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Witfontein Road Bulgerivier District, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Kaingo is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty, an African Eden. Situated in the Waterberg, 2.5 hours from Johannesburg, Kaingo Private Game Reserve is the malaria-free, safari holiday you’ve been searching for. Accommodating family, friends or business associates, our facilities, coupled with our spectacular location and passion for the environment, make this an unforgettable destination. Sweeping across 22 500 acres of bush veld savannah, river, valley and magic mountain landscapes, Kaingo represents a piece of Africa as it used to be with unique wildlife experiences, thrilling activities and picturesque natural assets in abundance. With the mighty Mokolo river weaving through breath taking landscapes, Kaingo has distilled the finest natural wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests. As a declared Nature Reserve with the primary objective of Natural Resource Conservation the Reserve is run along pure, sustainable management and development principles.
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Witfontein Road Bulgerivier District, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Pierro wrote a review Oct 2020
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions2 helpful votes
After visiting many other game lodges in South Africa over the last number of years, Kaingo is a slice of heaven, spectacular! The ultimate! Best Bush experience ever, abundant wildlife, stunning, comfortable and family friendly. Great food, service and hospitality, Ranger Andre - world class, wow 👍👍- probably the best conservation reserve in SA and best gamer ranger / teacher! Stunning animal encounters, first time that kids could not stop talking about their experience and learning about different fauna and flora! Best in class Thank you to Cisca from Buscapes who arranged the booking and made the reservation - exceptional service
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from The Kaingo Team, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 12 Nov 2020
Dear Pierre, Thank you very much for the detailed review on TripAdvisor, we are very happy you enjoyed the lodge and all of its facilities. At Kaingo we pride ourselves with the sharing of the nature as well as Kaingo's commitment to conservation in the Waterberg . Our team is only strengthened by the amazing staff, we have that ensure the elements of the lodge are unlocked for the guests enjoyment, from our cuisine to the world class ranger in Andre. Once again thank you for the kind words which I will share with the team. Regards The Kaingo TEAM
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Jo-Anne wrote a review Sep 2020
Grenada2 contributions
We celebrated a special birthday with family members at Kaingo Game Reserve. The experience was completely unforgettable - from the friendly and welcoming staff to the beautiful lodge, it was just wonderful. The food served was beyond delicious and no request made was too much for the staff. They really made the weekend so special. The sightings were some of the best we have ever experienced and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the rangers was just incredible.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Wim Berghout, Guest Services / Front Office at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 10 Sep 2020
Dear Jo-Anne Thank you for your positive review and for choosing Kaingo Game Reserve to celebrate Pierre’s birthday. It was a pleasure for the team and I to host your group and we happy that were able to live up to your expectations. I have passed on your compliments to the team and these are always appreciated. Best regards Etienne and The Kaingo Team
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Paul A wrote a review Feb 2020
London3 contributions
We stayed in the Leopard Lodge which is beautifully finished. (05:00 alarm call of a lion roaring 20m outside the fence!) The food in the restaurant was presented with care and elan, and was very nice. The game drives were fun and the ranger very patient with us and knowledgeable. The bush walk was fun as well. This is a high quality hotel in which to relax and observe game (we saw 4 of the big 5, and a herd of sable - beautiful, and lots more) and learn, it is a not a drive through tick off the animals and go place. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 10 Feb 2020
Dear PaulA568, Thank you very much for the detailed review on TripAdvisor, we are very happy you enjoyed the lodge and all of its facilities. At Kaingo we pride ourselves with the sharing of the nature as well as Kaingo's commitment to conservation in the Waterberg . The bush walk is the ideal way to be able to get very close to nature, and i am happy you enjoyed it. Once again thank you for the kind words which I will share with the team. Regards The Kaingo TEAM
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Gail H wrote a review Jan 2020
St. Ives, Australia36 contributions13 helpful votes
We visited Kaingo Game reserve in January and had an amazing time. The reserve is exceptionally maintained, friendly, and catered or more than our needs. Our guide Andre is friendly, filled with an abundant amount of knowledge across many topics and specifically the animals, including fauna and flora. The reserve was flexible and very accommodating, they exceeded any expectations we had and we highly recommend Kiango Game Reserve. The accommodation was warm, clean, comfortable. Food was spectacular and delicious.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 31 Jan 2020
Dear Gail, Thank you for the very positive review of Kaingo Game Reserve. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us as well the sharing of the knowledge of the reserve, we pride ourselves on exclusivity as well as our focus on "Conservation first" in the Waterberg region. I will pass on the feedback to Andre and the team who made your visit memorable. Best regards The Kaingo Team
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Marjan B wrote a review Jan 2020
Hoeilaart, Brabant, Belgium7 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family stay at Kaingo was a return to safari after 10 years of absence. We couldn’t have asked for a better return. The main lodge is beautiful. It is fenced in a subtle way which makes it OK for the us and the children to roam free within the garden but whiteout loosing the connection with the wild game. The diversity of the surrounding landscape is astonishing, and we saw plenty of animals and birds. Another draw is the millennia old cave art that can be found on the property. What made the experience even more outstanding was the dedication of our ranger Andre, who was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, solicitous and this both with my husband and myself and with our two daughters aged 11 and 14. He took us on game drives, on nature hikes and we went fishing too! We always felt safe and we learned a lot. Whenever we came back Etienne and his friendly and helpful team took care that we didn’t go hungry or thirsty and they had no problem catering for our dietary needs. Thank you to the whole team and to the beautiful Kaingo game and nature reserve. We hope that one day we might return.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear 119marjanb, Thank you for choosing Kaingo Game Reserve, and The Elephant Lodge. Your review of your stay is most appreciated and humbling that you choose us after a 10 year absence from safaris. We are happy you enjoyed the various activities with the educational benefit, we are proud of our culture of conservation and imparting that knowledge to a younger generation that will grow up with a keen interest in conservation. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kaingo Game Reserve in the near future. Regards The Kaingo Team.
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elisabeth95 wrote a review Jan 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions
Best Safari experience ever. This is the third Safari we have been on and this was by far the most impressive. The attention to detail is outstanding. Food superb, rooms spacious and beautiful. Gardens & setting are stunning. Great service at all times. The best was the guide, Andre, the game drives were amazing, his knowledge and experience made this holiday very special. The approach at Kaingo is quite unique, with the focus upon conservation, we learnt so much, no game drive was the same. We went fishing, got very close to lots of animals, crocs, hippos, elephants etc etc. My 9 year old cried (a lot) when we left because the care and thought that was given to her so she could get the most out of the holiday was so good, she was very sad to leave. She got to name a newborn baby Zebra, eat the fish she had caught that day, collect different stones to take to school and meet some amazing animals up close. Superb, thank you.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 09 Jan 2020
Dear Ellisabeth803 Thank you for your kind words and wonderful review of your stay at Kaingo! We aim to make every safari a unique experience suited to each family member, young and old. The service, lodge and catering tend to be an extension of each staff members passion, as you no doubt experienced! As for the game drives; the real stars are the animals. We hope to see you back soon for a visit to CK, the little Zebra! Best regards The Kaingo TEAM.
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djorchard73 wrote a review Nov 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
we had the most unbelievably amazing weekend in this little piece of heaven with its amazing staff. we took my mom away to celebrate her 80th birthday, and we wanted somewhere special to do this. everything about the weekend exceeded our expectations. the accomodation was perfect, classy, comfortable, but not over the top. the food was delicious and beautifully presented at each meal. the staff honestly went above and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable and well looked after at all times. thank you Kaingo team for leaving us with this lasting and wonderful memory of a very special time spent with our mom on her 80th birthday
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, General Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 24 Dec 2019
Thank you for the review, it was a pleasure hosting the family at Kaingo Game Reserve and look forward to welcoming you back. Best regards, Andre & Etienne and the TEAM.
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tom v wrote a review Aug 2019
Rotterdam, The Netherlands9 contributions7 helpful votes
What a great place and such a nice staff. Food is excellent and Frans, the headwaiter really takes care of all your food and drinks wishes.we were lucky to be theonly visitors in the lodgeand ourranger Jacco did his very best to spot the animals. Great place nice staff and one of the better lodges we have visited in South Arica
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 04 Aug 2019
Thank you Tom It was a pleasure having you and your family with us. I will relay your message to Jaco, Frans and all the others. It is our mission at Kaingo to make every visit memorable, hope to see you back soon. Wim Berghout Lodge Manager
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KSV20192019 wrote a review Jul 2019
Surrey, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had an amazing time at Kaingo for my husbands 50th birthday celebration. Our party had the entire lodge to ourselves and the staff went out of their way to make the experience very special. Nothing was too much. The food was excellent, service excellent, rooms excellent. Daily game drives and a fantastic river cruise. Only 3 hours from Johannesburg. I can highly recommend Kaingo.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from KaingoGameReserve, Manager at Kaingo Game Reserve
Responded 30 Jul 2019
Dear Kim Thank you for your kind words! It was our pleasure to host Matt’s 50th birthday. I will convey your appreciation to the Kaingo team. Trust we will have another opportunity to host a special occasion for you in the future. Kaingo Greetings Wim Berghout Lodge Manager
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Sarah D wrote a review Jul 2019
Kingswood, United Kingdom197 contributions55 helpful votes
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We were fortunate to be invited to a 50th Birthday where the entire lodge was booked out for our party for the weekend. A small team run this reserve and lodge like a tight ship. There are plenty of vehicles to take everyone out on game drives across the reserve and a particular highlight was the river cruise (a boat accommodating approximately 10 people). The accommodation itself is lovely and all the meals were exceptional. The reserve has the big 5 (although we didn’t see them all - possibly hindered by us being a particularly chatty group). A wonderful spot to go if you’re looking for somewhere close to Johannesburg which offers all you need in a game reserve.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 29 Jul 2019
Dear Sarah Thank you for your kind words! It was our pleasure hosting your group whom we enjoyed much as we shared the magic that Kaingo has to offer. I will relay your words of motivation and thanks to the team Hope the experience will linger in your memory for a long time. Kaingo Greetings Wim Berghout Lodge Manager
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Ka'Ingo Private Reserve & Spa
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South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergVaalwater
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14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaingo Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Kaingo Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Kaingo Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kaingo Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kaingo Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kaingo Game Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Kaingo Game Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Kaingo Game Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.