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Karongwe Private Game Reserve Highlights

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve consists of 8 500ha of pristine African bushveld. The reserve hosts over 40 mammal species including the Big Five.

The reserve offers spectacular scenery, luxurious camps and lodges, as well as fantastic game viewing opportunities in open 4x4 safari vehicles accompanied by expert guides and trackers.

Activities at the camps and lodges vary and include game drives, nature walks, bird watching, 4x4 trails and sleep-outs under the stars.

Sun Safaris Says

  • Currently there are over 40 mammal species in the Reserve, including the Big Five Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. The Reserve maintains a clean buffalo project.
  • Karongwe Game Reserve is a 21000 acre wildlife paradise straddled between four rivers and is located just 45 minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park.
  • Most of the rangers and trackers at Karongwe lodges are Shangaan and bring to the game experience the richness of their culture and vast knowledge of nature.

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Safari Lodges within Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Edeni Hoyo Hoyo Lodge

Home to a stunning oasis from where the area's Big Five population can be regularly spotted. The epitome of luxury and a sophisticated introduction to the exciting safari motif of the area, Edeni is a natural paradise, an unspoilt holiday retreat.

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Indlovu River Lodge

Located in the heart of the 9000 ha Karongwe Private Game Reserve this lodge is built on the banks of the Kuvjename River. It consists of three lodges named after the celebrated Kruger Park Great Tusker elephants, “Shingwedzi”, “Shawu” and “Kambaku”.

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Shiduli Game Lodge

Guests can step into the relaxed ambience of the lodge with its lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with internet facilities, bar, sparkling swimming pool and thatched dining areas, punctuated with original South African art.

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Edeni River Lodge

This 21 000 acre wildlife paradise is straddled between four rivers and is located just 45 minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park. Edeni teems with game, birdlife and dense vegetation, which provides the perfect habitat for leopard.

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Edeni River Lodge offers a swimming pool and spectacular views over the Drakensberg Mountains. Romantic dining under the stars is a highlight and guests can enjoy traditional Pan-African cuisine in a rustic and intimate boma.

At Shiduli Private Game Lodge game drives are conducted with Shangaan trackers who will share their knowledge of the African bush and offer a chance to view Cheetah on foot.

Indlovu River Lodge is ideal for families and offers a spectacular rock pool, a boma and a trampoline. A peaceful haven in the heart of the African bushveld only 45min from the world famous Kruger National Park.


How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Johannesburg. From here guests can take a rental car or Sun Safaris can arrange a road transfer. The drive time from Johannesburg to Karongwe Private Game Reserve is approximately 5 hours. A map and directions will be provided when booking with us. Guests can also fly into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit), daily scheduled flights are available from Johannesburg; from here guests can take a rental car or road transfer arranged by Sun Safaris.

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Karongwe Private Game Reserve Game Viewing and Activities

Wildlife in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve is plentiful and includes 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, spring hare; water species are hippo, crocodile, otter and terrapins.

The bird life is prolific and plenty of bird species can be seen, especially along the rivers.

Seasons and Climate

The Reserve is situated in the Central Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Altitude ranges from around 480 metres above sea level on the Makutswe River in the north to 560 metres above sea level at Beacon rock in the central southern area.

Rainfall in the area is low and unpredictable; a characteristic of semi-arid savannahs. From October to April a hot, wet season of 5-7 months can be expected and the rest of the year is dry. An average rainfall of 482mm has been recorded over the last 12

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