Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve

Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve is situated 23 km from East London on the Wild Coast, along the banks of the unspoilt tidal river in the area, the Kwelera River. This holiday resort offers the sanctity of peace and nature, an oasis in the madness of life, a place to soak up the tranquility and prepare for a new week or a new year ahead.

Areena specializes in providing prime caravan and camp sites, as well as luxury cottages, conference facilities, team building and adventure sports right on the waters edge, with unsurpassed views of the river. Cruises to the river mouth and beach can be arranged, and you can even park your boat along the jetty directly in front of you. All our sites have electricity, are level and very spacious with taps between sites.

Areena Quays Restaurant and Pub serves a wide variety of scrumptious meals alongside the slipway. Areena Resort is in the centre of the newest S.A. tourist destination, the Jikeleza Wild Coast Route, which is at the southern gateway to the Wild Coast, place of many tidal rivers with world-class open beaches. Home to the Areena Game Park with its diverse and abundant game giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, ostrich and many antelope varieties.

Also hosting the Areena Adventure and Leisure Village, where one can abseil, play paintball, enjoy a quad bike game drive or canoe trail. Our abseil site is a 55 m drop, the highest and safest in the area. There are restaurants, shops, butchery, bottle store etc 4 km away. Top class golf courses, or for anything else one might need, town is just a short hop away.

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  • "Beautiful surroundings"

    30 March 2018

    "We enjoyed our stay, just as we did previously. The laundry facilities could do with a good cleaning, overall."

    Maretha Kriel
  • "Value for Money"

    01 March 2016

    "Stayed as a couple from 26th - 29th February.<div>Very well appointed suites. Ideal facility if you want to relax. Although we did not participate in any of the activities on offer, there was plenty to do.</div><div>Reception staff very pleasant and accommodating, however we recommend you double check your booking arrangements. We really enjoyed our stay however some attention to maintenance of the property and grounds is necessary. The property is looking run down and tired. General daily cleanups such as sweeping the restaurant deck and surrounds is lacking and with the amount of wildlife walking around we were constantly dodging piles of poop. Other than this we had a really pleasant stay and would return one day.</div>"

    Gail Trollip, South Africa

    30 August 2015

    "Was so good we decided to stay longer will definitely be going back there"

    Tara Grobler, South Africa
  • "Excellent"

    24 February 2014

    "We stayed in an self-catering unit, it was clean and beautiful. The restaurant service and food was really great. A place where you can relax, recharge, have fun and enjoy!!!"

    Belinda Kruger, South Africa
  • "Nice environment"

    28 October 2013

    "Restaurant can be improved, no one wants to be on holiday and cook....But otherwise, nice relaxed environment."

    Boitumelo Mompati, South Africa
  • "I will most definitely use Areena next time"

    02 September 2013

    "Good day; how I wish I was there but I have cancelled my bookings I could not make it. It has become a very busy weekend for my partner.........nevertheless I do have experience of the place I was once booked there attending a meeting for 2 days that's why I chose the place to relax with my partner. I will most definitely use Areena next time. Thank you."

    Kayakazi Tiyo, South Africa
  • "Thank you"

    07 October 2012

    "A fantastic place to relax with family. The office staff were wonderful, from the time we booked in, the quad rides chap was friendly, that we went out twice. The young lady at the office, sorry I didn't get her name, went out her way to inform us of events happening eg zip rope. Thanks for a wonderful time we will be back."

    Laura Clegg, South Africa
  • "Holiday accommodation"

    26 May 2012

    "Areena is a lovely resort. The icing on the cake was seeing wildlife and on the morning we left a giraffe was on the road. The cabins are comfortable and spacious."

    lyn godfrey, South Africa
  • "Fantastic hospitality"

    19 July 2011

    "A group of us hiked down the Wild Coast, paddling the last few kilometers to Areena. Although it was winter, with few resident campers, we were treated like royalty and spoiled rotten. The rooms were great, and the catering fantastic. Would happily recommend the facility to any Wild Coast hiker."

    Michael Payne, South Africa
  • "Awesome"

    13 July 2011

    "Awesome resort, with something of everything for young and old. Highly recommended! Abby, the giraffe, was a treat! And we loved the quad bikes. Thanks to all the lovely staff!"

    Adele Rieder, South Africa
  • "Great destination"

    06 January 2011

    "We stayed in an en-suite unit. The service and attitude of the reception staff were fantastic and always ready to listen and help - despite working long hours."

    Joan Andrews,South Africa
  • "The chalet on the river was heaven on earth"

    05 April 2010

    "What a wonderful stay at a beautiful and well-run guest farm! We LOVED the giraffe - quite charming! ."

    Caroline Bateman, South Africa
  • "The chalet on the river was heaven on earth"

    05 April 2010

    "What a wonderful stay at a beautiful and well-run guest farm! We LOVED the giraffe - quite charming! ."

    Caroline Bateman,South Africa
  • "areena riverside resort"

    11 January 2010

    "Relaxing and peaceful"

    Tony Tuinder,South Africa
  • "areena riverside resort"

    11 January 2010

    "Relaxing and peaceful"

    Tony Tuinder, South Africa
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