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River Lodge at Karongwe

With river views and private viewing decks, Karongwe River Lodge offers an enchanting bush getaway for luxurious relaxation and thrilling adventures. River Lodge boasts an immersion into the essence of nature with attentive integration of raw elements into its design style. Indoor areas combine modern design trends with natural materials, timber, and thatch for an extraordinary feeling of being in the outdoors, yet in warmth, comfort, and luxury. Karongwe River Lodge’s main lounge area opens to an expansive viewing deck for relaxed game viewing or spend afternoons soaking up the sun next to the pool side. Contemporary African-inspired dining can be savoured at the deck, indoor dining area, or surrounded by lanterns and crackling fires in the boma.

 

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, Karongwe River Lodge offers an exclusive game viewing experience, with convenient proximity to Krugers expanse of diverse ecosystems.

 

Expert game rangers and trackers at Karongwe Private Game Reserve 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. Karongwe River Lodge also offers guests exclusive interactive cooking opportunities, anti-poaching walks, bush picnics, and photography workshops.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Bush picnics
  • Photography workshops
  • Community tours
  • Spa
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  • Anti-poaching walks
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Tree planting
  • Stargazing
  • Traditional Shangaan evenings
  • Kids activities
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Highlights

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

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
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Included

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

Excluded

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

Seasons

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
  • 3 guests minimum required in family suite
  • Rates displayed are from 01 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxury Suites each boast their own viewing deck to enjoy mornings and afternoons while watching game wander past. Elegant en-suites bathrooms provide a double vanity, large walk-in shower or Victorian slipper bath, while bedrooms are draped with mosquito Read more netting for a romantic bug-free slumber. In-room facilities also include air-conditioning and coffee/tea facilities. Less

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High Season R6 760 per person, per night
Low Season R4 060 per person, per night

Family Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

The 2 Family Suites comprise a double bed and three single beds each. En-suite bathrooms provide a double vanity, large walk-in shower, Victorian slipper bath and a separate toilet. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of air-conditioning, coffee/tea facilities, Read more and elegantly draped mosquito netting for peaceful sleep. Less

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High Season R6 760 per person, per night
Low Season R4 060 per person, per night

Executive Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

Executive Suites each feature a private viewing deck to enjoy morning and afternoons while watching game wander past. En-suite bathrooms provide a double vanity, large walk-in shower, Victorian slipper bath and a separate toilet. Suites can be configured either for double or twin occupancy Read moreIn-room facilities include air-conditioning and coffee/tea amenities. Less

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High Season R7 150 per person, per night
Low Season R5 740 per person, per night

Presidential Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

The Presidential Suites make for an experience of sophisticated indulgence and natural wonder. Secluded from the main lodge, the suites each feature a private viewing deck, and plunge pool with waterhole views. En-suite bathrooms provide a double vanity, Read morelarge walk-in shower, and luxurious Victorian slipper bath. Ideal for honeymooners, private dinners can also be arranged for guests. Less

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High Season R7 520 per person, per night
Low Season R6 190 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.

 

Flying

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