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Overview

Ngala Safari Lodge in Ngala Private Game Reserve, Timbavati

 

Ngala Safari Lodge is a romantic haven within the African wilderness. Ngala is a private unfenced game reserve between Timbavati Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park. With exclusive access to a pristine wilderness area, Ngala offers guests a truly unique wilderness experience. A lodge and tented camp offer luxurious accommodation that blends seamlessly into the picturesque environment.

Set within the exclusive Ngala Private Game Reserve, Ngala Safari Lodge offers the quintessential luxury safari experience. This exclusive lodge between the renowned Kruger National Park and Timbavati Game Reserve provides unparalleled access to 19,485 square kilometres of wildlife-rich wilderness. Ngala, the first private reserve incorporated into Kruger National Park, enjoys exclusive traversing rights, ensuring an intimate and unforgettable wildlife experience with frequent sightings of the Big Five.

Ngala Safari Lodge embodies classic safari elegance, nestled under a canopy of trees. The lodge’s architecture and design exude a romantic atmosphere, with thatched roofs and nostalgic safari memorabilia. The main areas, including the dining room, bar, and lounges, open onto the African bushveld, creating a seamless blend with nature. Guests can relax by the large swimming pool and sundeck overlooking a natural riverine woodland, perfect for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Dining at Ngala is a highlight, featuring delicious Pan-African cuisine served in a candlelit courtyard or the dramatic open-air boma. Every meal is a feast for the senses, to maximise the total safari experience.

Activities at Ngala Safari Lodge are diverse and expertly guided by trained rangers and trackers. Guests can enjoy twice-daily game drives, intimate bush walks, and specialised conservation experiences. The lodge also caters to families with its WILDChild programme and family-friendly amenities.

Ngala Safari Lodge combines timeless safari charm with modern luxury, set within one of the world’s most iconic wildlife reserves. Every aspect of the lodge is designed to provide an exceptional and environmentally conscious safari adventure, ensuring that each stay is as luxurious as it is memorable.

 

Things to Do at Ngala Safari Lodge

 

Ngala Safari Lodge’s activities are exciting and diverse, offering something for every kind of adventurer.

 

Game Drives

 

Enjoy the thrill of early morning and late afternoon game drives at Ngala Safari Lodge. These night-time drives, led by knowledgeable guides, provide chances to see the Big Five and take in the amazing animal behaviours of the area. Each drive promises unforgettable experiences in the African bush, from seeing a large pride of lions to occasionally spotting wild dogs.

 

Nature Walks

 

Guests can explore the nuances of the African bush by taking part in informative nature walks around the lodge, led by knowledgeable rangers. They can learn about the varied flora, read animal tracks, and get up close and personal with smaller wildlife. These walks foster cherished events amid Ngala’s natural beauty while offering a deeper understanding of the ecosystem and its inhabitants.

 

Tracking Walks

 

Commence on an exhilarating tracking walk led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Engage your senses as you follow the trails of certain Big Five animals, securing minimal disturbance to wildlife. This enthralling adventure involves a unique perspective on African wildlife, allowing you to connect with nature on a deeper level while contributing to conservation efforts.

 

Ngala Treehouse Experience

 

Escape to the spectacular Ngala Treehouse for a night under the stars. Cleverly settled amidst natural bush surroundings, this remote retreat exudes unprecedented excellence and exclusivity. From elevated sleep-out platforms to panoramic views, the treehouse promises a romantic and stunning jungle acquaintance in the heart of the reserve.

 

Walking Safaris

 

Connect with the African bush on an exhilarating walking safari. These safaris favour opportunities to interact with wildlife and encounter the sights, sounds, and scents of the wilderness up close, as it is led by experienced armed guides. From tracking zebras and buffalo to spotting the smallest inhabitants of the bush, each safari promises exceptional events in nature.

 

Photographic Safaris

 

Capture the essence of Ngala’s wildlife and landscapes on a fully equipped photographic safari. Ideal for photography enthusiasts of all levels, these safaris provide state-of-the-art camera mounts and exclusivity for a maximum of four guests. Each safari presents unrivalled opportunities for capturing memorable moments, from majestic lions to stunning sunsets.

 

Rhino Notching

 

Participate in rhino conservation efforts at a second-to-none rhino notching event. Witness the capture and darting of rhinos, and assist in monitoring and tagging these magnificent creatures. This unique opportunity allows guests to contribute to conservation while gaining insight into African endangered species’ challenges.

 

WILDchild Programme

 

Designed especially for young guests, the WILDchild Programme supplies interactive activities promoting learning and discovery. From bush walks to cultural experiences, children can forge connections with nature and gain a deeper understanding of the environment. This fascinating programme creates distinguished moments for the whole family, fostering a love for the African bush and its inhabitants.

 

Private Game Drives

 

Enjoy personalised safari participation with a dedicated ranger, tracker, and a private game drive vehicle. Tailor your adventure to your preferences, choosing game drive times and spending extended periods at wildlife sightings. Whether seeking close encounters with the Big Five or leisurely exploring the reserve, private game drives accommodate flexibility and exclusivity to create a designated safari retreat.

 

Travel and Booking Information

 

Included in the Rate You Pay

 

  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments during game drives
  • Laundry service
  • Safari activities
  • 1-hour nature walks with experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Transfer to and from the lodge airstrip
  • Gate fee at Orpen gate

 

Excluded from the Rate You Pay

 

  • Beverages: Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium spirits, cigars
  • Transportation: Transfers to/from lodge
  • Extras: Additional amenities/services
  • Government levy/bed levy
  • Park/Conservancy fees (if applicable)
  • Landing fees (if applicable)

 

What to Pack

 

  • Lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing for hot days and layering options for cooler mornings and evenings.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for bush walks and exploring the lodge grounds.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection during game drives.
  • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens for capturing wildlife sightings.
  • Personal toiletries and medications, as well as any necessary travel documents.

 

Etiquette During Game Drives

 

During game drives, it’s essential to observe proper etiquette to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all guests:

  • Listen to your guide’s instructions and follow their lead regarding wildlife viewing and behaviour.
  • Keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing the animals and fellow guests.
  • Refrain from standing up or leaning out of the vehicle while it is in motion.
  • Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the wildlife.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from the animals and never attempt to approach them for a closer look or photo opportunity.
  • Remember to respect the natural environment and leave only footprints behind.

 

Best Time to Visit

 

The best time to visit Ngala Safari Lodge is during the dry season, which typically falls between May and September. During this time, vegetation is sparse, making wildlife easier to spot as they gather around water sources. Additionally, cooler temperatures make for more comfortable game drives and outdoor activities.

 

Getting to Ngala Safari Lodge

 

Ngala Safari Lodge is located in the Ngala Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province. Accessible from nearby airports or private airstrips, reaching the lodge is a seamless journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Greater Kruger National Park region.

 

By Air

 

Federal Air provides daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg and Nelspruit directly to the Ngala Private Game Reserve. These flights are tailored to meet the needs of safari enthusiasts, presenting a swift and comfortable transfer to the reserve’s private airstrip.

Upon touchdown, guests are greeted by lodge staff who facilitate their transfer to Ngala Safari Lodge, setting the stage for an unforgettable safari holiday.

As an alternative, travellers can use Airlink, which offers daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport.

Upon arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, guests are met by lodge staff and venture onto a scenic two-hour road transfer to Ngala Safari Lodge.

 

By Road

 

For those travelling from Johannesburg, start by taking the N12/N4 through Witbank (eMalahleni) and then turn left onto the R540 to Belfast. In Belfast, turn right towards Dullstroom and Mashishing (Lydenburg).

From Mashishing, follow the signs for the R36 to Ohrigstad, passing through the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass and the JG Strydom Tunnel. Continue on the R36, and after the Tzaneen turn-off, but before reaching Hoedspruit, turn right onto the R531 towards Klaserie/Acornhoek/Orpen.

Travel approximately 30 kilometres to the R40, pass under a railway bridge, and turn left at the Orpen sign, following this road for about 40 kilometres. At the national park gate, inform the guards that you are heading to Ngala Safari Lodge (no vehicle entrance fee, but conservation fees apply).

Drive straight, take the left fork at the ‘V’ sign for “Ngala Tented Camp,” cross the Timbavati Riverbed, and follow the signs to Ngala Safari Lodge.

For travellers coming from Nelspruit, take the R40 towards White River, continue to Hazyview, pass Bushbuckridge, and proceed to Acornhoek. At the traffic lights in Acornhoek, go straight towards Klaserie. Shortly after, turn right at the Orpen sign and follow this road for about 40 kilometres and proceed as above.

If you are arriving by air at Hoedspruit Airport, exit the airport and turn right onto Argyle Road towards the R40. At the T-junction, turn left onto the R40 and continue straight. About 2 kilometres later, turn left at the Orpen sign and follow this road for about 40 kilometres and proceed as above.

 

FAQ

 

What measures are in place for guest safety during safaris at the lodge?

 

The lodge follows strict safety protocols during game drives and bush walks.

Moreover, guests are given a briefing on safety procedures, and qualified professionals supervise all activities to ensure their safety.

 

How big is the Ngala Game Reserve?

 

The Ngala Game Reserve spans 36,000 acres.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

 

Different cancellation policies apply, depending on the season and terms of the booking. It’s advisable to check the specific terms while booking or consult the reservations team for details.

 

Where is Ngala Safari Lodge located?

 

Ngala Safari Lodge is located in the South African province of Limpopo, inside the Ngala Private Game Reserve, which borders Kruger National Park.

 

Are there family-friendly accommodations available at the lodge?

 

Yes, Ngala Safari Lodge offers family cottages and suites designed to accommodate families, providing additional space and child-friendly amenities.

Rates

2024

2025

R 10 365 per person sharing per night

Facilities

Accommodation at Ngala Safari Lodge

 

At Ngala Safari Lodge, guests are treated to a selection of luxurious accommodation options designed to catch them in the splendour of the African wilderness. Nestled beneath the shadow of tamboti and mopane trees, the lodge features twenty traditional thatched cottages, decorated with sentimental safari items. The cottages’ floor-to-ceiling glass windows let in a lot of natural light, and their separate verandas offer special places for outdoor dining.

Families can choose between the roomy Family Cottages, which feature connecting rooms for two adults and two children, or the luxurious Family Suite, which comes with a private pool and a private safari vehicle.

The lodge’s interiors are filled with antiques, earthy tones, plush linen, and modern comforts merged to create a cosy and welcoming ambience. En-suite bathrooms come equipped with showers, bathtubs, and his-and-hers sinks to complete the picture of a luxurious getaway for visitors.

 

Facilities at Ngala Safari Lodge

 

Carefully planned to offer a lavish and engaging safari experience, Ngala Safari Lodge provides a variety of facilities designed to cater to every guest’s needs. Guests can relax in the spacious thatched lounge or bar area, adorned with comfortable furnishings and African-inspired décor, perfect for sharing safari stories after exhilarating game-viewing activities.

The open deck offers sweeping vistas of the surrounding wilderness, ideal for enjoying sundowners or simply connecting with nature. A shaded swimming pool, nestled amidst lush greenery and overlooking a bustling waterhole, provides a refreshing retreat, while the sundeck offers relaxation opportunities with frequent wildlife sightings.

The lodge boasts a well-equipped gym and pampering spa treatments amidst the peaceful African bush surroundings, for those seeking wellness and fitness. Younger guests can enjoy tailored safari activities, including educational bush walks and wildlife-themed adventures, ensuring a unique and enriching experience.

The lodge also features a library with an extensive collection of books and a curio shop offering authentic souvenirs and locally crafted gifts. A conference facility accommodating up to 24 delegates provides an inspiring backdrop for corporate retreats or special events amidst the beauty of the African bush.

A spacious veranda overlooking a busy waterhole gives guests the opportunity for daylong game viewing. Dinners in the candlelit courtyard are freshly prepared and offer imaginative blends of wholesome flavours. A special treat is dinners out in the bush. Surrounded by flickering lanterns and overlooked by bright stars this is sure to be a meal you will never forget. Comfortable armchairs on the veranda and a generously sized pool allow you to relax between game drives.

 

Accommodation

 

Shaded by a canopy of tamboti trees Ngala Safari Lodge has 21 thatched cottages that are designed and decorated in a classic safari style. The 17 standard, 3 family, and 1 private family cottage are all equipped with all amenities from air conditioning to outdoor showers. The lodge also overlooks a busy waterhole – offering guests spectacular views.

Ngala Tented Camp combines the sounds and atmosphere of the wilderness with the elegance and comfort of a modern safari lodge. The six permanent safari tents are equipped with:

 

  • Outdoor showers
  • Deep baths
  • Overhead fans
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blankets

Perched on raised platforms the tents offer views of the surrounding wilderness and the nights are filled with flickering candlelight and the sounds of the African animal kingdom.

 

Activities

 

Game drives in Ngala are an exclusive affair. Situated in a private reserve Ngala does not have to share this territory with other tour operators making sure that your game sightings are undisturbed. Ngala is unfenced allowing animals to roam freely in and out of the Kruger National Park. Game drives depart in the early morning and late afternoon, which are the busiest times in the African bush. Night drives are a special treat as you will see nocturnal species and different behaviour.

Walking safaris can be easy educational walks in the bush, where the rangers have the chance to share their detailed knowledge about the environment. You might also request to track down a certain species on foot, which always creates a unique thrill during the walks. Walking safaris are conducted by an experienced and armed ranger ensuring your safety at all times.

 

Child Policy

 

Families of two adults with children aged 0 to 5 stay complimentary, while those aged 6 to 16 are charged 50% of the adult sharing rate. Children over 16 years are subject to full adult sharing or a single rate.

Please note that children aged 0 to 5 are not allowed to participate in all activities.

 

Child Policy and Rates

 

Many of the accommodation establishments that Kruger Safari Co books for tours have a strict child policy. It is your responsibility to disclose the age of each child in the travelling group to the Kruger Safari Company agent and confirm that he/she is the appropriate age for tour accommodation. Kruger Safari Co cannot be held liable for an accommodation establishment refusing entry to an under-aged child where a child policy is strictly enforced.

Kruger Safari Co reserves the right to request a copy of a birth certificate for any child in the tour group who is confirmed to be 12 years or younger.

A children’s rate is available on request. Not all accommodation establishments offer a reduced rate for children but where applicable, Kruger Safari Co will confirm in writing at what rate a child 12 years and younger will be charged.

 

Booking Procedure:

 

Confirmation of a booking is made in writing via email once it is agreed upon by the client and the Kruger Safari Co. agent. A 100% non-refundable deposit is required within 48 hours of written confirmation of a booking. Where applicable, the balance of payment of a booking is required 40 days before departure. All travellers will be required to complete our online booking form to ensure that Kruger Safari Co, the reserved establishment and all service providers have the correct information required.

No quotation issued by Kruger Safari Co and accepted by the client (provisional or final), or booking made (provisional or final) shall be binding until a final invoice has been issued and full payment received by Kruger Safari Co.

 

Payment Policy

 

All Kruger Safari Co require a 100% non-refundable deposit to the value of 50% of the total tour price. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking of a tour. Full payment of the non-refundable deposit is required on written confirmation of the booking.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Please feel free to view all of our terms and conditions.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive at the Ngala Safari Lodge mid-day, in time for a light lunch. Freshen up and relax before it’s time to depart on a late-afternoon game drive in the reserve.

Overnight in a luxury suite at the Ngala Safari Lodge.

Days on safari

Wake up early for hot beverages and rusks before departing for a 3-hour sunrise game drive in the Timbivati Game reserve. Return to your lodge for a late breakfast and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the pool or treating yourself to a afternoon sleep. Depart late afternoon after High Tea for a 3-hour sunset game drive in the private reserve.

Departure day

Head out as the sun is rising to enjoy your last game drive in Timbivati Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing mid-morning to your next destination.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees and refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry
  • Safari activities
  • One hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
  • A complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars per room for use during your stay

What's Excluded

  • Administration fee
  • Telephone calls
  • Safari shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars
  • Government bed levy
  • Conservancy or park fees
  • Landing fees

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