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Rome, Italy
Reviewed 5 July 2014

My son and I stayed 2 nights at Garonga and we really enjoyed every minute of it! The friendly staff, the rangers (Elliott and Richard) who went out of their way for us, the magical atmosphere, the exquisite food... and when we left we were waved goodbye by all. Thank you very much for making our first safari so special...

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

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. It was a pleasure having you here to stay. Regards Bernie

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Spent 5 nights in a luxury tent at Garonga. Bernie and his team could not have made the experience more enjoyable! Fabulous location, food, staff, ambience! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left it was like being part of a family. The other guests who were primarily on honeymoon were lovely company and like minded so there...

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

Thanks indeed for your very encouraging feedback. I remember the birthday well - a great Garonga Choir! Keep well and all the best Bernie

Dusseldorf, Germany
Reviewed 28 June 2014

The Garonga Safari Camp is the place to be. We can definately recommend everything. Fabulous rooms within a great surrounding. Extraordinary safaritours with perfect guides. Delicious food. We will come back. A big THANK YOU to the wohle G-Team it was a perfect T time.

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

Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. Am so chuffed you had a great time here. best Wishes Bernie

Liskeard, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 June 2014

From the moment we arrived to the very second we left we felt like part of the big Garonga family. All the staff are so welcoming, helpful and always smiling enjoying their time with you and their role at the camp. We were warmly welcomed by the team with a hot flannel and a glass of the most delicious freshly...

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

Thanks indeed Caitie and Darren, A pleasure having you for your Honeymoon! I trust you enjoyed the rest of your special holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back on an Anniversary maybe? best Wishes Bernie

Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We came to Garonga for the first 3 days of our honeymoon and what a start it was. It was our first safari experience and hopefully won't be our last. The staff were there to meet us when we arrived with a cool flannel and welcome drink. The tents are amazing and we felt very privileged they were so well...

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

Thanks so much - am so glad you had a great honeymoon here! Even more interesting to see is that you tried all the activities in your 3 nights here - excellent, and so glad you enjoyed them. Wishing you all the best! Regards Bernie

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Recently had the chance to spend three nights with Bernie and the crew. The rooms were real authentic South African style and very comfortable. Meals were good and the staff very pleasant. Elliott and Richard were our guide and tracker and both did an excellent job in showing us around the game reserve. Would recommended this lodge to any future...

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

Thanks indeed for your positive feedback and taking time to write. A pleasure hosting you; getting many more Australians here to visit now and so your feedback is very important. Best Wishes Bernie

Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

The Garonga hospitality is second to none. As a small resort Bernie - the owner - and his team made sure to remember all the guest's names, making the experience as personal as they could. They went to every effort to ensure our stay was comfortable, with us undertaking as many or few additional activities as we wanted. We did...

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

Thanks so much for your very encouraging feedback. It was a pleasure having you to stay. Am so chuffed you mentioned the Fly In Option as not many Guests use this. There is the perception that it is very expensive; it is extremely good value and removes all the waiting around at airports and the road transfers etc. We also...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Enjoyed 3 nights at Garonga with 2 safaris each day. The staff seemed to care about our experience and went out of their way to make sure we had a memorable trip. The accommodations were impeccable. I was a little disappointed in the food, but maybe they weren't used to vegetarians? A true 5-star experience.

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

Thanks indeed for your feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed your stay and sorry I could not have met you. I apologise regarding the vegetarian option; our chefs are very used to doing these and so have taken this up with the Head Chef on this to ensure all options are excellent. Best Regards Bernie

Poole, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This is the only safari to do 'per se' because having done the Massai Mara and the Serengetti Garonga is head and shoulders above. From the game on the reserve, the trackers showing the visitors what they're using to track down the animals, the rooms, food and total relaxing ambience of Garonga is pure heaven. This was our 2nd trip...

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

It was a pleasure hosting you and glad you enjoyed all the activities and the A Team! We hope to see you back one day. Best wishes Bernie

Reviewed 1 May 2014

Beautiful location overlooking bend in dry river bed with waterhole, these six separate chalets are extremely comfortable. Patrick and Josiah were our excellent, friendly guides who tracked lions, white rhino and elephant for us with great skill. Bernie has his little army of staff highly trained and every time we returned to our chalets they had been tidied perfectly and...

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

Always a pleasure to see guests return. Am so chuffed you enjoyed your stay. I will pass on to the staff your thanks. Sundowners are the vest part of the day and something I will concentrate on once I return from these trade shows. Best regards Bernie

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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: ₹ 35,312 - ₹ 46,089 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Choose between main camp (6 luxurious tents) and Little Garonga (3 small individual buildings with air conditioning)”
Ju_et_Steph_S, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Any really there are only 6 3 on either side of the ameities area”
CassWoking, 27 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Luxury Tent”
kirstycatty, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all the rooms are amazing”
Oldspiceman, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are the same. Have only 6 rooms and are well furnished, good facilities.”
jayp3332017, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
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