Home is where your heart is.

In the heart of the 9.000 ha Karongwe Private Game Reserve the beautiful Indlovu River Lodge is located on the tranquil banks of the Kuvjename River. It is here that guests come to for drawing in the unsurpassed peace of the bush, experiencing the timeless sensations of Africa and exploring this world of splendour. We consider Indlovu River Lodge your second home in the bush where we provide friendship, relaxation and comfort combined with an unforgettable African safari experience.

Explore African nature. The prime bushveld with its seasonal rivers and rocky outcrops provides for exceptional game viewing and birding. The reserve is home to over 350 bird species, with big game that includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah. Our qualified game rangers and trackers will sweep you off into the bush. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of nature on game drives and bush walks and capture that perfect photograph.  

Living the dream. The lodges’ history started in 1992 following a family’s dream to live in the African bush. During their search for a suitable a piece of land, the Venter family came across a plot next to the Kuvjename River and immediately fell in love with it. So they decided to leave city life behind and move to the tranquillity of the bush. Within a few years four chalets were built for the family to live in together. Over the years Dawn, with her passionate green fingers, nurtured a lush and most serene garden with numerous indigenous trees.

Giving back to the wild. Formerly the land and the surrounding area were used for cattle farming and in 1998 the seven landowners decided to drop their fences and create a Big 5 conservancy. Gradually wild animals were re-introduced. Those were exciting days indeed, with elephants and lions strolling through the Venter’s gardens, right in front of their doorstep! Subsequently the lodge’s surrounds were fenced to keep pesky tuskers from destroying Dawn’s carefully tended gardens.

Sharing a special place. The Venter family always wanted to share their little piece of paradise with other people. So after the Venter’s sons moved on, the idea of a private game lodge was born and in 2005 the gates of Indlovu River Lodge opened to share this little piece of heaven with you – our guest. Our chalets and suites are named after the celebrated “Great Tusker” elephants of the Kruger Park: Shingwedzi, Shawu, Kambaku and Ndlulamithi.

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