Garonga Safari Camp
Behind the luxury lies a real passion for the environment
Garonga Safari Camp
Garonga Safari Camp is a tranquil retreat in the 22,000-hectare Makalali Conservancy situated west of the Kruger National Park. It's an unassuming sanctuary with just six tents, so this is the place to go if you're looking to experience the wilderness and its wild inhabitants in peace. The staff are attentive, the accommodation is restful (and about to become even better as the entire camp is currently being revamped), the food is good, the guides really know the surroundings well and there's wildlife – Big Five included – to the north, south, east and west.
At the lodge
The communal area overlooks a watering hole, so there's always something to see. Meals are served privately or at a group table, so guests can be as sociable as they like. The food is very, very good. (Pray that eland steak is on the menu!). There's a pool for those hot summer afternoons, a shop for memorabilia, a spa should you need a little pampering and the perfect balance of relaxation and activity throughout.
There are just six tents sleeping 12 guests, so you're sure to have a peaceful stay. The tents overlook a dry riverbed and are spacious and well equipped, with large, draped beds and both indoor and outside showers. Each has a wooden deck complete with a hammock in which to take in the view, lie and read or doze.
Activities include game drives, wilderness walks (a favourite here), outdoor bush-baths and, at the spa, aromatherapy and reflexology sessions and the intriguingly named 'honeymoon couple instructional massage'. Sit back and enjoy the fresh bushveld air (not a petrol fume within range as the vehicles here run on bio-degradable fuel), or sleep out on a deck that overlooks the veld (with a hamper of delicious goodies, plenty to drink, a radio and a wash basin and toilet conveniently located nearby).