Ngala Safari Lodge is a slightly more economical option than its sister Ngala Tented and substantially less expensive than its Sabi Sands competitors. With 24 rooms, Ngala Safari Lodge is much larger than its neighbours but the size drives down the price and makes this lodge one of the most economical options in the Kruger and its surrounding reserves. This is certainly still a high-end luxury lodge and a great option for saving some cash.
Ngala Safari Lodge - The Details
Ngala Safari Lodge sits in the shade under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees in the Northern Parts of the Timbavati Game Reserve. The 24 classic thatched cottages, each air-conditioned and with a private veranda, exude a romantic colonial ambience with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The gracious Safari Suite offers guests a spacious sitting room, private swimming pool, and some added privacy.
The Lodge is perfect for families due to its affordable price and larger size. The larger size of the camp means that honeymooners and those seeking a more private safari should look at Ngala Tented Camp further South in the Reserve. large swimming pool overlooks a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers and elephants often visit the pool during the peak fo the dry season to try and quench their thirst. Breakfasts and lunches featuring fresh pan-African flavours are served in the shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree.
On returning from evening game drives, guests are welcomed by Ngala’s staff to a banquet in the courtyard, or to an African feast around the blazing boma fire. The Lodge’s thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.
From our experience, during the summer months the foliage becomes very dense in that part of the reserve and a lack of roads through vast wilderness areas makes game viewing very tricky. The best time to visit is in the latter part of the dry season when water is scarce and the vegetation is at its lowest.