We stayed at Garonga for 8 nights in September. After deciding to get married at Garonga on the basis of their website we weren't sure what to expect. The Owner Bernie is a very courteous man who truly cares about the welfare of his guests and goes to great lengths to ensure that your stay is just perfect. We really appreciated his hands on approach , he checks with each guest throughout the day if they require anything. Bernie has a wonderful group of staff at Garonga, who also work very hard to ensure that the guests are thrilled. There was nothing lacking, everything was perfect for the 8 days we were there. It is the little things that we also loved, such hand written messages in the sand, hand written notes in the room, warm smiles by the staff at meal times. The food was also quite magnificent like something straight out of a Gourmet traveller spread, everyday! We requested vegan and it wasn't a problem at all, the chefs are immensely talented and we ate and ate. The accomodation at Garonga and at Little garonga are both very very comfortable, we loved being able to sit on the bed, while looking out the the waterhole with elephants washing themselves, and the monkeys outside our room were very entertaining. The open bar is very tempting, and the game drives were fantastic, we had seen everything by day 2, and the rest of the days were oh another lion, another cheetah etc, our driver Mose and tracker Obe were very good at finding the animals for us and just were'nt happy until we'd seen what we came for. Our wedding at Garonga was perfect. The treehouse location was beautiful, Garonga arranged a great photographer Alana for us, and the outdoor bath after was a must, champagne while watching the sun set, our celebrant Pierre was fantastic, a very fun philosophical man with many wise words. Every day was unique picnics, guided walks, drives swimming. What a magical place. It is very very romantic, there were a lot of couples there newly married, no kids at all. If you do not book your stay at Garonga you are really truly missing out. We are so thrilled that we got married at Garonga. Highly recommended. Five stars in every single way!
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve
- Garonga Safari Camp South Africa/Makalali Private Game Reserve