KARONGWE GAME RESERVE
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.