Chisomo Safari Camp is a shady river retreat offering luxury, tranquility and a close to nature experience with its 22 tents on stilts overlooking the Makhutswi River.
Wildlife is Africa`s heritage - and at Chisomo Safari Camp we nurture it. Our game drive and walk experience is a modern-day journey into the past when this expanse of pristine bush veld knew nothing else but a rich profusion of diverse game and virgin vegetation.
Our specially trained game rangers and trackers will take you on day and night drives in comfortable open four-wheel drive landcruisers.
Most of our rangers and trackers are Shangaan and bring to the game experience the richness of their culture and vast knowledge of nature. With their natural tracking abilities and Karongwe`s modern bush telegraph, our rangers will go out of their way to bring you as close to the Magnificent Seven (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah and African wild dog) as they possibly can.
On one game drive you may stop an arms-length away from a leopard napping after a kill, disembark and walk just metres away from a couple of cheetah or stop in the middle of a pride of lions, observing the king of the jungle watching over his frolicking cubs. At all times, care and consideration for both guests and wildlife is of utmost importance.
Guests can also relax at the pool, in-between their daily game drives or walks.
Breakfasts and lunches are normally served under a lapa overlooking the river, where guests can also enjoy drinks at their built-in bar.
Some nights you`ll enjoy sumptuous traditional African dishes in the thatched dining area, while other nights dinner will be served by candlelight next to the pool - or even at a unique bush dinner site, created especially for Hoyo Hoyo guests.
Accommodation at Chisomo Safari Camp:
All tents, with en-suite bathrooms, showers only, are facing the beautiful Makhutswe River and wildlife can be viewed from the decks as it emerges from the reeds for grazing. Kudu, Nyala and Bushbuck are as common a sight as elephant and even the elusive leopard.
Karongwe Private Game Reserve has implemented a conservation levy to the Karongwe Reserve. This levy is essential in the fight against chromalena, poaching, and many other activities that preserve the wildlife heritage of the Karongwe Reserve for future generations to come. Conservation levies are not included in the accommodation rates, and will be settled by the guest on departure at each respective lodge.
The amazing game viewing of the Big 5 and other species like wild dog and cheetah remain Karongwe’s most amazing drawcard. In addition the fabulous cuisine and friendly staff make this experience just perfect.
In the area are many other attractions like the Panorama Route, Kruger Park day Trip, The Cheetah Project, Moholoholo rehabilitation centre and the Blyde boat cruise.
Light, cotton clothing in light tones: Many first-time visitors arrive in South Africa and stick out because they look like a safari cliché. Choose neutral tones and light fabrics, preferably cotton . These fabrics work best in a hot climate. Pack about 3 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shorts. Do not pack white shirts, they show the dirt up easily and make you highly visible to the animals. Other colors to avoid are red which attracts animals, and if you are going into an area where Tsetse flies are present then you should also avoid the colors blue and black.
For the Ladies: You can pack one smarter set of clothing for if you are staying at a private lodge, but for the most part informal. Much more important however is to pack a good support bra, as game drives can sometimes be a little rough.
Long Sleeved Shirt and Trousers: Pack a couple of long-sleeved shirts and a pair of long trousers. The evenings can be chilly, and they are also good for keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay.
A Lightweight Waterproof Jacket: The temperatures can vary greatly. In winter you can be very cold on a morning game drive, but perfectly comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt at midday. The secret is to wear several layers that you can take off or add to as needed.
A Good Pair of Trainers or Hiking Shoes.
A good durable pair of trainers is all that is needed. You might also like to pack a pair of sandals for around the lodge or pool.
A Wide Brimmed Hat: Many first-time visitors to Africa underestimate the strength of the Sun even in the late afternoons. Choose a hat that has a wide brim to shade your eyes and the back of your neck (this is an area most people forget, and where they get sun burn.
Sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF or sun protection factor of between 30 and 50. Do not underestimate the power of the African sunshine - the last thing you want on holiday is a bas sunburn or sunstroke.
Sunglasses: It is a good idea to pack a pair of sunglasses as the glare from the sun during the middle of the day can hurt your eyes and give you a headache, especially if you are not used to it.
A camera, charger and spare memory cards: You will want to take lots of photographs so make sure you take plenty of memory cards for your camera. Don’t forget to pack the charger.
A light- weight flashlight: Packing a small flashlight is always a good idea. Sometimes you have to walk in the dark and being able to see where you are going in the bush is always a good thing!
A good book: Consider packing a book that you will enjoy reading. There will be some leisure time during the middle of the day, or while waiting for a flight when you will be grateful to have a book to read.
Pack a small bag or medical kit with some pain killers, any chronic medications (enough for the trip), some insect repellent, any vitamins etc. Most of the lodges and Rest Camps will have a basic medical aid kit; just pack the things that you might not be able to get in South Africa. Take Lip balm and a small bottle of moisturizer.
The Kruger National Park is in a malarial area, Karongwe is in a low-risk malarial area. Please consult your doctor about prophylaxis before your trip and do not forget to pack it.
Traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, Shiduli is home to the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant) as well as a wealth of other creatures. Our open vehicle game drives are perfect for game viewing. Enjoy a sun downer while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.
The magnificent game viewing makes for perfect photographic opportunities; enjoy the view of the Lowveld from a kopje amid the lush vegetation, huge variety of trees and over 365 different bird species. Game drives are conducted with our qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African Bush and a chance to view Cheetah on foot.
Spa - enjoy the selection of spa treatments that are offered at Shiduli .
Exciting scenic helicopter flips over the Olifatns gorge offers a once in a lifetime experience of this untouched beauty of Africa from the sky.
Anti- poaching walks - provide an insight to the poaching threat that our wildlife faces.
Interactive Cooking - this is an opportunity to cook traditional South African meals with our chefs and to enjoy the meal afterwards.
Star gazing - see the spectacular Milky Way and be in awe at the Souther Sky while spotting beauties in the sky like the southern cross etc.
Traditional Shangaan evening - this fun filled event creates memories that will last with you forever. Dress up in traditional clothes while enjoying dinner in the traditional Shangaan manner and cuisine.
Bush Picnics - enjoy an excursion to the highest point on Karongwe - Beacon rock and soak in the 360 view of the Lowveld.
Photography workshops - book with four friends a workshop to hone the photography skills.
Visit our local community - support our schools, drop-in centre and churches.
Tree planting - take part in our green initiative by planting a tree in our local community - get a T-shirt to remind you that you planted a tree in Africa.
Yoga - book a yoga class with friends to relax in the serenity of the bush.
Little Paws Program for Children- this is an interactive complimentary program which thrills children and leaves them with a wider knowledge of Africa, its people and the bush.
- 29 to 22 days prior to arrival - 10% cancellation fee
- 21 to 15 days prior to arrival - 30% cancellation fee
- 14 to 7 days prior to arrival - 50% cancellation fee
- 6 tot 3 days prior to arrival - 65% cancellation fee
- 3 to 1 day prior to arrival - 80% cancellation fee
DIRECTIONS TO KARONGWE GAME RESERVE From Johannesburg:
Take the N4 motorway towards Mbombela (Nelspruit), passing eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middelburg Turn left into eMakhazeni (Belfast) Once in eMakhazeni, follow the signs and turn right towards Dullstroom, passing through Mashishing (Lydenburg) Continue on the R36 to Ohrigstad and the JG Strydom Tunnel Approximately 10 km after the tunnel, turn left onto the R36 towards Tzaneen. The Karongwe Game Reserve is situated on your right, with the lodges located as follows : Kuname - 24 km Shiduli - 22 km River Lodge, Chisomo and Becks Safari Lodge - 27 km From Hoedspruit: Head south on Argyle Road (650 m), then turn left toward R527 (100 m). Turn right toward R527 (140 m), turn right onto R527 (31,1 km) and then turn right onto R36 (23,1 km).