We were extremely excited about staying at Garonga, and it delivered in every way! This was our first safari experience, and Garonga is a perfect way to introduce you! From the moment you arrive you are made to feel special and incredibly well looked after. We opted for the private 4 seater plane to arrive into the nearby airstrip which we thoroughly recommend....for some amazing views and a thrill. We saw four giraffes from the drive from the airstrip to the lodge - an amazing way to start! The lodge is set around a main outdoor infinity pool, a perfect place to have a dip and cool down with a glass of wine and look over the views below (you can see wildlife directly from the lodge) The tents themselves were more like luxury lodges with tented roofs - to give the full safari feel, but protect you from weather, bugs and heat. They are a great size, and you needn't forgo luxury just because you're in the African bush! Food and drink are plenty and included, so you can relax and enjoy several cold Castle beers after your days game drives. The twice daily game drives were of course the highlight; having never been on safari we didn't know what to expect, and were not disappointed! We saw it all, including a pride of 11 lions 5 metres from our vehicle, and a herd of 8 elephants. We even saw an elusive Cheetah on the drive out of the lodge on our way home. Our whole experience here was truly amazing, Bernie the owner has got it spot on, with all the touches you need whilst not being fussy, and feeling like a genuine wildlife adventure. We cannot wait to come back!
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- Also Known As:
- Garonga Safari Camp Hotel Makalali Private Game Reserve