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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.


Spa Facilities

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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Spa treatments

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!

Safari 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.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

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.


GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.012790

Longitude: 30.665912


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.

Star Rating

4 Star