As a first-time Safari-an, I had high expectations when arriving at the Camp. But this team managed to even exceed those by far.
Of course, the stay is not cheap but the experience, new acquaintances and the culinary highlights more than just compensate you for the expense.
We landed in Phalaborwa, got picked up and brought to the Camp.
For those of you who get motion sick: Might be good to pop a pill when leaving the airport. After 30min on asphalt you go off-road. During the rainy season this could mean 1h of bone rattling fun.
Arriving slightly late we got a short intro to the premises by the charming manager, a quick lunch and immediately started with our first tour.
Our guide Jeff and his spotter Stuart were the best. Very knowledgeable about the wildlife, talented trackers and always urged to make each tour a special experience, these guys made our trip unforgettable.
I can also highly recommend to book the 'sleep-out' immediately upon arrival. We are quite germophobic, so we thought long and hard if we want to spend a night on a tree. But the facilities there were extremely luxurious. And on top of that we spotted a big leopard strolling by in the early morning.
The tents at the camp are very luxurious as well. Only when the wind blows or the rain falls you notice that it's actually a tent.
Have not seen such great and genuinely friendly service at any hotel. Even the guards were open for any kind of topic to talk about.
As if the 2 daily tours were not exciting enough, the staff puts a lot of effort into providing an eventful frame around those tours. The 'sleep-out' is certainly the coolest one but they also change the dinner localities and menu daily. Any dietary constraints are no issue for their skilled kitchen team. A lady next to me refused a main dish due to her diet and did not wait more than 10min until she got a super tasty replacement.
Although you can have a blast here while travelling alone, the camp seems to be a hot spot for honeymooners and romantic couples. However, you have a full bar for free and easy-going staff to chat with, should those in love be pre-occupied with each other.
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve