Mar 022010

South Africa – Eastern Cape

Kenton-on-Sea is a quaint seaside village situated between the Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers, along the Sunshine Coast – Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Kariega River - seen from Stanleys Panoramio

Kariega River - seen from Stanleys

These rivers are navigable for 16 and 30 kilometers respectively. Upriver, one can view a host of indigenous bird life from the colourful sunbird to the soaring fish eagle. Wildlife can be spotted along some parts of the banks of the rivers.

Fishermen are spoilt for choice including deep sea ski boat angling, with launches off  Middle Beach or the Kariega River Mouth,  scuba diving and spearfishing, rock, surf and gully fishing between the two river mouths, and river angling and crabbing in the two tidal rivers.

Whale and dolphin watching are a rewarding excursion in coastal waters; private game reserves include Kariega, Sibuya, Amakala, Pumba, Kwandwe and Shamwari. Addo Elephant National Park is only a short drive away.


Location (from 33° 21′ 46” S, 26° 15′ 58″ E to 33° 40′ 54” S, 26° 41′ 5” E)

Access to the Kariega is best via the seaside resort of Kenton-on-Sea, about 140 km (80 miles) equidistant between Port Elizabeth and East London.

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Service Providers
Dunwerkin Self-Catering

Dunwerkin Self-Catering

offers self catering accommodation in 2 two bedroom units. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities and apartments have a comfortable living area. Full DSTV and DVD player, private patio with Weber braai, patio furniture, infrared patio heater and retractable all weather awning, under-floor heating and ceiling fans in living areas and bedrooms make this an up-market luxury establishment. Situated in a quiet and secluded area, Dunwerkin is only a five-minute walk from shops, restaurants, the Kariega River and lagoon and Kenton Beach.

Kariega - River Lodge exterior

Kariega - River Lodge exterior

Kariega Private Game Reserve
is bordered in the east and west by the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers. Take in the unique eco-systems of the rivers on a tranquil boat cruise. The twice-daily safari drives on open landcruisers offer a unique combination of exciting lion, elephant and Big 5 game viewing and expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that incorporates two majestic river valleys and five different eco-systems. Luxury accommodation and fine dining in 4 separate game lodges nestled into the African bush allows guests to unwind in comfort as they settle into the ordered rhythms of nature.

Sibuya Forest Camp

Sibuya Forest Camp

Sibuya Game Reserve
, covering well over 2000 hectares of very varied terrain and vegetation, has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. From the moderately open river plains, through the pristine lower Albany thicket, there are also patches of Cape Fynbos and a windswept, grassy plateau favoured by many of the larger grazing animals. The delightfully scenic Kariega River estuary winds its way through heavily wooded thickets on steep slopes before opening out onto wide, grassy flats and sandbanks just upstream of the river’s mouth into the Indian Ocean. Bird enthusiasts have a fair chance of spotting the elusive Narina Trogon, while sightings of other exquisitely colourful birds such as Knysna Turacos, Sunbirds and Kingfishers are frequent. For those impressed by size, there are Ostriches, Denham’s Bustards, Secretarybirds, Crowned Eagles, Fish Eagles, Spurwing Geese, Goliath Herons and many more. Sibuya offers luxury tented accommodation in the River Camp and the Forest Camp.

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