Wednesday 5 June 2013

Garonga: a "safari for the soul" for a steal!

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Garonga Safari Camp's guests never want to leave, so we have included an extra free night for long stays... Plus wedding, honeymoon and exclusive use packages

Garonga is a special place. It is pure, holistic safari magic. A place where you can’t quite put your finger on what it is that makes it different. It is perhaps more about the way youfeel when you are there - about the place, Nature – and life in general. It is not the type of game lodge to visit if you just want to tick off the Big 5 and move on. Garonga offers an intimate ‘safari for the soul’. There, within hours, you will feel relaxed and miles away from the rat race. A place where you can really breathe, swap your watch for a kikoi and bare feet, and go with the flow. Just lie in your hammock and contemplate the clouds. Enjoy a romantic picnic in a tree house – or 8f82062759596136_200x200arwatch game wander in the riverbed below the swimming pool. There is no routine to speak of, and if you fancy a lie-in rather than getting up before the birds for a game drive or a guided bush walk, the rangers will take you out later on. You decide.

The reserve, located west of the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province is beautiful and remote and you can enjoy it up close and personal - tracking down 4 of the Big 5 (there are no buffalo) on guided walks and game drives. The rangers are fantastic and teach you loads about the bush and wildlife so that aside from the big game, you will also be enthralled with the experience of just being out in the bush. If you can bear to drag yourself away from your gorgeous semi-tented suite or away from inviting the pool and lounge area, you can explore your “wilder side” and sleep out under the stars in their tree house deck – or enjoy a bush bath for two by candlelight.

Garonga also offers massages at an outdoor sala, which are a must for all guests to really push you over the edge of relaxation. The Camp is very intimate and private with only 6 semi-tented suites that have a Moorish, North African feel to them – run by the Owner himself, Bernie Smith. There is also a sister camp called Little Garonga nearby with 3 thatched suites with air-conditioning that sleeps a maximum of 6 adults and 2 children, ideal for intimate groups or families, although the suites can be hired out individually. There are no fences so the animals sometimes wander through the camp, which really does make you feel like you are in the bush. But they too seem as relaxed as the guests!

How to get there:
  • Fly into Hoedspruit (From Johannesburg or Cape Town) or Phalaborwa (from Johannesburg). Garonga can arrange airport road transfers (approx 75 mins) to the lodge from there (R930pp return 2013)
  • It is a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg.
Garonga offers unbelievable value with rates starting from just R2550 per person including all meals, teas and coffees, all drinks (excluding special wines and champagne), game drives and bush walks, sleep out excursions, bush baths and laundry! Plus we offer the following packages:

Stay 4 -Pay 3
Pay 3 nights and get a 4th night free - valid for June 2013.
Minimum Stay Package
Stay a minimum of 5 nights and get 1 night complimentary (Stay 5/Pay 4; Stay 6/Pay 5 etc.)
Honeymoon Package
Based on a minimum of 4 nights stay, the couple will receive:
  • A 45-minute massage each in the bush sala
  • A complimentary bottle of champagne (375ml) on arrival
  • Complimentary return transfers (if required) to either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport – worth R1860
  • If staying less 4 nights, then all of the above LESS the transfers
Garonga also offers a camp takeover package and wedding package.

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