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Reviewed 7 July 2009

My husband and I stayed at Garonga Safari Camp for two nights. The camp is fantastic, staff are wonderful, accommodation superb, food delicious and so much wild life to view on the game drives. Before visiting the camp we had spent a week at the Kruger and had seen all of the BIG FIVE except a leopard, but within 30mins of our first game drive at Garonga, we saw a leopard and her two cubs! That in itself made our trip!!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 2_Wanderers_09
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

We honeymooned in Little Garonga for 5 nights and can't say enough good things about our stay. From the moment we arrived we were so well looked after - the staff were wonderful. Our ranger (CJ) was fantastic and with him we saw lions, rhinos, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs......the list is endless. The food was some of the best we've ever tasted (thankyou Maria) and anything we asked for was catered for. Bernie has set up a fabulous place to visit and we can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Monty007Uk
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

We've just returned from a 5 night stay at Garonga as part of our honeymoon. The whole experience from beginning to end was out of this world and I would recommend it to anyone!

From the moment we arrived, the welcome we received from Bernie and his staff made us feel totally relaxed and right at home. The 'tents' (far too luxurious to be called that really!) we wonderful - so different from anything you would find in a hotel! The mixture of the adrenaline filled game drives and the complete relaxation of the lazy afternoons around the pool or on your private deck made it the perfect escape for us.

I must make a special mention of our guide Julius and tracker Opie. Both were so knowlegdeable and worked hard to find us the animals we wanted to see. After 3 weeks of very few lion sightings they managed to track them for us on our last night. The highlight had to be on our last morning when found a female leopard dragging her impala kill back to 3 tiny cubs! We got so close to the animals, it was better than we ever imagined.

Back at camp the food was exceptional, huge thanks to the cooks and waiting staff. Bernie varied where food was served each night.... a romantic candle-lit dinner for couples around the pool, a large group meal inside or a braai (BBQ) in the boma. It was great not knowing what to expect when you arrived back from your evening drive!

There are so many things that make Garonga special.... the complimentry massage and champagne for honeymooners, the bush bath and of course the sleep out which was a magical experience I will never forget.

If you ever get a chance to visit Garonga - go, you'll have a holiday of a lifetime!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kellybach1977
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Reviewed 12 May 2009

We visited Garonga on honeymoon and were stunned by the high quality of the rooms (very romantic!) and the level of service that we received, as well as the great game that we saw close up!

The tented rooms are beautiful and the camp holds a maximum of 12 guests. It's an open camp (so anything can cross your path day or night). There are lots of complimentary extras and one off experiences with this fantasic camp; a bush bath (a bath out in the open in the evening, surrounded by tea lights), picnic lunch in a treehouse (a 3-course meal out in the open by yourselves), a sleep-out (which I wasn't brave enough to do!), and a complimentary massage for honeymooners.

The service was out of this world - Bernie made us feel welcome, Tamsin was great front of house and nothing was too much trouble, Charlene did the most amazing massages, and the guides would go out of their way to ensure that you saw the greatest variety of game at VERY close range! There were also only around 4 to 6 people in each vehicle when you went out twice a day so there's plenty of room to spread out (or to duck and avoid the odd branch or spider!). There's also blankets and plenty of drinks and food available on each drive.

Oh yes, and the food is fantastic as well! We've both put on about half a stone each as the food and wine was just too good to turn down. Vegetarians are catered for very well.

We would highly recommend Garonga for a heavenly safari experience that will meet all your expectations and more!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Nikki1979
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Reviewed 19 February 2009

We visited Garonga for 4 days for our honeymoon in South Africa. Really it is fantastic. It is an amazing combination of superb staff and lovely surroundings that makes it so great. Virtually everything was faultless with delicous food, super comfy room, bed etc. etc. and we could not have wanted more. I am surprised I am writing this as I am normally very hard to please.
The camp is relatively small which makes a huge difference with only 12 or so guests. It also feels extremely un-commercial which makes it exceptionally relaxing and easy going. Really a great atmosphere, lovely rooms, superb staff and we saw lots of game too.
Highly highly recommended for a honeymoon, or anything else.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ukproptoppy
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