Ngala Safari Lodge

Kruger & The Northeast, South Africa

On Request

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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.


We Love
  • The two-bedroom Family Suite, with its own swimming pool, as well as a dedicated vehicle and ranger / tracker team, offers an exclusive family getaway
  • Guest areas overlook private waterhole in this Big Five private game reserve
  • The late afternoon/evening game drives continues after nightfall
Need to Know
  • The exclusive Ngala Family Suite is charged per night.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.

The Review

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.  

Ngala Safari Lodge is situated in Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park, one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness; including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats.

Why Stay
Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 classic thatched cottages and a spacious Family Suite. Each ensuite cottage, with private veranda, exudes a romantic colonial ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The gracious Family Suite accommodates four guests and includes a private swimming pool and the use of a private vehicle.

The Lodge’s sparkling swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree. The Lodge’s spacious thatched bar, dining and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.

The day starts at dawn with morning tea/coffee and a discussion with your guide on what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to the Big Five, but is particularly well known for its large prides of lion and occasional sightings of wild dog and leopard, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo.

Return to the camp for breakfast and lunch. There will be time for siesta and cool off in the pool before proceeding for a late afternoon game drive that lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location. Return for dinner.

Getting There

Ngala Private Game Reserve is located within the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. It is possible to get to the area from Johannesburg by road or by air. Guests have a choice of flying to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, which is followed by a road transfer to Ngala. The distance between Nelspruit and Ngala is approximately 190 km (120 miles) and the road transfer takes two hours and 45 minutes. Hoedspruit is located 40 km (25 miles) from Ngala and the drive is approximately half an hour long.

Ngala Safari Lodge Kruger & The Northeast, South Africa