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Garonga Safari Camp
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

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!!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

A pleasure to have you and your family stay, and so glad you enjoyed your holiday at Garonga.
The winter months are indeed the best time to come; clear evenings with fantastic stars, especially if you are on the sleepout deck, no bugs, no rains; warm to hot days and cool to cold nights.
Thanks so much for your kind words.
Bernie

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We married at Garonga 15 years ago, and waited until our children are old enough to appreciate it before we returned. Once again, it did not disappoint. The drives were excellent, as was the service and the overall experience. Unfortunately, sleeping out on the deck where we were married was somewhat impacted by heavy winds, but we tied ourselves together and laughed our way through the night whilst staying warm under many blankets. It didn't ruin anything though. The kids loved their first experience of safari, and are already asking when we can return. Hopefully, not it another 15 years. Thanks again to all who made our stay special again. We cannot recommend it highly enough - it is a proper, luxury safari experience.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

It was so nice to have you back and with your children to show where you "Tied the Knot".
The sleepout is an amazing experience but sometimes "Mother Nature" plays games.
We hope to see you back.
Best Wishes
Bernie

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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
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

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 15 October 2017

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 15 October 2017

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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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$4,071 - HK$8,568 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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