We stayed for 5, sometimes very cold, nights in the middle of November. We had looked forward to visiting Garonga since we had booked in March and were delighted to read the continued high TA assessments given by visitor after visitor. But I for one harboured a secret doubt in my mind "could it really be that good?" Well the answer is a resounding YES. From the moment of our arrival until the last lingering farewell we were made to feel very special (despite the cold weather). A few days before travelling I had learned that Bernie, the owner, would not be in camp throughout our visit but in an email he assured us that the new manageress - Zele - would look after us. What an understatement! Zele was truly fantastic and she contributed immensely to our stay. Indeed, all the staff were amazing and the whole G Team played their part in making this a unique experience.
As various others have written the location, the accommodation, the ambience, the food, the wines (thanks Zele for the constant supply of house white!), and the service are all second to none. What was more surprising was that the game viewing was so good and special thanks to Japhet and Brian for their uncanny ability to search out the animals. I shall never forget our first drive when we found a lioness and her four cubs, or our last when we watched in amazement for 45 minutes whilst a cheetah ate a female impala whilst warily seeing off a predatory jackal. In between we saw elephant, rhino, and hippo as well as numerous giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, baboons, grey duiker etc etc. My wife will never forget being parked between two bull elephants who took an interest in our jeep (and her in particular) at the same time; thanks again Japhet for the escape!
In conclusion, Garonga is a very special place indeed.
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve
- Garonga Safari Camp South Africa/Makalali Private Game Reserve