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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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Thorpe Bay, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure where to begin, the safari was part of our 30th wedding anniversary visit to South Africa. We took the travel agents advice and booked for 3 nights - this was our only error, we should have gone for 5 nights. We were in room 6 which was stunning with great views and we avoided the monkeys who used... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! What an amazing place. Couldn't be faulted. Friendly, welcoming staff. Professional, competent Rangers. We saw everything including all the big 5 and it was only down to the skill of Lodrick, Elvis Richard and Anthony on the game drives. The food is second to none which is even more impressive considering it's all inclusive. Drinks were all well known... More 

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Penistone, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is difficult to put into words how fabulous our stay at Garonga was as part of our honeymoon but I can honestly say it is the best experience we have ever had and we travel A LOT! What was so lovely about the camp was the clear family atmosphere amongst staff and guests alike. All staff truly are remarkable... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for five nights at Garonga and were treated like royalty from the time we arrived. On arrival at Garonga we saw elephants and giraffes drinking at the nearby waterhole from the lodge balcony and that really made our day showing us what to expect on the game drives and we were not disapointed. The luxury tents were great... More 

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A colleague and I spent 2 nights at Garonga safari camp and Little Garonga. The property as a whole including the rooms, the meals and the safari were great! The absolute highlight for me though were the friendly and sincere staff who would always go the extra mile. I would highly recommend Garonga for a quality safari experience.

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

Thanks indeed for your very kind feedback. I will certainly pass on your comment regarding the Staff at our weekly meeting. It was a real pleasure having you both to stay, and hopefully see you back again. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Leuven, Belgium
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We liked the stay at Garonga, but the way to get there was so appalling, that we had to write à review, which we normally dont do... This is à 4-5 star accommodation, but their private road to get there is totally not accommodated for non-4WD vehicles, although they let you know it is perfectly fine to drive... We entered... More 

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

I am so sorry you were inconvenienced by the Dirt Road, and also by the lack of communications and follow up from the manager. Just to put right a few things; our GPS Co-Ordinates are correct for the location of the Camp. However in these rural areas Google earth does not always recognise names which are very similar in the... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We stayed at Garonga for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon arranged by Imagine Africa. The first part had involved driving a car along garden route and the final part a few days on the beach in Mauritius. They provided us a transfer from the airport and from the moment we arrived at the lodge we were treated like... More 

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

Many congrats again on your honeymoon and a pleasure having you to stay. Thanks indeed for your very kind words. The staff really do try and glad you enjoyed all the experiences we had to offer. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I have visited this place before. I have never been disappointed with any aspect of this camp. The food and accommodation is a delight. And the staff are fantastic, nothing is not to much effort. I felt very special and was treated that way. The game viewing is very good, as of any Safari game viewing may at times a... More 

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

Thanks Brian, Great to see you back again and look forward to seeing you again in September. Thanks for the positive feedback as return Guests will always be able to compare for better or worse. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We stayed in Little Garonga. First room we stayed has a problem with aircondition and a mice on the roof ;) But, we enjoyed a lot. Staff are very friendly and drives are taking you to totally different world. I highly recommend.

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

Thank-You for your feedback and apologies for the Air Con; it does sometimes take days to get Technicians out to fix. The mouse or squirrel can sometimes enter to the roof but we have removed the branches close to the Room now which should help. Keep well and all the best Bernie More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had always wanted to do a luxury safari for our honeymoon and we were not disappointed! Garonga ticked every box for us and more! Food - amazing. Three top quality meals every day with tea/coffee and cake available ahead of the evening game drive Game viewing experience - unbelievable.The guides are really experienced and helped us track and find... More 

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

A great pleasure having you and thanks so much for your very kind words. Excellent Game Viewing you had. Best Wishes Bernie More 

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