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“A PIECE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH”

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Garonga Safari Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Garonga Safari Camp is on the edge of Kruger Park and can be reached by an all-terrain vehicle in a 1 1/2 hours drive through wilderness. At the end of the journey, travelers find themselves surrounded by raw nature, a large water hole occupied at various times by elephants, antelopes, warthogs and other animals. The tents are open to the crisp, clean air, exotic birds and stealthy baboons during the day but extremely comfortable and attractive inside. The sitting and eating lodge, consisting of several terraced levels, is beautiful and invites guests to mingle and socialize over delicious food and beverages. Game drives start at sun rise every morning and are led by local experts whose skills at finding lions, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, etc. are simply astounding. They are part of the multi-tasking staff of exceptionally well trained and friendly people of all ages. It may be in the middle of nowhere but Garonga Safari Camp feels like a piece of heaven on Earth- a place to return to someday

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Fred K
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Very kind of you with your very positive feedback. Thanks.
We hope indeed to see you back one day.
Best Wishes
Bernie

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

I recently visited Garonga again with my boyfriend and we absolutely loved our stay. We both work in the lodge industry and have been fortunate enough to visit a lot of different lodges in the Kruger area, but in my opinion Garonga is one of the best there is and I cannot recommend it enough. The staff are all so friendly, the lodge and rooms are simply stunning,the food is delicious and we had great game viewing. The lodge/camp experience at Garonga really is a cut above most other lodges I have visited. If you are thinking about visiting Garonga, just go ahead and book it, you will definitely not regret your decision. Thank you to everyone at Garonga!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks indeed to you both for such kind words. It was a pleasure hosting you, and so glad you enjoyed your stay at Garonga.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a very special place, if your thinking about going, stop thinking and book it. You will not be disappointed. The tents are extremely comfortable. The food and service is perfect. I must say that the manager Charlotte needs a mention she is first rate. Very professional and accommodating. Without being over the top. What a star she is well done Charlotte. Bernardo the owner is very passionate about Garonga, and so he should be. It's fantastic. And all the staff are great. Thank you for a great holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, if you have mobility issues, 3 and 4 are a good choice
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks indeed for your feedback. Charlotte is indeed a Star.
We are very fortunate to have such great Staff , most of whom have been here since the beginning.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We've spend 3 nights at Garonga Safari camp and it was great!!
The tent (if you can call it that.....) is excellent, really good beds, great outdoor shower (and indoor ofcourse), nice touch that they have the electric blanket turned on when you arrive in your tent after dinner.
The game drives were outstanding, Jozia and Richard really went out of their way to show us all the animals!
Besides that all the rangers at Garonga make sure it's not too crowded when you find an animal. It's not like in some other places where there are 8 cars around 1 lion.

Everyone from the staff makes you feel at home.
We've also done the massage and the microflight, both which we can recommend!

It's a small lodge, only 12 people at a time, which makes it really intimate. After the evening game drive you have a drink with the other guests at the fire. Dinner is at a different place at the lodge every evening, toghether with the other guests, with your own party under the stars, at the boma.

All in all we've had a great time at Garonga and would love to come back!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback.
I am so happy you enjoyed your stay. The Microlite flight is indeed great fun and well recommended.
Best Regards
Bernie

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

A safari had been on the Bucket List for my Wife for many years. This year we decided to cross it from the list and chose this beautiful place to close it out.
We were met at the nearby field airport by CJ in a long-wheelbase Range Rover for the bumpy trip to the accommodation.
The first word that came to us when we turned into the site was PARADISE!
We were welcomed into the main sitting area which was beautifully appointed and comfortable. From here we were given a site tour by Charlotte and all of our preconceptions were blown away by the sheer beauty of the place!
The living quarters as sumptuous by any standard, the food is of a really high standard too.
Management and staff are all friendly, helpful and approachable.
What about the wildlife?
Everything we could wish to see and then more! For conservation reason the Buffalo had been moved but everything else more than compensated...including the bush babies and squirrels moving around our homes!
The bird life was superb too. We were fortunate enough to pair up with a lovely couple, Mark & Sheila Curley, who accompanied us throughout our visit. Mark is a bird enthusiast so was invaluable!
Our driver, CJ, and Bush Guide, Phineas, were exemplary!
On our trip out to the overnight stay in the Bush, Phineas found tracks of a white rhino which we followed. We didn't see the rhino that night but did on the following day! Absolutely brilliant!
Our final safari led us to a beautiful Cheetah which posed like a professional for us! This sighting was followed by a bush surprise party, set-up by the staff for us!
From the balcomnies of the tents and main area, views over the water hole showd Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant and Lion .
This holiday was the finest that my Wife and I had been on together. What a way to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary!
I advise anyone thinking of a safari holiday to look very closely at Garonga!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Am so glad Garonga exceeded your expecatations on your very special occassion.
Thanks indeed for your very kind feedback.
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Bernie

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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$2,333 - HK$8,636 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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