"Kaingo is a very luxurious lodge in an amazingly beautiful reserve, with 5 different landscapes."
- JanvdLende (AirBnb)
Kaingo is a 22,000 acre (9,000 hectare) private game reserve in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. A pleasant 2.5-hour drive, or an easy 45-minute flight from Johannesburg to our airstrip, makes Kaingo one of the most accessible premier, malaria-free, big game reserves in the country. It is a declared protected area with Critical Biodiversity 1 classification and a core area of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, officially declared by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001.
As a declared Nature Reserve with a primary objective of Natural Resource Conservation, the Reserve is run along pure, sustainable management and development principles, with an exceptionally low developmental and tourism footprint, offering unrivaled exclusivity and privacy.
The Mokolo River, meaning "deep and silent" in the local Tswana language, threads its way along its thirteen kilometer (eight mile) route through the reserve. The mighty river has left behind massive cliffs, sandy beaches, natural causeways, potholes and cascades, all surrounded by breathtaking beauty. The Reserve offers large unspoilt wilderness areas with rolling wooded mountains cut by deep rocky ravines. Here you can experience the best of the Waterberg in its original state - an evocative piece of Africa. Kaingo aptly meaning 'place of the leopard', is a place of rare and rugged wilderness beauty, abundant wildlife and prolific birdlife.
Kaingo is home to over 50 different mammals, including lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard as part of the Big Five. It is home to several endangered and rare species too, such as tsessebe, brown hyena, pangolin, honey badger and sable. Several nocturnal species can best be seen at night including aardvark, serval, bush baby and African wildcat.
The grassy plains and savanna abound with animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala, and predators are always close by. It is the diversity of habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife and over 350 bird species, including rare species such as African Finfoot, Narina Trogon and Striped Pipets.
Kaingo Game Reserve lies in the Waterberg plateau, about 250km (155 miles) North of Johannesburg. Here guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Kaingo protects a unique and special environment and the reserve's owners and management are deeply committed to conservation and research. It is one of the few reserves where the full tourism income goes towards positive conservation. Every visiting guest directly supports the reserve's primary objective of conservation.
A large reserve of breathtaking beauty with only two lodges and a very limited number of guests, guarantees an intimate, truly exclusive experience of the African bush. Being a private reserve ensures minimal human impact, no vehicles other than reserve vehicles, and the ultimate wilderness experience. With no hunting for decades, game viewing is always up close and personal. Rich in human history, there is also an array of delicate San, Khoi and Pedi rock art on Kaingo.
Kaingo offers the discerning visitor something completely different and the best of the Waterberg. This is mountain bushveld with rivers running through it and sweeping views of faraway horizons. The reserve's varying seasonal beauty, temperate climate and malaria-free status makes it worth a visit all year round. Kaingo is certainly one of the finest places to participate in conservation, watch wildlife, experience the best of the Waterberg wilderness and feel the spirit of true Africa.