Safari Review - Garonga Safari Camp, Makalali Conservancy

Garonga Safari Camp promises a ‘safari for the soul'. There is no rushing around of guests armed with binoculars ticking the names of animals and birds on a must-see list. On the contrary, the place has an aura of tranquillity and safari romance that soothes the soul.

By Carrie Hampton

This does not mean, though, that you would not see members of the Big Five in the wilderness in the Makalali Conservancy in Limpopo. On game-viewing drives there is every chance of seeing white rhino, elephant, lion, and even the elusive leopard. Game walks provide a further opportunity to observe the animals in the conservancy.Much of the intimate ambience at Garonga is created by the architecture and interior design of the camp. Colours and styles are borrowed from nature: terracotta tones, curved walls, reed ceilings and mahogany-coloured roof trusses characterise this stylish lodge.The suites are a dreamy affair. White canvas, soft lighting, fine linen and a four-poster bed combine to create a space for, relaxation, reflection and meditation. A private deck, shaded by large ebony trees and hung with a hammock, aids the journey towards enlightenment.For further destressing, you could relax in the pool or enjoy an aromatherapy massage or reflexology or reiki treatments. Alternatively, you could be fed exquisitely tasty morsels around the pool or out in the bush. Sumptuous picnic baskets are a specialty and the wine cellar stocks a great range of quality South African wines.Not to be missed is a stay on the sleepout deck opposite a waterhole. High above the prowling animals of the night, you can spend the night in a real bed under a mosquito net and wonder at the noises of an African night.Visit Garonga Safari Camp

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