Project Description

Safari Description

Situated in the Kruger Lowveld region and close to the world renowned Kruger National Park, this private game reserve offers an extensive 9 000 hectare area of grasslands and riverine thickets. A Big 5 African Safari is one of Africa’s greatest experiences and definitely worth every cent.

This safari takes place in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve situated in the Kruger Lowveld area, offering an excellent Big 5 African safari experience.

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About the Reserve

Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, the private reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as a wealth of other smaller creatures and birds species.

Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Black Wildebeest and Zebra will be seen along with all the usual smaller animals and birds that make for an unforgettable safari and the realization that our natural environment and our heritage must be conserved for future generations to come.

Important

Game drives will take 3 – 3.5 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. It is advisable to bring warm clothes along for the drive even in the hot summer months.

Your game ranger will provide ponchos and warm blankets and has a bird book and binoculars. Remember to bring your camera and video camera with you.

Accommodation

Chisomo Safari Camp (which means ‘blessings’) combines the warmth and vibrancy of a safari, exuding a true feeling of being in a bygone era …

Chisomo Safari Camp overlooks the Makhutsi River, tucked deep in the Big Five Karongwe Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa, offering an Unrivalled African Safari experience where the warm atmosphere, friendly staff and fine cuisine compliment the excellent Big 5 game viewing.

Guests enjoy early morning and late afternoon safaris in open 4×4 safari vehicles conducted by experienced guides and trackers. The friendly staff at Chisomo ensure that guests are given Personal attention and service at all times. During the day, guests may relax at the pool or retire to one of the beautifully decorated lounges.

The Management and Staff of Chisomo Safari Camp are dedicated to excellence, striving to ensure that each guest leaves with wonderful memories of an unforgettable Safari and the realization that our natural environment and our heritage must be conserved for future generations to come. We endeavor to create the awareness of our responsibility towards the protection and restoration of our rapidly diminishing natural wild lands.

The perfect venue for leaving the constraints of the office behind, against the backdrop of the African bush.

Against the backdrop of the grandiose Drakensberg Mountain Range lies Shiduli Private Game Lodge. This “home away from home” experience lends itself to a perfect family getaway, with children of all ages welcome.

Shiduli embodies grace and elegance, yet oozes unsurpassed warmth and hospitality. Guests can step into the relaxed ambience of the lodge with its lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with internet facilities, bar, enormous sparkling pool and thatched dining areas punctuated with original South African art.

Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, Shiduli is home to the Big 5, as well as a wealth of other smaller creatures and bird species.

Allow the African bush to rejuvenate your senses and become one with nature inspired by our tranquil riverfront setting.

At Karongwe River Lodge, a delicious food experience awaits you. Dining under the stars has never been so romantic as you enjoy our Pan African cuisine in a rustic outside Boma or, on alternate evenings, in the beautifully appointed dining room. To compliment your meal, choose from our extensive selection of top South African and imported beers and wine, together with a variety of spirits and soft drinks.

Spend the afternoon relaxing beside the pool or watching the game from your private deck before being whisked away on a late afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle.
The enchanting view over the Makhutsi River is a natural treasure providing insight into the secret river life. The spacious lounge area leading onto a vast deck allows for endless opportunity to view elephant, as well as grazing antelope.

Kuname Lodge will touch you deeply, rejuvenate you and soothe your soul.

Kuname Lodge is a small, unashamedly exclusive, luxury safari lodge set in about 9,000 hectares of pristine African bush, in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. We are only 45 minutes drive from the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bordered by the towering Drakensberg escarpment on the west and set in game-rich, lush, riverine vegetation, the facility offers a variety of breathtaking views, diverse landscapes and some of the best big five game-viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.

Becks Safari Lodge, combines luxe living and innovative design with a deep appreciation for the South African bushveld.

Setting this new intimate and exclusive safari lodge aside is its owners’ strong philosophies on community development and environmental sustainability, paired with a passionate and dedicated team of staff.

Karongwe Private Game Reserve has the above 6 lodges, each providing distinct experiences. From exclusive tranquillity for Becks Lodge, to romantic Kuname and other family lodge accommodations, the choice is yours.

Itinerary

We leave Johannesburg from O. R. Tambo International Airport at 06:45 am and head north towards the vast wilderness area of the Kruger Lowveld, arriving around 12:30pm at the Karongwe Private Game Reserve.

Check in, freshen up, enjoy some lunch and prepare for your afternoon game drive starting around 3:30 pm (winter) OR 4:30 pm (summer). Home to the ‘Big Five’ and many species of mammals, reptiles and birds, prepare for an amazing experience. Using all their senses & experience, your Ranger will seek out the animals and stop for anything of interest, possibly the spoor of hunting lions or a herd of dazzling zebras. Sunset time is enjoyed on a vantage point with some sundowners and snacks, before we change into night mode and using flashlights, search for the secretive nocturnal creatures of the bush like a sleek genet or unforgettable view of a leopard. Upon returning to the Lodge, a blazing fire and yummy dinner awaits, along with your first night’s sleep in the wild and untamed African bush.

Your Ranger will awake you with coffee, tea and rusks before heading out into the sunrise to see what has been happening in the dead of night and follow spoor of animals on the move. You will also be lead on foot to discover sights which you would miss from a vehicle. Vervet monkeys, birds in song, this truly is a beautiful way to bring on a new day in South Africa.

After your game activity you will return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast before returning to the entrance gate for you return shuttle pick up at 12:00 pm. Leave the reserve and travel back to Johannesburg, arriving at around 6:00 pm.

Please note that this is a shuttle service and not a private transfer service. You will be sharing the transfer with other passengers in a 13 seater Toyota Quantum. Pick up and drop off times are fixed and cannot be changed to suit your own arrangements. The shuttle takes a direct route with only a couple of brief drink and toilet stops along the way on your 5 hour journey to the Kruger area.

Should you have more than 2 days available, we advise taking a longer safari which will allow for more time to relax, spot our numerous animals large & small, thus enjoying a more immersive bush experience!

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Safari Details

  • Duration: 2 Days | 1 Night
  • Pax.: 2-10 guests per game drive vehicle (usually smaller groups)
  • Departure: Daily – on request
  • Departure time: 06h40 from OR Tambo Airport on the Kruger Shuttle
  • Language: English
  • Start & End Location: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
  • Included: All meals, teas, coffees and snacks, morning & evening game drives, WiFi, tourism levy and 15% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
  • Excluded: Mini bar, telephone, spa treatments, laundry, drinks, gratuities.
  • Child Policy:
    Shiduli, Chisomo & Karongwe River Lodges: Children of all ages welcome, 0-2 years are free with cot provided and 3-11 years @ 50% of adult rates if sharing with parents.
    Becks & Kuname Lodges: No children under 12 years, 12 years and older at full adult rates and no triple rooms.

    Game Drives …. Children 6 years and older are permitted on game drives. Children 5 years and younger only included subject to Lodge Management onsite, no prior approval shall be given.

Rates

  • HIGH SEASON (01/01-30/04/2020 & 01/08-31/12/2020):

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Shiduli Luxury Suite: R 4 790 pp
    Shiduli Royale Suite: R 5 820 pp
    Kuname Luxury Suite: R 7 190 pp
    Kuname Premier Suite: R 7 630 pp
    Chisomo: R 5 140 pp
    Becks: R 8 450 pp
    Karongwe River Luxury Suite: R 6 200 pp
    Karongwe River Executive Suite: R 6 560 pp
    Karongwe River Presidential Suite: R 6 900 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Shiduli Luxury Suite: R 6 700 pp
    Shiduli Royale Suite: R 8 140 pp
    Kuname Luxury Suite: R 10 060 pp
    Kuname Premier Suite: R 10 680 pp
    Chisomo: R 7 190 pp
    Becks: R 11 830 pp
    Karongwe River Luxury Suite: R 8 680 pp
    Karongwe River Executive Suite: R 9 180 pp
    Karongwe River Presidential Suite: R 9 660 pp

  • LOW SEASON (01/05-31/07/2020):

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Shiduli Luxury Suite: R 3 670 pp
    Shiduli Royale Suite: R 5 820 pp
    Kuname Luxury Suite: R 5 580 pp
    Kuname Premier Suite: R 7 290 pp
    Chisomo: R 3 730 pp
    Becks: R 7 600 pp
    Karongwe River Luxury Suite: R 3 730 pp
    Karongwe River Executive Suite: R 5 270 pp
    Karongwe River Presidential Suite: R 5 680 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Shiduli Luxury Suite: R 5 130 pp
    Shiduli Royale Suite: R 8 140 pp
    Kuname Luxury Suite: R 7 800 pp
    Kuname Premier Suite: R 10 200 pp
    Chisomo: R 5 220 pp
    Becks: R 10 640 pp
    Karongwe River Luxury Suite: R 5 220 pp
    Karongwe River Executive Suite: R 7 370 pp
    Karongwe River Presidential Suite: R 7 950 pp

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Email review
15/10/2019
It was an experience of a lifetime and could not have been any better. Everything was perfectly arranged and it was a pleasure to be looked after by so many great people. 10/10.
Thanks again and take care,
Callum
Callum Harris, UK