i look back on our honeymoon at garonga two months later and it feels like a dream. it was simply perfect. When planning our honeymoon back in January, I spent hours on trip advisor deliberating about where to go and for how long. After reading the fabulous reviews on here for Garonga and on the recommendation of James, our patient and helpful agent at imagine africa, we plumped for 5 nights here. At the time, I thought 5 nights might be a bit long, safari was all new for us, we're normally happy lying by a beautiful beach but it seemed like a great place to go.
After a rather tortuous journey from Mauritius, we arrived at Garonga tired and weary. On arrival, we were greeted by Alison who took us to our lodge, told us to relax, take our time, have a shower and then come back for drinks and dinner a bit later. It was magical, all candle lit, the sounds of nature and our room was a haven. After a generous gin & tonic by the log fire, we were completely relaxed and had the first of the many superb meals together under the stars. We were so tired the next morning, we didn't make the first game drive but didn't miss one after that! the drives were amazing, we saw all the big 5 other than buffalo (but who cares about that?!) and loved stopping for our evening gin and tonic and nibbles at sunset.
The staff at Garonga are amazing, totally relaxed, unobtrusive but excellent service. Bernie (the owner) was great, so welcoming and we are in awe of what he has achieved there. Alison was the perfect host, always there when you needed her and a pleasure to talk to. Housekeeping were top notch and there are lots of special touches around the place.
The best bit though has to be the food! You cannot believe that the staff are creating such stunning food, you're in the middle of nowhere! breakfasts were huge and the perfect thing to come back to after the morning drives (better english breakfast than back home!). evening meals were to die for, homemade breads, delicious starters and mains and puddings you would pay a lot for in a london restaurant.
it is the most romantic place, whether lazing by the pool listening to nature, having a sunset bush bath, sitting watching lions and elephants. I cannot recommend this place enough. My wife and I will never forget the time we had here and will definately be back. for now though, the memories feel like a dream.
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve
- Garonga Safari Camp South Africa/Makalali Private Game Reserve