Ngala Safari Lodge (Timbavati
Private Nature Reserve) South Africa
Located on the boundary of the world renowned Kruger
National Park, Ngala Private Game Reserve is well known for
its high densities of elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well
as for its African wild dogs. Ngala was the first private
game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National
Park and has exclusive traversing rights on almost 15 000
hectares (37 100 acres) of one of the richest wildlife
regions on the African continent. A spectacular diversity of
wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including
elephant, spotted hyena, giraffe, buffalo and white rhino.
Ngala means “lion” in Shangaan and the Reserve lives up to
its name, supporting several prides of these powerful cats.
However, it is even better known for excellent viewing of a
more elusive cat, offering regular sightings of leopard,
particularly females with their young. With more open bush than the nearby Sabi Sand Game
Reserve, Ngala guarantees exclusive game viewing
opportunities guided by expertly trained &Beyond rangers. In
one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership
agreements, an annual lease, traversing fee and percentage
of Ngala’s profits is paid to the National Parks Trust to
further conservation projects throughout South Africa.
The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the
colonial ambiance of elegant Ngala Safari Lodge.
A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the
quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of
romance and nostalgia. This old-world haven in the midst of
the African bush charms with its colonial antiques, silver
cutlery and crystal glassware.
Style and grace mingle faultlessly with the rugged
natural beauty of the setting, as manicured lawns give way
to dense mopane thickets and wild animals saunter down to
drink at the waterhole that forms the heart of this
authentic safari lodge.
Protected by a living canopy of immense mopane and
tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge carves out a set of
intimate, elegant spaces sheltered and secluded by the thick
vegetation. Twenty thatched cottages with shaded verandas
nestle among the trees, ensuring the perfect privacy of your
retreat. For those in need of even more personal space, the
exclusive Safari Suite offers its own sitting room and
Creamy soft linen on curtained beds, soft tinted prints
and etchings combine with the evocative smell of thatch to
carry the classic safari atmosphere into your private
cottage. The green slate of the bathroom reflects the
dappled sunlight from outside, creating the dazzling effect
of leafy shadows carried into interiors that cannot be
separated from the luscious beauty outside. At night, a
myriad lanterns and candles peep out between the boughs of
trees, shining out a promise of warmth and comfort.
Activities / Wildlife:
Twice daily game drives - early morning and late
afternoon / evening game drives in an open 4x4 safari
vehicle traverse an area of 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres),
which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-famous
Kruger National Park. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich
variety of other game, in the company of an armed ranger and
tracker. Strict vehicle limits at animal sightings ensure
the exclusivity of your wildlife experience and careful
off-road driving positions you for the best photo
opportunities. Rangers are constantly in touch with each
other to help keep track of game and the sensitive approach
methods used mean that the wildlife has become accustomed to
the presence of vehicles. Night game drives provide a
fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators,
particularly the leopard for which Ngala is renowned.
Interpretive bush walks - in between game drives, take a
leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge and
experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African
bush. An armed ranger will accompany you and will share his
vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Take in the
intimate details of your surroundings, from the intricate
patterns of a spider's web to the bright plumage of the
local birds and the sharp alarms calls of a dozen small
Wonder at the delicate beauty of the leopard
orchid, which flowers in the forks of tree boughs in early
summer, taste the fruit of the marula tree or examine the
meringue-like nests of the foamnest frog suspended from
branches on the edge of pools of water.
From $575 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.