While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp. Sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best, the nine luxurious safari tents overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. Big night sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the surroundings, mingle with the simple sophistication of polished wooden decks, textured fabrics and clean lines. Ngala is a true safari experience where guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites and pampered with the warm hearted service that embodies the soul of Africa.
Offering exceptional leopard and lion sightings, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate close up wildlife encounters, and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa. The old-world charm of canvas, combined with the ultimate in natural luxury, the beautiful views over the Timbavati River, the mouthwatering cuisine and first class service, make this a deeply memorable safari adventure.
Timbavati was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park, with which it shares an unfenced boundary, and Ngala has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. With its name meaning ‘lion’ in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala is home to all of the Big Five. Leopard and lion are tracked daily.
A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this area, including packs of endangered wild dog and large herds of elephant and buffalo, with rhino and hippo often seen at waterholes. Impala proliferate, and, along with blue wildebeest, kudu, and the rare Sharpe’s grysbok, zebra, giraffe and warthog are some of the other species you are likely to encounter. Honey badger, genet, civet and mongoose are regularly observed on nocturnal game drives.
Chic and contemporary, each luxurious tented suite boasts simple elegance, sophistication and comfort under the romance of canvas. Raised on platforms under a canopy of indigenous shade trees, the suites feature outdoor showers or baths mounted on rough hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, AC, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm earthy tones present throughout.
True African hospitality lies at the core of the Ngala experience. The people of Africa, with their warm and welcoming nature and the ability to draw guests into their hearts, inspire, educate and enchant guests every day.
The food at Ngala is as individual and inventive as the camp itself. Private lunch platters are savoured on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn. Theatrical alfresco dinners in the dry riverbed are unforgettable.
The elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati River. The camp's lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing, while a massage sala overlooking the river adds a touch of pure indulgence. Wi-Fi is available both in guest area and in the suites, while the Safari Shop offers gifts and collectibles.
The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with twice-daily game drives led by expert ranger and tracker teams. The evening game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Drive down to the Timbavati River to watch the animals drink and bathe, or watch out for predators getting ready for the hunt. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
Bush walks offer a short walk near your camp, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area.
Additional options include walking safaris with an open-air sleep-out option, as well as specialist birding and photographic safaris.
Children over the age of 12 are welcome. Walking Safaris are restricted to those aged 16 and over.