Kaingo Information
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What you need to know

Planning your trip? Here are some tips and info

Best time to travel

Kaingo is an all-year-round safari destination where the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related (other than birds there are no migratory species). The best bird-watching period is from October to April.


Kaingo is situated in a malaria-free region of South Africa where the malaria carrying mosquito (Anopheles) is absent.

What to pack for your safari visit:

As Kaingo Game Reserve is a malaria-free area, there is no need for you to pack any malaria prophylactics, just your prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring:

  • Cameras, lenses and binoculars
  • Light, neutral coloured clothing for summer safaris
  • Bathing suits for the pool
  • Good walking shoes as well as light sandals (ideal for summer September - April)
  • Sunscreen and hats (even in winter)
  • Warmer clothing for winter stays, including a scarf, gloves, beanies, a wind proof jacket and thermal fleece (it can be really cold on safari in the early morning and evening from May - August)


The climate is typified by hot wet summers (September to April) and cool dry winters (May to August). Temperatures average around 25°C (77°F) but can get very hot during heat waves in mid-summer and quite cold at night in mid-winter.

The region is classed as a semi-arid region, rainfall amounts to about 550 mm (20.5 inches) per year, with most of this falling in short, sharp thunderstorms in the late afternoons or at night between November and March.

Mean average temperatures - Summer: 25°C (77°F) to 40°C (104°F); Winter: 3°C (38°F) to 23°C (73°F).


The lodge has cell phone reception and Wi-Fi. Note however that due to being in a remote and mountainous area, cell phone signal can sometimes be weak. Wi-Fi is available via our satellite link, which allows for staying in touch, but cannot support high speed Internet.

Gratuity Guidelines

Tipping/Gratuities are entirely voluntary. We have however provided an outline of a recommended tipping policy for the convenience of those guests seeking guidance:

ZAR 200.00 - 300.00 per room per day (split 50/50 between field guide and general staff)


Kaingo Game Reserve is an easy 3 hour drive from Johannesburg. We can also take care of transfers on your behalf in air conditioned vehicles to and from Kaingo. Also accessible by plane or helicopter to Kaingo's private airstrip and helipad where a hangar is available.

See more details under Travel Options.

Directions to Kaingo

From O.R. Tambo International Airport, take the R21 to Pretoria. Take exit 134 onto the N1 North towards Polokwane. When reaching the Kranskop Toll Plaza keep to the very left lane onto the R33 towards Modimolle. Drive past Vaalwater, where the R33 becomes the R517. The Witfontein road turnoff to Kaingo Game Reserve is 38km from Vaalwater, on the R517 towards Thabazimbi. Drive about 6 km to the “Kaingo Game Reserve” gate on the left. The distance is approximately 280km and should take about approximately 2h45. We are here.

Kaingo Game Reserve Main Gate: 24° 06’49.80” S 27°48’39.75” E

Please contact us if you wish to fly to Kaingo Game Reserve.

Mobility Disabilities

There is limited access for guests with mobility disabilities, as access to our restaurant, bar and to all our rooms include the use of stairs. Should you or any of your fellow travelers have a problem climbing steps, please notify us when making a reservation, so that we can assist in room planning.

  • "Unbelievable! Hospitality indescribably wonderful! Rest and peace for the soul. Thank you. We'll see you again."

    - Danie and Hestie Rossouw [South Africa] -
  • "Stunning scenery, wonderful weather and friendly staff. So much variety and peace. Want to come back!"

    - Louise and Richard [Great Britain] -
  • "Kaingo is paradise. A very beautiful and peaceful place, as are the people. I hope to come back again soon. I'm in love with Kaingo!"

    - Fiona and Felipe Torres [Brazil] -