- 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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019