Ngala Tented Camp

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Sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best, Ngala Tented Camp’s nine luxurious safari tents overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River.

Each suite boasts simple elegance, sophistication and comfort under the romance of canvas.

Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp.

The romance of canvas, with big night sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the camp grounds, mingles 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.

Why visit Ngala Tented Camp::
- The thrill of canvas with the ultimate in natural luxury
- Beautiful views of the Timbavati River
- Romantic riverbed dinners
- Big Five private game reserve
- Intimate wildlife encounters
- Sensitive off-roading practices
- Twice-daily game drives, bush walks and walking safaris
- The romance of canvas combined with simple sophistication
- Exhilarating Big Five wildlife sightings, with night drives and walking safaris
- Massage sala overlooking the Timbavati River
- Perfect for couples, big cat lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, nature lovers, repeat travellers

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Excellent year round; best game viewing from March to end of September.
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN: Children over the age of 12 are welcome. See our Family Travel page.
GUEST SAFETY: The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
LODGE AMENITIES: Outdoor showers, lap pool, massage sala overlooking the river

Peering out onto the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River from the shelter of dense indigenous trees, nine tented suites offer a tranquil escape for city dwellers and travellers alike.

The sights and sounds provide a gentle backdrop, as the ancient patterns of African life carry on around you. Every step unveils a new surprise, whether it’s a dainty impala tripping down the Camp path or a smart detail in the clean lines and flamboyant styling of the guest areas.

Accommodation at Ngala Tented Camp:
Mounted on raised platforms, large gauze screen windows let the bushveld breeze into your tent, stirred and amplified by swirling overhead fans. Stone partitions and wooden sides carve cosy niches in the spacious suite. An oversized bathtub awaits on a wooden platform, where gauze screens open up to the outside and give the effect of bathing in a giant leafy chamber. An outside shower invites and entices from the embrace of a thick stone screen.

Set between riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati River, extensive decks give front row views of game wandering down to drink. A rim-flow pool mimics the contours of the riverbed, inviting you in for a refreshing dip, while a tranquil massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence. At night, the stirring scents of Africa’s famous spices waft up from a meal shared in a spectacular setting.

While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp.

The romance of canvas, with big night sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the camp grounds, mingles 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.

Wildlife at Ngala Tented Camp:
&Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of African wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered. The largest of all land mammals, the African elephant, is most often spotted leisurely browsing on the vegetation. Elephant are completely dependent on water and will travel considerable distances to a watering hole, making this the perfect place to watch out for them. Elephant, as well as buffalo, are often encountered in the reed beds around the Timbavati River.

Although its numbers are not decreasing as steadily as before, the African wild dog is still highly endangered, with fewer than 3 000 remaining animals. &Beyond Ngala is one of few reserves to offer regular opportunities to view this rare animal and its fascinating social structure.

Packs of African wild dogs operate along a strict hierarchy, with all members taking responsibility for the feeding of any pups. Although meat is obtained for the pups, the entire pack remains sedentary until they are old enough to join in the hunts.

The blue wildebeest, with their low hindquarter, handlebar horns, as well as their cantankerous nature live up to their reputation as the clowns of the bushveld, cavorting and engaging in head-butting contests. In contrast, the statuesque kudu enthral with their spectacular spiral horns, as well as their prodigious grace and jumping ability. Striking zebra with their vibrant stripes and intriguing social system are a common sight among the bushveld savanna. The typical raised tails of warthog act as a signal device for groups, allowing each warthog to follow the one ahead of it.

Children over the age of 12 are welcome at &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, although the tents are unsuitable for triple occupation, meaning that younger children are unable to share a room with their parents. In the interest of safety, children younger than 16 are not permitted on walking safaris.

Health and Climate:

SUMMER (OCTOBER-APRIL)
Min 24°C/75°F Max 32 C

WINTER (MAY-SEPTEMBER)
Min 8°C/46°F Max 23°C/73°F

Long summer days are perfect for the beach. Autumn sees bright leaves in the vineyards and winter makes indoors cosy before the spring.

Cancellation Policy:

At confirmation: 10% of total reservation value
Less than 45 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value.

Facilities & Services:

Honeymoon Couples
Bar on the Premises
Garden
Parking (off-street - covered)
English
Other Language
Swimming Pool
Directions:

From Johannesburg to Ngala Tented Camp
• Take the N12/N4 through Witbank, then left on the R540 to Belfast.
• Turn right towards Dullstroom and Mashishing (Lydenburg).
• In Mashishing (Lydenburg) look out for the information boards directing you to the R36 to Ohrigstad. Stay on the R36 (the signboards indicate Tzaneen) through to the JG Strijdom Tunnel and then on towards Hoedspruit.
• Take the R531 to Klaserie/Acornhoek. This road is approx 30km. Between Klaserie and Acornhoek is a sign to Orpen. Take this road for 45km.
• At the end of this road is a traffic circle. The rustic Ngala Tented Camp gate is on the left as the circle starts.

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Units and Rooms

Luxury Canvas Tents

Count: 9
Max Persons: 2
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