OverviewKarongwe Private Game Reserve is in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, overlooking the majestic Drakensberg mountain range.2019s a wildlife sanctuary located between 4 rivers, and it provides exceptional habitats for a diverse range of flora, fauna, birds and the Big 5.From game drives to bird watching you can enjoy the peace and tranquility in one of the private safari lodges.
- External tours to top local attractions
- Home to the Magnificent Seven
- Excellent game drives and excursions
- Unique and comfortable lodges
- Just 45 minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park
- Karongwe Game Reserve is located between 4 rivers in Limpopo
The Karongwe Private Game Reserve is rich in wildlife and its lush environment is one of the best locations to spot Africa’s most elusive large cat, the leopard. With views over the Makhutsie river, you have endless opportunity to view the elephant as well as the grazing antelope.More About the Wildlife
The landscape within the reserve is characterized by undulating terrain, interspersed with rocky outcrops. The reserve offers spectacular scenery, luxurious camps and lodges.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Karongwe Private Nature Reserve is during the winter months from May to August. With less rain the vegetation is less thick and animals can be spotted more easily. Summer is great for bird watching and the summer rain brings a welcomed relief from high temperatures.More About the Best Time to Visit
Weather & Climate
Winter months are cooler and with less thick vegetation it’s ideal for wildlife viewing. Summer temperatures can rise to a maximum of 32°C, with afternoon rainfall that brings relief from the heat. Summer is a higher risk season for malaria.More About the Weather and Climate
Wildlife & AnimalsGuides at Karongwe Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa, go out of their way to afford the opportunity to witness the Magnificent Seven – namely Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Cheetah and the African Wild Dog.
Wildlife highlightsA highlight of the game-drive at Karongwe Game Reserve is stopping for sundowners and snacks as the sun sets on another day in the African bush. The journey back to the lodge may include sightings of Leopard, Wild Dog, a spotted Brown Hyena on a quest for food, or one of the many species of antelope.
Best time for wildlife viewingThe Dry season, from June to September, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Karongwe. Highly recommended are the months of August and September as temperatures are warmer than in mid-winter. It is also the end of a long, dry period and this causes the animals to congregate around known water sources, making sightings even easier.
Best Time to Visit
- Best Time to GoMay to September
- High SeasonOctober to March
(Not overly crowded)
May to September
October to March
Not overly crowded
April to September
Great time for wildlife viewing
April to May
Very little rain and mild weather
June to August
Cool mornings and nights
December to February
Hot and steamy
May to September- Dry Season – Winter
October to April- Wet Season – Summer
Weather & ClimateThe weather during summer seasons can increase to uncomfortable levels. The rainy season can hinder activities and due to thick vegetation, game viewing can be difficult. During the winter dry season, the vegetation shrinks, making it easier to spot animals.
Climate Chart- 480-560M / 1574-1837Ft
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Dry season- May to September – Winter
The dry winter season is from May to September, which is also the best time to visit Karongwe Game Reserve.
Wet season- October to April – Summer
October to April is the wet summer season and temperatures can increase to uncomfortable levels.
Getting ThereThe Karongwe Game Reserve is 45 minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park and easily accessible on the road from Hoedspruit (81km) and Phalaborwa (110km).
Airlines & Ticket Prices
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Access to Karongwe Game Reserve by road
Guests can approach Karongwe Game Reserve on 2 routes. The first route to this game reserve in Limpopo, South Africa, is via the scenic town of Dullstroom, the second route is via Pietersburg.
• Option 1
Take the N4 to Belfast, following through to Dullstroom and Lyndenburg. Take the R36 to Orighstad and Strijdom tunnel. From the tunnel, continue for about 10km (6.2 miles).
Turn left and continue on the R36 in the direction of Tzaneen. Follow the Karongwe signboards for 27km (16.7 miles) to Karongwe Game Reserve.
• Option 2
Travel from Pietersburg on the R36 through Tzaneen towards Lyndenburg. Karongwe Game Reserve is approximately 60km (37.2 miles) south of Tzaneen, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.