Kaingo is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty, an African Eden. Situated in the Waterberg, 2.5 hours from Johannesburg, Kaingo Private Game Reserve
is the malaria-free, safari holiday you’ve been searching for. Accommodating family, friends or business associates, our facilities, coupled with our spectacular location and passion for the environment, make this an unforgettable destination.
Sweeping across 22 500 acres of bush veld savannah, river, valley and magic mountain landscapes, Kaingo represents a piece of Africa as it used to be with unique wildlife experiences, thrilling activities and picturesque natural assets in abundance. With the mighty Mokolo river weaving through breath taking landscapes, Kaingo has distilled the finest natural wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests.
The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; yet easily accessible; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world. The iconic and most dangerous wild animals of Africa – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard - are at home on Kaingo, but so too are over 50 other mammal species and over 300 different types of birds. Game drives and bush walks at Kaingo offers guests incredible ecological biodiversity for a unique African wildlife and nature experiences in a ‘Conservation First’ reserve, where all guest income goes towards positive conservation efforts.
What is more, it’s all exclusively yours and we tailor a bespoke experience. Kaingo is a private game reserve and our dedicated staff members are the only people you’ll encounter on the roads while you’re here. It`s not only the wildlife encounters and nature experience that are superb at Kaingo - so too are its two luxurious, yet uniquely different safari lodges, each with their own style, atmosphere and appeal. Nature inspired Kaingo Mountain Lodge and olde worlde-Africa Kaingo Elephant Lodge welcome guests from around the globe to experience wild Africa in sumptuous style. At Kaingo you are guaranteed a private and exclusive experience without compare.
Romantic eat-outs on the reserve with decadent African cuisine and personalised nature activities are other enticing offerings that encourage complete relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative surrounding environment. Yet, even without doing anything at all, Kaingo’s air of natural calm will work its magic and renew your body and mind.
Accommodation at Kaingo Private Game Reserve:
Warm. Elegant. Peaceful. A perfect place to rest. Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kaingo Elephant Lodge offers the luxurious safari accommodation experience. Built from natural stone with thatch roofs, the luxury game lodge has an olde worlde-Africa atmosphere while being completely contemporary. All comforts are catered for in the plush suites and throughout this carefully appointed luxury safari lodge, with surrounding nature inspired décor accent colours. Just 28 guests can be accommodated at Elephant Lodge, and the focus is on personal attention, superb service and complete comfort.
The 12 suites are set in a large natural garden that blends into the surrounding bush veld savanna landscape. The garden paths connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. Elephant Lodge is set among tall shady trees where you can enjoy a botanical experience of trees, cycads and natural plants. The large pond and surrounding grazing attracts a wide selection of birds and antelope.
Each en-suite room has an African wildlife theme and can accommodate two people, in either a double or twin beds dressed in white linen and African throws. There’s air conditioning for summer and heated under blankets to keep the cold at bay on winter nights. Everything and more than you’d expect in a luxury safari lodge is here - including a well-stocked minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and lock-up safe. Earthy colours, leather and dark wood finishes give the suites an understated elegance. For families there are side by side interleading en-suite rooms for a memorable holiday.
Kaingo Private Game Reserve Activities: Game Drivers - discover the natural diversity of the Waterberg
Guests of Kaingo are treated to unique personal experiences of the bushveld and exciting close-up game viewing under the expert guidance of qualified, field guides who share their knowledge of the African bush and its wildlife. You can expect to spot a wide variety of game species, from elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, sable antelope, tsessebe, nyala, waterbuck, klipspringer and zebra, in addition to abundant birdlife. More elusive animals such as brown hyaena, serval, African wild cat and the shy leopard might be seen on the night drives. Guests are taken out twice daily in open safari vehicles (one early morning, and one late afternoon, into the evening) each approximately 3-4 hours long, and include a scenic coffee and sundowner break to purely appreciate just being in the moment. Times are dependent on the season and weather. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush, while your skilled field guides provides hidden details and fascinating facts about the surrounding wildlife and nature. Kaingo is blessed with a great diversity of eco-systems and landscapes. The vistas from the game viewing vehicle as you venture higher up into the mountainous areas are second-to-none, presenting Africa in all its vastness. With a Low Vehicle to Reserve Ratio means a maximum of only 4 vehicles head out each day onto the 22,500 acre reserve. You are unlikely to encounter other vehicles during your safari – leaving just you and your guide alone in a vast, scenic wilderness. With no hunting for decades the wildlife are accustomed to the vehicles at Kaingo, and do not see them as a threat. This enables Guides to get into very close proximity with Africa’s most impressive animals for spectacular photographic opportunities. Guests of Elephant Lodge are taken on game drives in a shared game viewing vehicle. Should any guests wish to book a private game drive, this can be accommodated by special arrangement at an additional charge.
Wildlife - an amazing variety of animals and birds
Kaingo is home to over 50 different mammals including Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. It is home to several endangered and rare species too, such as Tsessebe, Brown hyena, Pangolin, Honey badger and Sable. Several nocturnal species can best be seen at night including Aardvark, Serval, Bush baby and African wild cat. The grassy plains and savanna abound with animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala, and predators are always close by. It is the diversity of habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 350 bird species, including rare species such as African finfoot, Narina trogon and Striped pipets. Kaingo and the Big Five: The elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, lion and leopard were originally named the Big Five due to the significant challenge and potential danger that they presented to hunters. They symbolise the ultimate in African wildlife. On Kaingo elephant , buffalo and lion put in regular appearances. The sleek, shy leopard with its nocturnal habits and inaccessible habitat may sometimes elude the visitor. Due to poaching threats and accompanying security dangers Kaingo’s rhino has been moved to an inaccessible safe zone and will be returned for public viewing once the poaching threat has been contained.
Walks - explore on foot
Walks through South Africa's Bushveld. Aside from our big game, Kaingo is home to a rich variety of bird and insect life, flora and fauna as well as smaller mammals, and a walk in the bush is the best way to discover them. It’s also a special kind of meditation, one that will immerse you in a sensory experience of Africa. Come and feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained field guide. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route. The walks make use of different areas of the reserve, and a variety of walk options are available, differing in respect of degree of difficulty and fitness required. Regardless of the route, the one thing that remains consistent is the likelihood of encountering wildlife along the way. The riverine walks follow the natural river course, and are great for ‘bumping’ into general game. We have a choice of walks that descend into the gorges and valleys of the Waterberg Mountains. Many areas of the reserve is only accessible by foot. There may even be an opportunity to have a swim in one of the fresh water pools! The vistas from these trails are second-to-none, presenting Africa in all its vastness.
Kaingo’s guides are expert companions with extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, animal spoor and animal tracking , they’ll teach you about the smaller, but no less impressive, aspects of the bush and its secrets. Large and dangerous animals are avoided on walks, but many other species can be viewed from a safe distance at ground level. A bush walk through Kaingo Private Game Reserve is a truly memorable and authentic encounter.
Birding - an incredible variety of birds
For a truly African safari experience, consider Kaingo Game Reserve as your next destination. Not only do we offer unforgettable views and luxury accommodation, but we also have a host of activities available, including bird watching. This malaria-free area of the Waterberg, South Africa, is home to a host of beautiful birds. Ornithologists and bird watching hobbyists alike are treated to more than 350 species on Kaingo. The plains, the waterways and variety of savannah types hold the greater abundance of species. These are several special birds that we are privileged to see here such as African finfoot, Narina trogon and Striped pipet. Our specialist guides, who know the habits and habitats of these birds, will do their utmost to get you a sighting of these birds in their natural environment. Whether you set out on a game drive, go on a guided walk or simply watch from your patio, bird watching is such a relaxing activity. In order to get the most from your safari experience, we highly recommend that you come fully prepared with your binoculars and bird guide. Our rangers are experts at navigating the Kaingo terrain and are readily available to answer any questions you may have. If there is a certain species you’re hoping to spot, or an area you wish to visit, chat to us to make arrangements.
Rock Art - look back a thousand years
Aside from the array of game and majestic landscapes, another of the exquisite attractions available at Kaingo Private Game Reserve is the ancient rock art found here. There is significant history to the reserve which is home to five recorded rock art sites. These rock art sites date back more than 1,000 years and depict the spiritual beliefs and lives of the San, Khoi and the Pedi people that lived in this area until 100 years ago. Some of the only evidence that remains of this way of life is depicted through this delicate rock art. This makes Kaingo Game Reserve, not only a leading destination for an African experience, but a national treasure in terms of heritage. Catch of the Day - enjoying the thrill of large-mouth bass fishing
Guests can enjoy exciting fishing on the Mokolo river, home to a variety of indigenous fish species as well as hippos and crocodiles. You will be accompanied by your field guide at all times. Drop in a lure and see what bounty the day will bring. You will most likely catch Largemouth Bass which is the most common fish species in the area. Our Chef will also be on hand to assist in preparing your catch of the day should you like. Both lodges are equipped with fishing tackle and guests are welcome to bring their own fishing tackle if they so wish.
Crocodile Cruise - experience the richness of the Mokolo river
An abundance of bird and animal life makes for exciting game viewing whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Mokolo river. Enjoy an interactive boat trip, where guests can view crocs lazing, hear fish eagles calling, see the elephant cooling off and spot the occasional hippo yawning. On the comfortable and secure 10-seater vessel, you’ll hear from knowledgeable field guides who can answer your questions, point out unusual sights as you sail through the water and provide fascinating information on both the estuarine system and its inhabitants. From the boat deck you will also see various species of antelope and other wildlife that come down to the shores to graze and drink water. Photographic opportunities abound for both birds and game. This is the ideal opportunity for taking in the spectacular sunset views as the birds wing their way home and the bushveld slowly turns to dusk.
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Summer temperatures can reach as high as forty degrees, so bring a hat and plenty of sun block. Summer time is also our rainy season. During the winter months, daytime temperatures are generally in the mid twenties, but nights are chilly.
Health & Climate:
Kaingo is situated in the malaria free Waterberg.