Kaingo Game Reserve is a 16,400 hectare big 5 private game reserve
in the Waterberg Biosphere, where you’ll find Royal Morubisi’s
Founders and River Lodge
Kaingo is a 16 400 hectare (41 000 acre) private game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. A pleasant 2.5-hour drive from Johannesburg, 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, which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001.
As a declared Nature Reserve with the primary objective of Natural Resource Conservation the Reserve is run along pure, sustainable management and development principles, with an exceptionally low development and tourist footprint. Kaingo Reserve Foundation, a non-profit public benefit organisation is the appointed management authority of the reserve.
The grassy plains and savanna abound with animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and impala. It is the diversity of habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 300 bird species, including rare species such as African finfoot and Narina trogon.
Kaingo protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s owners, and management is 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.
Rich in human history there is also an array of rock art sites on Kaingo. With hundreds of images spread across 15 sites, Kaingo offers the biggest variety of rock art and archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age.
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.
We have adopted a holistic approach, laying the groundwork for long-term ecological and economic viability, and creating a model of conservation supported by ecotourism that can be sustained indefinitely.
Research is a vital part of what we do. Kaingo has been involved in numerous research projects in collaboration with various academics from local and international universities, often leading to scientific publications.
The Mokolo River, meaning “deep and silent” or “large flow” in the Tswana language, threads its way along its’ thirteen-kilometre route through the reserve. The mighty river has left behind massive cliffs, sandy beaches, natural causeways, potholes and waterfalls, all surrounded by breath-taking 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.
Uniting first-rate comfort with the untamed beauty of the African outdoors, Royal Morubisi offers a uniquely memorable escape. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to forge lasting memories in an environment of pure peace.
Enjoy breathtaking scenic views, including rivers and mountain tops…
Embark on a serene Moloko River Boat Cruise to witness the wildlife of Kaingo…
Focus on the often-missed smaller details like animal tracks and signs…
Join an Ancient Rock Art & Heritage Tour to learn about the area’s ancient history…
Home to the Big 5 and 72 other mammal species.A birder’s paradise with 352 bird species…
We’re striving to conserve the biodiversity, ecological integrity, landscape characteristics….
Engage in fishing activities in the Mokolo River, home to 32 different fish species…
Engage in fishing activities in the Mokolo River, home to 32 different fish species. The area offers picturesque spots for mostly catch-and-release fishing, with the option to have caught bass prepared by our kitchen chefs as a delightful snack.
We’re striving to conserve the biodiversity, ecological integrity, landscape characteristics and cultural resources of Kaingo Game Reserve for future generations. As custodians of nature for the next generation we have an opportunity and thus responsibility to make a significant contribution to the protection of the Waterberg.
Embark on a serene Mokolo River Boat Cruise to witness the wildlife of Kaingo. Our expert guides ensure an educational journey through the reserves beauty. With the gentle boat pace, experience up-close encounters with animals and the diverse fauna and flora of the region.
*NB: River levels are low at the moment.