A safari for the soul

Welcome to Garonga, situated in the Greater Makalali Private Nature reserve north of Hoedspruit in Limpopo, South Africa.  Garonga’s holistic philosophy is to offer a safari for the soul, an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter, a time to reflect and find inspiration in nature.

You can either try your hand at every activity they have on offer, or you can simply relax in a hammock with a good book while enjoying the sights and sounds of the reserve.


The Reserve is 22,000ha in an incredible natural wilderness area with the Drakensburg Mountains as a backdrop.

This owner managed lodge offers the highest levels of intimate personal service.

Garonga is considered a front runner regarding its eco practices.  The lodge is powered by solar and grid combination, they utilise grey water reticulation and reverse osmosis water purification with glass bottles.

The lodge is accessible in and out of Garonga airfield to and from Johannesburg daily (with Federal Air).

Renowned for its romance, Garonga offers uniquely romantic experiences including a sleep out deck, star bath, bush bath and yoga sala at no extra charge.



All of the big game is present on the reserve as well as an abundance of plains game, black and white rhino, cheetah and hyaenas. With only a very few commercial lodges in the reserve, guests are assured of a truly intimate safari experience. Specially conducted walks during safari time are a unique offering at Garonga.



Accommodation consists of six luxury tents at Safari Camp, and three luxury suites at Little Garonga; both very different, private and intimate. All tents and rooms are en-suite.

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Things to Do

The Star Bath


Admire the dazzling night sky as well as the galaxy of twinkling stars while soaking away in complete privacy.  Relax and unwind beneath the African night sky in absolute luxury.  A hot bath, prepared with essential oils, is surrounded by the sounds of the African bush orchestra.

Bubbles and stars make a great combination for ultimate relaxation. Soak away your troubles in the Star Bath and gaze at those African skies.

The Yoga Sala


Welcome to an exclusive area dedicated to meditation and Yoga, where guests can centre their chakras and find their inner peace.

Walking Safari

Your guide will share tales and tips from the bush such as how to make and use a catapult, how to create a bracelet from a plant and how to identify different dung.

Game Drives


Morning and evening game drives allow our guests to encounter the Big Five from the comfort of our luxury game drive vehicle.

The Bush Bath


The Bush Bath is an outdoor bath set overlooking the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a glass of wine and the sounds of the bush from the comfort of a warm bubble bath.

The Sleep Out


The ‘Sleep Out’ is a viewing deck with a four-poster bed where guests can enjoy a private dinner overlooking a waterhole and spend the night alone in the bush.

Rates and More


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Contact a Thompsons Africa consultant to make a booking at Garonga Safari Camp or Little Garonga.

Email: info@thompsonsafrica.co.za

Tel: +27 31 275 3500


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