Greater Kruger National Park » Makalali Private Game Reserve » Garonga Safari Camp


LOCATIONMakalali Private Game Reserve, LimpopoPOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAYes - Bush Spa Deck & Yoga Sala
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONFans only
CHILD POLICYNo children under 12yrs at Garonga Safari Camp. Children 6 - 15yrs can be accommodated at Little GarongaMALARIA AREAYes (Low Risk Area)

  •  Garonga Safari Camp boasts six luxury tents with private decks & a spectacular view of the dry river bed providing guests with comfort and exceptional service to promise a "safari for the soul", making it the ideal location for couples.
  •  Situated in the Makalali Conservancy this stunning camp offers Big Five game drive Safaris as well as a natural & relaxing experience with beautiful surroundings. 
  •  The lodge has unique elements to ensure each guest has a soothing & tranquil experience, such as the Massage Spa Sala, the Bush Bath, the starbath & the Yoga Sala.
  •  A not to be missed experience is the The BushSleep Out under the stars, where guests can enjoy privacy in the bush with a four poster bed and a special dinner for two. 
  •  Experience a cuisine adventure by having breakfast on the breakfast deck, lunch inside the main lounge, and dinner either outside on the swimming pool deck by the fire.
  •  Little Garonga is suitable for families & small groups as it offers three exclusive use luxury thatched suites and is run separately to the Safari Camp.

rates & special offers
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01 April 2019 - 29 February 2020 Luxury Tent R 3,860 per person per night sharing last minute special offer for bookings within 10 days of travel
Luxury Tent R 4,635 per person per night sharing last minute special offer for bookings within 20 days of travel
Luxury Tent R 5,405 per person per night sharing last minute special offer for bookings within 30 days of travel
Luxury Tent R 5,790 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
Receive an extra 5% discount when booking accommodation at Litte Garonga
- valid 01 May to 31 July 2019
- rates are available on request - 
contact us now for a quote on  0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) / +2711 468 3476 (International) or email

From R 23,175 per person sharing & includes the following:

- 5 nights accommodation
- complimentary road transfers from Hoedspruit / Phalaborwa
- All meals
- Selected locall drinks
- 30 minute massage in the Spa Sala
- Sleep-out Experience / Bush Bath Experience (must be pre-booked well in advance)
*valid 01 April 2019 to 29 February 2020

*surcharges and minimum 3 night stay may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

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 private host, chef, waiter and housekeeper therefore totally self-contained and run separately from Garonga Safari Camp.

The Hambleden Suite is an exclusive private villa complete with a raised deck, two separate rooms, its own swimming pool, private indoor/outdoor lounge areas (covered) and a huge bathroom with a beautiful hand beaten copper bath tub and indoor/outdoor showers. The suite has its own mini-bar, and is fully air-conditioned. The Hambleden Suite is perfect for a couple who wants total luxury and exclusivity, and is also available to accommodate a family of up to four.
Special discounted rates valid 01 April 2019 to 29 February 2020:
- R 8,585 per adult per night sharing
- R 3,394 per child per night sharing (6 to 15 years, sharing with 2 adults)
- R 5,200 per day for private game drive vehicle - includes two daily safaris (optional)

The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are set overlooking the bushveld and are each suitable for a couple sharing. The suites have their own platform deck with hammock, and a lounge with writing desk. There is a seating area in the main bedroom consisting of a mini‐bar, an air‐conditioning unit, as well as ceiling fans. The bathroom consists of a bath, two basins, an indoor shower, and large outdoor shower.
Special discounted rates valid 01 April 2019 to 29 February 2020:
- R 7,314 per adult per night sharing
- R 5,200 per day for private game drive vehicle - includes two daily safaris (optional)
• Luxury Tented accommodation
• All meals, teas & coffees
• Game drives & bush walks on request
• Selected local drinks & house wines
• Laundry
• Wi-Fi
• Sleep-out Experience / Bush Bath Experience (must be pre-booked well in advance)
• Please contact your BushBreaks consultant for a special rate for single accommodation.
• Children under 12 years cannot be accommodated at Garonga Safari Camp.
• Children 12 years and older will be accommodated in their own rooms at the normal adult sharing rate.
• Children 6 - 15 years can be accommodated at a special discounted rate at Little Garonga in the Hambledon Suite.
• Game Drives
• Wilderness walks
• Bush sleep outs
• Aromatherapy and Reflexology sessions
• Special Bush Wedding Package available on request
• All rates exclude a Reserve Entry Fee of R 240 per person for the 1st day and an additional Anti-Poaching Conservation Levy of R 240 per person per night, for adults & children from the 2nd day onwards. To be paid direct and subject to change.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted above applicable to SADC Residents only. Special discounted offers for International Residents are available on request.

6 hour drive from Johannesburg.
Daily scheduled flights into Hoedspruit or Nelspruit.
Road transfer Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa to lodge approximately 75 minutes.
Road transfer Nelspruit to lodge approximately 3 hours.

Garonga Safari Camp:
6 Luxury Tents (Max 2 adults)
Little Garonga:
Hambleden Suite (Max 2 adults & 2 children)
Chiltern Suite (Max 2 adults)
Buckingham Suite (Max 2 adults)


Safari Camp

Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive camp in the 22,000 hectare greater Makalali Conservancy situated west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment where you can unwind, sleep deeply and be yourself.
The main lodge area consists of a swimming pool with an array of comfortable loungers where our guests can cool off, soak up the sun, relax, or enjoy a barbeque. Inside, the main lodge boasts air-conditioned comfort and features a spacious dining area, lounge, seating area, fireplace and a self-service bar.
The luxury tents are situated overlooking a dry riverbed - each with a wooden deck complete with hammock that commands spectacular views. The rooms are light, airy and spacious with large, draped beds. 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 Mother Nature.
Little Garonga
The main lodge at Little Garonga boasts both an indoor and outdoor lounge area. The outdoor covered breakfast deck can comfortably dine a group while offering spectacular African views.
Little Garonga has three fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralized indoor & outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in braai area. Each suite has its own platform deck complete with a hammock. This lovely lodge is ideal for exclusive use, but can also be booked out independetly. It is run separately from Safari Camp, has its own host, chef, waiter, housekeeper, guide and vehicle.
Little Garonga's Hambleden suite consists of a main bedroom (catering for 2 adults) and a closed off room that can accommodate 2 children, making it ideally suited for a couple or a small family. The rooms are fully air conditioned. An indoor and outdoor lounge are both covered and offers guests ample room to dine and relax. A large bathroom featuring a beautiful hand beaten copper bath tub is available with both an indoor and  outdoor shower. The suite  has its own swimming pool and raised deck,  hammock and  mini-bar.
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. 

Unique Guest Experiences at Garonga 

Massage Sala

The resident therapist is available on a full-time basis and offers a wide range of relaxing massages & treatments. A therapeutic & relaxing environment is available to all guests from the beautiful sala which is set overlooking the riverbed.

Star Bath
Relax & unwind under the African skyline in a luxuriously hot bath prepped with essential oils. Here you will be surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld. Garonga's stunning alfresco bathing experience allows each guest to admire the dazzling night sky while soaking away in complete privacy.

Yoga Sala 
Garonga is provided guests with an exclusive area dedicated to meditation & Yoga in the Bush. Here guests can centre their chakras & find their inner peace within a secure and serene environment. This is the perfect location for one who need to harness the energy the earth has to offer and free their minds of all constraints. 

Bush Bath
With a beautiful freestanding bath guests are offered an experience that is utterly unique. Here guests are offered the opportunity to bathe outdoors in a tranquil & peaceful environment while enjoying the natural sounds of the African bush orchestra. 


The Makalali Private Game Reserve, founded in 1994, consists of 26 000 hectares of Lowveld Acacia bush and open savanna grass land and all surrounding the lush river.
This reserve represents a conservation mission to expand South Africa's green frontier by re-establishing the ancient wildlife migration routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. In the process lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, and rhino have all been reintroduced to the wild, making Makalali home to over one thousand wild animals including all of Africa's "Big Four “ (No free roaming Buffalo at present).
Safari Camp
  • Massage therapist on site
  • Swimming pool
  • Large open Lounge
  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Gift shop
  • Wine cellar
  • Wireless internet
  • Open air bush bath
  • Picnics (summer only)
  • Sleep Out Experience
  • Mobile signal, but usage not allowed in Public Areas
Little Garonga
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor lounge
  • Indoor lounge – fully air-conditioned with ceiling fans
  • Breakfast deck under a tent suitable for 6 guests
  • Dining area
  • Small Pool
  • Deck with lounger and barbeque area
  • Fireplace
  • Self-service bar
  • Reading area
  • Own guide and vehicle
  • Picnic (summer only)
  • Mobile signal, but usage not allowed in Public Areas
Safari Camp
  • En–suite luxury tents
  • Indoor and Outdoor showers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Private platform deck with hammock
Little Garonga :
Hambleden suite
  • Main bedroom (2 adults) and closed off room for 2 children
  • Indoor and outdoor Shower
  • 2 basins and toilet
  • Hand-beaten copper bath
  • Indoor and Outdoor covered lounge
  • Private Swimming pool with deck & hammock
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
Chiltern & Buckingham suite
  • En-suite bedroom
  • Bath
  • 2 basins
  • Indoor & Outdoor shower
  • Private deck with covered and open areas
  • Lounge area
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan


Directions from Gauteng to Garonga Safari Camp

Option One
Take the N1 to Pietersburg. Just before Pietersburg take the R71 towards Tzaneen. Carry on until just past Haenertsburg, then turn right. Keeping on the R71 all the way until Tzaneen. Keep straight on the R71 past Tzaneen straight past Gravelotte - this is the R526 to Mica. From Gravelotte, measure 18 kilometers. On the right side of the road close to the dirt road entrance you will see “Zander Osmers Safaris”; 500 m after this you will see “Garonga Safari Camp” sign on the right hand side on the dirt road. Turn right and follow the arrows marked on a Black Sign with a bronze arrow. You will see the first one after about 3 Kms.
Option Two
From Johannesburg take the N4 past Witbank, turn off the N4 to Belfast . From Belfast go through Dullstroom towards Lydenburg. Through Lydenburg and through Orighstad. After going through the JG Strijdom Tunnel measure 10 km then turn left on the R36 towards Tzaneen. Travel 10 km on the R36 then turn right at the Phalaborwa sign - travel for about 25 km. Turn left at the "T" junction. Go past Mica village, just the other side of Mica, turn left towards Tzaneen. Measure 15 km from the turn off, Then you will see a Garonga Safari Camp sign on the left hand side of the road. There is also a “Warning Sign” (red and White Triangle) warning people of Animals crossing the road, right opposite the dirt road entrance. Turn left onto the dirt road Follow signs to the lodge.

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