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About 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.

Spa: Areena Spa & Wellness has a variety of treatments on offer that will leave you feeling pampered and relax. Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Massages, Waxing, Make-Up, Tinting and special packages available.

Wedding Venues: Romantic and picturesque setting next to the river for a country style wedding of up to 100 guests with a view of the river and a backdrop of indigenous vegetation. Option of an outdoor, open-air ceremony along the riverside is available.

Conference Venues: 4 Fully equipped conference venues facing the river Seats 80 people cinema style or 40 people boardroom style Day conference packages or Over night conference packages Braai to buffet meal options Teambuilding optional extra

Family friendly: • Adventure Village! • Games room • Touch Farm • Playground • Split-level swimming pool with baby pool • Tennis court • Trampoline • Tuck shop • Volleyball area

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 88
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 19 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


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

Important Information

Require a completed reservation form and proof of payment of 50% deposit before a booking is made.

Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve

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Liezel Cilliers
24 February 2020

Visited Areena this past weekend with my toddler. The facilities were clean and the playground well cared for. My toddler was fascinated by the touch farm, bunnies and chickens that roam the ground. Lots to keep him busy with while enjoying some R+R. The restaurant is convenient with delicious food. Will be back soon.

Siyabonga Qhomfo
26 January 2020

The entire atmosphere was refreshing more especially when u want to escape from the busy world

Unine Odendaal
08 September 2019

Friendly people, peace and quiet!

Maretha Kriel
30 March 2018

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

Gail Trollip, South Africa
01 March 2016

Stayed as a couple from 26th - 29th February.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.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...
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Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve is 5.8km from the centre of Chintsa , the nearest airport 31.1km (East London Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling