Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa


Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River (mostly a dry river bed) in the 9 000ha (22 239-acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the southwest of the Kruger National Park. Three rivers flow through the reserve, all 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.


More than 60 mammal species and abundant birdlife make for good hunting with a camera in hand. Sightings of all the cats – lion, leopard, and cheetah – as well as elephant and white rhino are a regular occurrence. With an unfenced camp, nightly visits from other species, such as hyenas, are also not out of the ordinary.


Average summer maximum temperature (October-March): 40°C
Average minimum winter temperature (April-September): 6˚C


  • Fresh drinkable water is available from the taps. Bottled water is available for purchase.
  • Soft drinks and selected beverages (local beers and ciders) 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 are available throughout the day.
  • The game viewing vehicles are open-top Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
  • For the duration of your stay, there will typically be a head instructor, assistant instructor, camp co-ordinator, camp cook and a camp cleaning lady.
  • A laundry service is provided by the camp and available for a small charge (included at no extra charge for the Professional Field Guide One Year Course)
Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa - Male Lion
Elephant grazing in Karongwe Camp - Ecotraining

The camp consists of 10 walk-in Meru tents, with twin beds (students share tents) and supplied bedding (a duvet and one 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 have mosquito nets in camp.

Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa - Meru style tent from outside
Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa Accommodation Tent interior
Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa - Camp share ablutions

GPS coordinates

S 24′ 16 .008

E 030′ 37 .672