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About Crown River Safari

Crown River Safari is ideally situated, just 17 km from Grahamstown and 120 km from Port Elizabeth. The landscape is rich in fauna and flora. This private and exclusive self-catering lodge can accommodate up to 8 - 9 guests.

This fully serviced Main lodge features 3 en-suite bedrooms, a loft room, a guest lounge and kitchen facilities. Each room is furnished with either a king-size bed or twin beds. Amenities available to guests include fans, heaters, hairdryers and tea- and coffee-making facilities. A radio and TV is available on request.The lodge has a spacious patio with braai (barbeque) area one overlooks the river where one can view zebra, buffalo and antelope, among many others animals and birdlife.

Two beautiful self-catering River Units overlooking the Kariega River has been added to the Private Game Reserve. Fully equipped Kitchen with en-suite bathroom, shower and bath, DSTV, private patio with braai facilities with stunning views over the river.

Crown River Safari boasts magnificent views of beautiful Yellow Wood Trees supporting large Crown Eagle and Hammerkop nests. During October, November and December the nest provides views of parent birds feeding 1 or 2, fluffy, white chicks. The nest has been occupied for 20 years. Guests have the possibility of seeing a Fish Eagle diving and lifting prey from the water, while they relax and enjoy refreshments from the porch.

Freshwater fishing is available on the 5 km riverfront around the lodge. The Bushman’s and Kariega Rivers offer tidal river fishing. Rock- and surf fishing are available along the pristine beaches and deep sea fishing is also offered from Port Alfred, which is a 45-minute drive away. Other activities on the property include Game Drives, River Cruises, Kayaking/Canoeing, Guided Hiking Trails, Target Shooting and Clay Pigeon Shooting.

Perfectly balanced, Crown River Safari is a nature lover’s paradise with dense ravine thickets, scattered thorn trees and open areas making this an idyllic outdoor experience.

There is a 4,5km gravel road leading to the lodge It could be a slight challenge for sports cars with low profile tyres. If guests cross the speedbumps at an angle and stick to the speedlimit it should alleviate most of the concerns. Road maintenance is done on a regular basis.

Safari: Sunset Game Drives with snacks & refreshments to view buffalo, zebra and plains game

Conference Venues: We can cater for 12 - 20 guests for conferencing, weddings, functions, special occassions

Family friendly: The ideal destination to sneak away for a family weekend in the bush! Enjoy various activities such as Game Drives, River Cruises, Canoeing, Guided Hiking, Target Shooting, Clay-Pigeon Shooting, Birding!

Romantic: A chance to spend that overdue one-on-one time together!The magic really sets in at night, a blanket of stars is the only light!A special romantic getaway, escape to a memorable experience with a touch of nature.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Bathroom
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Patio
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Shower
  • Shuttle service
  • Terrace
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

50% Deposit is required to secure your booking
Credit Card Facilities & Cash Accepted

Crown River Safari Rooms

Reviews for Crown River Safari

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Andrea Warren, South Africa
08 November 2013

Lovely remote location, beautiful scenery.

13 February 2012

It was really lovely. We were bowled over by the accommodation, so much so that we stayed an extra night. A lot of thought has gone into providing everything that a guest might need. Beautiful view, quite and peaceful. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Grant Pote, South Africa
10 July 2011

We had a great time at a really beautiful venue and were well looked after by Vaughan and Hennie.

Augi Augustyn, South Africa
26 December 2010

We enjoy every moment of it.

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Crown River Safari is 12.1km from the centre of Grahamstown , the nearest airport 117.1km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling