Karongwe Portfolio
Karongwe Portfolio


Traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, the Karongwe Reserve is home to the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant) as well as a wealth of other creatures. Our open vehicle game drives are perfect for game viewing. Enjoy a sundowner while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.

The magnificent game viewing makes for perfect photographic opportunities; enjoy the view of the Lowveld from a “kopje” amid the lush vegetation, huge variety of trees and over 365 different bird species. Game drives are conducted with our qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers – who will share their vast experience of the African Bush and a chance to view Cheetah on foot.

Activities at Karongwe River Lodge



Since the earliest time, Africa’s original inhabitants lived in harmony with nature. From heavenly aromas to herbal purity this unique body range is a mesmerising and innovative body and sense-soothing safari, replicating the earthy scents and the awe-inspiring wonder of this most profound continent.


Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles with qualified and knowledgeable guides or go on foot for a bush walks and get close to the little 5 and feel the true African bush.


  • Wake Up Call at 05h00
  • Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate Served with Rusk’s in the Main Area
  • Morning Game Drive commence at 05h30 and return to the lodge at 08h30 – 09h00


  • Afternoon Tea at 15h00
  • Afternoon Game Drive commence at 16h00 and return to the lodge at 19h00 – 19h30
  • Dinner is Served

The perfect venue for leaving the constraints of the office behind, against the backdrop of the African bush.

Traditional Evening

Helicopter in the Gorge

Anti-Poaching Walk

Interactive Cooking

Star Gazing

Beacon rock

Photographic Workshops

Local Community Visit




Duration: 2 Hours
Gain a deeper understanding of the dangers that our wildlife faces today with a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Moholoholo. Dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured and poisoned wildlife, this center also runs a range of successful breeding programs. Here, you may see a range of baby animals as well as lion, leopard, serval, lynx, honey badgers, eagles, vultures, wild dogs and any other creatures that are recuperating there.



Duration: 4 Hours
Float over the stunning Sabie River Valley, near Hazyview, in a hot air balloon. As you glide over hills and valleys along the course of the legendary Sabie River, you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the lush scenery below including riverine forest, indigenous bush and fruit orchards. The photo opportunities are endless!



Duration: 8 Hours
Explore one of South Africa’s most picturesque routes with an experienced guide as you take a tour of the area’s many natural wonders. You will see The Pinnacle Rock towering 30m above the forest as well as God’s Window, one of South Africa’s most famous vantage points (on clear days you can see as far as Mozambique). Take in the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, massive spirals of dolomite that rise from the far wall of the canyon. Other highlights include the spectacular Lisbon Falls and unusual rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch is enjoyed halfway through the journey (own account) and there’s a chance to explore the colourful craft markets en-route.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle Rock is a breathtaking sight – this freestanding quartzite buttress towers 30m above a lush indigenous woodland, close to the quaint forestry town of Graskop.

God's Window

God’s Window is a vantage point set in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve that offers panoramic views over the lush Lowveld. On clear days, you can see as far as the Kruger Park and Mozambique.

Lisbon Falls

The spectacular Lisbon Falls were named by the Portuguese settlers who came to this area in the late 1800s after gold was discovered at nearby Barbeton and Pilgrim’s Rest. This lush area offers unforgettable views and a vast array of birds.

Bourke's Luck Potholes

These large, cylindrical potholes have been created by the churning whirlpools that occur when the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River Canyon. They are named after Tom Bourke, a miner who correctly predicted that the area would yield large deposits of gold, but never struck it rich as the gold was discovered just south of his claim.

Blyde's River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on the planet and the second largest in Africa. Renowned for its red sandstone cliffs and lush subtropical foliage, this natural marvel stretches for 26km and is 762m deep on average.

Three Rondavels

The Three Rondavels, also known as the Three Sisters, are spectacular geological formations that stand 700m tall above the surrounding landscape. These eye-catching peaks are located along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and are named after the rondavel, a traditional beehive-shaped hut.