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About Areena Riverside Resort & Private Game Reserve

Areena Riverside Resort is a family resort, a place to escape the hectic world, relax and rejuvenate. It is a place to reconnect with nature. A place to become grounded. Areena Riverside Resort is a wholesome place, a place where family values count. A place where children can wander around in safety. A place that evokes feelings of a time gone by – A time when there were no video games, no cell phones, and no high-security fences. This is a place where kids and adults can learn to play again, to get outdoors, and establish real-life friends. Where good friends meet.

Areena Riverside Resort is situated on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, 23 km east of East London city center, at the beginning of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Areena Resort is in the center of the newest S.A. tourist destination, the Jikeleza Wild Coast Route, which is at the southern gateway to the Wild Coast, a 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.

Areena specializes in providing prime caravan and campsites, as well as luxury cottages, conference facilities, team building, and adventure sports right on the water's edge, with unsurpassed views of the river.

Areena Quays Restaurant and Pub serves a wide variety of scrumptious meals alongside the slipway.
Also hosting the Areena Adventure and Leisure Village, where one can play paintball, enjoy a quad bike game drive or canoe trail. 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: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 4 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering, Resort
  • Sleeps: 78
  • Check-in: 14:30
    Check-out: 10:30
  • Reviews: 20 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Health Spa
  • Iron and board
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • House Keeping
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Patio
  • Shower
  • Eastern Cape
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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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Gail Ambagtsheer
15 September 2020

We loved everything. the room we had was 100%. Food was very good and servicew. Loved the boats, animals and quad bike.. Overall 100%. Nothing to be improved.

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.

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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