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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We came to Garonga for the first 3 days of our honeymoon and what a start it was. It was our first safari experience and hopefully won't be our last. The staff were there to meet us when we arrived with a cool flannel and welcome drink. The tents are amazing and we felt very privileged they were so well...

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

Thanks so much - am so glad you had a great honeymoon here! Even more interesting to see is that you tried all the activities in your 3 nights here - excellent, and so glad you enjoyed them. Wishing you all the best! Regards Bernie

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Recently had the chance to spend three nights with Bernie and the crew. The rooms were real authentic South African style and very comfortable. Meals were good and the staff very pleasant. Elliott and Richard were our guide and tracker and both did an excellent job in showing us around the game reserve. Would recommended this lodge to any future...

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

Thanks indeed for your positive feedback and taking time to write. A pleasure hosting you; getting many more Australians here to visit now and so your feedback is very important. Best Wishes Bernie

Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

The Garonga hospitality is second to none. As a small resort Bernie - the owner - and his team made sure to remember all the guest's names, making the experience as personal as they could. They went to every effort to ensure our stay was comfortable, with us undertaking as many or few additional activities as we wanted. We did...

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

Thanks so much for your very encouraging feedback. It was a pleasure having you to stay. Am so chuffed you mentioned the Fly In Option as not many Guests use this. There is the perception that it is very expensive; it is extremely good value and removes all the waiting around at airports and the road transfers etc. We also...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Enjoyed 3 nights at Garonga with 2 safaris each day. The staff seemed to care about our experience and went out of their way to make sure we had a memorable trip. The accommodations were impeccable. I was a little disappointed in the food, but maybe they weren't used to vegetarians? A true 5-star experience.

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

Thanks indeed for your feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed your stay and sorry I could not have met you. I apologise regarding the vegetarian option; our chefs are very used to doing these and so have taken this up with the Head Chef on this to ensure all options are excellent. Best Regards Bernie

Poole, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This is the only safari to do 'per se' because having done the Massai Mara and the Serengetti Garonga is head and shoulders above. From the game on the reserve, the trackers showing the visitors what they're using to track down the animals, the rooms, food and total relaxing ambience of Garonga is pure heaven. This was our 2nd trip...

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

It was a pleasure hosting you and glad you enjoyed all the activities and the A Team! We hope to see you back one day. Best wishes Bernie

Reviewed 1 May 2014

Beautiful location overlooking bend in dry river bed with waterhole, these six separate chalets are extremely comfortable. Patrick and Josiah were our excellent, friendly guides who tracked lions, white rhino and elephant for us with great skill. Bernie has his little army of staff highly trained and every time we returned to our chalets they had been tidied perfectly and...

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

Always a pleasure to see guests return. Am so chuffed you enjoyed your stay. I will pass on to the staff your thanks. Sundowners are the vest part of the day and something I will concentrate on once I return from these trade shows. Best regards Bernie

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2014

What can we say, we had such an amazing holiday and wedding, Staying at Garonga Safari Park. Bernie, the owner and host was a delight from start to finish with himself and all his team making those extra touches along the way. Making our holiday as memorable and as special as possible. We couldn't recommend this place enough. We choose...

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

It was a great honour and pleasure hosting you and Family for such a great occasion. I am so glad things went smoothly for you and you had a great wedding day.I will pass on to all the team your very kind feedback. We certainly hope to see you back one day on an anniversary. Best Regards Bernie

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 10 April 2014

My husband and I grew up in the Limpopo Region and have been on many safaris previously. So when we decided to go on safari for our honeymoon we researched it thoroughly to make sure that we found a place that was really something special and out of the ordinary. We used Tripadvisor as a vital research tool to find...

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

It was a great pleasure hosting you on your Honeymoon. Am so glad you tried most of the activities as it really does enhance the experience. A pity about the sleepout indeed. Wishing you all the best Bernie

Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Although I have not been to this specific "camp" I read with incredulity a review about 'breathing cold air" in the tent, and getting a heater. It IS a tent! That is what a Safari camp is for goodness sake! We have been to Makalali twice - the twice says it all. One does not order up animals. If you...

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

Thanks indeed for your support! Very much appreciate what you have said. Please do come and visit Garonga one day. best Regards Bernie

london
Reviewed 27 February 2014

we enjoyed our stay at garonga,the staff were all brilliant and food and drink in the main of a very high standard[we loved breakfast after the drive]and lunch was delicious.our safari boys patrick and josia[ the A team ]were fantastic and tracked a great selection of amazing animals]loved the bush bath and sleep out in the tree house,go!

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

So chuffed you enjoyed the experience. The sleepout is always a great adventure. Keep well and all the best Bernie

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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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
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,359 - RM3,151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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