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Washington, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had a three night honeymoon here. The "tents" were amazing and spacious with enough amenities so you didn't feel like you were roughing it. Very clean. The view outside our tent was just as beautiful; we could often see giraffes from our balcony. The staff, especially Charlotte, were all amazing and ready to help with any...

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

That's very kind of you! Very positive feedback that the Staff, and myself will be thrilled. Charlotte and her Team are indeed very special , and have a very careful balance of "Service" and when not to intrude. You seemed to have seen a lot of Game, so all credit to the Safari team. The Chefs do indeed accommodate without...

Paris, France
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first visit in South Africa and also our first safari/game experience. We spent 3 wonderful days in March, far from civilization and in the middle of nature and animals, just as expected. Thank you to all the Staff ! Rooms: In Garonga Safari camp is divided in 2 parts, the main camp (6 luxury tents) and Little...

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

We are very chuffed you enjoyed your stay at Little Garonga; it is a Little Gem in the Bush. So glad you saw most of the Animals; as you say, worth keeping some back for next time. I will certainly pass on your very kind words to the Staff. WE look forward to welcoming you back to find that elusive...

Bournemouth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must explain before I review this place that I am the customer from hell and can find fault in EVERYWHERE I STAY! I did not want to go on safari and stay in a tent and this was not my idea of a relaxing holiday, until I found Garonga and Little Garonga! I am now converted. I could not...

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

Well, this is very encouraging. Thanks so much for your very kind response. Great that you were so well looked after and enjoyed your whole stay. Next Safari? best Wishes Bernie

Woking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had high hopes and this went way beyond - accommodation is very good and service food and drinks top notch with elephants and wildlife providing the entertainment while you eat ! As for safari I would not have believed how close you get and the wildlife doesn't bat an eye - we got Elephants 2 herds including new born and...

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

Thanks indeed for your very kind feedback. You certainly sound as though you had a great Safari Experience; great attributes to the Guide and Tracker. It does show that you don't have to go to the very expensive Lodges further South in order to see great Game. Thanks again. Bernie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, what an awesome way to go on Safari. Garonga was everything we were hoping for and more. The Safari felt very private and we were able to see so much wildlife in an amazing landscape. (Highlight was seeing a Leopard on our last day) The service is second to none and you really feel like you are part of...

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

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Am so glad you had a great stay, with the Game Viewing, the great food and service, and those great little add-ons that are all included ; the Bath under the Stars and the majical sleepout. Imagine Africa - I cannot recommend enough. They are as you say, Brilliant! Best Regards Bernie

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I have been to Africa three times , this time it was at the end of a three month trip volunteering, it was my time to relax. What an amazing experience from beginning to end. The camp is beautiful and your guides, trackers and hosts go out of their way to make sure that you have the best time possible....

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

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Of course we are really chuffed you enjoyed your stay and had a great relaxing time after your very noble "Volunteer Work". Glamping - is that what its called? Sounds a suitable description. Thanks again. best Wishes Bernie

Bradford
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This was a best ever vacation!! saw the African big 5 animals. Food was amazing, rooms were 5 star and beyond and staff were exceptional. This is an amazing way to see all the wildlife of African in a 5 star resort. For the extra mile do the sleep out on the tree top room... spectacular !!!

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

What very kind words. Thank-You! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Garonga and experienced the majical sleepout. It gets better in Winter and is surprisingly warmer up there. Best Regards Bernie

Scarborough, Jewel of the East Coast
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Garonga certainly lives up to its ethos of 'Safari for the Soul'. Peaceful, luxurious tented camp in beautiful surroundings. Convivial company, delicious food & wine. Fantastic game drives - thank you Loderick, Stuart and Kaiser. Charlotte so gentle, friendly and welcoming. Beautiful, smiley spa lady (sorry I couldn't pronounce your name!) with her relaxing outside/inside massage and the plinky, plonky...

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

Thats very kind of you. Am so glad that even after 20 years we can still achieve a "safari for the Soul"; this was our Motto from day 1. The Staff are indeed a delight. Buhle, the Therapist is fantastic with those majical fingers! Thanks again. best Wishes Bernie

CT
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My tour company booked my trip to South Africa, including this game camp. I have never been camping, am close to 60 years old and was traveling alone. The road to this place is 70km from the paved road and in really bad shape. When out on the game drives the roads they use are worse but you are in...

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

Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay although maybe the tented camp was not for you. Agents are aware of what we offer and so am surprised they didn't check with you first. The outside Transfer company did indeed go to the wrong camp which obviously affected your arrival and a bit of a rush...

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I spent 3 nights at Garonga with my wife at the start of our honeymoon and have thoroughly enjoyed it despite the jet lag and changeable weather! - Lodges: The camp has 6 spacious lodges, each with queen sized bed, en suite (including his & hers sinks, inside and outside showers) and a veranda. Lodges face "out", so when you...

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

Thank-You. That's a very detailed description of our Operations and very useful for Guests about to come. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Many Thanks. bernie

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
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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: $764 - $999 (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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