&BEYOND NGALA SAFARI LODGE
Meaning “lion” in Shangaan, Ngala lives up to its name, supporting several prides of these powerful cats. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership agreements. Ngala is home to two magnificent lodges: The classic colonial style Safari Lodge and the luxurious and the Tented Camp.
Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala features 20 classic thatched cottages and the luxurious Safari Suite. Each of the romantic cottages offer a private veranda amid the African bushveld. The gracious Safari Suite offers guests a spacious sitting room and private swimming pool.
The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the colonial ambiance of elegant Ngala Safari Lodge. A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of romance and nostalgia. This old-world haven in the midst of the African bush charms with its colonial antiques, silver cutlery and crystal glassware.
There are twice daily day drives: first thing in the morning before breakfast and then again in the afternoon. The afternoon game drive continues into the early evening with use of a powerful spotlight. Cheetah tend to be nomadic but are regularly encountered. Packs of endangered African wild dog hunt on Ngala, occasionally denning to raise pups (typically May to June). Huge herds of buffalo and elephant are frequently seen quenching their thirst at waterholes which also attract white rhino and are favored by hippo. Impala are the most abundant antelope, with resident wildebeest, greater kudu and steenbok among other common species.