An African jewel set in untouched wilderness, Kuname Lodge invites you to explore the timeless beauty of our spectacular garden of Eden.
Relax in an environment surrounded by tranquil beauty, whilst taking in the view on the wooden deck or soaking in your private outdoor bath.
Our 5 luxury air-conditioned chalets are nestled in the dense African Bush with magnificent views of the Drakensberg mountains and the Kuvjename river. Enjoy a taste of Africa as you savour the assortment of flavour brought to you by Kunames top chef, ensuring each meal is a culinary pleasure.
Enjoy a cocktail beside the rock pool or sip on champagne as you unwind and step into a world few have the opportunity to experience. Kuname will rejuvenate you and soothe your soul.
From an open game viewing vehicle you will explore the open terrain of Africa’s wilderness. From the Big 5 to varied game and bird life you will become immersed in the ultimate bush experience. At Kuname we are driven by passion, for land animals and community in which we live.
Our guiding principle is “responsible tourism” in order to conserve the ecosystem.
Relax in an environment surrounded by tranquil beauty, whilst taking in the views on the wooden deck – Welcome to the newly refurbished Kuname Lodge – the Gem of Karongwe Portfolio. An African jewel set in an untouched wilderness ,this boutique lodge with its magnificent views of the dramatic Drankensberg Mountains and River is an intimate 5 Star - 5 Suite lodge, perfect for honeymooners and guests wishing to enjoy solitude in the Bush.
The amazing game viewing of the Big 5 and other species like wild dog and cheetah remain Karongwe’s most amazing draw card. 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.
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.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG:
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 sunburnt.
Sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen with the highest SPF that you can find 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 & Binoculars 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. Binoculars for seeing animals in a distance or up in a tree.
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.
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.
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.
Cancellation fees for Individual
• 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%).
No children under 12 in the Main Lodge of Kuname however the Manor House does allow children of all ages. Children can enjoy the Little Paws Centre and fun activities for Children.
No children under 6 will be allowed on safari for safety reasons.