Wonderful Wildlife Sightings in the Makalali Bushveld

Garonga had some very special visitors recently. The Kulesza family enjoyed their 11th stay at the camp in August. The Garonga team was, once again, very pleased to host the safari enthusiastic family at the camp.

Sören Kulesza and his parents, Wolfgang and Ute, who keep returning to Garonga, time after time, got to experience yet another selection of wonderful sightings during their recent safari stay. Sören snapped these beautiful close-up wildlife shots during one of the family’s game drives in the vast Makalali bushveld.

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Safari Siestas and Passion in the Garonga Bush

If there is one thing that keeps drawing visitors to the remarkable Kruger National Park, it is the amount and variety of wildlife that wander through the vast reserve. The Makalali Conservancy, just west of the Kruger Park, is no different.

Here, in the dense African bushveld, recent Garonga visitors have been blessed with memorable moments in the bush. The guests have seen sightings of all kinds, from our favourite elephant families having leisurely lunches under the African sun to a hyena clan enjoying an afternoon siesta or two lions engaging in an outburst of passion.

The best safari moments have to be experienced, not explained. However, since it is not always possible to go on a safari – no matter how much we may want to – we decided to bring safari to you in the form of real guest videos:

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Certificates and Joy at Garonga

Although winter is kicking in in South Africa, the Garonga team has a good reason to be beaming with warm, fuzzy happiness. The camp has recently won the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 with the additional ‘Hall of Fame’ recognition. According to TripAdvisor, the Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is only given to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

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Recognition does not come without dedication and hard work. The ‘safari for the soul’ mentality that Garonga lives by is prominent in every aspect of the Garonga experience. From thrilling, wildlife-rich game drives and African style fine dining experiences to snoozes under soft, comfy sheets, private, lavish Bush Baths or a massage session, the feeling of unassuming safari bliss is always present at Garonga.

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But what is the ultimate secret behind safari guests leaving the camp with wide smiles on their faces and a piece of Africa in their hearts year after year? Let the recent TripAdvisor guest reviews speak for themselves.

Sarah, The UK:
‘On the drives we saw everything we wanted to see including leopard, lions, cheetah, elephant and rhino. We were surprised as to how close we were able to get to the animals and it was nice as unlike previous safaris I have been on there were only ever a max of 2-3 trucks at any 1 sighting.’

Brian, The UK:
‘I have never been disappointed with any aspect of this camp. The food and accommodation is a delight. And the staff are fantastic, nothing is not to much effort.’

Rick, The UK:
‘We had always wanted to do a luxury safari for our honeymoon and we were not disappointed! Garonga ticked every box for us and more!’

Karen, South Africa:
‘The staff are simply delightful. Everyone is super friendly and very helpful. Housekeeping are amazing – sneaking into the tents whenever you’re gone to tidy up, clean and leave you lovely messages.’

Ernst, The Netherlands:
‘Everything was great: the receipt, the staff, the lodge, the food, the tents, pure luxury and pampering.’

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Safari Life for the Family at Little Garonga

Many Garonga visitors love the relaxed, unhurried safari experience that the camp provides. However, young safari enthusiasts prefer excitement and watching the four-legged Makalali residents go about  their fascinating lives in the African bush.

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Little Garonga offers the perfect safari escape for families. The camp can accommodate up to eight guests, including two children. And there is no reason for little people  not to like life at the quirky, different and fun Little Garonga. The camp is spacious and has a separate bathroom for children. The Hambleden Suite also has its own pool and a deck with a hammock that both the old and the young guests can enjoy.

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Another reason for the little ones to relish Little Garonga is seeing the wonderful Makalali wildlife up close. There is nothing quite as exciting as observing the shenanigans of the African creatures, big and small, that inhabit the Garonga bushveld.

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“I loved Garonga because Ceejay let me sit in the front of the vehicle when I went on my first game drive on my own and I saw a pride of twelve lions and a leopard.” Amelia, aged 8, explains why she enjoyed being a Garonga guest. Captivating  wildlife viewing, mouthwatering meals, friendly, chatty staff and refreshing swims in the pool – safari life could not get much better.

 

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A Mix of Boutique and Bush for a Soul Safari

It is no secret that we at Garonga love romance and relaxation. We also love wildlife and the raw African wilderness that sets each day with a unique safari scene. Pair these two factors together and you have what we like to call “A Safari for the Soul”.

A soul safari is an unhurried experience with opportunities for wild and wonderful wildlife encounters and precious time for relaxation and rejuvenation, all with the aim of reawakening one’s spirit and appreciation of our world. The Garonga team believes in a safari experience of a different kind, where you can do as little or as much as you like.

Hop into a candle-lit bush bath with your loved one, let the worries of the world fade away and surrender to a safari romance whilst the wild scents and tranquil sounds of the African bush surround you.

Another way to experience the Kruger Park that remains a unique Garonga hidden treasure is to sleep outdoors on a raised platform where you can truly connect to the bushveld surroundings. The night sky and twinkling stars become your bush bedroom backdrop and the magic of Africa casts her safari spell that whisks you away into a deep sleep.

A recent visitor effortlessly summed up the Garonga experience as “just the right mix of boutique and bush”.

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