Areena Riverside Resort

Areena Riverside Resort is located on the banks of the tidal river Kwelera, at the start of the Cape Wild Coast, 23 km north of East London town centre. Around 30 years ago, Ed and Karen Rathbone’s dream of having a distinctive family resort became a reality and quickly grew from strength to strength. After a lot of hard work and dedication, the Caravan Park was voted S.A. After gaining public interest, Top Resort 2004 became the sanctuary for those who want to experience quality family time in nature’s core.

Areena is highly recommended as Four Star and AA where you can wake up to the Fish Eagles call. We give unbeatable views of the river, wildlife, birds and surrounding wild coastal vegetation where mouth and beach cruises can be arranged.

Areena is a place to escape, relax and rejuvenate from the hectic globe. It’s a reconnecting location. A place to get grounded. Areena is a healthy place, a place that counts family values. A place where kids can safely wander around. A place that evokes the emotions of a passing moment–a moment when there were no video games, no cell phones, and no fences of high safety. This is a place where children and adults can learn to play again, get outdoors and make friends in actual life.

At the start of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, Areena Riverside Resort is located on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, 23 km south of East London city centre. Areena provides you amazing views of the river, wildlife, birds and wild vegetation on the nearby shore.

Areena is the culmination of the dream of Ed and Karen Rathbone to have a unique family resort. Areena was established 28 years ago and after a lot of hard work and dedication, the Rathbone’s were rewarded when the caravaning fraternity voted them as S.A. Top Resort in 2004.

For children, there are loads of fun activities to keep them entertained, including a playground, trampolines, swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball area and an indoor games room with table tennis and pool tables. Areena is also the perfect venue for safe and fun filled kids parties and camps.

FOR THOSE SEEKING A REST

Treat yourself to the views, enjoy nature or fish from your tent, on the front river sites, or park your boat along the jetty right in front of you. Go and meet Abby, the friendly giraffe, for a game drive! Take a dip in the pool or just vegetate in your luxury chalet and appreciate a book.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO RECONNECT WITH NATURE

Go for a quad bike or horse riding game viewing path through the 350 hectare, malaria-free game reserve where you can spot a broad range of games including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, eland, blesbuck, impala, nyala, fallow deer, waterbuck, duiker, bushbuck and ostrich.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SOAK UP THE SUN

River and Beach Activities–Fish from your campsite on the banks of the river or bass dams, rent a canoe or sea kayak and take a 5 km trip down to the beach. Enjoy a pleasant journey to Kareena’s river mouth, the 30-person double decker river cruiser from Areena. To launch your own ships and canoes, Areena has a slipway and jetties.

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT TO COOK

Areena Quays family restaurant and pub–Tired of cooking or braaiing then head to the Areena Quays family Restaurant and Pub on the rivers edge. You are bound to meet individuals like you who opt out just like you. Tel: +27 (0)43 734 3005 Areena Riverside Resort where the fun never ends.

Areena Riverside Resort