The Garonga Diaries: Mpho remembers the past and looks forward to the future!

Dear Diary,

My name is Mpho, I started to work here at Garonga Safari Camp last year, in August 2019, as a tracker. I started working together with Jaff who is head safari guide, and even now we are still going forward working as a team. I am staying at Sigagula next to the Orpen road, it is only one and half hours drive to the lodge from home. At home I’m staying with my family which is my wife and two boys, the first born is 11 years old, the second one is 4 years old. The first one’s name is Thswarelo he is in grade five at school and his favourite subject is English (and mathematics), so the second one is Dimpho, he is in grade R and his favourite game is playing soccer and he loves to watch movies! Enough of me now I will tell you about the last week.

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The Garonga Diaries: Hear all about tracking Lions from Bongi!

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My name is Bongi. I have been working here at Garonga since 2018 as a tracker. This week it is my turn to tell you what we have been busy with.

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A Big 5 Safari (and Beyond) at Garonga

The Big 5 safari experience is a special part of our ‘safari for the soul’ ethos, as their presence leaves us all inspired and in awe, no matter how many times you encounter them in the South African wilderness. While we don’t doubt their magnificence, there are other equally beautiful and intriguing creatures that will have you absolutely enchanted.

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Garonga Diaries: Sherlock Comes to Town

Dear Diary,

Back again! It’s Sophie guide and social media extraordinaire, ready with another diary entry for you all! Quite excitingly I am also here to announce a coming change in the format of our weekly diary blogs. We have fallen into an even rhythm with our skeleton staff on site so over the next few weeks, as we hope to move towards reopening our doors, the diaries will have more of a wildlife focus to them (if you have missed our other diary entries you can read more here). They say you should never work with children or animals, now I can’t comment on the former but as to the latter I can’t disagree strongly enough. Working with animals typically means that your day swiftly veers away from any plan you might have pulled together and that no two days are ever the same! Nature, in my opinion, has the best sense of humour. So moving forwards these diaries will share with you our top sightings and animal antics, and if there is anything out of the ordinary happening with our other teams we will be sure to let you know!

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The Garonga Diaries: A Feast For The Lions

Dear Garonga Diary,

My name is Jaff and I am the head guide here at Garonga Safari Camp. This is my very first time to me writing a blog for the Garonga Diaries so I will do my best to give a brief of what has been transpired during the week. I’m also part of the new team that came back a week ago which is good to be back to the bush, l was missing the bush. Interesting is that there are rules that everyone must adhere on which is good for our healthy. I think it is time that lock-down must come to an end so that things can go back to normal.

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