Chismo Safari Camp at Karongwe

Chisomo Safari Camp is tucked beneath a host of towering Jackelberry and Knobthorn trees in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. The camp accommodates a total of 44 guests in luxury tent-style suites raised on stilts. Chismo Safari Camp offers guest a revitalizing pool area to unwind between game drives with a cocktail in hand. A choice of spacious lounge areas, library, and bar gives ample opportunity to relax and soak in the natural surrounding beauty. Pan African dining under starry skies and cozy evenings next to crackling fires are the cherry on top for a truly enchanting safari getaway.


Karongwe Private Game Reserve boasts 9000 hectares of protected land teeming with wildlife, diverse flora, and intriguing birdlife with an impressive backdrop of the Drakensberg mountain range. Overlapped by four rivers, the reserve is perfectly located to draw animal and birdlife to these water sources. Located just 45 minutes from the expansive Kruger National Park, Chismo Safari Camp offers an exclusive game viewing experience, with convenient proximity to Krugers expanse of diverse ecosystems.


Expert game rangers and trackers at Chismo Safari Camp showcase a wealth of knowledge, cultural richness, and extraordinary game tracking abilities. Day and night drives are undertaken in specialized 4-wheel safari vehicles, with guides going out of their way to get you up close to Africa’s breath-taking wildlife including lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah and African wild dog. Guests can also explore the wild on a guided walking safari soaking in the sounds, smells, and smaller details of the bush and witnessing antelope, zebra, and giraffe at an arm’s length. Karongwe is home to several other 4-star and 5-star lodges speard out over the reserve.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Spa treatments
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Swimming
  • Stargazing
  • Kids activities


  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Pan African Cuisine
  • Set in the beautiful Drakensberg escarpment

Closest airport

  • Hoedspruit
  • Phalaborwa
  • R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

Children policy

Children of all ages welcome. Children under the age of 6 years More Details are not allowed on game drives. Babysitting services are available at an additional cost.

  • Children 0-2 years stay complimentary
  • Children 3-11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate


2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, tea and coffee, reserve entrance fees, and transfers from Southern boom gate only.


Premium brand drinks, alcoholic beverages and cellar wines, mini-bar, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, specialist activities, and transfers.


High: 01 January – 30 April

& 01 August – 31 December

Low: 01 May – 31 July

T's & C's

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 40% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

The luxury tented suites are built on stilts, each with a private timber deck. The 22 charming suites are beautifully draped with white mosquito netting and come with standing fans and heaters. Units include a shower, dressing table, and coffee/tea facilities. Read more The unique tree-top feel, tented set-up, and enchanting surrounds provides a fairy-tale safari getaway in the African wild. Less

Refer to T&C's above

High Season R5 600 per person, per night
Low Season R4 060 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg mostly on the N12 and R36 highway. Traveling to the reserve from Hoedspruit Airport is a 50-minute road transfer.



Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport.


Flight Duration

  • Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: 55 minutes
  • Cape Town to Hoedspruit 2 hours 30 minutes