Just returned from our second stay at Gomo Gomo Game Lodge, finding the standards and excellent value-for-money to have changed very little since our trip last year.
We stayed 8 nights this time, and once again the game viewing was superb. HJ and Nyati were our ranger and tracker, and we spotted the Big 5 four times over. HJ made sure we had quality viewings of all leopard sightings called in. He really impressed us with his ability to handle the jeep especially during our off-road following of leopards, even during the night drives when we thought we'd lost them, and despite being in the thick bush areas that leopards love to get into. This simply would have been impossible to see had we been stuck to the main roads or even the dirt roads being driven most of the time, or had we been with a less experienced/ capable ranger.
In all, we had 8 leopard sightings in 8 days which was quite remarkable. On this trip we photographed them during the day and night, on the ground, up in trees, walking by the jeep, playing with a cobra and one dining on a baby warthog up in a tree. We also had countless white rhino sightings, happened on two cheetahs along the road, saw honey badgers, genet, african wild cat, kori bustards (on three occasions), loads of lions, and the usual buffalo (of which a herd of 400-600 came to the Gomo Gomo watering hole), elephants, antelope and hippos. Apart from the heron, there is now a young crocodile in the Gomo Gomo waterhole which we caught chomping on fish, nice.
As for the accommodations please see our past review (attached at the bottom of this review). Little has changed between our trips. We stayed in a 2 bedroom chalet this time which was only different in space but the quality was similar. Although the room and lodge were showing some usage, everything remained in good working order and most importantly the heater worked very well and the beds remain comfortable, allowing very good nights sleep.
Food, in general, was better than last time around. Seems there is a new chef on staff. Again, see our past review for details about what type of meals are served at Gomo Gomo Game Lodge.
We did notice that Gomo Gomo seemed much busier this year. They were pretty much fully booked throughout our trip. Perhaps best to reserve well in advance these days to avoid disappointment if you are interested in spending time at this private game lodge in Klaserie. We would recommend staying for at least 4 nights if possible to ensure multiple sightings of all the important wildlife, and those lovely leopards.
Overall, well done again Gomo Gomo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate Lodge situated in the prestigious Klaserie Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, with a common unfenced border. Our traversing area is approximately 6000 hectares (14800 acres) of the reserve offering guests varied landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the “ Big 5 “ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and numerous othermammals and bird species in their natural habitat.Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives are conducted in open 4 X 4 Land Rovers with well qualified and experienced field guides and trackers who will ensure an exciting and informative safari. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gomo Gomo Game Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve