“Holistic, stylish, heavenly retreat (and safari camp)”
All activity is geared to your timescales, not the camp’s. Head out on game drives, or just relax, snooze, sunbathe, daydream and be pampered all day long in the most tranquil and breathtaking of settings. The choice is yours. And for those seeking an intimate bush experience, 'sleep-out' excursions under the stars offer you the chance to sleep among the wildlife, as you wake to the sound of bird song and zebras coming down to the watering hole. As English owner, Bernardo Smith, so rightly says, Garonga is a “safari for the soul”.
- The outdoor bush bath and romantic sleep out treehouse provide memorable moments during which wilderness and luxury collide
- Excellent staff; Garonga safari guides have extensive training and comprehensive knowledge of the area
- Stylish half-tented suites with private decks and indoor/outdoor showers; elephants have been known to wander past...
- Blissful aromatherapy sessions in the open-air sala
- The food is seriously delicious
- Unlike many of the top private reserves in the area, Makalali is fully fenced and not yet linked to the huge Kruger Park. Game viewing is therefore slightly more limited, which is reflected in the lower prices.
- In winter, early morning and evening game drives get rather chilly, so it's essential to bring a fleece/jumper and warm jacket
- In summer, temperatures can soar and there can be significant rainfall especially Jan-Mar. The camp is closed throughout March.
Best time to go
Garonga is closed throughout March.”
Our top tips
During winter and the evenings and morning game drives can get rather cold (down to 5C), so pack accordingly.”
- Safari Camp
- All meals included
- Over 8s welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
There are two camps, Garonga Camp and Little Garonga.
Garonga Camp has 6 palatial Tented Rooms, each with an earth-sculpted ensuite and a private deck with hammock. Raised on stilts, they sit amongst giant ebony trees overlooking a stunning watercourse. Exquisite handcrafted details abound, enormous beds take centre stage, and linens waft and billow in muted shades.All have indoor and outdoor showers. But for sheer indulgence, relax in the candlelit bush bath with a glass of champagne.
Little Garonga has 3 ensuite air-conditioned thatched suites. The Hambledon Suite has its own swimming pool, indoor and outdoor chill-out areas, and an additional children's bedroom located off of the lounge. The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are each designed for 2, which huge picture windows allowing you to gaze outdoors from the comfort of your bed.
Little Garonga can also be rented exclusively.
- Extra beds
- Safe box
The food is heralded as healthy and holistic. It is both but don’t think diets. Each mealtime is definitely part of the pampering process and gastronomically it is hard to beat. The buffet lunches and breakfasts are an art form that will tempt you to try far too much of everything.
The resident chef emphasises the use of local, organic or home-grown produce, including wild fruits, berries and game. Local farmers supply fruit, cheese and milk. Ingenuity produces end results that are international in flavour but unique to Garonga. Even the most ardent foodie would be catered for in this culinary paradise.
Meals are generally communal although private dining can be arranged. They are events to linger over and savour, rather than hit-and-run affairs. Special touches include an after dinner cigar box and port. Picnics can be arranged for onward journeys or day trips.
- All meals included
- Vegetarian menu
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Private guided tours
- Well being
Children over 6 are welcome. For children 6-15 years of age sharing a room with their parents, a reduced child rate is applicable.
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available
Garonga is situated in the private Makalali Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, about 75 minutes' drive from Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports, west of the Kruger National Park. It's a 6-hr drive by road from Johannesburg. We recommend flying direct from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa, followed by a road transfer to the camp.
Johannesburg International is the closest international airport. Hoedspruit and
From the Airport
Road Transfers can be booked with Garonga from Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airports (approx 75 minutes drive). Transfers are available from the airport to the camp (see Rates for details). Air charters from Hoedspruit/Phalaborwa to Garonga's airstrip are also possible (20 minute flight). The gates at Garonga shut at 5.30pm daily. Arrivals after this time may be possible with an additional 'call out' fee.
It’s a 5-6-hour drive from Johannesburg. For car hire see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions to the camp are provided when you confirm your booking through our site.
More on getting there and getting around
- Hoedspruit 75.0 km HDS
- Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo International 400.0 km JNB
- Beach 200.0 km
- Shops 30.0 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km