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Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Although I have not been to this specific "camp" I read with incredulity a review about 'breathing cold air" in the tent, and getting a heater. It IS a tent! That is what a Safari camp is for goodness sake! We have been to Makalali twice - the twice says it all. One does not order up animals. If you...

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

Thanks indeed for your support! Very much appreciate what you have said. Please do come and visit Garonga one day. best Regards Bernie

london
Reviewed 27 February 2014

we enjoyed our stay at garonga,the staff were all brilliant and food and drink in the main of a very high standard[we loved breakfast after the drive]and lunch was delicious.our safari boys patrick and josia[ the A team ]were fantastic and tracked a great selection of amazing animals]loved the bush bath and sleep out in the tree house,go!

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

So chuffed you enjoyed the experience. The sleepout is always a great adventure. Keep well and all the best Bernie

London
Reviewed 20 February 2014

I cannot stress how wonderful this camp is, I knew from the reviews how great this place was but my expectations were still exceeded! Rooms We stayed in the one of the "tents", this has to be the best tent ever! The rooms are beautiful, big beds, lovely bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, pretty decor and lovely views of...

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

Thanks so much for your very kind report. It was a real pleasure hosting you all here. It was a shame about the sleepout, but hopefully that will bring you back here one day? Best Wishes Bernie

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 February 2014

We had our wedding at Garonga in Jan 2014, and couldn't have wished for a more perfect setting. We took over the whole camp, for 15 of us. My hubbie and I stayed in Hambledon Suite, the most perfect room with it's own pool overlooking the bush. However all rooms were beautiful and private, including the tents. We did have...

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

Many congratulations again for your wedding. It was a real pleasure and also great fun for us all here having your family and friends here for such a memorable occasion. Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you all back some time. Best Regards Bernie

Germany
Reviewed 4 February 2014

We stayed at the Garonga Safari camp for 5 nights in September 2013. Many things have already been said in the previous reviews but I would still like to share our experience. Our expectations were really high after reading these reviews. And they have been exceeded. What makes this place so special are the people who work there besides all...

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

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. It is a very careful balance between providing a service and being too much "In your face"; I'm so glad the balance was struck. We wish you all the best Bernie

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2014

What a great place! We have been on safari in Kenya, but the landscape here was totally different, wooded savannah rather than open plain and probably more interesting for that fact. The camp has a wonderful atmosphere- since there are only 6 tents and thus a maximum of 12 people it was so much more friendly and intimate. Bernie who...

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

Apologies for the delayed response. Thanks so much for your very kind words; it was a pleasure hosting you here, and we really do hope to see you back. I will pass on your comments to Josia and Patric at our weekly meetings. best Wishes Bernie

Vancouver, BC
Reviewed 16 January 2014

Garonga sees more couples than families but hopefully this will change. It's a lovely place, with very comfortable luxury tents overlooking a riverbed that is often visited by elephants etc. The safari experience is just incredible - our guide/driver went beyond the call of duty in order to help us find all the animals we could ever have wanted, including...

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

Thanks indeed for your feedback which is always so important. The Safari Teams do indeed try and pull out all the stops. Once the rains come a lot of the Game spreads over into Garonga. We have been very blessed with some incredible sightings on a regular basis now. It was great hosting you here. Best Regards Bernie

Olympia, Washington
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Perfect stay for a perfect vacation. I can't say enough good things about this place. From the moment we were picked up from the airport, we were treated with such respect. The staff is amazing....anything you need, you get. The "tents" you stay in all have a view of the watering pond which many of the animals came to drink....

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

Many Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. Am so glad that your Safari Experience was so enjoyable. Best Wishes Bernie

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 19 November 2013

The camp is fantastic! We were in our honeymoon and it was an amazing experience! The tents are very neat, confortable and romantic. The staff is also very communicative and treated us very well. The private reserve is very wide and we could see 3 of the big5. We weren't able to see the buffalos and leopards. But overall it...

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

Thanks indeed for your feedback and many congratulations on your honeymoon. I'm glad the Chefs managed to cater for your dietary requirements; this should not have been a problem as they are well used to this. Best Regards Bernie

Reviewed 18 November 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights in December and were blown away. Not sure I could something that hasn’t been said, but just want to add a few points. The tents were very luxurious and comfortable. They did get a bit hot during the day, but the ceiling fan cooled things down enough for an after lunch nap, but we spent...

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

Thank-You very much for your very positive feedback from Xmas time last year. It was a very wet time over that period, but am so glad you enjoyed all the extra activities including the sleep out. Best Regards Bernie

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • 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: $812 - $904 (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 !”
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“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!”
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