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The Garonga Safari Camp in the Makalali Conservancy, which lies about a 6 hours drive from Johannesburg and 1.5 hours from both the Phalaborwa and the Hoedspruit airports. This South African safari lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region offers luxurious tented accommodation and guests enjoy thrilling wildlife encounters combined with high hospitality standards including dining.
Situated between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa west of the Kruger National Park, this African wildlife sanctuary provides travelers with thrilling wildlife encounters in a natural bushveld setting where guests can unwind and relax.
Accommodation at Garonga Safari Camp consists of the Main Lodge and the Tented Rooms. Furthermore, Little Garonga is home to the Main Lodge, the Chiltern & Buckingham Suite as well as the Hambleden Suite.
The Camp reflects the natural, earthy colors of its bushveld surroundings providing guests with luxury, pure comfort, and closeness to Africa's wilderness.
The luxury tents are set in a unique way to overlook the dry riverbed. Each of these luxury tents features a wooden deck which is complete with a hammock from where scenic views of the bushveld can be admired. The tents are light and airy while offering plenty of space as well as large, draped beds. Additionally to the indoor shower of the tents, guests may make use of the outdoor shower which provides for a unique bush experience.
Safari Tent features:
- En-suite shower only
- Outdoor shower
- Ceiling fan
- Mosquito net
- Wooden deck
- Large draped beds
The main lodge at Little Garonga offers guests access to an indoor as well as an outdoor lounge area. The covered breakfast deck outside comfortably accommodates diners while spectacular views of the scenic bushveld are enjoyed. The pool area at the main lodge at Little Garonga provides guests a swimming pool with comfortable loungers where guests are welcome to relax in tranquility. Furthermore, Little Garonga's main lodge offers air-conditioned comfort in the spacious dining area, the inviting lounge and seating area equipped with a fireplace and a self-service bar.
The Hambleden Suite
The Hambleden Suite consists of one main bedroom as well as an additional separate bedroom which can accommodate two children, making this luxurious suite ideal for couples and small families. For the comfort of the guests, the Hambleden Suite is fully air conditioned.
The suite's indoor as well as outdoor lounge are both covered and provides guests with great space to dine and relax. The spacious bathroom features an excellent hand beaten copper bath tub, an indoor and outdoor shower is also available. The Hambleden Suite offers its private swimming pool with a raised deck, hammock, and mini-bar.
Chiltern & Buckingham Suite
The exclusive Chiltern and the Buckingham Suite are ideal for couples. Both of these stunningly beautiful suites are fully air-conditioned, provide a covered deck, a hammock as well as a lounge and bedroom. The bathrooms at these two exclusive suites consist of a bath, basins and shower with a large outdoor shower also being available.
The Sleep Out Deck at Garonga provides for a memorable experience in the bushveld. The outdoor swimming pool offers refreshment during the warm afternoons between the safari activities. An excellent collection of fine South African wines is in the lodge's wine cellar. Other facilities include:
- Open air bush bath
- Picnics (summer time)
- Sleep out experience
- Dining area
- Large, spacious lounge
- Gift shop
- Wine cellar
- Swimming pool
- Wellness sala.
- Laundry services
- Spa treatments including massages
- Game-viewing activities
- Wellness treatments
- Bush sleepout.
Garonga offers guests the choice of different dining venues each of which promises to be an elegant, delicious and memorable affair. An excellent selection of South African wines complements the extraordinary cuisine served at both the Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga. The combination of African rhythms, mouthwatering dishes and the natural setting of Africa's wilderness create for a personal dining memoirs.
The Lodge has a lovely ‘wellness sala’ where guests can choose from a range of beauty, health and massage treatments administered by the caring hands of trained professionals. Also, on offer at the Garonga Safari Lodge are aromatherapy and reflexology. The treatment venue is set amid the trees, providing a calm and natural environment that enhances relaxation.
Makalali Conservancy: Game Drives
Game drives are available to guests twice daily in the company of experienced guides and trackers whose knowledge of the landscape and species which inhabit it are sure to provide guests with a memorable experience. Also available at Garonga is the option to take a walking safari with their armed ranger, or spend a night under the stars at the romantic sleep out venue.
The Makalali Conservancy covers some 20 000 hectares of pristine bushveld in South Africa which is intersected by seasonal watercourses and dotted with plains and wooded areas. The diverse habitat lends itself to habitation by numerous different species, including 4 of the "Big 5", lion, leopard, rhino and elephant (no free roaming buffalo at the moment), giraffe, zebra, and warthog. Bird life is also abundant and well represented, making this a haven for keen bird-watchers.
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- Air Conditioning
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Mini bar
- Viewing Deck
Dining at the Garonga Safari Camp
The cuisine presented at the Garonga Safari Camp in the greater Makalali Conservancy near the Kruger National Park is a fusion of the chef's extraordinary culinary skills. A beautiful selection of excellent South African wines is available for guests to complement their meals. Dining at the Garonga Safari Camp is an unforgettable experience.
Guests at the magnificent Garonga Safari Camp are welcome to visit the Sala for massages, reflexology, and aromatherapy to feel relaxed and invigorated.
Indian head massages, Hot Stone Therapies during the winters, Honeymoon Couple massages and other health and beauty spa treatments are also available.
Guests at the magnificent Garonga Safari Camp are welcome to visit the Sala for massages, reflexology, and aromatherapy to feel relaxed and invigorated. Indian head massages, Hot Stone Therapies during the winters, Honeymoon Couple massages and other health and beauty spa treatments are also available.
Bush Bath and Sleep Out
Guests have the opportunity to take time out for themselves by taking a bath in the bush. Breathing in the fresh air of the bushveld, revitalizing mind, body and soul - this unique experience makes a stay at the Garonga Safari Camp unforgettable.
Visitors may sleep out on their own on a deck from where scenic views overlooking the wilderness can be admired. A delicious picnic hamper, beverages as well as hot drinks are available. Guests staying at the camp have a radio and will get collected in the morning. A toilet, as well as a wash basin, are provided. A real magical experience!
Game drives and walking safaris
Guests staying at Garonga in South Africa have the opportunity to participate in the exciting game drives and walking safaris through the untamed African bush. Unforgettable encounters with wildlife including lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants await visitors.
Guided by professional rangers and trackers, these informative game drives which are conducted early in the morning and late in the afternoon provide guests with a lot of insight information regarding the regions animal kingdom, its flora and fauna.
- Sun deck
- Swimming Pool
- Viewing deck
- Wellness centre
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Massage treatments
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Wake-up call
- Wellness & Beauty treatments
Safari Camp: Tent
- # Rooms:
The stunningly beautiful Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive 12-bed camp. Located in the 22,000 hectares greater Makalali Conservancy west of the Kruger National Park, South Africa, the Garonga sanctuary offers an intimate wildlife encounter in a wild and untouched wilderness where guests may relax and unwind.
The luxury tents at the Garonga Safari Camp are overlooking the dry riverbed. Each tent has a wooden deck which is complete with a hammock from where scenic views can be enjoyed. The luxury tents at Garonga are light and airy while providing privacy and space as well as large, draped beds.
Besides the indoor shower, the luxury tents at the Garonga Safari Lodge also feature an outdoor shower which provides the perfect combination of the luxury of the suite and the natural surroundings.
Little Garonga: Hambleden Suite
- # Rooms:
The Little Garonga Camp at the Garonga Safari Lodge offers three fully thatched suites which are en-suite and air-conditioned. The suites at Little Garonga are located around centralized indoor and outdoor lounge areas, the swimming pool and a built-in braai/BBQ area. Each suite at Little Garonga features a platform deck where a hammock invites for a relaxing and tranquil time.
Little Garonga's exclusive Hambleden Suite offers the main bedroom as well as a closed off room which can accommodate two children. This suite at the Garonga Safari Camp is ideal for a couple or a small family. The indoor and outdoor lounge are both covered offering guests lot of space to dine and relax. The large bathroom features a magnificent hand beaten copper bath tub which is available with an indoor and outdoor shower. The Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga offered a private swimming pool and raised the deck, hammock, and mini-bar.
Little Garonga: Chiltren/Buckingham Suite
- # Rooms:
The Chiltern and Buckingham Suits at Little Garonga in the greater Makalali Conservancy are suitable for a couple. Both of these exclusive and spacious suites are fully air-conditioned, offer a covered deck area as well as a hammock, lounge, and bedroom. The bathrooms at these suites consist of a bath, basin and shower. The large outdoor showers make a stay at Garonga unique.
Garonga Safari Camp Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
Guests staying for 5 nights at the Garonga Safari Camp or Little Garonga may enjoy one free night! Stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4.
The Garonga Safari Camp is situated in the Makalali Conservancy which lies about a 6 hours drive from Johannesburg and 1.5 hours from both the Phalaborwa and the Hoedspruit airports. This South African safari lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region offers luxurious tented accommodation and guests enjoy thrilling wildlife encounters combined with high hospitality standards including dining.
Situated between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa west of the Kruger National Park, this African wildlife sanctuary provides travellers with thrilling wildlife encounters in a natural bushveld setting where guests can unwind and relax.
Included in the rate:
- All meals, teas & coffees
- Game drives, bush walks,
- Sleep-out Experience, and the bush bath.
- House drinks (including house wines)
- One night complimentary accommodation
- Complimentary Road Transfers from Hoedspruit and/or Phalaborwa
- 30 Minutes Massage each.
Excluded from the rate:
- Items of a personal nature
Terms and Conditions:
- Subject to availability
- Pay for 4 nights and stay for 5 nights.
- Valid until - 31 March 2019
- Based on a minimum of a 5 night stay.
- One night complimentary accommodation.
- This may not be combined with any other special being offered.
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The Garonga Safari Camp lies in the secluded private Makalali Conservancy in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is one hour from the Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit airports which are west of the Kruger National Park.
The Garonga Safari Camp can be accessed by car, commercial airlines or private air charter.
SA Airlink offers daily direct flights from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to Nelspruit KMIA as well as from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa.
Driving by car: travel notes
- Allow 6 hours from Johannesburg
- Not advisable to travel in darkness
- You will need cash for toll roads
- Petrol stations do not take credit cards, cash only
- The roads are good, and there are plenty of petrol stations on the route.
Directions Option 1
Take the N1 to Pietersburg.
Just before Pietersburg, take the R71 towards Tzaneen.
Carry on until just past Haenertsburg, and then turn right. Keeping on the R71 all the way until Tzaneen.
Keep straight on the R71 past Tzaneen straight past Gravelotte - this is the R526 to Mica.
From Gravelotte, measure 18 kilometers.
On the right side of the road close to the dirt road entrance you will see Zander Osmers Safaris; 500 m after this you will see Garonga Safari Camp sign on the right-hand side on the dirt road.
Turn right and follow the arrows marked on a Black Sign with a bronze arrow. You will see the first one after about 3 Kms.
Directions Option 2
From Johannesburg take the N4 past Witbank, turn off the N4 to Belfast.
From Belfast go through Dullstroom towards Lydenburg.
Through Lydenburg and Orighstad.
After going through the JG Strijdom Tunnel measure, 10 km then turn left on the R36 towards Tzaneen.
Travel 10 km on the R36 then turn right at the Phalaborwa sign - travel for about 25 km.
Turn left at the "T" junction. Go past Mica village, just the other side of Mica, turn left towards Tzaneen.
Measure 15 km from the turn-off, then you will see a Garonga Safari Camp sign on the left-hand side of the road.
There is also a Warning Sign (Red and White Triangle) warning people of Animals crossing the road, right opposite the dirt road entrance.
Turn left onto the dirt road Follow signs to the lodge.
Dirt Road Directions to the Garonga Safari Camp
When coming from the main Public Road, please phone the lodge of the pass number to open the Remote Control gate later on. You are more than welcome to phone earlier if you wish.
1. Follow the main dirt road down for 3 (Three) km and then you come to the railway line.
2. Follow the Black Direction arrow board to Garonga by turning right keeping the railway line on your left. Follow this for 2 (Two) km.
3. You then turn left over the railway crossing and go straight ahead through a "Boom Fence" (this is a fence on either side of the track). Follow this for 3 (Three) km.
4. You then come to the Garonga remote Control fence (please note timings of operation below in Point 9). You will have been given the Pass number by the Camp once you phoned them when you turned off the main Public Road on to the Dirt Road. Press in the number and the gate should open. Please do ensure the gate closes behind you before proceeding.
5. Once through the gate, ensure the gate closes, and then turn left down the dirt road keeping the fence on your left. Follow this for 3 (Three) km.
6. You then come to a Small Guard House and a gate barrier. The Guard will then check you in at the Lodge.
7. Continue to follow the black metal signs to the Main Camp - 6 (six) Kms
8. The trip should take you about 40 Minutes from the Tar (Public) Road to the Camp.
9. Remote Control Gate Timings of operation: 0600 - 1730 hrs. If arriving later than this time, please ensure the Camp knows well in advance (24 Hours minimum). Access is restricted outside of these times. The latest we can open the gate is 1930 hrs but only if we receive prior notice.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.