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Garonga Safari Camp

Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, 1390, South Africa

Love at First Sight

Situated in the Makalali Conservancy, South Africa (90 minutes from the Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa gate), Garonga Safari Camp offers a relaxing natural experience in beautiful surroundings. The six luxury tents and Little Garonga suites blend classic luxury, comfort and exceptional service with a Big Five safari experience to promise an unforgettable "safari for the soul"

Romance

At Garonga we are all about romance and indulgence. Whether you are joining us for a romantic break, anniversary, honeymoon or wedding, all of our intimate and private facilities are available to you including our two outdoor Star/Bush Baths, the Sleep Out Deck, Massage Sala, Dining Experiences and more...

The ceremony for your wedding can be organised to take place in any one of the stunning areas at Safari Camp, Little Garonga, or in the bush itself. The "Sleep Out" deck is another venue that is highly recommended.

The Garonga staff are well trained and highly capable of catering to your individual needs to ensure that you have a truly unforgettable wedding. Before the ceremony, indulge in a delicious breakfast followed by a relaxing massage. Following the ceremony, enjoy a light lunch on an elevated deck or a game drive in the bush with some bubbly, followed by a romantic visit to the Bush Bath.

Your Stay

The accommodation at Garonga Safari Camp reflects the surrounding bush. It offers a real "home away from home" experience, where service is professional and friendly, yet unobtrusive.

Each of the six en-suite luxury units is sculpted out of rough-plastered walls and overarching canvas tents. The tents are situated overlooking a dry riverbed, and have a wooden deck complete with hammock that commands spectacular views. The rooms are light, airy and spacious with large, draped beds and indoor/outdoor showers.

Little Garonga has three fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralised indoor/outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in braai/BBQ area. Each suite has its own platform deck, complete with hammock.

The lodge also has its own host, chef, waiter and housekeeper so is totally self-contained and run separately from the Safari Camp.

What to Do

  • The Bush Bath is an outdoor bath set overlooking the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a glass of wine and the sounds of the bush from the comfort of a warm bubble bath.

  • Our resident therapist is available full-time, offering a range of relaxing massages and therapies from the beautiful "Sala" set overlooking the riverbed.

  • Spend a night tucked up under the stars at our Sleep Out Deck. Just you two and the sounds and sights of the bush.

  • The brand new Star Bath is another bathing option for couples where you can relax in a warm bath with a glass of wine in hand and enjoy the impressive African starscape above you.

  • Garonga offers a true Big Five safari experience, with expert guides and trackers who are knowledgeable about the wide variety of animals in our nature reserve. Track wildlife in the pre-dawn or enjoy traditional early morning and late afternoon game drives.

  • Safari walks with a game ranger are another highlight, bringing our guests up close to the flora and fauna of the nature reserve. The Garonga guides will also point out the varied birdlife, and explain how they track animals by their prints.

  • Game Drives are at the heart of the Garonga experience, allowing our visitors to encounter the Big Five up close. Your stay will typically include a morning and afternoon game drive on our open-air Landrovers.

  • Enjoy tea, coffee and snacks in the bush as the animals are waking up on our morning game drives, and cocktails or a glass of wine as the sun dips below the horizon on our evening game drives. In addition to the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, white and black rhino), we also have cheetah, hippo, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, wild dog, and plains animals like zebras, giraffes, and several species of buck.

  • The brand new yoga sala awaits those wanting to take in the peace and quiet of the surroundings with some light meditation.

  • See the South African bush from the sky and take a private microlight flight to put the cherry on top of your trip

The Food of Love

We know that our fellow safari-lovers choose an African safari with the main aim of seeing African wildlife in their natural habitat but let’s be honest, after a long sweltering day in the bush, there’s nothing better than a delicious, indulgent, nutritious and satisfying meal to put the cherry on top and complete your day. If that meal is also unique, creative and well presented in a beautiful location then you’ve got a winning combination.

Garonga Safari Camp promises a ‘Safari for The Soul’ and the dining experience is a large part of that. 'The Bush Boma' experience is our favourite and ‘The Bush Breakfast’ is another special opportunity to feast out in the wilderness. The menu we offer is focused on freshness and taste and values the roots of classic dishes created with African influence and flair, using locally sourced ingredients.

...here we give you an overview of what your tummies can expect from sunrise to sunset, at Garonga.

Early Morning Coffee and Tea: To get you going before your early morning game drive, we offer homemade rusks and biscuits alongside your morning cup of Joe, with fresh fruit available too.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet includes Greek yogurt with home-made fruit coulis (which changes daily) and you can ‘build your own’ muesli with a variety of seeds, grains and berries to choose from. Order a smoothie from the kitchen, which are available on request or indulge into individually portioned fresh fruit salads.

A platter of cold meats and cheeses are available as part of the buffet too. The hot breakfast is made to order and guests have a choice between a full English breakfast or eggs benedict served in an iron pan or one of our copper/silver dishes.

The Bush Breakfast is a unique way to enjoy your most important meal of the day. Set outside, in the wilderness, you can choose from a varied buffet including hot and cold options. You’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush-veld and may even have some unexpected wildlife join you for the meal.

Lunch: Back at camp, you can build your own salad from a selection of fresh ingredients or choose our prepared salad of the day. You can also add the protein of the day such as roasted chicken pieces, char grilled beef kebabs or lamb cutlets with a piquant fresh herb salsa. Accompanying this there is a selection of homemade breads and a cheese board with preserves and nuts for guests to help themselves to.

Afternoon Tea: Always feels like a treat and a good way to keep your sugar levels up through the day. This includes bite sized loveliness of both the sweet and savory variety.

Game Drive Snacks: Served straight out of the safari vehicle this little pick me up is very welcome when out scouting wildlife in the bush. Served in glass jars on a wooden chopping board for guests to hep themselves meze-style, this includes savoury crackers, biltong or droewors, salted roasted nuts or spicy corn, marinated olives and crudité. Plus wine….of course!

Dining Options: Our Bush Boma sets the scene for an interactive and social dinner between guests, staff, guides and chefs. Fridays are probably our favorite at the Boma as we offer pizza, fresh from the oven, as a starter around the Boma Bar, combined with a classic traditional potjie choice for main course. On Tuesdays we offer a tasty and indulgent BBQ, Thursdays is ‘Meat Night’ served on traditional wooden boards and on Sundays you will smell the spices drifting across the camp from our curry night. Importantly though, should you have any specific dietary requirements we are always willing and able to cater for all.

    Accommodation:
  • Lodge
  • Tented Camp
  • Unusual/Unique Property
    Setting:
  • Nature Reserve
  • Rural
    Hotel features:
  • All Inclusive
  • Amazing Sunset
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic View
  • Private Airport
  • Private Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
Recommended for:
  • Adventurous
  • Destination Dining
  • In the Sky
  • Luxury
  • Natural Wonders
  • Once in a Lifetime
  • Pampering
  • Private Tours
  • Romantic Dinner
  • Safaris & Wildlife
  • Tasting Experiences
  • Tours & Excursions

Weddings at Garonga Safari Camp

    Wedding services:
  • Civil Unions
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Wedding Blessing
  • Wedding Licence
  • Wedding Planner
    Wedding locations:
  • Game/Nature Reserve
  • Gardens
  • Poolside
Ceremony capacity: 30
Reception capacity: 30

Romantic Breaks

Extended Stay Package
Extended Stay Package

We don't like goodbyes so let’s put it off. Enjoy a free night on us!

Package includes 5 night stay

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The Panorama Tour
The Panorama Tour

Offering incredible views of the Lowveld this tour also includes waterfalls, gorges, potholes, as well as the Blyde River…

From £134 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Occasions

Anniversaries

Exclusive Use Special
Exclusive Use Special

Want us all to yourselves? We totally understand...

If you have a large group of friends and family for…

From £2,612 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Birthdays

Exclusive Use Special
Exclusive Use Special

Want us all to yourselves? We totally understand...

If you have a large group of friends and family for…

From £2,612 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Honeymoons

Honeymoon
Honeymoon

The ultimate safari honeymoon. Enjoy adventure, wildlife and nature with a healthy mix of indulgence, luxury seclusion and of…

Package includes 4 night stay

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Renewal of Vows

Wedding Package
Wedding Package

Bush wedding heaven can be found at Garonga. If you are seeking a destination wedding and love the outdoors…

From £753 per couple
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Exclusive Use Special
Exclusive Use Special

Want us all to yourselves? We totally understand...

If you have a large group of friends and family for…

From £2,612 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Weddings

Wedding Package
Wedding Package

Bush wedding heaven can be found at Garonga. If you are seeking a destination wedding and love the outdoors…

From £753 per couple
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Exclusive Use Special
Exclusive Use Special

Want us all to yourselves? We totally understand...

If you have a large group of friends and family for…

From £2,612 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Accommodation

Luxury Tented Suites
  • Amazing Views
  • Feature Shower
  • Outdoor Bathing
  • Panoramic View
  • Private Terrace/Balcony
From £362
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Little Garonga - Chiltern and Buckingham Suites
  • Amazing Views
  • Outdoor Bathing
  • Private Pool
  • Private Terrace/Balcony
From £457
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Little Garonga - The Hambleden Suite
  • Outdoor Bathing
  • Private Pool
  • Private Terrace/Balcony
From £537
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Seasonal Offers

Exclusive Use Special
Exclusive Use Special

Want us all to yourselves? We totally understand...

If you have a large group of friends and family for…

From £2,612 per couple

Package includes 1 night stay

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Romantic Add-Ons

Flight of Angels Tour
Flight of Angels Tour

This is a stunning helicopter trip over the canyon taking in many of the sights as above on the…

Take Flight
Take Flight

The adventurous can hire a microlight or small plane and enjoy the Makalali Conservancy from the air. See herds…

Massage Sala
Massage Sala

Our resident therapist is available full-time, offering a range of relaxing massages and therapies from the beautiful "Sala" set…