Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive 12 bed camp in the Greater Makalali Conservancy situated to the west of the Kruger National Park. The tented rooms overlook a dry riverbed and each has a wooden deck complete with hammock. The rooms are spacious and incorporate an ensuite shower as well as an outdoor shower. Buffet breakfasts and lunches are generous and dinner can be enjoyed either communally or privately. There is an infinity pool and a series of viewing decks. The camp also has a library and curio shop.
A range of aromatherapy and reflexology treatments is available from the bush spa.
Activities include game drives, guided bush walks and bird watching. In addition guests can enjoy sleep-outs in the bush some 20 minutes drive from the camp. A sumptuous picnic, a drinks box and hot drinks are provided, as are as wash basin and toilet. In the morning guests are collected and taken back to camp.
Other activities available nearby outside the reserves, include horse riding and visiting Blyde River Canyon.
Using a clever biogas system & solar power for energy, and re-using filtered grey water to fill a waterhole for wildlife, Garonga tries hard to keep their impact minimal. They also produce organic vegetables on site.
"After a bumpy drive on an unmade road into camp, we arrived at the stunning Garonga. It has an elevated position overlooking a dry river bed and a small waterhole. This is a small, intimate tented camp, ideal for honeymooners as it's very romantic. Each tent has an indoor and outdoor shower and a fantastic hammock on the veranda in which to relax after your activity. There is the most amazing 'star bath' where you can bathe at night whilst star gazing. The vehicles they use on game drives are open topped and have both a spotter and a driver which is great, and their knowledge is excellent. As well as drives, they offer walks and sleepouts. The food is delicious! There is a 3 course set menu dinner with a choice of 2 mains. The staff were really attentive and there is a high level of attention to detail. The only slight downside I found was that the Makalali Reserve is fenced and we spent a lot of time game viewing close to the fence BUT we did see cheetah brothers come fact to face with a lioness which was amazing and completely made up for it. Overall, we loved it at Garonga and wished we could have stayed longer! It's the perfect place to begin your South African adventure."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499