Garonga is situated in the secluded and private Makalali Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, about 90 minutes drive from Hoedspruit airport, west of the Kruger National Park.

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Garonga Safari Camp

Getting Here

Direct chartered flight from Johannesburg

Chartered flights are available from OR Tambo Intl. Airport (Johannesburg) to Garonga's airstrip with Federal Air. This is a 90 minute flight.

Flight and air-charter (Kruger Airport)

Take a commercial flight with Airlink to Kruger Airport (from Johanesburg or Cape Town), followed by a private charter to Garonga's airstrip (40 minutes flight).

Flights between Nelspruit KMIA and Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Livingstone. Flights from Nelspruit KMIA to Vilanculos

Flight and road transfer (Hoedspruit)

Take a commercial flight with Cemair to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg (1h 10min) or Cape Town (2h 15min).

Flights between Hoedspruit and Johannesburg, Cape Town

Road Transfers can be booked from Hoedspruit (approx 75 minutes drive). Transfers can be booked with Garonga Reservations. Air Charters from Hoedspruit to Garonga's airstrip are also possible (20 minute flight).

By Car

Please click here for driving directions (approx 6 hour drive).

Gate Closure Times

Summer: September – May: 1800hrs – 0700hrs.
Winter: June – August: 1730hrs – 0700hrs.

No Guests will be permitted access during these times.
This includes if you Get lost, Breakdowns, Punctures etc.
You will need to be at the Dirt Road turnoff by 1700hrs latest in order to be on time.

These timings are rigidly enforced and will not be compromised.


What to bring on Safari:

Binoculars, camera (spare memory cards and batteries), hat or cap, sunglasses.

What to wear on Safari:

Neutral colours only (certainly no whites), good walking shoes.

General etiquette on Safari:

No smoking during the drive. Talk normally. No standing up in a vehicle. Do not touch the ranger's rifle. No use of mobile phones (except for photography). The rest is common sense.


September - March:

A weather/rain proof jacket, fleece/jersey, swimming gear. We do have a same-day Laundry service, so you don't need loads.

April - August:

Jacket, jerseys, gloves, balaclava, scarf, swimming gear if you don't mind a "Fresh Swim".

There is no dress code at either Safari Camp or Little Garonga. Relax and wear what you please.


Summer (October - March):

Rainy season: hot days, warm nights. Temperatures 25-40 degrees celcius.

Winter (April - August):

Dry season: generally warm days, cold nights. Temperatures 5-25 degrees celcius.