- Big Five
- Private watering hole
- &Beyond Property
- Timbavati Reserve
- Exclusive family suite
Ngala Safari Lodge is a traditional ‘&Beyond’ property located in the Timbavati Reserve on the western boundary of Kruger National Park. With beautiful scenery and great game opportunities this camp is a firm family favourite.
The communal bar, lounge and large decking areas all have stunning views of the bush and overlook a waterhole frequented by elephants and other wandering wildlife. A quaint walled courtyard and boma are perfect spots to enjoy outdoor dining and a swimming pool and front lawn are peaceful places for guests to kick back and relax.
The unfenced reserve is well known for its fantastic game viewing with a range of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’ as well as leopards and rare African dog. Morning and evening game drives are run by experienced rangers with the evening drives lasting until after dark to capture the nocturnal bush activity. Walking safaris are also led around the outskirts of the camp for those wanting to study the flora and fauna found closer to Ngala.
A slightly larger camp, the accommodation is made up of twenty thatched cottages all overlooking a private waterhole. Every room is air conditioned with private verandahs and elegantly furnished for a luxurious stay. There are a number of triple rooms available for families in addition to a two bedroom family suite. This exclusive family unit includes a private pool and exclusive use of a safari vehicle perfect for guests looking for a more private, family experience or those with younger children wanting to join game drives.
Children are welcome at Ngala Safari. There is a minimum age of 12 for game drives; however the guides have some discretion between the ages of 6-12 so well behaved younger guests should have no problem. The interactive WildChild programme run here and at all ‘&Beyond’ properties offers a wide range of activities for all ages including cooking, fishing and painting. Childminding services are also offered (at an extra cost) making this a very family friendly option.
A fabulous and memorable holiday to Africa and a big thank you to Lisa at Tourdust for her in depth knowledge and for designing our once in a lifetime trip.
The original thoughts were to stay in Cape Town and then go on safari. After many discussions and a lot of patience from Lisa we settled on Capetown, a safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls. It turned out to be the most special and amazing holiday that we have been on.
Cape Town accommodation was great, modern, clean, spacious and close to the V&A. The views at the back were of Table Mountain! We opted for guided tours to Cape of Good Hope and whale watching. Our guide called Chris was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and chatted to us alot and was great with my children.
Next was Botswana and Muchenje Lodge. The location was fantastic with views over the Chobe river. Right from the start we were looked after so well and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We went on lots of different safari drives from early morning, late evening and all day ones and my favourite was on the river itself as we were able to get really close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Our guides were brilliant (particularly Rambo) and helped us to find all the animals we wanted to see, even the elusive wild dogs and leopards.
Meals were at set times, which was lovely as it meant we could talk to the other guests and hear about their day and it was nice that some of the guides joined us as well. We also loved the singing and dancing that the staff did after one meal.
Final destination Zambia and Victoria Falls, where we stayed at Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. An amazing location right on the river bank.
We did a guided tour to Victoria Falls and yet again we had a brilliant tour guide.
From our lodge we did a river cruise, saw a magnificent sunset and we tried our hand at fishing which was great fun.
I would love to go back to Africa again to visit some other countries and I will definitely use Tourdust again. Thank you so much Lisa.
verified review for Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls on 19 January 2017
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
Service rating : Tourdust suggested excellent itinerary. Our holiday was varied and exciting, it contained city break, culture break, history, well-known sights and jungle adventure all in one. At planning stage, Tourdust was responsive and understanding. Great service
Product : well-organised and seamless by the Tourdust yet adveturous for us, it's the best combination!
verified review for The Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu on 14 May 2015