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Garonga Safari Camp
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Reviewed 15 October 2010

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!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

We have just returned from a wonderful honeymoon at Garonga Safari Camp. The staff, in particular Zele (manager), are attentive and thoughtful, and nothing is too much trouble. The luxury tents do not fail to live up to their name, yet despite the luxury you still feel like a pioneer due to the wild beauty of the surrounding area. The drivers and trackers all go out of their way to enable you to see the best of the wildlife. Its the simple touches that make this place so special - cocktails at sunset, tree top sleep outs, plenty of amarula and wonderful food. I hope to return year after year.. it really is that good.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

Just got back from a week of safari at Little Garonga and felt compelled to write a review here. Travelled with my wife and four kids, boys of 15 and 9 and girls of 12 and 11. Firstly safari really worked well as a holiday with a family of these ages, early and late activities and plenty of down time in the middle of the day for swimming, reading, computers etc. Second Garonga was quite simply the best place we have ever been to, impossible to better, in fact it was unfair on the other places we stayed at on this African trip, them having to compete. Just book it and go. We went through Imagine Africa who did a first class job and clearly know their stuff, arranging 3.5 weeks of South Africa and Mozambique for us. Simply amazing.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

Little Garonga was wonderful! Each member of the warm, friendly yet unobtrusive staff made us feel as if we were the most important guests they had ever hosted. Every meal was superlative- and the deep coonection and knowledge the staff had of the animals and the day to day rhythm of life there was very impressive. Game viewing was very good, as we arrived, we were greeted by giraffe -continued to see amazing birds and animals every game drive,and even in camp!
Animal sounds at night were mesmerizing, do not pass up a night on the sleep out deck!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

Garonga Safari Camp was better then my husband and I could ever have expected. They left nothing to chance and literally thought of everything in this gem of a safari camp. The food was amazing, the service was perfect and the scenery was beyond compare. I wish we could have stayed longer. Our tracker Jeff was awesome, we will miss him and all the amazing people there.

Advice to people who are driving from any airport, call the camp and ask for the GPS coordinates to the turn off before the dirt road as the GPS coordinates offered on the website will lead you to the wrong dirt roads.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

Garonga is just a lovely place. The 'tents' are beautiful, more like little chalets with lots of extra touches like the little notes left by housekeeping staff and even teddies on the bed! We had tent number 1 'Jackets Hill' which probably had the best view of all, overlooking a watering hole where a whole herd of elephants came to bathe one afternoon. It was such an experience to be tucked up in our cosy tent at night hearing all the strange noises outside!
The game drives are great with a maximum of 6 people in the truck so not too crowded. We saw everything except for the elusive leopard but another group had seen a leopard earlier in the week so we were just unlucky. We saw lots of different species and the guides point out lots of interesting things rather than just spending the whole time chasing the 'big 5' which I really enjoyed. Stopping for morning tea break and sundowners on the evening drives was lovely - what is better then sipping a G+T in the African bush while the sun goes down on the horizon?!
The food is fantastic. They were on 'winter' timetable during our stay which meant a huge breakfast after the morning game drive, then a later high tea instead of lunch with delicious cakes, then a lovely 3 course meal in the evening. The evening meals vary each night, sometimes eating in a larger group, sometimes on individual 'couples' tables.
The all inclusive is really good value, all drinks are included including alcoholic ones - I have to say I did get addicted to a few Amarulas after dinner!
Garonga also offer an outdoor bush bath under the stars which was lovely, also a 'sleepout' on a private deck about 1/2 hours drive from the camp which sadly we didnt get to do as it rained on the night we booked (only time it rained the whole time we were there!). People who did it said it was amazing so do it if you can!
The staff are so friendly and because there are only a small number of guests it feels really intimate, almost like staying at someones house rather than a hotel.
I could ramble on for hours about Garonga, absoultely nothing bad to say about it at all and I normally find some niggle with most other places I have stayed. My husband and I had a wonderful honeymoon.
We booked our trip through Imagine Africa who were great - everything involved with the trip ran very smoothly, staff were very helpful in recommending the best places to stay, cant thank them enough for recommending Garonga to us.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

All I can say is wow, what a way to finish our honeymoon. Everything about Garonga was fantastic, but especially the people who keep everything ticking over so smoothly.

Zela was the nicest manager we met on our trip and the trackers and guides were fantastic (Josai and Jefrad). Rooms etc. seemed to be serviced without us ever seeing anyone doing them!!
We felt so at home and were really sad to leave. The food, rooms and especially the game drives, were amazing. We even saw a leopard 5 minutes from the end of our last drive (thanks Jefrad and Josai!!). I can't wait to hopefully return some day...

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: £297 - £817 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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