AndBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge is situated in the Timbavati Game Reserve and was the first private safari reserve to be incorporated in the world-famous Kruger National Park.
With exclusive traversing rights over 14,700 hectares of Kruger's game-rich wilderness, Ngala (meaning 'lion' in Shangaan) offers an extraordinary African wildlife safari experience, in an area renowned for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing.
Guests here can enjoy exhilarating twice-daily game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles and interpretive bush walks.
The main thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the African bushveld, and the large swimming pool and game viewing sun deck 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, and exceptional bush banqueting is enjoyed in spectacular settings in the African wilderness.
This gracious, colonial-style safari lodge is renowned for its superb accommodation. The thatched chalets each have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, and a private veranda. The Family Suite has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a pool and a lounge area. Guests staying in the Family Suite also have their own private vehicle and ranger for the duration of their safari.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Ngala Conservation Levy (pp per stay)
11 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 18 USD 23 ZAR 330 EUR 21
pp per stay
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022
GBP 20 USD 26 ZAR 365 EUR 23
pp per stay
All meals; tea/coffee; Timbavati Conservation Levy; 2 daily scheduled shared game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker; interactive bush walks (one hour); house wines, local brand spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; and a laundry service are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
A private safari vehicle is also included in the rate when booking a Family Suite.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives, but shortened game drives (FOC) may be arranged with the lodge subject to availability of Land Rovers and rangers. Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on game drives at the Lodge Manager's discretion. Children under 16 are not allowed on walking safaris. Babysitting services are available.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.
Ngala Safari Lodge will welcome your family with open arms. You will be shown to your family's accommodation, and you can get settled into your room.
From then on, Ngala Safari Lodge offers a host of fascinating and entertaining activities for children, bringing alive the magic of a safari. Every minute is supervised by rangers and camp staff, who provide hours of amusement and invaluable information to the children in their care.
Your children will each receive a Planet Manager backpack, filled with surprises and containing an Eco-guide - a fantastic interactive booklet that encourages the conservation of the planet's precious natural resources. Throughout your stay at the lodge, your ranger will help the children to complete their guides, taking them out into the bush to collect feathers, pods, insects and leaves. At the end of your stay, the children will each receive a certificate declaring them official Planet Managers.
Children will witness the regions's rich wildlife, including the famous Big 5 (from a distance, not close to) and the not-so-famous Little 5, and they will try their luck at spotting the lodges's 10 'Star birds'. The children will also learn why elephants have long noses, and why giraffes have long necks !
After lunch, the children will be invited to the kitchen to help cookies for afternoon tea, and the chef will encourage them to get stuck in, be creative and have fun. In the meantime, parents can indulge in an afternoon siesta !
Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Early meals can be arranged, with a specialised children's menu - chicken skewers, sausage and mash, homemade pasta with fresh tomato sauce, and ice cream with hot toffee sauce. Delicious Pan African dinner platters are served in the dining area or perhaps in an outdoor boma under starry African skies. A special children's table is set aside in the boma, where children can share their own campfire complete with marshmallows for roasting - always under the ranger's watchful eye.
The children will be enchanted by an abundance of adventures suited to their unique likes and dislikes. The ranger can take them on fishing or frogging safaris to explore some of the small wonders of the bush, or they can go on a bark-rubbing expedition and a bug hunt. They can visit the workshop to oversee maintenance to the safari vehicles, or they can learn how to make recycled paper, or spend time in the sun painting. Or perhaps they would enjoy a guided 'Pooh' walk to indentify animal droppings, spoor, animal species, trees and vegetation. Or go on a special children's picnic.
The options really are endless !
AndBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Just before the concrete over-head rail bridge at Klaserie, turn right towards Hoedspruit - please note that this is stil the R40. 7km before Hoedspruit, turn right towards Eastgate Airport and the Timbavati Game Reserve. At the Klaserie river the tarred road ends, continue on the gravel road to the Timbavati Control Gate.
For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change).
Once inside, follow the signs to Ngala. Turn right at the Ngala sign 2 km after the gate. After approximately 6 km turn left and continue for 7 km. At the Ngala sign, turn right for another 2 km until you reach the lodge. Allow between 30-50 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate.For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change).
Once inside the gate, follow the directions as above to the lodge through the reserve.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway through Witbank/eMalahleni, then left on the R540 to Belfast (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Turn right towards Dullstroom and Mashishing (Lydenburg). In Mashishing (Lydenberg) look out for the information boards directing you to the R36 to Ohrigstad. Follow signs to R36 Ohrigstad and Tzannen. Stay on the R36 (signboards indicate Tzannen).
Once through the Strydom Tunnel follow the signs to Hoedspruit. Once in Hoedspruit, drive straight through town, over the railway line bridge. Turn right at the stop street onto the R40 to Klaserie. After approximately 7 km turn left at the Timbavati Eastgate signs.
Continue for 31km. At the Klaserie River the tarred road ends and continue on the gravel road to the Timbavati Control Gate. Follow the directions above once at the gate.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions from the airport as above.
General Information For Guests
All rooms are en-suite with both indoor/outdoor showers and baths. They also have air conditioning, a hair dryer, in-room safe and overhead fans. In addition, each guest room has a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars.
The lodge consists of the dining area, bar, lounge, safari/curio shop, swimming pool, spa, fitness sala, library, boma and an elegant courtyard. The lodge pool overlooks the waterhole.
The lodge is not fenced and guests are asked to be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards will accompany guests at all times while walking around the camp at night.
A 'gym in a basket' is available on request.
In-room massages can be arranged.
Wi-Fi is available in the guest rooms, main area (excluding the Reception and pool area) and the Safari shop.
Visa, Diners, American Express and MasterCard are accepted.
A complimentary laundry service is offered.
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) is not permitted in any of the conservation areas managed by AndBeyond, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed.
If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 5 minute drive away from the airstrip.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris. The final decision on whether a guest can join a walking safari remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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