Karongwe Game Reserve


Karongwe 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.

Why Go:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Wildlife & Animals

Guides 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.
Abundant Common Occasional Rare None
  • Elephant


  • Giraffe


  • Hippo


  • Buffalo


  • Zebra


  • Wildbeest


  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

  • Lion


  • Leopard


  • Cheetah


  • Hyena


  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog


Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Karongwe Game Reserve is during the dry winter season, as temperatures remain comfortable and you can view a cluster of animals near water sources.
  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (Not overly crowded)
  • May to September

    Dry season

  • 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 & Climate

The 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
Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.
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 There

The 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.

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