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“Eight leopard sightings in eight days, Another excellent stay in Gomo Gomo”

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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

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!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We absolutely loved our stay at Gomo Gomo. The lodge is in a great location, and it was amazing to sit out on the deck after the morning game drive and watch all the animals come down to drink - particularly the big groups of elephants. The drives were fantastic, and I was really impressed by how much we saw. We've only been on safari to tanzania before, and had been warned that you see far less game in kruger. While it's true that you don't get the same large herds that we saw on our last trip (except of elephants) we had amazing sightings of the big five and were uber excited by how many rhino we saw! The rangers were really knowledgable and passionate about the area, which added to the whole experience. We really enjoyed the dinners round the campfire (although it was sooo cold!) and the food was amazing. Impala stew was a particular favourite. Only thing to watch is drinks prices, which were quite high.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We visited the Gomo Gomo for 3 nights during our honeymoon, it was simply amazing! Beautiful lodges, amazing location, friendly knowledgeable rangers, lovely food and atmosphere. The perfect start to our married life together.
Having never been on safari before I was skeptical as to how many animals we might see and how far away they would be, I needn't have worried when on our first game drive I found myself sat in the middle of a pride of lions feasting on their giraffe kill!! I never imagined ever being so close to the amazing animals and our ranger went out of his way to make sure we saw everything many times.
Have promised we will be back for our ten year wedding anniversary and I cant wait already!

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Gomo Gomo Game Lodge was amazing. From the moment we stepped out of the car until the moment we left, everything was fantastic. The lodge was beautiful and the outside deck overlooking the watering hole was the perfect peaceful spot to watch the many animals that came to drink. We were there for 2 nights and saw elephant, impala, warthog, and buffalo drink from the watering hole behind our room.

The food was delicious! I especially enjoyed dinner around the fire.

The thing that really stood out was the people at Gomo Gomo. Our Ranger, Iwan, was incredible. He worked hard to find animals on all of our drives, was knowledgeable and friendly. Our tracker was helpful and every person working at the lodge went out of their way to make our stay a pleasant one. 

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I stayed at gomo gomo with my 6 yr old daughter. It was my first trip to South Africa, but not the only big 5 game lodge on our journey. Everything at gomo gomo was perfection for us. The staff were exceptional, the food was to die for, the ambiance was amazing and the game viewing second to none. In particular we loved the fact that we felt like we were guests of close friends as opposed to paying customers. My daughter was so taken by gomo gomo she asks when we're moving back there. With so many beautiful places to travel around the world, I have a rule not to go to the same place twice... But for gomo gomo I am making an exception! I look forward to returning in a little over a week with my husband.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Additional Information about Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Price Range: €258 - €3,056 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Gomo Gomo Game Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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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Gomo Gomo Game Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

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