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Address:

Physical Address:

Indlovu River Lodge, Harmony 105, Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Trichardtsdal, 0891, Limpopo Province

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 94, Ofcolaco, 0854, South Africa

Phone:  +27 (0)15 383 9918
Fax:  +27 (0)15 383 9918
Email:  reservations@irl.co.za

Region: Limpopo, South Africa
Physical Address:  Indlovu River Lodge, Harmony 105, Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Trichardtsdal, 0891, Limpopo Province

Location

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve is a 9.000 ha private conservation area situated in the Central Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province East of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Altitude varies from approximately 480 metres above sea level on the Makutswe River in the North to 560 metres above sea level at Beacon Rock in the central Southern area. The landscape within the reserve is characterized by undulating terrain, interspersed with rocky outcrops. The main vegetation type is Mixed Lowveld Bushveld.

Rainfall

Precipitation in the area is low and erratic, characteristic of semi-arid savannahs: a hot, wet season of 5-7 months (October to April) with the remainder of the year being dry. The average rainfall is 480mm per year.

Drainage

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve is drained by the perennial Makutswe River (a tributary of the Olifants River) in the North, the non-perennial Kuvjename and Mafunyane Rivers in the central section and the Karongwe and Matumi Rivers in the South. All these rivers flow East-West, bar the Makutswe River, which flows West-East. The Kuvjename eventually flows into the Makutswe River, which roughly forms the Northern boundary of the reserve.

History

This region of South Africa was not suited to permanent agricultural activities until the late 1940’s for various reasons, which included the presence of Tsetse flies in the summer months and Anopheles mosquitoes. However, Europeans began hunting and exploring in the area during the early 19th Century and The Royal Geographical Society, on behalf of The Harmony Mining Company, properly surveyed the area for the first time in 1893. To this day, the area is locally referred to as the Harmony Block.

Gold was discovered in the 1890’s, and very soon, the first town in the area was developed: Leydsdorp. The mining activities had dire consequences to the once abundant wildlife in the area, as miners and labourers hunted, snared and trapped game for both sport and food. Fortunately, the gold ran out and the miners disappeared. A few attempted farming, although most attempts were unsuccessful.

During the late 1940’s, the situation was brought under control (from a human perspective) by the aerial spraying of DDT over the entire area, completely wiping out Tsetse flies and largely controlling mosquitoes. The land was duly handed out to destitute soldiers returning from the Second World War. The trend at the time was to farm with cattle and this, combined with excessive hunting and poor land management, caused the decimation of natural game in the area.

The three decades between the 1950’s and the 1980’s again saw an influx of miners, this time in search of mica and feldspar. Fortunately, mining activities came to a gradual halt, as these minerals can be mined more effectively in other areas. Despite this, Harmony is littered with hundreds of abandoned mines of varying sizes.

During the late 1990’s, a group of farmers decided to make a difference. Internal fences between farms were dropped and the Karongwe Private Game Reserve was established.  Their objective was to rehabilitate the land, reintroduce the indigenous species extinct to the area and generally bring the area as close as possible back to its former splendour. With this came the development of lodges, creating jobs for the local people and attracting visitors from around the world.

From Johannesburg and Pretoria

Take the N12 to Witbank (eMalahleni) (148km), or if travelling from Pretoria take the N4 to Witbank (E Mahlaleni) (111km). Continue along the N4 from Witbank (eMalahleni) to Belfast (87km) and take the left hand turn off to Belfast along the R33. From Belfast drive through Dullstroom (R540) to Lydenburg (Mashishing).

From Lydenburg (Mashishing)

Take the R36 through Ohrigstad to the Strydom Tunnel. Approximately15 km after the tunnel take the left hand turn off to Tzaneen onto the R36. Travel on this road for 23km. Approximately 150 m after passing Shiduli Lodge and crossing the Kuvjename River our lodge sign indicates a right hand turn to the reserve main gate for Indlovu River Lodge.

To enter into the reserve, please ring the bell and follow the instructions given by the person responding to you. While pressing the white button state your name and destination. The gate will then be opened for you. Please wait for the gate to close behind you.

Follow the lodge signage for 3.2 km.

Please phone the lodge at 015 383 9918 if you are scheduled to arrive after sunset so that we can arrange for an escort to accompany you to the lodge in the dark.

From Polokwane (Pietersburg)

Take the R71 towards Haenertsburg. In Haenertsburg turn right onto the R528 towards Tzaneen. In Tzaneen turn right onto the R36 towards Lydenburg. Follow this road for about 70 km. Five kilometres after passing the turn-off to Bismark our lodge sign indicates a right hand turn to the reserve main gate for Indlovu River Lodge.

To enter into the reserve, please ring the bell and follow the instructions given by the person responding to you. While pressing the white button state your name and destination. The gate will then be opened for you. Please wait for the gate to close behind you.

Follow the lodge signage for 3.2 km.

Please phone the lodge at 015 383 9918 if you are scheduled to arrive after sunset so that we can arrange for an escort to accompany you to the lodge in the dark.

Distance from airports

Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport: 450 km

Hoedspruit Airport: 70 km

Phalaborwa Airport: 90 km

Nelspruit KMIA Airport: 230 km

Please contact us should you require transfers from any point to Indlovu River Lodge.