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Exclusive. Authentic. Personal

Situated along the banks of the Mokolo River in the malaria free, Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, this family-friendly reserve has created a variety of unique visitor experiences around 15,500 Ha of awesome natural beauty.

We are so much more than just another game reserve - with thirteen kilometres of water frontage along the biggest river, with direct access to the biggest dam, with the most space per person per hectare, with the most pristine wilderness areas, and with the most diverse landscapes in the Waterberg.

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The Lodge

Ka'Ingo offers a truly unique combination of excellent nature viewing in unsurpassed scenery, with a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora, rolling plains and majestic cliffs.

It is one of the few reserves that can offer authentic accommodation and top notch service yet maintain the balance between the ecological integrity of the large natural landscape and the wellbeing of the animals throughout the year.

The rooms all have a view across the luscious gardens, which can also be utilized for a famiy picnic.

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The Waterberg Biosphere

The Waterberg (Northern Sotho: Thaba Metsi) is a mountainous massif of approximately 14,500 square kilometers situated in the northern Limpopo Province, South Africa, and is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The average height of the mountain range is 600 m with a few peaks rising up to 1400 m above sea level. The extensive rock formation was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landform.

The ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg there are archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age, and nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.

The small town of Vaalwater is located just north of the Waterberg mountain range, and Kaingo Private Game Reserve is located a further 35km northwest of Vaalwater.

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Quick Overview

  • Family-friendly for all to enjoy
  • Exclusive lodge in beautiful setting
  • Personal service, tailored relaxation
  • A passionate team to serve you
  • Professional guides with a wealth of knowlege
  • Malaria free area
  • Place of astounding beauty
  • Pristine wilderness areas
  • Large, exclusive, natural setting
  • Rivers, mountains, savanna - we have it all
  • In the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
  • Unforgettable safari experiences
  • Special children's program
  • San and Pedi Rock Art
  • Botanical walks and drives
  • Prolific birdlife
  • Easily accessible
  • Less than three hours from OR Tambo
  • 1200 m grassed airstrip with a large hanger

Ka'Ingo Highlights

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San and Pedi (Northern Sotho) rock art sites dating back to the dawn of man.

Birding Birder Friendly

The birdlife in Ka'Ingo Private Reserve is prolific; it is a birdwatchers paradise.


"Very Nice weekend." We had a great weekend. Service is perfect. Food perfect prepared by Anna. Dumisani drove us to all the nice places during the Gamedrives. He has great knowledge of all nature. Maretha is a wonderful host. Room and lodge are very nice. Park is very good maintained.
- Reviewed by 965fritsh

"Fantastic destination for nature lovers!" We visited Ka’ingo during the past weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and received fantastic service from Maretha and the rest of the staff. Ka’ingo is a beautiful reserve and is a gem of an area for us as birders. We recorded nearly 90 species over the Saturday and Sunday, not a bad total, especially considering it is winter and many migrants are missing. Our highlights were three separate sightings of the threatened and elusive African Finfoot, a flock of about 20 Temminck’s Coursers and two Striped Pipits in the gardens of the lodge! We can only dream as to what a more dedicated birding trip will discover along the river, broadleaf woodland as well as the forest patches. We also had nice sightings of elephant and many other mammal species. The butterflies in the garden was also very special. A place that must be visited by nature lovers and people who enjoy animals, large and small.
- Ernst_Retief

"An absolute gem of a lodge!" Take 6 luxury chalets plus a small, professional and intensely proud team and drop them into the middle of 15000 (yup, that's THOUSAND) hectares of pristine Waterberg bushveld and you get Ka'ingo. The only other way I can think of getting the same experience is by forking up R100million+ and buying your own reserve! Thanks to Mariette, Dumisani and the team for giving my family and I the best father's day weekend since I became a father.
- Reviewed by kkkevsta

"Location and Service are perfect" We stayed for two nights. 2 game drives per day. The service is high class. We spent a wonderfull moment during this period of May. Rooms are big ones with a wonderfull view on the garden and where animal come to visit. The bathroom is perfect.
- Reviewed by xx x

"Personal and outstanding" Amazing accommodation, service and food. Game drives were personal and informative. We really loved it here and would like to go back one day. The reserve does have the big five but their focus is conservation so you will be lucky to spot them!
- Reviewed by jonathandK387ZL

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