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.

UNLEASH IT: IN THE COLONIAL AMBIANCE OF THE ELEGANT NGALA SAFARI LODGE.
 

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.  

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Ngala Safari Lodge


Kruger National Park
Set under immense mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge has twenty thatched cottages with shaded verandas, elegantly spaced out to ensure perfect privacy of your retreat. The two-bedroom Family Suite, with its own swimming pool, as well as dedicated vehicle and ranger, makes for an exclusive family getaway.

Rating                              Classic Camp
Type                                Safari Camp
No. Rooms                        21 classic tents
Max Occupants                  42 guests
Occupancy/Tent                 2 adults
Triples                              3 (children 16 years and younger)
Interests                           Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                            Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                      Visa, Diners, AMEX, Master Card
Power                               220v AC


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children aged 16 and younger cannot participate in Walking Safaris.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Ngala Private Game Reserve

Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered. Elephant are completely dependent on water and will travel considerable distances to a watering hole, making this the perfect place to watch out for them.  

Although its numbers are not decreasing as steadily as before, the African wild dog is still highly endangered, with fewer than 3,000 remaining animals. Ngala is one of few reserves to offer regular opportunities to view this rare animal and its fascinating social structure. Packs of wild dogs operate along a strict hierarchy, with all members taking responsibility for the feeding of any pups. Although meat is obtained for the pups, the entire pack remains sedentary until they are old enough to join in the hunts. Another highly social species encountered at Ngala is the lion.

The blue wildebeest, with their low hindquarter, handlebar horns and cantankerous nature live up their reputation as the clowns of the bushveld, cavorting and engaging in head-butting contests. In contrast, the statuesque kudu enthral with their spectacular spiral horns, as well as their prodigious grace and jumping ability. Striking zebra with their vibrant stripes and intriguing social system are a common sight among the bushveld savanna. The typical raised tails of warthog act as a signal device for groups, allowing each warthog to follow the one ahead of it.


When to go

Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Winter months (May to June)
are warm, with cold nights. July to September is dry with cold night and early morning / late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot, dry winds

Rains start towards the end of October; rain is common from November to March, with typical afternoon thundershowers and potential scattered afternoon thundershowers in April. Best time for game viewing is from March to October.

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The lodge is situated in a malaria area; necessary precautions should be taken
British passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stay upto 90 days.


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.

Air Charter
Alternatively, an air charter can be arranged directly to Ngala. The flight time from Johannesburg to Ngala is approximately one and a half hours. Flights directly to the game reserve are generally scheduled for the morning or early afternoon to allow arriving guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on their day of arrival. Please note that luggage is generally limited to 20 kg per person.

Ngala Airstrip    (not registered; indemnity is to be signed)
Coordinates:         
GPS Coordinates    S 24˚22.843’    E 031˚19.328’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round