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Garonga Safari Camp

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have just returned home to Italy after our unforgettable honeymoon. Our stay at Garonga was a truly wonderful experience, from the start to the finish! From the elephants who decided to make the camp their playground, incredible food, the sleep out where we were lucky to see a Leopard and amazing staff..... We will never forget our stay with... More 

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

Thanks so much indeed for your very kind words. I will pass on to the staff. The Ellies have been all over now that the Knobthorns are flowering, so makes it interesting in both Camps. Best Regards Bernie More 

Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Garonga Safari Camp exceeded my expectations on every level. The tents were spacious, with very comfortable beds that had duvets to handle the cool of the evenings, yet airy and cool for the heat of the day. I loved the Safari game drives, CJ was an excellent guide along with Phineas our tracker. I learned so much from them and... More 

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

Thanks indeed Margaret for your very positive feedback. The Game Viewing has been simply awesome recently, and no doubt as you say to the skills of the Safari teams. I will certainly tell Sylvia about your appreciation; I'm sure she will be very happy. best Wishes Bernie More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Garonga is superb, it is difficult to say anything different from the other reviews because it is faultless. We stayed in June 2016 with our adult daughters and had the best time you can imagine. From the pick up at the private airstrip to the checking out process everything was perfect. It is difficult to pick out individuals because we... More 

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

Thank-You Jane for your very kind feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and also had a great time out on Safari with Josia and Richard. Indeed it was quite a surprise for us all to experience the minor earthquake; something I've never experienced here before. Josia ! I will certainly pass on your very kind words of appreciation... More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Little Garonga is an Oasis of beauty. I have never felt as calm and relaxed as I did when in Camp. Stunning scenery, exceptional service and facilities , and animal sightings that dream are made of. Garonga is the brainchild and vision of Bernie Smith. What he has created goes beyond stunning. This was the third time I have visited... More 

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

Dear Martin and Carolyn, It was great to have you back again, this time with Family! I'm sorry to have missed you but duty called elsewhere. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, and even more so after the refurb albeit you stayed at Little Garonga. We are very fortunate to have such a great "Family" here all trying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

The staff were so pleasant, very attentive to your needs without being overwhelming. The tent was very comfortable, the food was amazing....BUT...The safari was AWESOME!!! Our guide Jeff went above & beyond (literally knocking down trees) to get us close to the animals. A once in a lifetime experience

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Garonga. I will pass on your feedback to the staff. Thanks indeed for taking time to submit your feedback. best Wishes Bernie More 

Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

we spent five nights at this wonderful camp. Our cabin tent overlooked a waterhole where animals came to drink most days-a Safari without leaving our tent.One morning an elephant spent half an hour eating just off our deck and so we had our own private viewing. We saw plenty of animals including Leopards. We saw a leopard climb a tree... More 

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

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback; much appreciated. Five nights is becoming much more popular where you can do all the extra activities in calmness, such as the sleepout, the Bush Bath, Microliting etc. The Game you saw sounds awesome. Unfortunately some times we do change Guides around if they go on leave, or if there are certain... More 

Surrey, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

When we arrived we were allocated tent 1, Little Ham, overlooking the water hole. Perfect, couldn't have asked for better. Woke up every morning and played with the monkeys before breakfast! We stayed at Garonga for five nights and that was just about right. On the fourth night we did the 'sleep out' which is one of the most memorable... More 

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

Thanks indeed for your very kind feedback. Once again we have Guests staying 5 nights and experiencing the sleepout which , as you say, is a truly amazing experience. The Safari teams are indeed the most important on site as this is what you come for and so very chuffed they provided such a great Safari Experience for you. Regarding... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We had an absolutely fantastic time during our stay in the stunning Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga. We had our own pool on our deck which overlooked a watering hole, and every detail had been considered in our rooms - even down to our favourite drinks! Robert & Heffric were so friendly in looking after our every need, and provided... More 

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

Dear Nikki and Family, It was a pleasure hosting you all at Little Garonga. We are all so glad you enjoyed your holiday here. I will certainly pass on your very kind words to Robert, Herfric and all the staff at LG. The sleepout is indeed a highlight and is still proving extremely popular. Thank you so much for your... More 

Tudeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get married here recently and what a place it is. I must say Garonga and it's wonderful team far surpassed any expectations I had. I cannot put in to words how truly wonderful this place is Our wedding day was amazing, the people we met were fantastic, the food is just great, and the animals....well... More 

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

Many congratulations again on your very special day. It was a great day and George, the Marriage Officer, was as easy and amusing as always. I will pass on your feedback to Josia and Richard and all the staff. We would very much like to asee you back on an Anniversary. Thanks again for your very positive feedback. We all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights with my wife just after the upgrade and reopening in June 2016. Beautiful tents with daily sightings of animals just outside on the riverbed. Friendly staff and excellent game drives. Cold in June, so bring extra clothes for the drives.

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

Thanks so much for your very positive review. Indeed it is still cold now normally through to the middle of August. The Game sightings are also great at the moment. Best Wishes Bernie More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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Additional Information about Garonga Safari Camp

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: $513 - $758 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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