Private Game Reserve

Your safari for the soul begins as soon as you enter the beautiful wilderness of the 27’000ha Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. This secluded corner of South African bushveld welcomes you for an immersive Big 5 safari experience, just beyond the bustling crowds in the Kruger National Park. We provide a more private and intimate safari having limited vehicles and commercial camps.

As well as the Big 5 (Including Black and White Rhinos) we have plentiful plains game, Cheetah, Hyaenas, Crocodiles, Hippo, and an abundance of Birdlife.

Our Wilderness Home

The Makalali reserve is our perfect idea of home. Mind, body and soul is nurtured here as you slow down to nature’s gentler pace. Our luxury safari camps and special indulgences at Garonga Safari Co. are an effortless compliment to this beautifully wild refuge.

Revel in the sweeping views of its grassy plains, undulating hills and winding Makhutswi River. And let the Drakensberg mountain range inspire a refresh perspective as it sits so majestically beyond the reserve.

Wild & Free

This Big 5 wilderness celebrates South Africa’s biodiversity and wildlife conservation, and is now a sanctuary for some of Africa’s most endangered species, including both Black and White Rhino. All members of the Big 5 and various other game were the first to call the reserve their home thanks to important game reintroduction progammes.

Now, African wild dog, cheetah and pangolin populations also thrive here under the protection of K9 anti-poaching units. The endangered ground hornbill along with various threatened vulture and raptor species are a special part of the 200-strong bird species found here.


Safari Camp

Game drives are at the heart of the Garonga experience, allowing you to encounter the Big 5 and other wildlife up close. Your stay will typically include a morning and afternoon game drive in our open-air Land Rovers. Two of our experienced and qualified guides will lead you through the bush, impressing you with their knowledge of the great variety of wildlife in the reserve. Their tracking skills are exceptional, giving them the advantage of locating animals based on their recent movements and enabling your safari sightings dreams to come true. On a morning game drive, as the animals are waking up, tuck into tea, coffee and snacks in the bush. Then, in the late afternoon, sip on a cocktail or glass of wine as the sun slowly dips below the horizon. In addition to the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), look out for cheetah, spotted hyena, black rhino, African wild dog, hippos, crocodiles, diverse plains animals and colourful birdlife.