In the Kruger national park you have the Ngala Safari Lodge. Meaning ‘lion’ in Shangaan, Ngala was the first private safari reserve to be incorporated in the world-famous Kruger National Park – the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. With exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares (36 323 acres) of Kruger's game-rich wilderness, Ngala offers an extraordinary African wildlife safari experience. Owned by &Beyond, Ngala is of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements – jointly signed in April 1992 by the WWF-SA (World Wildlife Fund – South Africa), South African National Parks and &Beyond. Under this partnership, an annual lease, traversing fees and a percentage of Ngala’s profits are paid to the National Parks Trust. As a reliable ecotourism destination, Ngala makes a significant contribution to ongoing community empowerment operations and conservation development.
At a Glance
- Accommodation 20 thatched chalets
- One luxurious Safari Suite with private pool
- En suite bathrooms and air-conditioning
- Swimming pool and game viewing sundeck
- African gift gallery
- Small Luxury Hotels of the World member
- Conference room for 42 delegates
- Game Drives
- Bird watching
- Open 4x4 safari vehicles
Comprising 20 thatched chalets with en suite bathrooms and private verandas and the luxurious Safari Suite overlooking the Mapone riverbed, Ngala Game Lodge exudes a romantic colonial ambience. The large sparkling swimming pool overlooks a natural riverine system.nEach en suite safari chalet features a private veranda and exudes a romantic ambience with nostalgic safari memorabilia. With its secluded position overlooking the Mopane riverbed, Ngala’s sophisticated Safari Suite boasts a spacious sitting room, elegant en suite bedroom, private deck, personal pool and exclusive safari vehicle. The main thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the African bushveld, and the large swimming pool looks out over a busy waterhole where elephants are frequently sighted. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is served in the candle- and lantern-lit courtyard or in the dramatic boma (outdoor dining area). Exceptional bush banqueting is enjoyed in spectacular settings in the African wilderness.
Enjoy Big Five game viewing encounters on interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by expert &Beyond rangers and Shangaan trackers. Ngala offers both off-road and night game drives affording excellent sightings and photographic opportunities. Discover a host of interesting nocturnal animals on exhilarating, spotlit night game drives.
Explore Ngala’s intriguing fauna and flora on interactive bush walks led by an experienced
&Beyond ranger or expert Shangaan tracker. Guided bush walks bring you face-to-face with wild Africa at its best, allowing fascinating insights into the landscape, animal tracks and a host of interesting birds, reptiles, insects and tiny mammals.
Ngala offers exceptional birdwatching opportunities, stargazing and spectacular bush banqueting. Unique children’s activities are offered at Ngala Game Lodge, including special family game-drives (at the discretion of the lodge manager), bush walks, Planet Manager activity books, frog safaris, birding, and children’s meals and menus.