Indlovu River Lodge, Harmony 105, Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Trichardtsdal, 0891, Limpopo Province
P.O. Box 94, Ofcolaco, 0854, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)15 383 9918
Fax: +27 (0)15 383 9918
Region: Limpopo, South Africa
Physical Address: Indlovu River Lodge, Harmony 105, Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Trichardtsdal, 0891, Limpopo Province
Wildlife is plentiful on the reserve which is home to the Big 5. Game includes elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, black-backed and side-striped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig and tortoises. Nocturnal species include porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval, spring hare and bushbaby.
Over 350 bird species occur on the conservancy. The reserve’s dams and rivers are the most advantageous areas for bird watching.
Indlovu River Lodge is located right on the doorstep of some of the most known tourist attractions of the Lowveld region of Mpumalanga. And in the nearby town of Hoedspruit a variety of educational wildlife centres may be visited.
Kruger National Park
Ndlovu River Lodge is situated 100 km from the Phalaborwa Gate and 130 km from the Orpen Gate to the world famous Kruger National Park. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
The Panorama Route
The Panorama Route is characterized by striking rock formations and a rich diversity of plants which support an equally rich and varied fauna. This scenic meander includes the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondawels, Swadini Dam, God’s Window and many beautiful waterfalls and spectacular vistas.
Blyde River Canyon
The magnificent red sandstone Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest gorge, forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. Covered with lush subtropical foliage, the Blyde River Canyon is the largest ’green canyon’ and has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon in the world. The canyon is 26 kilometres in length and is around 800 metres deep.
The Three Rondavels
These are three huge spirals of dolomite rock rising out of the Blyde River canyon. A magnificient view over the canyon can be enjoyed at this site.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Beautiful rock formations and cylindrical holes of up to 6 m deep were formed here over the ages by the scouring action of peoples, grit and sediment along with the powerful forces of water from the Treur and Blyde Rivers.
With magnificent vistas, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. God’s Window provides a boundless view, stretching across miles of thickly forested mountains, the lush and fertile Lowveld and the Blyde River Canyon.
Graskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. Due to its location Graskop has transformed into a a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its pancake bars and curio shops.
The Mpumalanga escarpment has many spectacular waterfalls. Visit the Lone Creek, Mac-Mac, Maria Shires, Forest, Bridal Veil and Horse Shoe waterfalls.
Shangaan Cultural Village
At the core of Shangana Cultural Village, just outside Hazyview, is a busy African market where local craftspeople work and trade their crafts. Guides take guests on informative and interactive trips to villages during the daytime as well as midday tours with lunch and the famous Evening Festival in the Chief’s Kraal. Shangana was created and built by the local Shangaan people and is a source of great pride. The village preserves their rich heritage and is an example of South Africa’s great cultural diversity.
One of the best examples of a living museum, the village is a replica of the early gold mining town. Gold was discovered here in 1873, and many restored miners’ houses serve as shops.
The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, formed over 300 million years ago. In the 500 m length of the caves open to tourists, there are many dominant and powerful drip-stone formations.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
This unique rehabilitation centre is home to many animals and birds, some of which are rescue animals from circuses. The centre has a long standing Serval Breeding Project and is the only facility in South Africa to have successfully bred the endangered Crown Eagle. Wherever possible, rehabilitated birds and animals are returned to the wild and those who are not so fortunate due to the nature and extent of their problems are used for educational talks to the many people who visit us each year.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre was initially established as part of a breeding programme for cheetah. With time, though, different species began arriving at the sanctuary, among them African wild cats, ground hornbills and wild dogs. As well as looking after the animals in its care, the centre is also involved in research on threatened animals, including the breeding of vulnerable or rare animal species. Another prime objective of the centre is the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild, along with the treatment of orphaned or injured animals.
Khamai Reptile Park
Learn more about the Lowveld’s reptiles, arachnids and amphibians at the Khamai Reptile Centre. It has built up its reputation as a centre of excellence for herpetology over more than 25 years. Visitors to the centre are guided by experienced handlers, who introduce them to some of South Africa’s most deadly snakes, including black and green mambas, boomslang, Mozambican spitting cobras, puff adders and vine snakes. In addition to most of the local herpetological specials, there are also reptiles and amphibians from the rest of the world on display, including a snapping turtle, scorpions, chameleons and spiders.