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Garonga Safari Camp

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Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
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Garonga Safari Camp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 3 nights at the Garonga followed by 2 nights at a different lodge nearby. Have to say that Garonga is so much better. Firstly, all staff, rangers and the host came across v relaxed and natural. Secondly, quality of food and wine was top notch and that is for all the meals. Thirdly, every day there was a... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Garonga from February 5th 2015 for five nights. We loved the luxurious tented accommodation, just the right mix of boutique and bush! Staff were welcoming and did all they could to make our stay a memorable one, food was plentiful and delicious. We went on bush rides twice a day and loved every minute. We were fortunate... More 

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Sheffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Lovely stay at Garonga, luxurious surroundings, plenty of animals, great food and great service, very glad we teamed it with the more authentic Kruger experience however, which was much less luxurious!

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

Thanks so much for your feedback and so glad you enjoyed your stay. The service and food was great - will certainly pass this on to the Staff. best Wishes Bernie More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We stayed at Garonga for five nights from 11-16 January 2015. We had an amazing experience! In the middle of the bush you really do get up close and personal with the environment and the animals. Our guide and tracker Elvis and Richard were very experienced and skilled in finding the animals and showed a fantastic commitment to the guests,... More 

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

Thanks very much for your very positive feedback. Elvis and Richard are indeed a great team and I will pass on your report to them. Am so glad you had not only a great Safari experience but also enjoyed the meals, and the ever attentive Bongani. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We started our South Africa trip at Garonga Safari Camp in Hoedspruit. We received a warm welcome from the staff and were shown to our tent. The camp is literally in the middle of the resort, so you might spot a couple of animals while having breakfast or relaxing by the pool. There is however not too much time to... More 

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

Apologies for the delayed response. I'm so glad you had a great time here at Garonga; your Game Viewing sounds very impressive. We hope to see you back one day. Best Wishes Bernie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was my first time on safari. The Garonga Safari Camp is about a 1 hour drive from Hoedspruit airport and well worth it as it is wonderfully remote. The reserve is huge - about 60000 acres and when arriving you take a dirt track to the camp. The camp is nicely set out - we were in a tent... More 

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

Thanks indeed to you both for your very positive feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed your time here, experiencing a great Safari with Jaff and Kaizer, and very happy you also tried at least a couple of the experiences we have on offer here at Garonga. Best Wishes Bernie More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My husband and I really loved Garonga. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, helped to our lovely room and right away we felt relaxed. The meals are amazing and the staff keep you company during meals and are full of great stories. The game drives (ours were facilitated by Richard and Elvis) were truly spectacular. We saw so many... More 

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

Thanks indeed for your kind words. The meals indeed are a very important part of the experience and happy indeed the Chefs provided an awesome culinary experience as well. The bush breakfast is always a great surprise for Guests and also by us all as well. AS I have said in previous feedbacks the Game is getting better and better.... More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Words cannot describe how magical this place is!!! We were lucky to stay in the Hambleden Suite for 8 nights so that we could enjoy our wedding and honeymoon at the camp, before moving onto other adventures. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel comfortable and welcome, no request was ever too much or too little. From... More 

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

Many congratulations again on your special day! It was a pleasure having you here for such a memorable occassion and so glad you were well looked after and enjoyed the whole experience. Best Regards Bernie More 

Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We stayed a Garonga for our honeymoon several years ago. It was recommended to us. We were not disappointed. We were promised good game on the reserve. Day 1 we witnessed a leopard eating it's catch 35 feet up a tree. Day 2 we saw white rhino settling their differences. Day 3 we saw lions. Day 4 hippos. And so... More 

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

It was a pleasure hosting you here and so glad you had a great time. The Game viewing has improved so dramatically of late as well, but you certainly seemed to have seen a fair bit. Best Regards Bernie More 

Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We travelled to Garonga camp for the first part of our honeymoon and arrived to a warm welcome, fresh juice and cool towels after a 26 hour journey. After a quick check into our room we had a quick lunch and then headed out on a game drive. The location overlooking a dry river basin and watering hole meant we... More 

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

Thanks indeed for your very kind comments which I will certainly pass on to the Staff. Am chuffed you tried at least a couple of the activities during your 3 day stay. Best Regards Bernie More 

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