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Makalali Conservancy, South Africa
  • As the auburn sun sets over the peaceful plains of the Makalali Conservancy, the Garonga Safari Camp is starting to wind down for the evening, with its guests gathered in front of the fireplace of the main lodge. This quiet resort offers an easygoing environment in which to unwind, explore the 22,000-hectare wildlife reserve at your leisure and soak in the resplendent South African climes.

    • Beautiful tented roomsGaronga
      Beautiful tented rooms
    • Hambleden suite deckLittle Garonga
      Hambleden suite deck
    • Game on your doorstepGaronga
      Game on your doorstep
    • A distinctive styleLittle Garonga
      A distinctive style
    • Buckingham suite bedroomLittle Garonga
      Buckingham suite bedroom
    • Bathing with a viewLittle Garonga
      Bathing with a view
    • Outdoor comfortsLittle Garonga
      Outdoor comforts
    • Dinner at the Main LodgeLittle Garonga
      Dinner at the Main Lodge
    • Hambleden suite loungeLittle Garonga
      Hambleden suite lounge
    • Outdoor showersLittle Garonga
      Outdoor showers
    • Main Lodge deckLittle Garonga
      Main Lodge deck
    • Main Lodge exteriorLittle Garonga
      Main Lodge exterior
    • Tented room facilitiesGaronga
      Tented room facilities
    • A view from your deckGaronga
      A view from your deck
    • The Safari Camp loungeGaronga
      The Safari Camp lounge
    • A true Safari campGaronga
      A true Safari camp
    • Romantic comfortGaronga
      Romantic comfort
    • The beauty of AfricaGaronga
      The beauty of Africa

    What to love

    What to know

    • With a desire to reflect the reserve’s bush surroundings, the Garonga Safari Camp’s interiors have been designed with earthy tones, natural materials and traditional African artifacts.
    • The private game reserve is home to the ‘Big Four’ (at present there are no free-roaming buffalo), as well as offering the opportunity to see cheetahs, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and spotted hyenas.
    • Dinner is served either in the resort’s main lounge or in the Boma. Arrangement varies between private tables or a shared, communal table. Staff can also arrange an outdoor BBQ or picnic upon request.
    • The resort’s Sala offers a range of aromatherapy and reflexology treatments from their resident therapist. Hot stone therapy and a special Honeymoon Couple Instructional massage are also available upon request.
    • The Makalali Conservancy, where the Garonga resort makes its home, is situated west of the world-famous Kruger National Park – one of the largest wildlife reserves in the world and home to an exceptional number of animal species.
    • The Garonga resort is located approximately a 75-minute drive away from both Phalaborwa and Hoedspuit airports.
    • Guests of Garonga have the choice of staying at the Safari Camp – made up of six luxury en-suite tents, Little Garonga – a luxury, three-suite camp, the Hambleden Suite or one of the Chiltern and Buckingham Suites.
    • The resort has plenty of facilities to help guests unwind, including a full-time massage therapist on-site, an open-air bush bath, a swimming pool and a large open lounge with a ‘help yourself’ bar.

    About this property

    • Located to the west of Kruger National Park, one of the most densely populous areas for wildlife in South Africa, the Makalali Private Game Reserve is an effervescent hive of flora and fauna, with four of the big five game animals (lions, African elephants, leopards and rhinos) spotted on regular occasion. It’s perhaps surprising then that located at the heart of this hotbed for life is a resort as relaxing and tranquil as the Garonga Safari Camp.

      Built with an eye to mimic its pictorial surroundings, the Garonga resort permeates African authenticity, with earthy tones, natural woods and traditional artwork spread throughout the entirety of the central hub and accommodation. With living options varied between one of six luxury tents or one of Little Garonga’s luxury suites, guests are ensured a carefree stay, with all of the resort’s light and airy rooms fitted with plush furnishings and luxury en-suite bathrooms.

      This relaxed atmosphere continues with Garonga’s main lounge and dining area, where guests are welcomed to sprawl out in front of the open fireplace, help themselves to the well-stocked bar or sit out on the wooden veranda and gaze across the open plains. The resort’s expert kitchen staff serve a range of themed gastronomic dinners with the setting ranging from the main lounge, the boma, a bush BBQ or a communal round table setting with the resort’s other guests. Bush breakfasts, outdoor picnics and health options are available on request.

      In addition to having an outdoor pool to help cool down under the warm South African sun, guests are also invited to book an appointment at the Garonga resort’s Sala, where a range of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments are on offer from a person therapist. Alternatively, there is the option of using the resort’s bush bath – a secluded, treetop level, outdoor tub – where visitors can revitalise their body and even take a picnic to enjoy on the deck.

    • Garonga Safari Camp is intimate camp with an holistic philosophy to offer a safari for the soul, an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter and a time to reflect and find inspiration in nature. There are six relaxing tented rooms at Garonga Safari Camp, each designed to reflect the surroundings of the bush with textured earthy colours and clean lines which overlook a dry riverbed. The three thatched air-conditioned suites at Little Garonga. are situated around a central lounge area, swimming pool and braai (BBQ).

      Luxury Tents: The luxury tents have a wooden deck complete with hammock that commands spectacular views. The rooms are light, airy and spacious with large, draped beds and ceiling fans. In addition to the indoor shower, there is an outdoor shower, providing the perfect link between the luxury of the suite and the allure of the African bush. Luxury Tents sleep a maximum of two adults and two children.

      Hambleden Suite: Little Garonga’s Hambleden suite consists of a main bedroom (catering for two adults) and a closed off room that can accommodate two children, making it ideally suited for a couple or a small family. The rooms are fully air conditioned. The Hambeldon Suite sleeps a maximum of two adults and two children.

      Chiltern & Buckingham Suites: The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are suitable for a couple sharing. Both suites are fully air-conditioned, have a covered deck area, hammock, lounge and bedroom. The bathrooms consists of a bath, basins and shower. A large outdoor shower is also available. The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites sleep a maximum of two adults.

      Each suite has its own platform deck complete with hammock.

    • Whilst Garonga does not provide any specific childcare, families can enjoy an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment. The Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga Camp is idea for families with two separate sleeping areas.

      Please note that children under 8 years are not permitted.

    • Garonga Camp Main Lodge: The main lodge at Garonga Camp boasts a beautifully styled large open-plan lounge area with high wooden beams and pillars, a large fireplace, indoor and outside dining areas and a well stocked “help yourself bar”. The naturally landscaped outdoor pool overlooks the bush and has a relaxing terrace area equipped with sun loungers.

      Little Garonga Main Lodge: The main lodge at Little Garonga boasts both an air-conditioned indoor lounge and dining area with spacious seating, fireplace and a self-service bar and an outdoor lounge area. The outdoor covered breakfast deck can comfortably dine a group while offering spectacular African views. The swimming pool area consists of a pool with an array of comfortable loungers to cool off and soak up the sun or enjoy a barbeque.

      Dining: The food at Garonga Safari Camp is a fusion of the resident chef’s exceptional culinary skills and there is a varied selection of excellent South African wines – making every meal at Garonga an unforgettable experience. The location and theme for dinner is varied by providing either a communal table, or a boma dinner, or private tables which all have their own unique position. Breakfasts out in the bush. Health meals/Options are always available.

      Swimming: There is an outdoor swimming pool at both Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga.

      Massage: There is a full time therapist on site to soothe away the stresses of modern life in this perfect wilderness retreat.

      Other Activities: Open air Bush Bath, Picnics (summer only) and a Gift Shop.

      Internet Access: Complimentary WiFi is available within 60m of the main areas at both Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga.

    • Sudwala Caves: The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world. Tours are available and take approximately 30 minutes – where you’ll be shown a number of different rock formations including stalagmites, fossils and flow stones.

      Dullstroom Bird Of Prey And Rehabilitation Centre: This centre specialises in rehabilitating injured birds of prey and allows for public visitations that include flying demonstrations, handling and photograph opportunities.

      Golf: The Mpumalanga region is home to a number of exceptional golf courses – including the Skukuza Golf Course, Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Club and Hans Merensky Golf Estate – that benefit from being surrounded by the beautiful bush plains.

      Elephant Sanctuary: This elephant sanctuary, located in Hazyview, is run by a group of knowledgeable trainers and keepers who host a number of tours and information guides for those who visit.

      Lowveld National Botanical Garden: Not just famous for its game wildlife, South Africa has a huge collection of indigenous flora that you won’t find in any other part of the world. This botanical garden serves as a brilliant collection of flowers and vegetation located around an enchanting waterfall.


    • When to Travel

      Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing year round, however the experience does change depending on the season. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The rains which are not normally prolonged or too heavy, mean that the scenery is quite spectacular but the foliage is more dense, water is more abundant and wildlife can be tricker to see. However there are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months.  The  dry season is from April to August with warm days however it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

      Location and Directions

      Garonga Safari Camp is situated in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province, west of Kruger National Park.

      Getting There

      The closest airports to Garonga are Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa which are served by several flights a day from Johannesburg International airport that take approx. one hour. There are also direct flights from Cape Town to Hoedspruit three times a week. The transfer time from Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports is approx. 75 minutes.

      There are also daily direct flights from Cape Town to Kruger (Nelspruit) Airport which is approx. 3 hours drive from Garonga.

      Johannesburg is approximately 6 hours drive from Garonga.


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