THE ONLY ADVENTURE SWIM IN AFRICA, THAT MEANDERS THROUGH A BIG 5 RESERVE – JOIN US!

  • Cost: $6,600 per person

  • Duration: 7 Days; Swim and game drive package
  • Minimum Pax: 20 at Ukhozi lodge (overflow at Main lodge)
  • Mobility: Not wheelchair accessible but we welcome disabled swimmers

  • Inclusions: All inclusive
  • Operates: In May 30, Out 6 June 2025
  • Accommodation: Beachwalk/Lalapanzi B&B or similar in GQ May 30-June 3; including breakfast. Ukhozi Lodge 3-6 June; Includes all meals, all selected beverages, all game activities and the Kariega swim
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Spend 3 days in Gqeberha at a local guest house (Beachview/Lalapanzi or similar). Gqeberha is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighbourhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.

You will be met at the airport and taken to your first home for 4 nights. For the following 3 days, you have the option of swimming various distances in the pristine Indian ocean. Weather dependant we will also go out on a luxury catamaran to spot amazing aquatic wildlife like seals, dolphin and whales. During your stay in GQ, you will work with a local artist and make a keepsake to take home.

Swim Adventures and Kariega Game Reserve have partnered to offer a unique safari and swim experience. Following your stay in GQ, we will travel to The Kariega reserve, approximately 1 hour from GQ. The Big 5 swim is the only open water swim in the world, that meanders through a big 5 game reserve and is bound to excite!

Indulge in a day of wild swimming on the upper reaches of the Kariega River and game drive in the magnificent Kariega Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 for the next 3 days.

This exclusive, all-inclusive package includes 4 star accommodation at the stunning Ukhozi Lodge, excellent dining, all beverages, daily game drives, a safe and fully supported river swim and more!

A truly unique break for any swimmer and partner (swimming or non-swimming).

Friday, May 30 – Arrive into GQ, city of smiles

You will be met off your International flight and driven to your guest house. A welcome dinner is included this evening.Overnight at Beachwalk/Lalapanzi Guest House or similar 
Breakfast is included.

Saturday, May 31 – Swim 1.5km in the Indian Ocean

This morning we start with a lovely sea swim along the Kings Beach coastline.Work with a local artist and create a keepsake to take home with you, lunch is included, as well as a local rum and gin tasting.Dinner is for your own account.

Sunday, June 01 – Swim 1.5km in the Indian Ocean

Early this morning (weather dependent) enjoy an ocean cruise. You may see whale, dolphin, seals, ocean bird life
Enjoy a local craft beer tasting and burger lunch.Dinner is for your own account.

Monday, June 02 – Swim 1.5km or longer in the Indian Ocean

We start with an early morning sea swim 1.5km-3km depending on conditions.Later this morning enjoy a Aweh-Deep Roots Cultural experience – a project of hope. Lunch is included. Dinner is for your own account.

Tuesday, June 03 – we depart for Kariega – Swim 1.5km-3km in the Indian Ocean.

This morning we are at it again, pick your distance 1.5km-3km in the pristine Indian Ocean. Following breakfast and check-out procedures we will head to the Kariega Game Reserve where we will be staying at Ukhozi Lodge.

13h00 to 14h00 Arrival and check-in
15h00 Afternoon tea at the lodge
Depart on afternoon/evening game drive (including sundowners)
19h00/19h30  Dinner in the lodge

Wednesday, June 04 Kariega 5km swim

07h00 Breakfast
08h00 Depart on game drive to the Kariega River for the swim from the causeway. Kariega barge-boat to be available to assist the swimmers. All non-swimmers can enjoy cruising on this boat for the duration of the swim or make use of a kayak as a second on the swim (limited kayaks provided). After completion, game drive back to the lodge.
14h00 Lunch
15h00 Depart on afternoon/evening game drive (including sundowners)
19h00/19h30 Dinner in the boma (singing and dancing provided by Kariega staff)

Thursday, June 05 Kariega

06h30 Breakfast
07h00 Depart on morning game drive 
14h00 Lunch
15h00 Depart on afternoon/evening game drive (including sundowners)
19h00/19h30 Dinner at the lodge

Friday, June 06  Kariega

06h30 Tea, coffee & snack
07h00 Depart on morning game drive
10h00 Breakfast/Brunch
11h00 Check-out and departure

Returned to the PLZ airport in time for your homeward scheduled flight. This flight is not included in your trip cost and must be purchases separately. 

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