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Garonga Safari Camp

4.0 of 5 Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
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Basel, Switzerland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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london
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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 

Kulmbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We stayed at this fantastic place for 5 nights. It all started with a perfect planned pick-up at Phalaborwa airport. Our driver, Llyod, was very friendly, helpful and answered all the questions we had during the drive to Garonga. After he had dropped us off, the manageress showed us around and made us very welcome from the very first moment.... More 

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

Thanks indeed for your positive feedback. I will let the Guides know of your report. It was a pleasure having you here. Regards Bernie More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We were fortunate enough to stay for a night at Garonga during November 2014. We stayed in Room 1, which we highly recommend as the view is directly of the waterhole and very private. It also had both indoor and outdoor showers, all fit for a king. The service was impeccable and every need and request was met with a... More 

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

Thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. Although only a short stay am so glad you experienced some of the "African Majic" in the Bush. I will certainly pass on your feedback to the Staff. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Victoria, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights, I highly reccomend staying for at least 4 nights to get most out of the safari and the place because it is worth it ! Our guides Elvis and Richard were fantastic and took us to see some pretty cool stuff. The food was excellent, we didnt have one bad meal for the entire... More 

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

Many congratulations again on your Honeymoon! It was a pleasure hosting you both, and I remember the time well with a really nice crowd, great entertainment had by all. Thanks so much for your very kind words, and will certainly pass this on to the Guides and staff alike. Best Wishes Bernie More 

Deventer, The Netherlands
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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is more than 2 years ago that we were there, oktober 2012, and the only thing y can say is go there and experience it by yourself. this experience is unforgettable, perfect location nothing more to add.

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

Great to have you back! Your support is very much appreciated. Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. Best Regards Bernie More 

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Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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