Believe everything that other reviewers say about Garonga. It really is THAT good!
We were married there and enjoyed the first few days of our honeymoon afterwards. It is a fabulous mix of 5 star service without being stuffy and formal. Standards are exceptional but you always know that you are in Africa on safari, we really didn't want to stay in a generic hotel which could be anywhere in the world. It is so relaxing and all of the staff are wonderful. The food was excellent and the game drives were brilliant. The trackers are very knowledgeable and go to great lengths to ensure you see the animals well and it was amazing to see the animals so relaxed around the Garonga safari staff. The animals are wonderfully healthy looking and clearly the whole safari side of everything is as well managed as the "hotel" side.
The wedding was a truly magical experience. We were married up on the sleep-out deck which is about 25 minutes drive from the main lodge. How many people see giraffe, elephants, zebra etc all just on the drive to the ceremony? The wedding itself was a very personal affair, carried out by a lovely chap called George. We actually had 2 ceremonies, the standard, exchanging of rings version and also an African one where we exchanged meaningful African curious which symbolised various aspects of married life and caring for one another. George provided all of the items and they were ours to keep!
We cannot speak highly enough of the whole experience at Garonga, you'll only ever know how good it is if you go yourself!
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve
- Garonga Safari Camp South Africa/Makalali Private Game Reserve