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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
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Reviewed 14 March 2010

We have had a great time in Gomo Gomo. The Game Drives were great; our ranger and tracker did their very best to show us all the animals and were very friendley. The coffeebreak/winebreak during the drive was very nice. Clean room, nice bed, huge bath! The food was very good, as you say: 'finger licking good!' Thanks so much for a very nice holiday with some beautiful memories, hope to come back sometime!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Kruger at the Gomo Gomo Game Lodge. The Lodge benefits from exclusive access to a very large area of the Park, so whilst on game drives you are rarely going to come across any other vehicles. The rangers on the drives are friendly, informative and experts in tracking animals.

The Lodge itself isn't very large which adds to its exclusive feel. The staff are extremely friendly and the rooms are comfortable, though basic. The food served at the lodge was ok, but being vegetarian our experience was always goign to be a little inferior to non-vegetarians. The best feature about the Lodge is that it is located next to a watering hole, so you can enjoy viewing all the animals coming to the watering hole to drink.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

My wife and I stayed at Gomo Gomo at the end of November whilst on our honeymoon. From the moment we got there to the moment we left, we were treated like friends, this place is wonderful.
We were greeted on our arrival, shown around the lodge and had drinks brought out to us by the most friendly staff you can imagine.
The lodge is such a great place to be in a truly lovely building and the guest quarters are set to the left and right of the lodge all bordering a large watering hole, where the animal and bird life can come down for a drink, and we saw plenty.
The guest quarters were more than large enough for our needs with a great bathroom with lovely shower and bath, great to come back to after the game drives. A large deck area out the front to chill out on and watch for the animals, and they are around, this is a lodge without any fences around it and gives a truly wild feel.
Onto the game drives, what can I say about the game drives, from start to finish FANTASTIC.
Our guide Johan just new everything about the animals and bird life and would do all he could to relay his knowledge to the guests.
With Jeffery up front as a tracker and Johan driving we had game drive after game drive of truly memorable experiences. Including lions on a buffalo kill and my favorite, a nighttime encounter with a female leopard, she came so close to vehicle you could see just how magnificent these big cats really are, thanks to Johan for some great driving that night.
We had seen 4 of the big 5 within the first couple of drives so Johan and Jeffery did there best to complete the set, and with that superb driving to the leopard siting we got to see all 5, but I do have to say it was an absolute privilege to see ANY of the animals in there own environment and one we Both shall treasure for a long long time.
You can also go out on walking safaris after breakfast, these we did everyday with Johan, and really got to understand the tracking skills, plant and tree life, animals, and just how much animal poo there is out in the bush. Its everywhere. But I can now at least tell the difference between Impala, Kudu, Giraffe, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and lion crap.
Not sure why I will need that knowledge in deepest, darkest Buckinghamshire but you never know.
I even had a 'who could spit Giraffe poo the furthest competition' with Johan to which I lost by about an inch, Johan, if you read this i've been practicing and i'll beat you when we come back.
And we will be back.
In between game drives is breakfast, lunch and dinner, WOW. All the food we had while we were there was to a very high standard, the guides all eat with you around the tables which just adds to the friendliness feel about the lodge, and all except one night when we had a thunder storm, dinner is served around the booma, a large fire pit in the middle surrounded by the tables and chairs under an african sky, fantastic way to eat and socialize with the other guests.
Just leaves time to say we had such a great 5 days at Gomo Gomo that I could not recommend this lodge enough, If you want great game viewing that is truly wild (not fenced in animals), great service by staff that know there stuff and at such a great price then you won't get any better than Gomo Gomo.

Thanks Guys, see you soon,

Chris & Beth

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2009

Firstly thank you to all the staff at Gomo Gomo. My wife and I visited Gomo Gomo in the Klaserie reserve for our first ever Safari in mid October 2009. In late 2008 we started looking at South Africa and in particular Safari’s. Eventually after speaking to several UK travel agents we decided to book this part of our visit through a South African company called Wild Wings Safari’s (SATSA bonded) who were very informative and helpful. We booked 4 nights/5 days and what a great experience. After arriving in South Africa on the 14th October 09 and spending a day/night in Johannesburg, we flew to Hoedspruit from where we were then driven to the lodge. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Jean who explained the set-up and safety procedures. We were then shown to our lodge (no 3) which was great. The meals we had, in my opinion, were great, but there again I eat anything! We had a total of 8 game drives and 3 bush walks. Our field ranger for the duration was Michael and our tracker was Jeffrey. Michael is very professional, amiable and concise in his explanations of the fauna and flora, he’s also a bit of a joker! Jeffrey knows the bush, extremely knowledgeable and observant of and in his surroundings, someone who can spot a tree snake approx 30ft away at night with a sweep of a flash light is special. Regarding the ‘Big Five’, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll see all of these, but our ranger/tracker put a lot of effort into achieving our expectations. For me it’s the anticipation of what’s around the corner or over the next hill, it’s all part of the experience. Having said that, when on the morning of the last drive and making your way back to the lodge you turn a corner and lying ahead of the vehicle is a lioness the emotional rush can be overwhelming. We were lucky and saw 4 of the 5 only to miss the buffalo. The animals are primary but it’s also about the people you meet and bond with in such a short space of time. Go with an open mind, you’re in the wild, enjoy.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2009

I visit Gomo Gomo every year with a group I put together. Last year I was shown around the new lodge whilst it was being built, so I thought I knew what to expect. But when we arrived, the dam I walked through last year was now full with water and just off the edge of the stoep were about fifteen elephants taking a drink and a bath. The youngest was just one week old. Wow!!! My group were gobsmacked. The next day they came again and again and again. I stopped counting at seventy. That morning we had come across the 800 or so buffalo that had arrived the week before to take the waters. There are about fifteen lions wandering around the immediate area, about ten leopards and loads of white rhino. The week before, a black rhino was spotted. Hen's teeth!
With all the animals, I have forgotten the new accommodation. Beautiful new chalets, air-con, central heating, a huge walk-in shower, a lovely corner bath, every comfort we could wish for. The staff are gorgeous, especially the ever attentive Nomsa in the dining area. On the night they entertained, the music was beautiful and the dancing, especially Errol the manager and Johaan, exhuberant. Gomo Gomo is the best value lodge experience in the greater Kruger area. Go there and try it for yourselves. It's a winner.

Thank fizzioKen
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

We have been to other game reserves in South Africa, so we feel we have a good basis for comparison after our three night stay at Gomo Gomo. The lodge is in a new location in the Klaserie, after moving from the Timbavati. This new property has nice bungalows with comfortable beds and large bathrooms. The lodge and bungalows are situated on a waterhole, which brings animals in to drink throughout the day and night. The food was very good, about what you would expect from a 3-star lodge. We were treated extremely well by the management and staff, particularly Jeanine. She was very visible and eagerly accommodated all of our requests. The lodge owners also dined with the guests one night and were very receptive to suggestions. The downside of this lodge, for us, was the quality of the game rangers. Our ranger, Jean, was clearly not as knowlegeable as a ranger should be. He answered some questions with incorrect answers, although people who are new to game viewing would not know the difference. There were some basic wildlife questions he didn't know the answers to, such as the differences between steenboks and duikers, or the approximate size of cape buffalo horns. On the game drives Jean was very poor at positioning the vehicle for clear views while photographing the animals, and several times he had to be told by some of the guests to move forward or backward. He sometimes positioned the vehicle in a way that was best for his own photography purposes, rather than what was best for the guests seated behind him. Jean also tended to position the vehicle in a manner that interfered with the activities of the animals, particularly the lions, which made our presence more intrusive than it needed to be. The optional game walk with Jean was short and very contrived, with animal skulls obviously placed along the path. Our tracker, Andries, was very good at spotting game, particularly some of the harder to find animals like bushbabies, civets, porcupines, genets, african wild cats, honey badgers, snakes, etc. The game viewing for larger animals was a bit on the lean side. Although we did see all of the big five during our three days there, we saw only two brief glimpses of leopards and not many of the plains game animals, such as kudu, eland, zebra, nyala, bushbuck, wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, etc. I would hope that as the new Gomo Gomo matures that it will have a better caliber of rangers and a wider variety of animals, although that will take some years of good game management within the Klaserie. Gomo Gomo has potential to be an excellent game lodge with very good value for the money if it can improve in some key areas.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2009

I could not agree with the previous review more - the management is appalling and almost non-existent! I think I caught a brief glimpse of the manager as we left – cannot be sure though. I travelled with some friends from the UK and whilst I am very familiar with the game park experience they were not. We arrived just in time for the 4pm game drive and one of the party decided not to come and was taken to her accommodation and told to stay there until she was called for dinner at which point she would be escorted back as it was dark and there may be game about. Whist the room was glorious and comfortable she wanted to return to the main lodge for a drink and was unable to as there was no way of communicating whatsoever - there was no refreshments/tea coffee making facilities in the room so she had no choice but to sit there and wait for 2 hours to be fetched.
Our ranger Michael was absolutely fantastic and fussed about us making sure everything was ok but he is a ranger and not a Lodge Manager. He was up from 5am to the end of the day when the last guest went to bed. I have stayed in a few lodges and had great contact with managers who act as hosts and make the experience complete, leaving the rangers to do their job!. The food was also very disappointing - the portions very tiny and the combinations extremely odd. I am sure the kitchen are only acting on instruction from the management – the staff were fantastic and very helpful.
Geoffrey our guide was absolutely fantastic and both him and Michael, went out of their way to find us the Big 4 - did not see Buffalo! They absolutely made the visit worthwhile. The accommodation is also very comfortable and clean and the lodge's location is superb. To those expecting to see loads and loads of animals I would not suggest a visit to a game park (perhaps a zoo would be better) - these parks occupy a vast area and the animals are free range so there are no guarantees! We were lucky.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
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Ranked #6 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Price Range: £202 - £1,376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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