Little Garonga & Sleep out
Makalali Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Massage sala offering aromatherapy and reflexology treatments
Exceptional food and wine
Three fully en-suite and air-conditioned suites, offer intimate luxury
Magnificent views over the reserve
Small, exclusive and very private
Best time to Visit
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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
To start planning your holiday to Little Garonga
Little Garonga comprises three beautiful suites, which can be booked individually or for the exclusive use of a group of friends or a family. Located in the Makalali Game Reserve, the camp sleeps a maximum of six adults and two children.
Little Garonga is the latest addition to the Makalali Game Reserve safari camp portfolio. The emphasis here is on total relaxation within beautiful natural surroundings.
Each of the three spacious suites has its own private deck with hammock and is under thatch, with full air conditioning. The Hambledon Suite has its own pool and outdoor lounge, as well as an indoor lounge area. An additional bedroom can accommodate two children so this suite is ideal for a young family. The Buckingham Suite is the most private at the property and is ideal for a couple or two older children. Gorgeous bathrooms offer free standing tubs which look fabulous under candlelight.
Little Garonga’s managers are passionate about cuisine and offer gourmet meals in a variety of locations including dinners in the boma, bush picnics and private dining under the stars. There is also an excellent wine cellar specialising in quality South African wines. The spa offers aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massages and hot stone therapy (available in winter only).
Game viewing activities include game drives, guided walks and sleep-out excursions all with experienced armed rangers.
Little Garonga offers guests three superb suites. Each of the three spacious suites has its own private deck with hammock and is under thatch with full air-conditioning. Bathrooms feature gorgeous free standing tubs.
Children of a minimum age of 6 years are welcome at Little Garonga.
Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, barbecue area for the classic South African braai and a raised thatched massage sala. There's a breakfast deck and an air conditioned indoor lounge with ceiling fans, a dining area, lounge/seating area, fireplace, bar and reading area.
Game drives, bush baths and sleep-outs are all included in room rates. Aromatherapy and reflexology treatments are charged additionally.
Anna Coplon (Staff)
Little Garonga is the perfect lodge for those looking to get a secluded, intimate, and luxurious safari experience without the frills of a larger camp. The lodge is simplistic in its style and activities offered but by no means underwhelming. With fantastic, attentive, and friendly staff, every desire or need you may have will be attended to, often before you even ask. Meanwhile the guides offer wonderful expertise as they track the animals you wish to see, before every drive your guide will ask which animals you are hoping to see and do their best to accommodate your wishes. If you have any questions during or after the game drive, the guide is often around in the evening and more than happy to oblige. While you can easily return to your room for seclusion during your stay, the lodge offers communal dinners and promotes a feeling of community in which the small number of guests can interact and share their experiences. You never know what you might learn or whom you may meet. Little Garonga is the perfect lodge for those looking for an exclusive and simply luxurious safari on a budget.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Activities at Garonga
Enjoy a variety of game drive and bush walks at Garonga in the Makalali Conservancy. The property also hosts a variety of unique experiences such as sleep outs over a water hole and bush baths, perfect for a romantic retreat or honeymoon.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!
Sleep Out Experience
Spend a night sleeping under the stars on a beautiful deck overlooking the Veldt.
Location & directions
Makalali Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Little Garonga Safari Camp is situated in the secluded and private Makalali Conservancy in the Limpopo Province, and it is one hour from Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit airports, west of Kruger National Park.
How to get there
Little Garonga can be reached by car, private air charter or commercial airlines. Cape Town International and Johannesburg International are South Africa's main international airports. From these airports you can fly to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa. There's also a private airstrip available at camp. Private air-charters can be organised on request. Transfers are available from the airport to Little Garonga. Alternatively, for self-drive it’s a 5-to 6-hour drive from Johannesburg.
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