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Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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“Fantastic Safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

We loved our stay at the Gomo Gomo. We stayed for 4 nights and saw 4 of the big 5, the only one we didn't see was the buuffalo! On one game drive we saw 4 of the big 5. The leopard viewings were fantastic and we sepnt one evening watching a leopard eating a steenbok for 15 metres away. The rangers were superb at locating the animals and very knowledgeable. They managed to position us in a way that made the viewing good and gave us excellent oppertunities to photograph the animals.
The lodge itself was lovely, the rooms were clean, well maintained and cleaned every morning whilst on your game drive. Food was superb and all the staff extremely friendly and couldn't do enough for you. I would definately recommend this lodge to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We stayed for 4 nights in July 2010 and right from the start we were blown away by the service and friendlyness of all the staff, rangers and trackers at Gomo Gomo. The rooms were big, clean and we had a great view across the lodges watering hole. Each day we saw a wide variety or animals come for a drink! The game drives were superbly organised and we managed to see the big 5 and much much more. Our rangers Steffan and Jean were very informative and you could tell they were really passionate about what they do. Our tracker Caswell was amazing, without him i dont think we would have seen half of what we did. Nomsa and the rest of the staff were brilliant, very welcoming and whipped up a storm for every meal. All in all it was a great welcome to South Africa and the memory will last forever. Thank you to all at Gomo Gomo.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

We stay for six nights in July. Game spotting was excellent. Our guide Johan and tracker Jeffery were really friendly. When we arrived we had a twin room but as soon as we mentioned that we would like a double it was changed whilst we were out on a drive. Food was average and there is room for improvement. The best part of the lodge is the water hole where we could sit and watch Hippo, Elephant, Kudu, Impala and many more coming to the water.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

My partner and I went to Gomo Gomo this past March. I have been to numerous lodges and public parks (including most of the Kruger Camps). Gomo Gomo is a really terrific choice for a number of reasons:
- Good location: remote, but not necessary to go down too many bolder roads
- Great Food: not a big buffet, but individually made. Everything was fresh and unique. They also were very sensitive to dietary restrictions.
- Great Lodgings/Setting: The rooms are really very nice. We saw hippos and elephants at the waterhole right in front of the main lodge.
- Good game sightings: They will go off road when needed.

The team was really terrific. We had some car problems, and they figured out a way to fix it. It was really amazing.
Also, I think the lodge is very sensitive to diverse travelers. I was there with my partner and we felt very comfortable. While we were there, there was also a family with a child with a disability who was in a wheel chair. The lodge staff really went out of their way to make sure he was part of all the activities and experiences. They were incredibly sensitive and supportive. Perhaps they are already known for this, but if not, they should be.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

We stayed at Gomo Gomo in February, for just one night.

What a great place !

For me, the main word that sums it up is unpretentious. The atmosphere is totally relaxed – the rangers are extremely friendly, and banter easily between themselves and with the guests, so you really get the feeling that you are part of one big, happy family.

The room are pleasant – not particularly traditionally African, I will admit, as they are very ‘chalet’ like – square brick built structures – but they are plenty large enough and comfortable, and the family rooms are ideal if you are 2 adults and 2 children travelling together, as they consist of a double bedroom, a shared bathroom, and a twin bedroom. All the chalets also have their own wooden deck.

The lodge is built on a dam, with its own resident hippo who happily will regularly throw himself out of the water for a bit of a show.

The food was extremely good – nothing too fancy, but well prepared, well presented and very tasty.

Game viewing was excellent – Gomo Gomo share their traversing rights with one other lodge, Africa on Foot – so you are not fighting for space at sightings. We sat with a large pride of lions for nearly an hour as a result ... who can complain at that ?

Pricewise, it is one of the least expensive lodges in this area … from 1st May until the end of July (yes … there is NO price increase over the World Cup period too !!!), the rate if you enquire via their website is just R1,480 per person per night; from 1st August until the end of 2010 their published rate is R1,620 per person per night. This includes morning and afternoon / evening game drives, bush walks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees. Children aged up to and including 2 years are FOC; children aged between 3 years and up to and including 12 years are 50% of normal adult rate. So really … quite a bargain !!

To summarise, anyone who goes here will come away feeling that they have had FUN on their safari, as well as having seen some wonderful wildlife.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

The idea that you do not know what you have until it is gone truly applies here. Our first three night of five were spent with the Gomo Gomo family. We were truly cared for by the rangers and the staff. The management (a beautiful young couple) went out of their way to greet us upon arrival, in comparison this did not happen at our next lodge, Arathusa. Also after each game drive they were there, always with a smile, to see about our outing. We loved Johan our guide/tracker. On our first night drive while we were tracking a beautiful male leopard we gave chase through the bush. Now, one thing nobody warned me of, were the gigantic golden orb web spiders we would be also be encountering as we drove through said bush. Johan had the unfortunate task of pulling my arachnophobia into grip. Later I learned that these spiders only look like your worst nightmare and are incapable of biting. Our lodging was really wonderful and had an authentic African interior design, with all the comforts of home. The bed was comfortable and the pillows were fabulous…one king for snuggling and one queen for my head to rest on while dreaming of the lions and their circle of friends. High kudos for Gomo Gomo Game Lodge and their staff. Cheers!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

My family (party of 4) stayed at Gomo Gomo for 3 days and nights (all included).
The bungalo was great - 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom (wonderfully done and equiped). A/C, ceiling fan, lovely front porch.
The rides were fantastic, saw lots of lions, buffalos, elephants, etc. Our guide, Jean, was fun and informative.
Meals were lovely, very elegantly sreved, a little on the skimpy side. All drinks are extra (for a fee), even the water - none served with the meal, you have to buy it seperately, which i found highly ungracious, even enraging.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate Lodge situated in the prestigious Klaserie Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, with a common unfenced border. Our traversing area is approximately 6000 hectares (14800 acres) of the reserve offering guests varied landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the “ Big 5 “ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and numerous othermammals and bird species in their natural habitat.Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives are conducted in open 4 X 4 Land Rovers with well qualified and experienced field guides and trackers who will ensure an exciting and informative safari. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gomo Gomo Game Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge South Africa/Klaserie Private Game Reserve

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