29 September – 02 October 2022 hosted by The Safari Expert (Villiers Steyn)

Karongwe Portfolio , South Africa

29 September – 02 October 2022 hosted by The Safari Expert (Villiers Steyn)

Duration :   4 Days
Price From :    R20,000.00
Max People :    4
Total Seats :  4/4

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Zali Safaris is Karongwe’s Preferred Photographic Agents, with Platinum Membership Status at Karongwe.

Karongwe Private Game Reserve, overlooking the majestic Drakensberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province, is set apart from similar properties by the extraordinary lengths we are willing to go to in order to ensure that your stay with us is a memorable experience.

Schedule Details

Make your way through the stunning bushveld scenery to Karongwe in time for orientation and lunch with the rest of the group. Shortly after eating we head out on our first game drive, ready and prepped for encounters with the local wildlife. In the late afternoon we take a break for sundowner drinks and snacks as the sun descends and casts long shadows and rich colours with the Drakensberg Mountains as a back drop. On hand at all times is our expert photographer, who will help you get the most from the experience, offering advice on everything from camera settings to composition along the way. Returning to camp in the evening there’s chance to freshen up before heading to the bar for an aperitif, followed by a delicious dinner served in the dining area.
The following days begin with tea, coffee and rusks served on the deck, before heading into the bush on the morning game drive. After traversing the reserve on the lookout for big game we return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. After lunch we head out on our afternoon hide session (hide sessions and game drives are interchangeable), as the animals awaken. Each day we stop for sundowners and snacks in the late afternoon, which offers us a chance to really appreciate the beauty of Karongwe, before continuing on with a spotlight in the fading light to seek out nocturnal animals. Back at camp a much-needed evening meal awaits us in the dining area, followed by a comfortable bed to rest and refresh for the next day.
It’s the last chance for photo opportunities this morning on the final game drive of the trip, after which we will enjoy breakfast together before leaving Karongwe.


About your Guide
Villiers has been leading photographic safaris since 2009, but his love for nature and wildlife in particular started as a toddler. When he would visit the Kruger National Park with his family during the holidays. After school he studied nature conservation and he had the privilege of studying leopard movements in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve for four years as part of his masters degree. After that, he spent nearly a decade crisscrossing the African continent as a travel writer, visiting some of its wildest and most beautiful national parks and game reserves. His photographic guiding career started in his home away from home, Mashatu, and expanded to the Sabi Sands when he and his wife moved to the lowveld town of Hoedspruit in November 2013. Since then, he has frequently lead photo safaris to amazing destinations like Mala Mala, Elephant Plains and Djuma, but he has also taken guests further afield to more remote places like Northern Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and even the jungles of india. Most recently, Villiers started a YouTube channel called the Safari Expert, on which he shares a host of safari-related videos.
How Do We Get There?
DIRECTIONS TO KARONGWE GAME RESERVE FROM JOHANNESBURG: Take the N4 motorway towards Mbombela (Nelspruit), passing eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middleburg Turn left into eMakhazeni (Belfast) Once in eMakhazeni, follow the signs and turn right towards Dullstroom, passing through Mashishing (Lydenburg) Continue on the R36 to Ohrigstad and the JG Strydom Tunnel Approximatly 10km after the tunnel, turn left onto the R36 Towards Tzaneen. The Karongwe Game Reserve is situated on your right, with the lodges located as follows Shiduli – 22km Kuname – 24km River Lodge, Chisomo & Becks Safari Lodge – 27km FROM HOEDSPRUIT: Head south on Argyle Road (650m), then turn left toward R527 (100m) Tuen right toward R527 (140m), turn right onto R527 (31,1km) and then turn right onto R36 (23,1km)
Pricing and Deposit
50% deposit secures your place. All pricing is per person sharing unless otherwise stated. Maximum 6 persons per vehicle as standard.
International Pricing
Please contact us directly for international pricing.

What's Included

  • All Meals
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Game Drives
  • Hide Session
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Photographic Workshops
  • WiFi

What's Excluded

  • Gratuities To Staff
  • Items Of A Personal Nature
  • Travel To And From Reserve


  • Game Drives
  • Hide Session
  • Photographic Safari

Why Book With Us?

  • Correspondence. We will be your gateway between yourself and the lodge. We will set up a meeting between our team and you and gather all the necessary information and cater the trip to suit your needs. Tell us everything! Whether its dietary requirements or specific wildlife encounters, we will arrange it all. We are familiar with the lodge and guides and we will ensure that you will get the best room and best guide to suit your needs. The correspondence doesn’t end once the trip starts, one of our team members will be in touch right through your trip and whatever needs are during the trip can be arranged through us.
  • Choosing the correct lodge. Our team has personally travelled to various lodges within South Africa and cross-border. With this experience we can advise you which lodge best suits your group or family. We are affiliated with various upmarket lodges who are familiar with us. Be sure to check out the lodges underneath the DESTINATIONS tab.
  • Photographic Guides. Take along a photographic guide and have the perfect holiday photos on demand! We offer a professional photographer (at an extra cost) to ensure that you get those perfect wildlife shots. From camera settings and Lightroom tuition, you will get those magic shots that you always dreamed of!
  • Dietary Requirements. We will ensure that all of your special dietary requirements are adhered to. Whether it is Halaal, Kosher, Vegan or Lactose free, we can arrange it all. Having a guide with you will ensure that we personally liaise with the chefs and check in on the kitchen that all the requirements are adhered to at all meals.
  • Private Vehicle. Certain lodges offer a private vehicle for your group which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Private vehicles can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • Gifts. We pride ourselves in our brand. We love hosting you and to show how much you mean to us we give all our guests a gift on safari. Don’t dwell, get in touch today and Experience the Extraordinary with us!

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