Reconnecting you to the natural world through educational,

exciting and life-changing wilderness experiences


Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River (mostly a dry river bed) in the 9 000 hectare (22 239 acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the south-west of the Kruger National Park. Three rivers flow through the reserve, all are tributaries of the Olifants River, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation of the reserve falls within the savannah biome of Southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops. Karongwe has undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland.

Animals found in the Karongwe Game Reserve

Over 60 mammal species and an abundant bird life makes for good hunting ground with camera in hand. Sightings of the all the cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – as well as elephant and white rhino is an almost daily occurrence. With an unfenced camp, nightly visits from other species, like hyena, is also not out of the ordinary.

Temperatures at the camp

Our summers are warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from mid 20°C (68°F) on the cooler cloud-covered rainy days, to the high 30°C (86°F) on average days. Occasional hot day’s temperatures exceed 40°C (104°F). Winters are usually dry, with the average morning temperature of 6°C (43°F). Afternoon temperatures average in the mid 20s°C (68°F), with ranges of between 18°C (65°F) and 32°C (89°F). Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers, or frontal rainfall over a longer period of time.


The camp consists of 10 walk-in style Meru tents, with twin beds (students share tents) and supplied bedding (a duvet and 1 pillow); although you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow should you require. There are also shared ablution facilities and a central communal area. We do have mosquito nets in camp (available on request). There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, and many students choose to make the viewing decks their “bedroom” for part of or for the duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced.

The communal area

This area is made up of four tall thatch-roofed open-sided decks which forms a square that encloses an open campfire area. One of the deck structures serves as the open air dining area, lecture room and study area. Two decks remain open to welcome the adventurous who want to spend their nights as close to nature as possible.


General Info - All Camps

Drinking water

Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.  Bottled water is available for purchase.


Electricity is only available by generator at the camps.  The generator is for camp use however learners may utilise it when it is running for camp purposes to charge camera batteries and cell phones. Paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and the kitchen/ geysers are powered by gas/ solar energy. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night. The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other). There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at each camp.


(local beers & ciders)

Soft drinks and select beverages are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities.

Cordial fruit juices are served with meals, tea and coffee available throughout the day.


A laundry service is provided by the camp and available at a small charge (included at no charge for the Professional Field Guide one year course).

Game viewing vehicles

The game viewing vehicles are open top Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.

EcoTraining staff in camp

For the duration of your stay, there will typically be a head instructor, assistant instructor, camp coordinator, camp cook and camp cleaning lady.

Getting your safari guests to connect with wildlife safely and sensitively


Nights around the camp fire getting to know your guests and telling them about your experiences in the wild


Explaining astronomy to your guests under a perfect night sky


Share with friends


  • MAKULEKE: There is no cell phone reception at the Makuleke camp. The closest reception is 16kms away and a weekly trip will be made to allow learners to phone.  Please ensure that you have enough air time as there is no access to venues selling air time.
  • Contact via the camp’s satellite phone – this is limited to emergency calls only and must go via head office first. The office number is:  +27 (0)13 752 4791
  • MASHATU, KARONGWE & SELATI: There is limited cell phone reception at the camps and there is no access to venues providing air time. We do not encourage use of cell phones at the camps at all as it is an intrusion for others wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush. There are charging facilities at the camp, please bring your own adaptors.
  • Please bring adaptors to suit your own plugs and South African plug/plug points.