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Garonga Safari Co.

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Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1390 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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A luxury safari experience at Garonga Safari Co. replenishes mind, body and soul. Garonga Safari Camp, Little Garonga and MCH Private Tented Camp are safari camps in South Africa, hidden away in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve (22 000 hectares). This is prime Big 5 wildlife territory located west of the Kruger National Park. Special indulgences celebrate our 'safari for the soul' ethos and make this an unforgettable retreat. This is truly a "Safari for the Soul". Fall in step with nature and encounter the wildlife that roam South Africa's wilderness. Game drives and walking safaris with our expert guides get you up-close to the Big 5, endangered species like cheetah and wild dog, and diverse birdlife. Sleep deeply in one of our luxury safari camps, each one offering a relaxing retreat for couples or small groups. For a wild and wonderful experience, spend one night beneath a canvas of stars on our safari Sleep Out Deck. Unwind completely at the Massage 'Sala', Sleep Out Deck and safari Bush Bath as part of the Big 5 safari and spa experience. The Yoga Deck is perfect for mindful practice in nature. Delight in safari dining that pairs perfectly with nature's beauty. Excellent South African wines and several cuisine choices can be enjoyed in an intimate private setting or the festive Bush Boma At Garonga Safari Camp, luxury tented safari romance meets the wild beauty of the South African bush setting. It's an exclusive tented camp, with just six luxury en-suite units that combine a canvas canopy, rustic-textured walls and raised wooden deck overlooking a dry riverbed. Little Garonga has three fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralised indoor/outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in braai/BBQ area. Each suite has its own platform deck, complete with hammock. The lodge also has its own host, chef, waiter and housekeeper so is totally self-contained and run separately from the Safari Camp. MCH is the newest addition to the Garonga Safari Co. family. As a canvas tented camp, it embodies authentic safari style, yet has the added luxuries that make it a signature ‘safari for the soul’ experience. MCH offers family or friend groups a private and intimate bush getaway, perfect for extended stays. If not booked out for a group, individual couples are welcome to make it home for their luxury safari stay. Perched on a kopje (little hill), you can revel in panoramic views of the wild Makalali Reserve and Drakensberg Mountains beyond. The four tents boast air-conditioning and wifi. They are fully en-suite with sumptuous bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. Each features a well-stocked bar and indoor lounge that flows outside onto a private deck.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Spa
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Adults only
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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English, French, Afrikaans, Xhosa and 1 more

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Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1390 South Africa
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Polokwane Airport82 miSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport27 miSee all flights
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Russell J wrote a review Jul 2020
San Francisco, California35 contributions17 helpful votes
My travel agent highly recommended booked the Garonga for me. My room was clean comfortable and modern glamping. The food was good and the other guests were very interesting and friendly. The pool was a comfortable place during the heat of the day. The highlight however was the game viewing. Sophie Barrett was very knowledgeable, interesting/entertaining and capable of locating the most interesting animals.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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robertofromlondon wrote a review Mar 2020
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We stayed four nights at Garonga and enjoyed 8 safaris. Our guides - Kaiser and Glandstone - were excellent: knowledgeable and fun. Saw all the Big Five close up (a bit too close for comfort at times!). Very safe, and more comfortable than we had expected. The safari camp was quite small - no more than a dozen people while we were there. The lodges were spacious, with a clear view to the watering hole just a couple of hundred yards away - and yes, we saw elephants, Cape buffalo, giraffes etc there from our deck. Food very good; wine - well you might want to upgrade from the house wine. "Camping" out one night, off site at the tree house, is a must - but book it as soon as you arrive (no extra charge). The staff could not do enough to help. I would go back without hesitation.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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StephenM5 wrote a review Mar 2020
Reading, United Kingdom43 contributions3 helpful votes
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Great 5 night stay in Little Garonga. Game drives, food, drinks and service were all great and accommodation was excellent too. Saw all of the Big Five including a leopard with kill and a cheetah chase. Exceptional value for money.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: All rooms are excellent
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AussieTraveller4564 wrote a review Feb 2020
Australia42 contributions22 helpful votes
My wife and I were visiting South Africa for the first time and were lucky enough to have our Safari at Garonga. The camp only has a maximum of 12 people with plenty of helpful and friendly staff. The food is very good . The free wifi and drinks make for a pleasant time. We slept out which was a great experience .
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Pedro wrote a review Feb 2020
Nadadouro, Portugal5 contributions
We couldn't have had a better experience at Garonga. The wildlife, service and accommodation and facilities are like no other. A fabulous luxury safari with such a friendly, home from home feel. Thank you
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Date of stay: March 2019
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PRICE RANGE
$658 - $1,159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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garonga safari camp hotel makalali private game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceMakalali Private Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garonga Safari Co.
What are some of the property amenities at Garonga Safari Co.?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Top room amenities include a minibar, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Garonga Safari Co.?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Garonga Safari Co. have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Garonga Safari Co. offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Garonga Safari Co.?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.