“Holistic, stylish, heavenly retreat (and safari camp)”
All activity is geared to your timescales, not the camp’s. No one will care if you even make it outside the camp gates before the day of your departure. Relax, snooze, sunbathe, daydream and be pampered all day long in the most tranquil and breathtaking of settings. And for those seeking an intimate bush experience, 'sleep-out' excursions under the stars can be arranged. 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 a comprehensive knowledge of the area
- Palatial 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
- In winter, early morning and evening game drives get rather chilly, so it's essential to bring a fleece/jumper and warm jacket
- It's pricey but reports say it's worth it!
- 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 Safari Camp is in the greater Makalali Conservancy, situated west of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Cape Town International and Johannesburg International are South Africa's main international airports. From these airports catch a flight to Hoedspruit (30km) or Phalaborwa. Click on the links below for a list of airlines. There's also a private airstrip available at camp. Private air-charters should be organised on request.
From the Airport
Transfers are available from the airport to the camp (see Rates for details). 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-to 6-hours 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