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Accommodation in Edeni / Karongwe Game Reserve

Kuname River Lodge


Kuname Lodge is a small, unashamedly exclusive, luxury safari lodge set in about 9,000 hectares of pristine African bush, in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. We are only 45 minutes drive from the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bordered by the towering Drakensberg escarpment on the west and set in game-rich, lush, riverine vegetation, the facility offers a variety of breathtaking views, diverse landscapes and some of the best big five game-viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.

Kuname River Lodge nestles among the pristine forest in the Valley of the Olifant’s, only 45 minutes’ drive from the Kruger National Park. This makes it the ideal place to start your safari in this scenic and historical eastern part of South Africa. As its name suggests (it means ‘little hippo’), it is the ideal playground for hippo, white lion, rhino, elephant and leopard who roam free in the reserve. You are likely to see hyena and cheetah, as well as a wide variety of buck. The habitat is also ideally suited to bird watching.

While the lodge is situated in perfect game viewing country, the emphasis at Kuname River Lodge is on a total experience. Early morning and sunset game drives are your introduction to this lifestyle. In addition, you are taken on guided walks through the bushveld and among the towering trees along the river. An experienced ranger points out the many wonders of the African bush – from the more than 250 bird species, their habits and songs, to the uses (medical, traditional or commercial) of the more than 100 tree species and other flora found in the reserve. Night drives along the river give you the opportunity to see the elusive pangolin, bush baby, caracal, genet and civet, as well as other nocturnal animals. For the adventurous, there is the thrill of being dropped in the middle of the reserve and finding your own way back to the lodge. A ranger accompanies you to ensure your safety.

Room Description


Relax in an environment surrounded by tranquil beauty, whilst taking in the view on the wooden deck or soaking in your private outdoor bath.
Our 5 luxury, air-conditioned chalets are nestled in the dense African bush with magnificent views of the Kuvenjane River and Drakensberg mountains.

A taste of Africa is all that one needs to savour the assortment of flavours brought to you by Kuname’s top gourmet chef … ensuring each meal is an unforgettable culinary pleasure.

4 Luxury suites & 1 Premier suite (10 guests – 2 per suite) Luxury suites overlook the Kuvjename River; all suites have spectacular views from their private decks. Each thatched, air-conditioned suite has a mini bar fridge, telephones, indoor shower as well as outdoor shower and bath.
● Main Lodge Pool
● Boma
NB:● No children under 12 years, unless sole use of lodge has been booked

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rate Includes
• All meals, teas, coffees and snacks.
• Accommodation.
• Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers.
• Drinks on dusk safaris are limited to local beer,wine and soft drinks.

Rate Excludes
• Airport and road transfers except where chartered flights land at Karongwe Game Lodge.
• Bar, curio, telephone and laundry expenses.
• TOMSA levy of R12 pppn only applicable to Karongwe River & Bush Lodge
• Karongwe Game Reserve gate entrance fee of R65.
• Premium and imported brands.

* Single supplement based on 40%*

**Gate fees increase 2014**

Extra information

Activities & Facilities

Traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, Kuname Lodge 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.

• Single supplement of 40%.
• Children are welcome at Karongwe Portfolio excluding Kuname.
• Children between 0 and 2 years old are accommodated on a complimentary basis.
• Children from the ages of 3 years to 11 years old are accommodated at 50% of the adult tariff, sharing a family room with adults.
• Children 12 years and older are considered adults and pay the applicable tariff.
• Driver/Guide rates apply which do not include game drives R690 pppn.
• FOC policy – 16 guests or more 1 free of charge

Meals: Dining at Kuname is a special treat. A time to enjoy a kaleidoscope of flavours inspired by Africa but guided by the culinary traditions of Europe. The gourmet chef lured from one of South Africa's top restaurants ensures each meal at Kuname is an unforgettable gastronomic occasion. A barbecue with fine wines on the wooden viewing-deck or an elegant bush dinner, while you inhale the earthy scents of the African bush, will make your taste-buds soar.

Children's Policy: No children under 12 allowed on game drives or walks
All children accommodated at the main camp are charged full price and may not share with parents (max. 2 per room)

NB:● No children under 12 years, unless sole use of lodge has been booked