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“ABSOLUTELY 5 STAR. I CANNOT FAULT THIS PLACE!”

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Garonga Safari Camp
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I must explain before I review this place that I am the customer from hell and can find fault in EVERYWHERE I STAY!

I did not want to go on safari and stay in a tent and this was not my idea of a relaxing holiday, until I found Garonga and Little Garonga!

I am now converted. I could not fault this place, it is AMAZING, I am totally converted and LOVED every minute, no every second, of this holiday.

ALL of the staff are wonderful, thank you so much CJ, Richard, Phineus, Josiah, Loderick, Charlotte, Bernie and the lovely chef who made me mash potato because I am a fussy eater!

You are an example of how to do a job properly, this is hospitality at its best. Anyone who can find fault in this place, shame on you! If you don't appreciate this lodge then don't go on safari because it is not for you and perhaps you need to return to Benidorm where you can stay in a nice 3 star hotel!

Thank you guys, from not wanting to embrace a safari holiday, thanks to you I am totally hooked. You have given me memories to last me a lifetime ( Julie's corner! ). I can't wait to come back and see my elephant Lisette.

Keep doing what you do, you are incredible! X

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Well, this is very encouraging. Thanks so much for your very kind response. Great that you were so well looked after and enjoyed your whole stay.
Next Safari?
best Wishes
Bernie

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Had high hopes and this went way beyond - accommodation is very good and service food and drinks top notch with elephants and wildlife providing the entertainment while you eat ! As for safari I would not have believed how close you get and the wildlife doesn't bat an eye - we got Elephants 2 herds including new born and 5-6 individual elephants, White and black Rhino, lions (4 prides), leopard twice, 2 cheaters mother and youngster twice with kill 2nd time, Hippos in the water, buffalo, impala Kudo and 2 other types of antelope, Girafffes galore including baby still with umbilical cord, Zebra wilderbeest Hyena Jackal crocodile and many others - tracker Richard and driver/tracker Isaac where brilliant - if you are thinking of a safari strongly recommend you do it and Garonga is ideal with a max 12 people at Garongo and 6 at little Garonga making this an ideal size.

Room Tip: Any really there are only 6 3 on either side of the ameities area
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thanks indeed for your very kind feedback. You certainly sound as though you had a great Safari Experience; great attributes to the Guide and Tracker.
It does show that you don't have to go to the very expensive Lodges further South in order to see great Game.
Thanks again.
Bernie

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Wow, what an awesome way to go on Safari. Garonga was everything we were hoping for and more. The Safari felt very private and we were able to see so much wildlife in an amazing landscape. (Highlight was seeing a Leopard on our last day) The service is second to none and you really feel like you are part of the landscape set above a dry river bed. The Food and service is exceptional and I would highly recommend spending a night under the stars in their very own tree house and also taking a Bush Bath. With it's own private air strip and very helpful staff this is definitely a place to go and visit. Our holiday was arranged by Emily at Imagine Africa who we can thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Am so glad you had a great stay, with the Game Viewing, the great food and service, and those great little add-ons that are all included ; the Bath under the Stars and the majical sleepout.
Imagine Africa - I cannot recommend enough. They are as you say, Brilliant!
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Bernie

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I have been to Africa three times , this time it was at the end of a three month trip volunteering, it was my time to relax.
What an amazing experience from beginning to end.
The camp is beautiful and your guides, trackers and hosts go out of their way to make sure that you have the best time possible.
It is a beautiful camp, also known as Glamping which is what it is. Three beautiful meals a day, every night is different .
For those of you who have not yet visited Africa this is a place you want to go to.
It is only a hour flight from Joburg and you will be picked up and taken to this most beautiful sight.
You will see all the animals that you only see on television.

Room Tip: Luxury Tent
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled solo
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Of course we are really chuffed you enjoyed your stay and had a great relaxing time after your very noble "Volunteer Work".
Glamping - is that what its called? Sounds a suitable description.
Thanks again.
best Wishes
Bernie

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This was a best ever vacation!! saw the African big 5 animals. Food was amazing, rooms were 5 star and beyond and staff were exceptional.

This is an amazing way to see all the wildlife of African in a 5 star resort.

For the extra mile do the sleep out on the tree top room... spectacular !!!

Room Tip: all the rooms are amazing
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

What very kind words. Thank-You! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Garonga and experienced the majical sleepout. It gets better in Winter and is surprisingly warmer up there.
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Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: HK$2,344 - HK$8,670 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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