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 south-west 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.


  • Fresh drinkable water is available from the taps. Bottled water is available for purchase.
  • Electricity is supplied at the centre. During camp-out activities there will be no electricity, therefore please bring headlamps and spare batteries for cameras etc.
  • 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)


More than 60 mammal species and abundant birdlife makes for good hunting with camera in hand. Sightings of the 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 hyena, are also not out of the ordinary.

Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Elephant Camp
Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Lion Cubs


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

Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Landscape

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.

There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, which many students choose to make their “bedroom” for part of or for the duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced.

Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Buildings Lectures

Karongwe’s camp and lecture rooms

Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Accommodation

The tented accommodation

360 degree camp views

GPS coordinates

S 24′ 16 .008

E 030′ 37 .672