Karongwe Port­fo­lio

Tourism Tattler - - AFRICA’S SUSTAINABLE TOURISM GEMS -

Karongwe Port­fo­lio con­sists of six lux­ury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Pri­vate Game Re­serve, bor­der­ing the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game re­serves near Tzaneen in South Africa's Lim­popo Prov­ince.

What sets Karongwe apart from sim­i­lar prop­er­ties in the prov­ince is its com­mit­ment to work­ing hand in hand in uplift­ing sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties both in terms of em­ploy­ment and wildlife con­ser­va­tion. The en­vi­ron­ment is both hon­oured and pre­served, with all six lodges in the re­serve hav­ing been care­fully built around pre-ex­ist­ing trees to se­cure as small a foot­print as pos­si­ble.

In ad­di­tion to the close re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal com­mu­nity re­gard­ing the aware­ness of con­ser­va­tion; Karongwe Port­fo­lio places great em­pha­sis on the youth in terms of ed­u­ca­tion. Karongwe's in­volve­ment with lo­cal schools and an or­phan­age has been a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved.

Fur­ther­more, the Port­fo­lio has em­barked on a suc­cess­ful train­ing pro­gram for un­em­ployed adults in the area in var­i­ous de­part­ments of the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try to as­sist them in gain­ing the nec­es­sary skills to find em­ploy­ment. Karongwe re­mains ded­i­cated to this fruit­ful re­la­tion­ship.

Sup­port of lo­cal art also plays a sig­nif­i­cant role, with im­pres­sive South African paintings be­ing cel­e­brated on a gallery dis­play wall in the com­mu­nal area of Becks Sa­fari Lodge.

Karongwe Pri­vate Game Re­serve has six lux­ury lodg­ings; the re­cently launched Becks Sa­fari Lodge with 8 sa­fari suites and 2 family or cou­ples-ori­ented suites, Chi­somo Sa­fari Camp (which means ‘bless­ings') with 24 en-suite tented rooms, Ku­name Lodge with 5 lux­ury chalets, Ku­name Manor House which can ac­com­mo­date up to six guests, Shiduli Pri­vate Game Lodge with 24 suites, and Karongwe River Lodge with 11 spa­cious air-con­di­tioned suites and en-suite bath­rooms.

Com­mu­nity staff are also trained at the Karongwe Port­fo­lio Spa, which uses the heav­enly aro­mas and herbal pu­rity of the unique Thera Naka body range to cre­ate a mes­meris­ing and in­no­va­tive body and sense-sooth­ing sa­fari, repli­cat­ing the earthy scents and the awein­spir­ing won­der of this most pro­found con­ti­nent.

Over­all, the Karongwe Port­fo­lio meets the sus­tain­able tourism ex­pec­ta­tions of the most dis­cern­ing of eco­tourists.

Travel. En­joy. Re­spect.

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