Wilderness Experience Karongwe Camp

South Africa

The Camp during your Ranger course

You have looked through the different courses you can book via NATUCATE and came across one which takes place in the delightful Karongwe Game Reserve? Then you can look forward to a camp which lies in the usually dry river bed of the Karongwe, in the heart of an area of 9,000 hectares with impressive biodiversity and landscape. Become part of this unique natural setting and discover many of the exciting wonders to be found in the camp of the Karongwe Game Reserve.

Camp Karongwe in Detail

Geographical facts

Geographical facts

The camp is located in the usually dry river bed of Karongwe river in the Karongwe Game Reserve. Close by is the Kruger National Park which is world-renowned as the largest game reserve in South Africa. The Karongwe Game Reserve is home to many different animals, such as hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and birds. Hills, valleys and deciduous forests will be the distinctive features of the region. There are three rivers flowing through the Karongwe Game Reserve, with typical vegetation growing along the banks.

Due to the fact that Africa is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared with the northern hemisphere. For example, in Africa it is winter in the months of July and August. Summer: warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from mid 20°C on the coolers cloud-covered rainy days, to the high 30°C on average days. Occasional hot day´s temperatures exceed 40°C. Winters are usually dry, with the average morning temperature of 6°C, with occasional cooler morning temperatures, and warmer mornings when there is cloud cover. Afternoon temperatures average in the mid 20s°C, with ranges of 18°C to 32°C expected. Occasional winter showers prevail, but are unusual. Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers, or frontal rainfall over a longer period of time.


Arrival

Arrival

Airport: Johannesburg
By road: 5,5 hours drive from Johannesburg
Flight: There are scheduled flights to the Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. You will need to get a transfer with Sable Tours to the camp (45 minutes away).
Meeting Point: The instructor will meet all students at Spectra Gate at 14h00.


Your life in the camp

Your life in the camp

Welcome to the world of the Karongwe Game Reserve and enjoy your further training as a real adventure in one of the most fascinating corners of Africa. As in the other camps, two participants will share a tent. In all, there are 10 tents, making a total of 20 people who can do the training at any one time in the Karongwe Game Reserve. It goes without saying that you will have a single bed. You will share the sanitary facilities with the other participants and can spend meal-times and evenings in the communal area – if you wish. If the weather is fine there will be the opportunity to spend the night on a roof-deck. Blankets and duvet cover will be provided, but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. In the camp there will be a common area and a fire place. The camp is not fenced, so that wild animals could pass by from time to time.

 

Electricity: electricity is provided by generators in the camp. Participants can charge their batteries for cameras and mobile phones. We recommend bringing head lamps.

Drinking water: fresh drinking water comes from the tap. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

Laundry: a laundry service is available in the camp for a small charge.

There is no cell phone reception at the camp. A weekly trip will be made to allow learners to phone.

The currency is Rand. There is no ATM in the camp, you should bring enough cash for the duration of your stay.


Beverages

Beverages

Non-alcoholic drinks are on sale in the camp and can only be purchased in cash. Fruit juice is served with the meals and tea and coffee are available all day.


On-site support

On-site support

Normally there will be a training instructor, an assistant instructor, a camp coordinator, a camp cook and a cleaner on the site for the duration of your stay.


Vehicles

Vehicles

The vehicles used for game viewing are open Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.

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