle game drive through the pristine Kariega Game Reserve, in search of lions, elephants and countless other animals.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you’ll head northeast to the Kariega Game Reserve which is located approximately 90 minutes away from Port Elizabeth. The reserve sprawls over a fertile wilderness that was farmland just over 20 years ago. Today, it supports an abundance of wildlife, including the famed “Big Five,” a term big-game hunters coined for the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. You will have an excellent opportunity to see these iconic South African beasts: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a refreshment before boarding your open 4x4 vehicle and driving into the bush. This particular open vehicle allows for unobstructed viewing and picture taking. Being protected, the animals at Kariega are somewhat indifferent to human intervention and freely roam about just as they would in any natural environment. You may see elephants tenderly caring for their young, giraffes nibbling on the upper leaves of the trees, and thick-skinned rhinos happily wading in the water. A variety of antelopes and more than 250 bird species can also be found in the reserve. The terrain ranges from grasslands to forest, offering ideal environments for the indigenous animals.
Your game drive through the bush will last for just over 3 hours, after which you’ll be treated to lunch at the Kariega Restaurant, located atop a high ridge overlooking the lush hills and plains. It’s a stunning setting. At the conclusion of lunch, you’ll re-board your coach and make the return trip back to the pier in Port Elizabeth.
Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with very limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests must be able to enter and exit the 4x4 with limited assistance.
The roads in the game reserve are gravel and there are inclines that will be traversed and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy; therefore, the tour is not recommended for guests with back and neck problems. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles. No food may be taken into the reserve on the open vehicles. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game-drives. There will be a comfort stop upon entering the park and at the restaurant. There are no restrooms on the coach. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.