Garonga Greater Makalali

Prime Big 5 wildlife territory hidden away in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve west of the Kruger National Park


A luxury safari experience at Garonga Safari Co. replenishes mind, body and soul. Garonga Safari Camp, Little Garonga and MCH are safari camps in South Africa, hidden away in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. This is prime Big 5 wildlife territory located west of the Kruger National Park. Special indulgences celebrate our ‘safari for the soul’ ethos and make this an unforgettable retreat.

Fall in step with nature and encounter the wildlife that roam in this South African wilderness. Game drives and walking safaris with our expert guides get you up-close to the Big 5, endangered species like cheetah and wild dog, and diverse birdlife.

At Garonga Safari Co. our ‘safari for the soul’ ethos is woven throughout all of our luxury safari camps. It could be a romantic getaway to Garonga Safari Camp, a luxury wedding or honeymoon at Little Garonga or an exclusive group holiday at MCH.

Sleep deeply in one of our luxury safari camps, each one offering a relaxing getaway for couples or small groups. For a wild and wonderful experience, spend one night beneath a canvas of stars on our safari Sleep Out Deck.

Unwind completely at the Massage Sala, Sleep Out Deck and safari Bush Bath and Star Bath as part of the Big 5 safari and spa experience. The Yoga Deck is perfect for mindful stretching and breathing practice in nature.

Delight in safari dining that pairs perfectly with nature’s beauty. Excellent South African wines and several cuisine choices can be enjoyed in a variety of locations, like an intimate private setting or the festive Bush Boma.

At Garonga Safari Camp, luxury tented safari romance meets the wild beauty of the South African bush setting. It’s an exclusive tented camp, with just six luxury en-suite units that combine a canvas canopy, rustic-textured walls and raised wooden deck overlooking a dry riverbed.

Garonga Safari Camp immerses you in nature at every opportunity. The elegant tents blend natural materials and neutral tones with modern fittings. Take in the view from your four-poster bed or spot wildlife like a visiting elephant or two while relaxing on the deck lounge, complete with hammock. Each tent has an indoor and outdoor shower so you can enjoy the sounds of nature while under the African sky.

This is your home away from home in a Big 5 wilderness. It perfectly balances nature’s tranquillity and our modern luxuries for absolute rejuvenation.

6 luxury en-suite tents, each sleeps 2 6 luxury en-suite tents, each sleeps 2
Private outdoor deck & indoor lounge Private outdoor deck & hammock
Ideal for couples Ideal for couples
Swimming pool Swimming pool
Indoor & outdoor showers Indoor & outdoor showers
Shared & private dining Shared & private dining
WiFi WiFi
Our favourite part: the view from the main camp deck over the dry river bed and wilderness. Elephants and other wild visitors drop by often.

Little Garonga promises a private and personalised getaway at our luxury safari lodge in South Africa.

The three gorgeous suites that make up Little Garonga are completely separate from Garonga Safari Camp and MCH. All are fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned, each with a raised deck, complete with hammock and stunning bush views. They are located around centralised indoor and outdoor lounges, with a swimming pool overlooking the bush.

Little Garonga is for honeymoons and romantic retreats that deserve extra privacy and exclusivity. As a self-contained and run lodge, there is a private team of staff ready to meet all your needs. For a small family or friends group, Little Garonga is also an ideal exclusive-use lodge for a special safari experience.

The Hambleden Suite
The Hambleden Suite is a two-bedroom private villa suitable for a family of four or a couple who wants an extra-special and secluded stay. The bedrooms are spacious and centre around four-poster beds. The hand-beaten copper bathtub is the highlight of the en-suite bathroom, which includes indoor and outdoor showers. The suite has a central fireplace, mini-bar and air-conditioning. The indoor living space opens out onto a covered outdoor lounge and open raised deck with own swimming pool.

Chiltern & Buckingham Suites
Chiltern and Buckingham are two cosy one-bedroomed suites that are designed for a couple and located just beyond the Hambleden Suite. The bedroom comfortably accommodates a king size bed, small lounge and writing desk. The fully en-suite bathroom has a beautiful bathtub along with indoor and outdoor showers. Each suite has a mini-bar, ceiling fan and air-conditioning. Outside, the private wooden deck has a seating area with hammock, ideal for those lazy days spent reading or watching wildlife passing by.

Little Garonga
2-bedroom luxury en-suite villa, sleeps up to 4 2-bedroom luxury en-suite villa, sleeps up to 4
2 x 1-bedroom en-suite, each sleeps 2 2 x 1-bedroom en-suite, each sleeps 2
Ideal for weddings, honeymoons and small groups Ideal for weddings, honeymoons and small groups
Air-conditioning Air-conditioning
Swimming pool Swimming pool
WiFi WiFi
Our favourite part: private secluded main area with extensive bush views and The Hambleden Suite’s copper hand beaten bath tub.

MCH is the newest addition to the Garonga Safari Co. family. As a canvas tented camp, it embodies authentic safari style, yet has the added luxuries that make it a signature ‘safari for the soul’ experience.

MCH offers family or friend groups a private and intimate bush getaway, perfect for extended stays. If not booked out for a group, individual couples are welcome to make it home for their luxury safari stay. Perched on a kopje (little hill), you can revel in panoramic views of the wild Makalali and Drakensberg Mountains beyond. The four tents offer air-conditioning and WiFi. They are fully en-suite with sumptuous bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. Each features a well-stocked bar and indoor lounge that flows outside onto a private deck.

A proudly fully solar powered and self-contained tented camp, MCH has its own team of staff, game drive vehicle and guide for an exclusive Big 5 safari. A private Sleep Out Deck experience awaits the adventurous too. The main camp offers indoor and outdoor dining areas, along with the MCH Bush Boma and fire-pit designed to pair with delicious pre-dinner drinks.

After the morning and evening safari activities, you can laze by the pool, be pampered at the MCH Massage Sala or snuggle up with a good book by the library fireplace. For those who can’t leave the office behind, the library is equipped with WiFi, a working desk with PC and photocopier.

4 luxury en-suite tents, each sleeps 2 4 luxury en-suite tents, each sleeps 2
Air-conditioning Air-conditioning
Private outdoor deck & indoor lounge Private outdoor deck & indoor lounge
Ideal for groups, couples & extended stays Ideal for for private exclusive use
Swimming pool Swimming pool
WiFi WiFi
Our favourite part: private sleep out deck, just for the enjoyment of adventurous MCH guests.

Your safari for the soul begins as soon as you enter the wilderness of the 22’000ha 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.

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.

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. 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.

Game Drives
Fulfil your safari dreams with twice daily game drives led by our experienced and knowledgeable guides. In addition to the Big 5 (elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo and lion), look out for cheetah, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles, diverse plains animals and colourful birdlife.

The Sleep Out Deck
Enjoy a night under the stars on our safari Sleep Out Deck, complete with four-poster bed and dining table for two. A 20-minute drive from the main camp, you will be fully immersed in your natural surrounds overlooking a waterhole that is known to attract a visitor or two.

Star Bath
Stargazing and a good bath are two of life’s greatest pleasures. These are combined in the Star Bath experience, best shared with your loved one. It’s the perfect end to a perfect day in the bush. This bath is semi-covered by a canopy and opens up to the night sky and bush ambience.

Massage Sala
Pure relaxation awaits you in our safari spa, the Massage Sala. Unwind and breathe deeply during a massage within the therapeutic natural setting in the bush.

Bush Boma
Share stories with other guests around the camp fire while you sip on your favourite South African wine. Then feast on a hearty and indulgent meal around the communal table in the lantern-lit Bush Boma.

Walking Safaris
Stretch those legs and take a walking safari or ‘solitude walk’ with one of our experienced guides/trackers. Get that bit closer to nature and take the time to notice the beauty that lies in the detail of the surrounding bush. You also never know what you might bump into.

Take Flight
Take flight for an unforgettable view of the Makalali Reserve. Soar above enchanting wildlife, scenery and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains

Yoga Deck
Our ‘safari for the soul’ ethos is at home on our Yoga Deck. It’s the ideal spot to meditate, stretch and practice some well-deserved breathing time in nature

Garonga Safari Co. is invested in reducing our carbon footprint and creating an eco friendly safari experience in South Africa through various green actions.

Garonga Safari Co. is committed to securing the future of white and black rhino populations in South Africa. We are an active partner in a rhino conservation project led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve called the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. This involves funding rhino relocations as well as teams of field rangers and working dogs that dedicate their lives to fighting rhino poaching in the Makalali.

Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. A destination wedding in South Africa makes it even more unforgettable. Garonga Safari Co. offers you a place of tranquillity combined with the romance of nature and wildlife. We assist with all the event details so all you need to do is live out your dream wedding in style.

The Ceremony
Your wedding ceremony can take place in any of the stunning areas at Safari Camp, Little Garonga or MCH. For a backdrop of incredible views, there is the Sleep Out Deck or say ‘I do’ in the middle of the bush itself. Little Garonga is an excellent exclusive-use venue to accommodate your closest family and friends for post-ceremony celebrations. The Garonga staff are highly capable of catering to your individual needs and creating a truly unforgettable wedding day for you. Before the ceremony, indulge in a delicious breakfast followed by a relaxing massage. Afterwards, enjoy a light lunch on an elevated deck or game drive in the bush with some bubbly, followed by a romantic soak in the Bush Bath or Star Bath.

The Wedding Package includes:
Minister’s fee (includes all legal documents, licenses and communications with the wedding couple before and after the ceremony)
Single tier wedding cake
Pressing of wedding outfits
A rustic bouquet of wildflowers
Laundry and pressing for the wedding party
A bottle of champagne
Massage each for the bride and groom
Private dinner on the wedding night
Decorated setting for the wedding ceremony
Decorated safari vehicle for transfers to/from the ceremony
Return road transfers for the bride and groom from Hoedspruit Airport
The Marriage Officer
Johan Janse Van Rensburg conducts a very relaxed service. He will have a chat with you before the service just to get to know you. He is brilliant!

Additional Services
The following services can be arranged by Garonga to help make your wedding extra relaxed and special:

Wedding photographer
Hair stylist
T’s & C’s
The wedding package is valid year-round and is based on a minimum three-night stay
Subject to availability and rate change




01 January 2021 – 31 July 2021    
Luxury Tent – Safari Camp  R     2 738,00 Per person per night
Max 2 Adults – drinks not included    
Safari Camp Exclusive Use: Self-catering  R  16 992,00 Per night
Max 12 Adults – includes a chef    
Safari Camp Exclusive Use  R  19 824,00 Per night
Max 12 Adults – drinks not included    
Hambleden Suite  R     7 930,00 Per night
2 Adults & 2 Children – drinks not included    
Buckingham & Chiltern Suites  R     3 210,00 Per person per night
Max 2 Adults – drinks not included    
Little Garonga Exclusive Use  R  20 768,00 Per night
Max 6 Adults – drinks not included    
Little Garonga Exclusive Use: Self-catering  R  18 125,00 Per night
WEDDING PACKAGE RATE 2021 – 2022 R 16 275,00 Per night


Includes: All Meals, teas & coffees (except self-catering option)
Game drives, bush walks
Sleep-out experience, Bush Bath, Star Bath, and Yoga Sala
Where it states drinks not included: 1 x Drink per person on sundowner game drives will be offered & 1 glass of Housewine at dinner.
Excludes: All beverages excluding tea’s & coffee’s
Telephone calls
Massage treatments
Micro-lite Flights
Conservation Levy: Park Entry Fee: R 380.00 pp 1st day
Anti-Poaching: R 380.00 pp p/day 2nd day onwards
Levies are subject to change without prior notice
Note: Minimum 2 Night stay throughout the year
No Guests under the age of 12 years
Private Safari Vehicle: R 5 500.00 per day
(2 x safaris @ 3.5 hours each)
Road Transfers: From Hoedspruit to Garonga: R 820.00 per person one way
From Hoedspruit to Garonga: R 1 350.00 per person return
75 minutes each way
From KMIA/Nelspruit to Garonga: Rates on Request
These rates are subject to change without prior notice
Transfers are complimentary for children between 6 and 16 Years old
Self-Drive/Road Transfers: Should guests who are self-driving or being driven by transfer companies fail to reach the public road entrance to Garonga by 1700hrs for whatever reason, access will not be permitted until 0700hrs the following day. No refund will be given in this circumstance. 
Air Charters: From Hoedspruit to Garonga
From KMIA/Nelspruit to Garonga
From Garonga to Sabi Sands
From Garonga to Timbavati/Klaserie
From Johannesburg to Garonga
All below rates are upon Request
Rates could differ due to fuel levies and taxes that may be added after date of rates released. Rates are subject to change without prior notice, as these services are booked through 3rd party suppliers.
Landing fee: R250.00 per plane.


Subject to Availability. Terms & Conditions Apply. E&OE