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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

I'm sorry it's taken so long to write this review but the fact that I'm still raving about our stay in Garonga months after our trip shows just how impressive this place is. We were lucky enough to stay in Little Garonga for our honeymoon and from our arrival, things were amazing. CJ and his team were brilliant...a little formal... More 

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BernieHoedspruit, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Great to hear from you, and many thanks for your very kind comments on Cj and his team. They do remarkable things! best Regards Bernie More 

Houston, TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Bernie, sorry we missed you, but Nicole, Musa and Dinamos took great care of us. We were there for three nights. Saw some great animals except that darn elusive leopard. Saw their tracks though. We did the sleep out (very apprehensive at first but I highly recommend it, and the bush bath. We will come back, just not in the... More 

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Management response:

Thanks indeed for your comments. I hope to catch up with you some time! Best regards Bernie More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We visited the Garonga for our honeymoon in June, we had two other parts to our honeymoon but this was by far the best, i actually cried once leaving as i just wanted to stay forever. On arrival we were greeted with a lovely homeade lemonade,we really couldnt have choosen such a better place, when being shown to our room... More 

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Management response:

Thanks ever so much for your very welcome comments. Hopefully will see you return one day. Keep well and all the best Bernie More 

Walton on thames
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed at Garonga for 5 nights at the end of our honeymoon and had a fantastic experience that we will remember forever. All of the reviews previously written are really correct and the lodge and safari experience were amazing and we could not fault it! All the staff were incredibly helpful and could not do enough to ensure that... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Two nights at Garonga was incredible, Bernie and his team are amazing! I wish we could have stayed longer! Our Guide and Tracker were great, we probably had the best Game Viewing. Plenty of Lions and there cubs as well as two Cheetahs that killed a Water Buck! Cant wait to return!!!

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new jersey
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11 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Just came back from my second stay at Garonga and can't wait for my next visit. We were a group of four, including my 80 year old father. Our guide, CJ, and our tracker were fantastic. Last time I stayed in one of the tents, which had an amazing view and this time I stayed in the Hambleton, which is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Garonga following a previous stay at another safari camp and were concerned that we might not have much to see. We could not have been more wrong! The rooms were brilliant (If not a bit cold at night) and the facilities were top notch. The first night we had a romantic dinner for two on... More 

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BernieHoedspruit, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Many thanks indeed for your very positive feedback. We really hope to see you back. keep well and all the best Bernie More 

Edinburgh
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

My new wife and i stayed here the first week of June as the second part of our honeymoon...we we'd been looking for somewhere very special to complete our once in a lifetime trip. Garonga really does seem to have incredible reviews on tripadvisor and i'd have to say i agree with every one. I think the great thing about... More 

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BernieHoedspruit, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

It was a pleasure having you here, and hopefully see you return on an anniversary! What also makes it are the Guest's enthusiasm and friendliness to all staff. Best Regards Bernie More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

If you are looking for great service, lovely staff, great views from the main lodge and comfortable sleeping tents this place should be first on your list! I had never been on Safari before and didn't know quite what to expect, I was not disappointed at all! Garonga's staff are friendly, knowledgeable and genuine. They have pride in the service... More 

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BernieHoedspruit, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your feedback! We sincerely hope to see you again. The leopard sightings are rare but very memorable. 2 days ago we had a leopard drinking from the waterhole at Little garonga, and then this morning they saw a leopard on Game drive! best Regards Bernie More 

London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

My first Safai experience and it really was better then I ever could have hoped for. The staff were fantastic and really knowledgeable. Our travel agent Pepper Experience could not have been more helpful and from start to finish the trip was first class. If we ever have the chance to go on Safari again this would be top of... More 

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BernieHoedspruit, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your very kind feeback which I will certainly pass on to the staff. Sorry not to have met you. best Regards Bernie More 

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