We stayed 5 nights at the main camp and enjoyed every minute. The accommodation was very clean and perfectly balanced between African bush "camping" with western expectations of comfort. The staff were lovely and looked after our every need with a smile. The food was delicious and most nights the chef gave diners a choice between game or "regular" meat for the main course. We usually opted for the game and had a culinary experience to make our foodie friends jealous. We can highly recommend the springbok, warthog and eland, although we weren't overexcited about the wildebeest. The entrees and desserts were also always delicious. We even asked for one of the entree recipes, which the chef was happy to provide. We hIghly recommended taking clothes that are loose at the start of your trip, because they'll be tight by the end (LOL!).
We had Josiah and Patrick and then Moosa and Tularni as our guides and feel very blessed to have had the wonderful animal sightings we did. In respect to the cats, we got to see a mother cheetah with 3 cubs, 2 adult cheetah brothers, 2 adolescent lion brothers, another lone lion male, a fleeting glimpse of a leopard and a pair of lions mating 3 metres from our vehicle! The sounds that the lions make during and after their mating session is incredible. We also saw heaps of elephants, (both at the watering hole in front of the camp and on safari), giraffe, 5 rhinos (including one that did a dance for us - or it could have been a mock charge!), hippos, warthog, monkeys and different species of antelope.
We did both the sleep out and the bush bath and can highly recommend both. There is something exhilarating and adventurous about being left alone in the African bush that makes your imagination run wild (even though you know that you are perfectly safe).
We would not hesitate to return to Garonga or recommend it to our family and friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve
- Garonga Safari Camp South Africa/Makalali Private Game Reserve