Karongwe Game Reserve

The Karongwe Game Reserve is an untamed garden of eden where the spoor of wildlife invites you to explore the timeless beauty of the bush; where an oasis of unimaginable luxury provides the greatest vantage point to the Big Five and its vast, untouched wilderness.

Created by private landowners the Karongwe Private Game Reserve comprises 8 500ha of African bushveld and is situated east of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province.

The landscape within the reserve is characterized by undulating terrain, interspersed with rocky outcrops.

Game is plentiful on the Reserves including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, blackbacked and sidestriped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig, tortoise; special nocturnal creatures are porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval and spring hare.

Water species are hippo, crocodile, otter and terrapins. Lot's of bird species are seen, especially at the big dams and along the rivers.


Accommodation is provided in a number of luxury game lodges; such as:
Karongwe River Lodge
Becks Safari Lodge
Chisomo Safari Camp
Shiduli Private Game Lodge
Kuname Lodge

Conservation Fee:

On 1st January 2017, Karongwe Private Game Reserve will introduce a new 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 R40 per person and must be settled by the guest on departure at each respective lodge.


Open 4 x 4 land cruisers with professional rangers and skilled trackers will ensure an exciting and informative game drive. Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and other general game will give meaning to your bush experience.

During the guided bushwalk, wildlife interpretations will give new meaning to creatures big and small.

Synonymous with exciting Game Safaris, friendly service and African Cuisine the staff at the Lodges will ensure a memorable South African Wildlife Safari.


By road from Johannesburg and Pretoria:
N4 to Belfast follow through to Dullstroom and Lydenburg
Take R36 to Ohrigstad and Strijdom tunnel
From tunnel continue about 10km
Turn left and continue on the R36 in the direction of Tzaneen
After about 20km you'll find the signboards for the various lodges.

By air:
Closest airport is Hoedspruit (Eastgate airport). SA Express has daily flights between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit around midday.


Dress code is bushveld casual and lightweight, but a sweater may be required.

During the winter, June, July and August warm clothes are necessary during early morning and at night.

A hat, sunscreen, flashlight and binoculars will add pleasure to your stay.

Health and Climate

Precaution against malaria is necessary.
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