Settlers Drift

Located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still since the last feet to have touched this remote valley were those of the 1820 Settlers as they guided their wagons across the river. The luxuriously appointed and perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience.

Safari Lodge Facilities

Restaurant, bar, wine cellar, spacious decks, pool, boma, curio shop, library and spa treatments.

Tented Safari Suites

9 spacious tented suites (110m²) – each with an opulent bedroom and living area, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, mini-bar and private viewing deck.

Rates Include

  • Safari drive twice daily
  • River cruises and guided bush walks
  • Fishing and canoeing
  • All meals and selected beverages
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Luxury tented suite with king-size bed (twin or double)
  • Complete privacy
  • Wood burning stove
  • Private viewing deck
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Indoor/outdoor shower and contemporary free-standing bath
  • Double vanity basin
  • Air-conditioning and overhead fan
  • WiFi/Internet connectivity (in lodge and suites)
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone

Availabilty & Rates

High Season01 September 2023 – 19 December 2023R13,500
Peak Season20 December 2023 – 10 January 2024R14,400
High Season11 January 2024 – 30 April 2024R14,600
Low Season01 May 2024 – 31 August 2024R10,800
High Season01 September 2024 – 19 December 2024R14,600
Peak Season20 December 2024 – 10 January 2025R15,700
High Season11 January 2025 – 30 April 2025R15,700
  • Per person per night sharing (+50% single supplement)
  • Fully inclusive (all meals, selected beverages, morning and evening game drives and other game activities)
  • Excludes Kariega Foundation conservation & community levy of R170 per adult per night, R85 per child per night for children aged 10 to 12 years.
  • No children under 10 years.

Children and third person rates:

  • Upon request a third person can be accommodated in a suite (extra bed)
  • 10 to 16 years (as third person sharing) – 50% of above per person sharing rate
  • 17 years and over (as third person sharing) – above per person sharing rate
  • Children (10 years and over) in own suite – pay full adult rate.
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Kariega Eastern Cape Lions Sighting 01
Settlers Drift Entrance
Settlers Drift Deck
Deck exterior
Kariega Settlers Drift Guest Relaxing Outdoors
Kariega Settlers Drift Outdoor Views
Lodge Interior
Settlers Drift Bar
Kariega Settlers Drift Outdoor Dining
Kariega Settlers Drift Guests Wining and Dining
Kariega African Boma
Kariega Bush Lunch
Kariega Eastern Cape Mountain Views
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Kariega Settlers Drift Guest Enjoying Free Standing Bathtub
Kariega Settlers Drift Guests Enjoying Outdoor Seating
Settlers Drift Rim-Flow pool
Rim-flow pool
Natural Beauty

Guest Reviews      

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    Our three day stay here was amazing and beautiful. The staff, especially our ranger Archie, were so professional yet friendly. Archie put himself out to make sure we had to best game drives. The rooms are luxurious with everything you need. The evening meals were entertaining as the chef created a different menu each evening and presented this to you like a wonderful story. Definitely on our list to return.

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Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an international initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. Pack for a Purpose assists us to communicate our list of needs for our conservation and community projects. 

If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for those in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children, elderly, families, domestic animals and wildlife.

We have a full list of the requirements on the Pack for a Purpose website. These include food, stationery, clothing, first aid, kitchen, sport and office supplies. Every item donated by Kariega guests is hugely appreciated.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our Kariega Foundation projects.

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