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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM Check-out: 11:00 AM
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At Karongwe River Lodge, a delicious food experience awaits you.  Dining under the stars has never been so romantic as you enjoy our Pan African cuisine in a rustic outside Boma or, on alternate evenings, in the beautifully appointed dining room.  To compliment your meal, choose from our extensive selection of top South African and imported beers and wine, together with a variety of spirits and soft drinks.

Spend the afternoon relaxing beside the pool or watching the game from your private deck before being whisked away on a late afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle.

The enchanting view over the Makhutsi River is a natural treasure providing insight into the secret river life. The spacious lounge area leading onto a vast deck allows for endless opportunity to view elephant, as well as grazing antelope.

Terms And Conditions:

Rate Includes
All meals, teas, coffees and snacks.
Accommodation.
Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers.
Drinks on dusk safaris are limited to one per person with a choice of local beer, wine or soft drink.
All local house wines and beers are now included at Becks Safari Lodge only.
Wifi at all lodges.
Tourism levy/Reserve entrance fee and Rhino Levy’s are all included in the per person per night cost
Any transfers from Southern boom gate are included. 

Rate Excludes
Airport and road transfers, including chartered flights landing at Hoedspruit Civil Air Base.
Mini Bar, curio, telephone, spa and laundry expenses.
Premium and imported brands.

General
Single supplement of 40%.
Children are welcome at Karongwe Portfolio excluding Kuname Lodge and would not include any triple rooms requests.
Children between 0 and 2 years old are accommodated on a complimentary basis.
Children from the ages of 3 years to 11 years old are accommodated at 50% of the adult tariff, sharing a family room with adults.
Children 12 years and older are considered adults and pay the applicable tariff.
Driver/Guide rates apply which do not include game drives - Enquire price within
FOC policy – 16 guests or more 1 driver or guide free of charge.

Bushwalks
Are an optional extra, and only arranged at the Lodge, subject to conditions.
This activity is also available for limited duration and is subject to approval on the ground, it is also subject to game movement and Karongwe Lodges reserves the right not to offer based on the safety of our guests.  There is an additional cost for this activity and may not be exchanged for a normal game activity.


Deposits
No reservation is secure without a deposit.
A deposit equivalent to 25% of the total accommodation is required within 7 days of confirmation for individuals (FIT’s) and within 14 days of confirmation 10% is required for a group to secure a reservation.  For reservations, less than 30 days prior to arrival for     individuals and groups, full pre-payment is required.
The balance of the accommodation account is to be settled 30 days prior to arrival or, if the period is less, full prepayment will apply.
For groups, we require a 10% deposit and final commitment to confirm the reservation 90 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation fees for Individual Guests
Karongwe Portfolio reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee equivalent to any direct costs incurred by it in attending to the reservation plus a 10% administration fee for any individual bookings cancelled more than 42 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival.

In the event of a cancellation, less than 42 days and more than 30 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee in the sum equivalent to 25% of the full account will be incurred.

In the event of a cancellation, less than 30 days prior to the date of the scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee in the sum equivalent to the full account will be charged (100%).

Area Info:

Karongwe River Lodge

Karongwe River Lodge, situated within the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, captures the essence of the African bush, with its enchanting view over the Makhutsi. 

The spacious lounge leads onto a vast deck allowing for endless opportunity to view elephant and grazing antelope, or spend the afternoon relaxing beside the pool before being whisked away on a late afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle, traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, tracking the Big Five.

Dining under the stars has never been more romantic as you enjoy our Pan African cuisine in a rustic Boma or the beautifully appointed dining room.

Finally settle in at your leisure in one of our 11 spacious and air-conditioned suites, all with their own viewing decks & en-suite bathrooms. River Lodge offers guests a choice of 5 Luxury, 2 Family and 2 Executive Suites, with the 2 Presidential Suites enjoying their own private plunge pools.

Attractions:

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.

Clothing and Accessories:

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.

Health and Climate:

Medical kit:
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.

Anti-malarial:
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.

Activities:

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.

Cancellation Policy:

-  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

Facilities & Services available:
Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Spa
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Library
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa / Zulu
Other Language
Swimming Pool

Karongwe River Lodge is a Game Lodge in Karongwe Game Reserve Limpopo South Africa
Directions:

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).

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Children Policy

Children of all ages are welcome and can enjoy a complimentary Little Paws Program to keep them entertained and thrilled with the experience of Africa.  Baby sitting facilities are available.
Children under 6 are not permitted to go on safari for safety reasons.

Rooms and Units Available at Karongwe River Lodge

Karongwe River Lodge

11 spacious and air-conditioned suites, all with their own viewing decks & en-suite bathrooms.

5 Luxury Suites:  Rooms can be configured into Double or Twin 

2 Family Suites: double bed and three single beds in each

2 Executive Suites: double or twin bed option
2 Presidential Suites: 2 double beds in each, with their own private plunge pools
 

Rooms Sizes

Luxury Suites –  53 m²

Family Suites –  70 m²   

Executive Suites  -  63 m²

Presidential Suites -  99  m²   

Executive Suite

Settle in at your leisure in one of our 2 spacious and air-conditioned suites, with en-suite bathrooms.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Suite

Settle in at your leisure in one of our 2 spacious and air-conditioned suites, with en-suite bathrooms.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults and 3 children

Luxury Suite

Luxury Suite - Settle in at your leisure in one of our 5 spacious and air-conditioned suites, with en-suite bathrooms.

Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Presidential Suite

Settle in at your leisure in one of our 2 spacious and air-conditioned suites, with en-suite bathrooms.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

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