Kuname Lodge

Kuname Lodge

R36 Highway Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1360 South Africa
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Kuname River Lodge is an exclusive 5 star, 5 bed game lodge situated in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province. Kuname which is 4.5 hours drive from Johannesburg and 45km from the Kruger National Park is easily accessible by both air and by road and offers some of the best big 5 game viewing and bird watching opportunities in Southern Africa.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Spa
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Internet
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Location

R36 Highway Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1360 South Africa
Getting there
Hoedspruit Airport
51.5 km
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Phalaborwa Airport
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Sandy M wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kuname is a small lodge offering 5 chalets and the manor house, but what stands out is the setting and the friendly staff. From the warm welcome upon your arrival until your departure, the staff at Kuname ensure that your every requirement is met - nothing is too much for this team. Rooms are clean and well appointed, and in addition to the indoor shower, offer an outdoor shower and bath, set in your own enclosed garden. The meals are exceptional and offer a great variety. Our Ranger Eddie and tracker Mosco were knowledgeable, professional and ensured all our questions were answered. They went out of their way to ensure that the best sightings were seen, the vehicle was clean and that our eats, which were individually packed due to covid, were available. For those who want to relax and enjoy nature, this lodge is definitely recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Chalet 1 or 2 recommended
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 20 Jan 2022
Kuname is truly a gem within the Karongwe Portfolio and we cannot wait to welcome you back again!
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thorpethorpe wrote a review Feb 2023
Marrakech, Morocco
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Kuname! We had a lovely warm welcome and things continued to be great throughout our four night stay. Our room was attractive and comfortable with an inside bathroom (and also an outside bath and shower) and a peaceful deck area complete with fridge. The room was very well-serviced every day. The delicious biscuits provided in the room were a real temptation. The dining area, lounge and outside deck area overlooking the river were beautifully and stylishly decorated.

The food (beginning with 5.30 a.m. coffee and snacks before the morning game drive through to a superb dinner at night after the second game drive) was absolutely superb. There is lots of food during the day, and the quality and presentation is a credit to the excellent chefs and the rest of the wonderful staff. The varied places to eat were always beautifully arranged and the stylish crockery and linen had been carefully chosen making each meal an absolute treat.

Our drivers and trackers were fantastic. Jurie and Freddie and Adolph and Mosco were skilled, patient, determined, knowledgeable and great fun (though bear in mind there is absolutely no compulsion to eat any of the strange things they suggest you can eat whilst out on drives . . .!)

The game reserve is very well-run with a limited number of vehicles operating in a vast area. Only two vehicles are allowed at major sightings and there is a limit of staying for five minutes if other vehicles arrive - no limit on time until then. This prevents what can happen on some game drives where a dozen vehicles surround one sighting. We were really impressed by this aspect of the Karongwe portfolio. We saw the Big Five several times and had a fantastic experience.

We would very happily return and may well do so.
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Date of stay: February 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 31 May 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and we hope we will see you again in the near future.
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Unvergesslichesafrika wrote a review Feb 2020
Hoedspruit, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Kuname lodge for two nights. From the moment the we arrived every need was taken care of. Anita and Andre were always on hand if we needed something and they made sure that we were well looked after. We visited all the lodges while were were at Karongwe and were amazed by the high level of hospitality that every staff member showed. We are looking forward to sending our guests to Karongwe. We know they will be looked after.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 20 Jan 2022
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Gabriele wrote a review Mar 2020
Elk, Washington
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge is beautiful with rooms in the outbuildings that provide more than expected amenities. Peaceful surroundings where you can relax with friends or just by yourself and read or talk about the activities of the day. Anita and Andre were our hosts and Adolph and Mosco were are guide and tracker for our drives.
Everyone was cheerful, friendly and helpful. The food served was tasty with fresh ingredients locally bought.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 20 Jan 2022
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Wanderer08443297512 wrote a review Apr 2023
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful lodge in a magnificent setting. Wonderful rooms with great outdoor bathrooms. Attention to detail was superb. After reading reviews and staying at another lodge prior I decided to book Kuname to celebrate my 60th with my 2 children who live overseas with their new partners who had never experienced the bush before. We were unfortunate to be allocated a game ranger who wasn’t interested in giving us the best experience in the bush. We went around in circles trying to spot a leopard - which I think was more for cataloguing purposes. Due to this we missed out on so much more in the bush. No information or facts. was given on other animals. We are huge bush travels and enjoy seeing everything from small to large and know that it is a gamble. Sightings were being called in but clearly weren’t of interest to our range. Having been to other lodges before we were most disappointed as I really wanted to give my family an amazing experience.
The food was delicious but service not so great, white wine was hot, had to pour our own wine. Plates not removed.
The rooms were very comfortable and beautiful.
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 31 May 2023
Thank you so much for your honest and helpful feedback and it has been taken to heart and will be looked into.
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goldfinchUK wrote a review Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge is really well situated over a river and animals process across throughout the day. When we were there the river was dry but there was still a steady stream of wildlife to watch during much of the day.
The staff are lovely and the food delicious and well presented. The rooms are delightful and the outside bath/showers offer monkeys as companions throughout the day! We enjoyed having a resident Kudo outside our room too. Thank you very much
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 31 May 2023
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Remedios C wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to this wonderful place a few days ago, in the month of August. I would like to emphasise all the staff who work there because they are wonderful. The place is wonderful, the houses are beautiful and the food is great, I have nothing negative.

I would especially like to emphasise our guide in Adolf Park, who put everything every day so that we were happy in the car watching animals and our watcher.
Also to Robert, the person in charge of all the guests.
Thank you for everything, it has been really wonderful. We'll Be Back.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Wear comfortable clothes for safaris
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 18 Sept 2023
Thank you for taking the time to send this wonderful feedback. We hope to welcome you back to Karongwe in the future. Karongwe Regards.
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Nicholasbell03456 wrote a review Jun 2024
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having been to Kruger a lot, I was apprehensive about the size of Karongwe, but it turned out to be more than large enough, it never felt like we were inhibited by the size.
The food was outstanding (and I would consider myself critical with food usually), our guide and tracker were both great guys and found us loads of wonderful sightings.
The cheetah walking that they allow has to be a highlight and could be a major drawcard for Karongwe in general.

The lodge is set in a stunning location over the river bed, which I gather is mostly dry, but that didn't bother us as we had that expectation. With only a few chalets, it is lovely and intimate.
I would say the rooms leave a bit to be desired (having stayed in other lodges). They're not bad by any means, but they're not very big, and they're also quite close to one another that you don't really have a great sense of privacy in my opinion. However they are nicely set up.

Overall I would recommend Kuname.
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Date of stay: June 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Karongwe Reservations, Marketing at Kuname Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Nicholas Thank you for sharing your beautiful and valued feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you had such an amazing stay during your recent visit! We have taken your suggestions to heart as we strive to improve the guest experience we offer at the lodge. We would love to host you again in the near future. Warm Regards Kuname Lodge
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nefer14 wrote a review May 2023
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 4 nights and enjoyed every moment whilst we were there. The dinning room staff were great fun and Gladys tried on my sarong as she had seen me wearing it. The meals we had were 5 star and the kitchen staff should be congratelated. The game drives were a lot of fun and we saw the most of the big 5.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 31 May 2023
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Patrizia V wrote a review Jan 2020
Rome, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the Kuname for 3 nights, and we have spent a perfect time there. A confortable room tidied twice a day, excellent food, a very kind personnel. Two safaris a day, one at 5,30 am and one at 4 pm. An unforgettable experience in the wilderness which we owe to Mosco, the tracker, and Adolph, the driver. Thank you, gita, for your professionalism and dedication
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 20 Jan 2022
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Answer from Ronald W
Las Vegas, Nevada20 contributions2 helpful votes
We used visa and mastercard. We did not use any cash.
Answer from 111titusd
Louisville, Kentucky3 contributions
Yes
Answer from AnneMichelle
Perth8 contributions4 helpful votes
It's cold first thing in the morning when you go out on the drive so I'd suggest a jacket. There really isn't any need to purchase "safari clothing" just don't wear bright colours. They have a great laundry service that is cheap if you want to pack lightly. It can get quite warm during the day so tees and shorts would be great. Didn't have any issues with mossies due to the lack of rain in a while but the managers will advise you on that when you arrive.
Answer from lornalandlady
West Sussex, United Kingdom5 contributions
We did not take malaria tablets for this area. We used sprays to protect ourselves. The best sprays are the ones containing a very high Deet content. We would spray the room and also ourselves. Non of us were bitten once. Hope this helps.
MattRyderNYC asked a question Mar 2016
New York City, New York8 contributions36 helpful votes
I thought food and drinks were included based on what I have read? Is that not the case?
Answer from andyh67186334
Coalville, United Kingdom9,964 contributions655 helpful votes
Food and drinks are included, i.e. breakfast, high tea and dinner. In addition to this, you are allowed one drink per game drive. House wine is free with dinner, but should you choose a different wine, you will be charged for this. Light snacks are also provided on both game drives.
Remedios C wrote a tip Sept 2023
123 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wear comfortable clothes for safaris"
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Footloose wrote a tip Dec 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The weather is not predictable anymore but we were hoping for water in the river at beginning of Dec, dry as a bone. (sigh)"
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Sandy M wrote a tip Jan 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalet 1 or 2 recommended"
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georgiegirl7 wrote a tip Mar 2019
Ower, United Kingdom547 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The view from the Premier Suite terrace is obscured by trees"
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Petra152 wrote a tip Sept 2018
Emalahleni, South Africa39 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room no. 5 far end of the lodge and very quite, with small antelopes grazing next to the suite and a beautiful view of the river"
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PRICE RANGE
R 9,193 - R 13,998 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kuname river hotel tzaneen
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kuname Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kuname Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Kuname Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kuname Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kuname Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kuname Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kuname Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kuname Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kuname Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
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