We spent 5 nights at Garonga ( 1st to 6th August) - my wife and I in one 'tent' and our children ( 15 and 17) in another. It was without doubt one of the best weeks of our lives! The accommodation and rest of the camp is superb, and the staff cannot do enough for you to make your stay a total joy.
During our stay we did 9 safari drives with CJ and Phineas as our guide and tracker : both of them were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We managed to see elephants, lions ( including cubs), hippos, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, rhino, and on our final drive a leopard.
The time back at the camp between drives was extremely relaxing - my children even braved the pool which is unheated and was rather 'cool'. The food was delicious, especially the breakfasts and lunches. We also enjoyed the mixing of the evening meals between 'communal' with the other guests ( there are only a max of 12) or separate tables by family/group.
We spent one night on the sleep out option. This is very comfortable and seems quite safe - but if you were only staying 2 or 3 nights I wouldn't suggest sacrificing a night in the camp. Also the meal provided for the sleep out was our only very tiny suggestion re what could be improved - there is absolutely nothing else that could be believe me!!
We really cannot recommend Garonga highly enough - both for the safari but also just for the all round comfort and relaxation of the camp, and the superb and friendly staff. We absolutely want to return someday ( and by the way August seemed just about perfect).
Finally, I would also like to thank Charlotte via this review for averting a family crises. When we were dropped off at the airport for our onward flight to Cape Town my daughter realised after about 10 minutes she had left her laptop in the taxi! We only had 30 minutes until we had to catch our flight, but after a few calls to Charlotte she tracked down the taxi and it got back to us with 5 minutes to spare! Thank you Charlotte!!
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- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve