Ngala—which means ‘lion’ in the local Shangaan language—was the first private game reserve to be included within the Kruger National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.
Situated on the banks of the great seasonal Timbavati River, the camp comprises nine luxurious tented suites, set on raised platforms that provide great views over the African bush and the river.
Smartly decorated with rich fabrics and retro pieces from the 60s and 70s, the “tents” utilize meshed fabrics and canvas that sway in the warm African wind—but they are more like luxurious villas.
They come with outdoor showers and private wooden viewing decks, offering a 180-degree vistas of the bush. Inside, stand-alone bathtubs mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, spacious beds with crisp linens, swirling overhead fans… and electric blankets for the coldest nights are all provided.
With warm, earthy tones, each tented suite is cleverly designed to incorporate the old native trees, minimizing impact on the environment.
Elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati River. The camp’s lap infinity pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, with deck chairs alongside, is a perfect spot for lounging between game drives.
The dining at Ngala is as personal and inventive. Private lunches are served on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn—and the theatrical al fresco dinners in the dry riverbed are magical.
The camp’s excellent location offers guests the opportunity to see animals close up, and activities include exhilarating twice-daily game drives in an open Land Rover. Guests can go on nature walks too, and learn how to track animals in the park. There are specialist and photographic safaris on offer. Located nearby is a hide for bird-watching and photography.
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Categories: Adventure vacation, andBeyond, Family vacation, Glamping, Honeymoon, Lodges, Modern design, Quiet location, Romantic, Safari, Secluded location, Wildlife travel,
Number of rooms & suites: 9
Rate per night: From $820 USD
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.Check room rates and book
As one of the very few luxury tented camps in the area, the remote Ngala is the real deal.
The camp combines the exclusivity of only nine luxurious tents with the exhilarating immediacy of big night sounds and close natural encounters.
andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp is an uber-romantic spot in the wilderness, contemporary and hip.
Author: Travel+Style. Last updated: 02/12/2019
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