My overnight stay at the Garden Route Game Lodge was one of the highlights of my visit to South Africa.
It’s roughly an hour from George, the nearest airport, and about a 30 minute drive from Mossel Bay, the nearest city of any size.
The plan for overnight guests goes like this:
- Arrive in the afternoon, check in, and relax until around 5 pm.
- Game drive from 5 pm to around 7 or 7:30
- Drinks around the fire while waiting for dinner
- Dinner, buffet style, with various meats cooked to order
- The next day, early morning tea & coffee (around 7 am)
- Game drive for a couple of hours
- Breakfast around 10 am
- Check out
Everything (excluding alcoholic beverages) is included in the rate, which varies by season. I paid around US$160 per person double occupancy for my visit in October 2015.
I stayed in the Valley View Bush Chalet, about a 5 minute walk from the main building/restaurant. The room has a bath, shower, air conditioning, TV, and a balcony with amazing views of the property.
Of course, the most important part of the stay – the animals! Although the cheetahs on property decided not to show themselves during my drives, I enjoyed the lions, giraffes, elephants, rhino, buffalo, springbok, kudu, and other animals I was able to see – many of them rather up close!
There were 7 people in our car, and (in my opinion, luckily) we had an open top car. Our driver’s name was Ari, and he was an excellent guide – he explained a lot of stuff, had a great sense of humor, and never rushed us. If somebody wanted to ask more questions or stay longer to take a picture, he was very patient.
Some pictures from the first day’s game drive:
Day Two started off very early for me – up by 6, and in the lodge for coffee by 7 before our next game drive.
And after a 2 1/2 hour drive, we were treated to another great meal and checked out.
Of course, I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures. I may even visit them again this year!
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