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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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“11 out of 10: AMAZING”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

There's just one word: wonderful. Lovely people, nature, luxury, food. Wonderful place nearby waterhole where animals come to drink. Luxurious lodges, clean and neat. All people really nice, respectful and know a lot about flora & fauna. Gamedrives really fantastic, saw a lot of animals (lions, elephants, rhino's, zebra's, (dead) giraffe, hyena, lots of birds, buffalo's, impala's, kudu's, porkypines, hippo's, monkeys etc. etc.). Loved our stay here, will certainly come back if we return to SA!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights in mid July and had a fantastic time, seeing so much wildlife and the big 5 on numerous drives.
Overall the whole experience was excellent, with clean and tidy lodges, good food (although little choice) and well informed rangers and excellent guides. The key here is that this is a medium quality lodge, and so does what it says on the tin. The rooms are clean and tidy - some with great views of the lake. We stayed in lodge 8 (furthest from the main lodge) and had to be escorted to our room at night - not a problem (and quite exciting). The rooms have gas showers, and whilst we had a problem on one night it was solved immediately. The rooms were fine, and to be honest, if you spend more than "sleep time" in your room whilst on safari then you are probably doing the wrong holiday!
The food was good - but with no individual choice (but we knew this before we came, so cannot criticise as it was our choice). The chef - Johnson - was good and we ate well every night. The breakfast and lunch were as good, nothing Michelin starred, but sufficient to keep us going.
The drives were all excellent - 3-3.5 hours morning and evening. Some amazing sightings, but this isn't a zoo so some drives were chocked full of animals and others less so. We saw pretty much all of the wildlife, and with excellent driver-guides like Dean and Ross (we were with both) and their trackers we got to see some great sights. Highlights: following Leopard and Rhinos off road (you can do this at private concessions but not in the main park); being chased by a young elephant at night (exhilarating and theme park frightening at the same time - think of the scene from Jurassic Park! - we were never in danger, but not something you experience normally); and finally, a male lion inside (well, head and shoulders) a giraffe carcass...... Truly amazing and nature at its most real. Each drive was different and whilst you get to know the roads and tracks, they do all they can to give you the best chance of seeing animals.
We did 4 of the bush walks, all very Interesting and worth getting out to exercise (based upon the food quality and quantity). Each were different with some fascinating facts, but our last one where we effectively 'stalked' a herd of elephants at the lake was really exhilarating......... And we saw those elephant (as well as the croc, buffalo, impala & warthogs) on a daily basis at the lake just yards from the lodge.
Overall our stay was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed it (our thanks to all of the staff there). We booked with Trailfinders and Ilios were our transfer drivers for the whole trip - they were excellent too. If you want quality on a budget for a real safari experience - Gomo Gomo is definitely the right place.
Tip - do check the differences between Private Concessions and the main Kruger Park when it comes to what rangers can and cannot do (off road in concessions, but not in Kruger)

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights as part of our South African holiday.The lodge is a short drive from Hoedspruit aiprort and it is more than likely that you will start spotting wildlife as soon as you leave the airport.We had to give way to a family of elephants crossing the road and were watched from the bushes by a warthog as we did so.
The lodge consists of an assortment of cottages all looking onto a dam where the wildlife come to drink on a daily basis.
The cottages are rustic with high beamed ceilings and brick walls,but are extremely comfortable and cosy.Each one has a verandah with a couple of chairs and a coffee table to sit and relax and look over the dam in between game drives.
There is also a pool area with decking and sun loungers.
The game drives start with an alarm call at 5.30am,coffee and biscuit(which I can only describe as rock hard and inedible)at 6.00am and then you leave at 6.30 just as the sun is rising to start the drive.I would strongly recommend that you bring clothes which can be layered for both the morning and afternoon drives as it is extremely cold first thing in the morning and after the sun sets.There are blankets provided in the open safari cruisers,but the wind chill when you are driving even at a slow pace can soon chill you to the bone.
Tea and coffee and snacks are provided for the morning breakfast stop,but you are asked what you would like to drink for the evening sundowner stop before leaving and this is added to your bill at the end of your stay.Breakfast and dinner are served on your return from the game drives.Breakfast consisted of yoghurt with fruit,cereal and then a choice of eggs cooked to your liking and bacon.Lunch is served on the terrace and is one course only with no choice,whilst dinner is served outside in the Boma around a campfire where it could occasionally be quite cold.I would have preferred to eat inside but the food is served from a food station inside the Boma.
The food was good and we did not go hungry,but the choices were very limited and sometimes rather strange combinations were served.The homemade bread was delicious.All drinks were added to your bill and paid at the end of the stay and were reasonably priced.
You can also fill a bag with dirty laundry which will be returned the next morning for a cost of rand.
The game drives were good and we were very lucky to see all the "Big 5" during our stay,but as the reserve covers a very large area the animals are free to wander vast distances and we did not see the large herds of animals that you would see either in the Masai Mara or the Serengeti and you can be driving for a long time without seeing anything.I particularly like trying to take photographs of birds,but our ranger initially seemed only intent in finding the predators until we asked him to stop to allow us to photograph any birds or small mammals that we spotted.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and the rangers all seemed to be young men who had come straight from university and were now gaining experience from driving in the bush helped by the excellent Shangan trackers who accompanied us on every game drive.
There are lots of animals and birds around the lodge and we had an experience on two separate occasions with the resident honey badger.The first time he was sitting on our verandah while we were getting ready for dinner and we were alerted by one of the rangers to make sure we kept the door closed and the second time was at 3.30 in the morning when he decided he would pay us a visit and try to get into our room by scratching on the glass door,almost giving my husband a heart attack as he thought someone was trying to break into our cottage!!
Our most memorable experience was watching the very quiet arrival and departure of over 30 elephants coming to drink at the dam just as we were leaving for our afternoon game drive.They did this on 3 separate occasions while we were there and it was a wonderful sight to see.
There is also an optional daily bushwalk which my husband went on and said it was very interesting an informative
We had a lovely time at Gomo Gomo and met some really nice people which made it an even better experience,but I do not think we would return as there are other game lodges in the vicinity which we would like to try.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I have draggged my wife to many exotic/rougher/dangerous experiences. My wife was even tired of the "luxury tent" experience and was just looking to hang out at a lodge where whe could just put up her feet with a drink in hand a watch the animals stroll up to a watering hole. Ding, Ding, Ding, here come the (100+) elephants! Wait 20 minutes and a herd of Kudu will come by! Then a few dozen zebras and maybe the elephant herd again. The perfect set up whilst I hoofed or drove with the rangers looking for predators. Bottom line, the Big 5 all made appearances on my treks. Even Rhino stopped by the watering whole to say hi to the wife. And to top off the experience was a blood curdling kill late into the night that assures that my wife will never come back (too bad!) Gomo Gomo was a great experience with wonderful staff, knowledgable rangers and a great location!

Room Tip: #1 and #6 have the best views of the watering hole.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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bournemouth
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

This is our second time to gomo having visited in October last year and this really is very special .

The location is amazing sat on a water hole where herds of elephant visit daily literally in some instances within touching distance.

The rooms are very clean and very much in keeping with the location with all rooms overlooking the water hole

The game drives are second to none with the rangers always aiming to please . Iwen was our ranger for the week and he could t do enough for us full of great information and his love of the animals and his job is clear to see.

In fact all the rangers are very knowledgeable and always friendly nothing is too much trouble .

If you have families then this is the place we have an 18 year old and an 11 year old and they love the place.

To say my 11 year old daughter is a fussy eater is an understatement but she loves the food it is all home cooked and fresh .

A previous review made reference to nibbles and drinks yes you do get asked what drinks you would like but it's not that difficult to say what you want to drink even if it's a choice of drinks so ignore that review.

At the heart of gomo gomo is the animals we saw all the big 5 and so much more it truly is a little gem we will be back.

Iwen and the whole team deserve much credit for making gomo have a true family appeal and make you feel like you are part of one big safari family .

We will be coming back and I can't recommend this highly enough cheers

  • Stayed July 2014
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Johannesburg
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

My family of 4 visited this establishment over 4 days in July 2014. My comments below must also be viewed in the context of the very modest price per head that we were charged, inclusive of meals, not drinks.

SERVICE: It is true that the staff were very attentive and aimed to please – a highlight of our experience and a very special thanks to Dean (Talies), Iwan and Ross as well as the trackers for their dedication to their guests!

LOCATION: the lodge itself overlooking its own dam was magnificent as were the views of the dam from the bungalows. Also close to the airport (30 minutes) and to Hoedspruit, so very convenient.

GAME DRIVES: (twice per day) were rewarding (we saw leopard, elephant, buffalo giraffe, white rhino, kudu, impala and ground hornbills) although Timbavati and Klaserie left us disappointed in terms of vistas, terrain, and the lack of variety in terms of birds, buck and other game; so we will not be returning in a hurry. The vehicles themselves, although comfortable, were not all that clean, especially the pouches used for your personal belongings – these were filthy inside, full of leaves and dirt and so you were loathe to put anything therein.

FOOD & MEALS: please bring along snacks for your trip and for your game drives, as outside of meal times there is absolutely nothing to nibble on! Also be very careful to ask your ranger to bring along a variety of beverages you “may feel like” drinking on the game drives, as there is no mercy for those who don’t, even if it to ask for some water, had you not pre-ordered it – this was very strange to me and unacceptable (i.e. that the vehicles did not have the basics on board, such as some water); as regards the game drive snacks, they were just too horrible for words – various basic homemade concoctions of baked flour and the odd packet of crisps; absolutely yak and definitely not a show case of South African hospitality for all the foreign visitors we need so much)! Then the sit-down meals themselves: other than the repeat menu if you stay for more than 3 nights, the starters were actually very nice, BUT that cannot be said of the main dishes and desserts – again the food, mostly cold, was either overdone or dry and….there was very little extra had you wanted some more (in fact if the guests ate more than their allocation, it actually came off what was available for the rangers that shared our meals – this was quite shocking to me and very unprofessional of any such establishment in SA.)

CONCLUSION: Our fondest memories of Gomo Gomo are going to be the rangers!!!

Room Tip: Ask for the bungalows that are nearest to the main lodge.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

We visited twice - once in 2013 once 2012 - we love love love this place and have been to other safaris (in Madikwe and eastern cape) and whilst these were great the drives and actual safari experience didn't compare.

This is a lovely chilled out reserve right in the water - we had amazing animal sightings and lots of fun. I'm now pregnant and therefore not able to take malaria tablets hence we weren't able to go this year and went to a non malaria area instead and as i say we agreed the drives and whole game viewing experience wasnt as good as gomo gomo

Ivan and Johan were our drivers and both were fab - hope to come back once kids old enough!

Stayed July 2013
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Property: Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2 star — Gomo Gomo Game Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate Lodge situated in the prestigious Klaserie Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, with a common unfenced border. Our traversing area is approximately 6000 hectares (14800 acres) of the reserve offering guests varied landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the “ Big 5 “ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and numerous othermammals and bird species in their natural habitat.Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives are conducted in open 4 X 4 Land Rovers with well qualified and experienced field guides and trackers who will ensure an exciting and informative safari. ... more   less 
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