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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I returned this summer to Garonga, the site of our honeymoon 13 years ago, with our two sons, ages 9 and 11, and my husband's parents in tow. My father in law has Parkinson's Disease, so we decided to come to South Africa for a week and stay only at Little Garonga, where we rented all three... More 

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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding experience in every way. Superb accommodations, excellent driver and tracker Louis and Richard, wonderful food and great staff. Manager Charmaine (sp?) most helpful when we needed to see a doctor in Hoedspruit )and with all our other "issues")

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While Garonga and Little Garonga are undoubtedly the perfect spot for a most romantic honeymoon, you don't need to be young or in love to appreciate the wonders of the African Bush, courtesy of Bernie and his staff. The Makalali Game Reserve offers all the Big Five, together with a huge variety of other flora and fauna, and the expert... More 

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our outstanding visit while honeymoon. Staying at Garonga Safaria Camp is not a choise it is to be there if you want to see great nature and lovely service. Starting with a welcome drink, the manager showed us the camp, explained a lot and was very smart. Every day we had at least two safaris, breakfeast, meal and... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This "camp" is a well kept secret of South Africa. Traveling off the main road for almost 45 mins. is your first clue that your are in for a taste of a vanishing Africa. The staff is as warm and welcoming as you could possibly want and try to anticipate your every need. Garonga is a place that will leave... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Garonga is a great safari camp. We have been on safari numerous times and this place hit all the marks and then some. Only 6 "tents" so no more than 12 guests at a time. The tents are actually small, very posh concrete houses with mesh windows and front flap enclosures that make it feel like a luxury tent.... More 

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Nancy for a very positive feedback. You certainly found the Game. There are no aircons in the Tents, only fans, however all three suites at Little Garonga are fully air conditioned. It was a pleasure hosting you. Best Regards Bernie More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was so delicious, tents very spacious and comfortable. Had one night on the platform, very windy and we were rained on a few times but a great experience. Our drivers, Josia and Jeff were very good, our trackers Richard and Kazir were extremely good. I don't know how they could find some... More 

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Dear Rhonda, Thanks so much for your very kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and that the Guides pulled out the stops. Best Regards Bernie More 

Somerset, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I stayed at the Garonga Lodge and I cannot say enough good things about it. The tents were big and clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the game drivers/trackers were excellent at what they do. I would recommend this place to anyone. In 5 game drives, we saw all of the Big Five and more!... More 

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Liz for your positive review. The Game Viewing is certainly awesome now and chuffed the Guides managed to show you what you wanted or expected to see. Luckily we have just had our first rains which should improve the Bushveld and provide much needed sucour to the Animals. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for our honeymoon in September, everything was such an incredible experience. The 'tents' are clean, spacious and luxurious along with the view. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and happy to assist with any need. The food was amazing, a different set up each night, steak & chips was awesome! We done the bed in the... More 

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Louise for your very kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your Honeymoon and met all your expectations. Doing all the additional activities is a big plus, being the Sleepout and the Bush Bath; well worth doing. Also the Guides managing to show you all the Game we have on this Big Reserve. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right from the time we were met at the airport we were looked after and nothing was too much trouble.We stayed four nights in a "tent" which was large, spacious and very comfortable with every creature comfort you could need. All of the staff were outstanding,friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We were treated to great viewings on the... More 

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed David for your kind review. Again trying the sleepout is a truly memorable experience. You seemed to have had great sightings during your stay. It was a pleasure hosting you. Best Regards Bernie More 

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Spa
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Additional Information about Garonga Safari Camp

Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: £453 - £621 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Little Garonga is perfect for groups or families traveling together.”
 of 5 bubbles moromo, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you want to be close to nature, go to Garonga; if you want air-con, choose Little Garonga.”
 of 5 bubbles sueb720, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Allways get a tracker with you while doing safari ! Otherwise it can get boring. Try the sleep out !”
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 of 5 bubbles larsschlacht, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“This is a "tent camp". All of the tents have great views of the water and land.”
 of 5 bubbles CindiE918, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There are only 6 so you will get a good view!”
 of 5 bubbles 320louisep, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
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