Location: Situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.
Rooms: 17 cottages, 3 family cottages and 1 family suite. Each en suite thatched cottage has a private verandah and 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.
Facilities: Swimming pool, library, safari shop, spa, gym. The lodge’s sparkling swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid bird watchers. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree. Dinner might be served in the elegant candlelit courtyard or in the open air traditional boma. The lodge’s spacious thatched bar, dining and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.
Activities: The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off road driving allows for close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and shorter bush walks are also offered.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Our Opinion: Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience suitable for couples and families alike. Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 16,000 hectares of game-rich wilderness. 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. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.