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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was so delicious, tents very spacious and comfortable. Had one night on the platform, very windy and we were rained on a few times but a great experience. Our drivers, Josia and Jeff were very good, our trackers Richard and Kazir were extremely good. I don't know how they could find some...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Dear Rhonda, Thanks so much for your very kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and that the Guides pulled out the stops. Best Regards Bernie

Somerset, New Jersey
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at the Garonga Lodge and I cannot say enough good things about it. The tents were big and clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the game drivers/trackers were excellent at what they do. I would recommend this place to anyone. In 5 game drives, we saw all of the Big Five and more!...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Liz for your positive review. The Game Viewing is certainly awesome now and chuffed the Guides managed to show you what you wanted or expected to see. Luckily we have just had our first rains which should improve the Bushveld and provide much needed sucour to the Animals. Best Wishes Bernie

Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We stayed here for our honeymoon in September, everything was such an incredible experience. The 'tents' are clean, spacious and luxurious along with the view. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and happy to assist with any need. The food was amazing, a different set up each night, steak & chips was awesome! We done the bed in the...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Louise for your very kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your Honeymoon and met all your expectations. Doing all the additional activities is a big plus, being the Sleepout and the Bush Bath; well worth doing. Also the Guides managing to show you all the Game we have on this Big Reserve. Best Wishes Bernie

Geelong, Australia
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Right from the time we were met at the airport we were looked after and nothing was too much trouble.We stayed four nights in a "tent" which was large, spacious and very comfortable with every creature comfort you could need. All of the staff were outstanding,friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We were treated to great viewings on the...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed David for your kind review. Again trying the sleepout is a truly memorable experience. You seemed to have had great sightings during your stay. It was a pleasure hosting you. Best Regards Bernie

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We spent three nights at Garonga and could easily have stayed longer! The camp is small (six rooms) and intimate. The accommodation is quite simply superb - huge "tents", super comfy beds, wonderful bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and double sinks. We were in room six, which is furthest away from the waterhole and main lodge but great to...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. That you had such great game viewing, tried the sleepout, and enjoyed our new Food Choices . Seeing the Wild Dog is a huge plus; they came into the Reserve on their own steam with the Female giving birth whilst here and...

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was our first safari trip to South Africa and we both think we made an excellent choice of not going to Kruger and visiting a private reserve. Staff and service were more than excellent! The kitchen staff and waiters - what a great team, their service was five star! A special mention to Bongani who always looked after us...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your very kind words and so glad you enjoyed your five nights at Garonga. The Staff make it, and we are blessed with such a great Crew. For Dinners we sometimes provide private Tables so it all depends on the mood of all Guests. The tents have changed much for the better since the major revamp in...

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The camp itself has 6 tents - although they're the most luxurious tents I've ever stayed in as they have walls, inside and outside showers and a large decking area. They must be serviced at least 3 times a day - whilst you're on the morning game-drive, afternoon drive and whilst at dinner. The service is very homely, yet still...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

It was great to have you stay at garonga on your Honeymoon. Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. All this info really does assist other Guests in what to expect. The Game Viewing has been incredible over the last few months, with even Game (Cheetah, Leopard. and Ellies, all being seen in the Camp itself; hence the need for...

Leeds
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Garonga to celebrate my 40th birthday and our wedding anniversary. Garonga exceeded expectations on every level. The food was amazing, and plentiful! Really lovely well thought out menus with good variety. The game drives were outstanding, we were so incredibly lucky to see black rhino, white rhino, leopard (eating it's dinner in a tree...

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Thanks indeed Heidi for your very kind words. We are all so glad you had a great time here, from the Game Viewing , to the Food, to the Relaxation, and to the sleepout. Excellent for trying that! Best Regards Bernie

Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The Gorgona camp was our favorite part of our trip to Africa. From the safari where our ranger made sure we had the closest views to the wildlife to the staff who knew our names and were so kind. Loved waking up in the tent from a nap with elephants playing in the watering hole! The staff, food and grounds...

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Thanks indeed for your very kind words and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. WE do hope to see you again. Best Wishes Bernie

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I have been lucky enough to do several safaris in Africa and Garonga is next level. The camp itself is 5 star and truly like a spa in the bush - complete with amazing massages and a pool to cool down in while watching the eles, giraffes, impala, kudi etc below you at the water holes. The food is the...

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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. The food has been taken up a level or two since we reopened and is certainly proving well received. We are all so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. Best Wishes Bernie

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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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Additional Information about Garonga Safari Camp

Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 38,441 - ₹ 42,861 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Little Garonga is perfect for groups or families traveling together.”
 of 5 bubbles moromo, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you want to be close to nature, go to Garonga; if you want air-con, choose Little Garonga.”
 of 5 bubbles sueb720, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Allways get a tracker with you while doing safari ! Otherwise it can get boring. Try the sleep out !”
  • Bathroom inside tent
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 of 5 bubbles larsschlacht, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“This is a "tent camp". All of the tents have great views of the water and land.”
 of 5 bubbles CindiE918, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There are only 6 so you will get a good view!”
 of 5 bubbles 320louisep, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
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