• Ngala Tented Camp

&Beyond Ngala Tented Camp | Timbavati

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

&Beyond Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights over 14 700 hectares of game-rich wilderness. The reserve offers an intimate African wildlife experience, with game drives
led by expert ranger and tracker teams. Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings, while walking safaris and bush walks are also offered.

In one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership agreements, the annual lease, traversing fees and a percentage of Ngala’s profits are paid to the National Parks Trust to further conservation projects throughout South Africa.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

11 Jan 2020 - 10 Jan 2022
Description 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private
Tour Leader
1 - 14 guests

Luxury Tent - per person sharing per day

R12 000 R10 200 R9 160 R6 000

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At &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly well known for its prides of lion and occasional sightings of wild dog, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo. Venture out in search of leopard or lion sleeping off the exertion of the hunt from the night before.


Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.


If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near your camp, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area before returning in time for lunch.

Afternoon Tea

Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, indulge in an afternoon siesta or simply watch the wildlife from your private veranda. Over a late afternoon tea, your ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive.

Evening Game Drive

This game begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Drive down to the Timbavati River to watch the animals drink and bathe or watch out for predators getting ready for the hunt. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.


Return to your lodge for a mouthwatering dinner beneath the magnificent African sky.


&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 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. Ngala is one of few reserves to offer regular opportunities to view this rare animal and its fascinating social structure. Packs of 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. Another highly social species encountered at &Beyond Ngala is the lion.

The lodge

Caught between the dense riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati, extensive viewing decks give onto the river, giving guests a frontline view of game wandering down to drink. A rim flow pool mimicks the contours of the river bed, inviting in for a refreshing dip. Plush armchairs beguile you to spend a lazy afternoon idly gazing into the river bed. At night, when tales of the day’s adventure are shared and compared, a roaring fireplace springs to life. The stirring scents of Africa’s famous spices waft up from a meal shared in a spectacular setting – among islands or reeds in the dry Timbavati riverbed, beneath the canopy of massive trees or on our expansive deck.

Photographic enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can now capture the wondrous landscapes and magical creatures of &Beyond’s Ngala Private Game Reserve, by taking advantage of a fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle. The vehicle has been fitted with  state-of-the art camera mounts and cater for a maximum of four guests, ensuring exclusivity during your safari experience.

R10 710 per safari per day 

Maximum 4 pax

16 yrs and older

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with rhino at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve while assisting in the conservation of this endangered species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of rhino. A wildlife vet will locate and dart the rhino from the vantage point of a helicopter, while the guests and ground crew will follow in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Once darted, the veterinary team will tag the sleeping animal’s ear for research and security monitoring, as well as insert a microchip into the horn, enabling researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests can participate in this conservation initiative and have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity of touching the anaesthetised giant during the tagging procedure. Guests will need to spend a minimum of three nights at Ngala.

Rates R64 740 per safari fox Max 8 Guests

Duration 4hrs


  • 12 years and older.
  • Subject to availability of the wildlife veterinarian and helicopter pilot.
  • Excludes accommodation and a Private Vehicle if less than 6 guests.
  • Minimum stay of 3 nights required.
  • Subject to availability.

Chic and contemporary, &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with lovely ensuite bathrooms, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets
for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout.

Built on platforms, each tented suite is cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, minimising impact on the environment. Mature indigenous shade trees form a luxuriantly cool canopy overhead and elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati
River. The camp’s lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing, while a massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence. The food at Ngala is as individual and inventive as the camp itself. Private lunch platters
are savoured on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn. Theatrical al fresco dinners in the dry riverbed are unforgettable.


  •  Nine spacious air conditioned safari tents
  •  Outdoor showers
  •  Contoured lap pool
  •  Safari Shop
  •  Massage sala overlooking the river
  •  Set in a 14 700 hectare private game reserve


  •  The thrill of canvas with the ultimate in natural luxury
  •  Beautiful views of Timbavati River
  •  Romantic riverbed dinners
  •  Big Five private game reserve
  •  Intimate wildlife encounters
  •  Sensitive off-roading practices


  •  Early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall
  •  Interpretive bush walks

At an additional charge

  •  Specialist walking safaris
  •  Photographic and private safaris
  •  Rhino notching experience
  •  Helicopter of Blyde River Canyon, Hot air balloon safari


  •  Daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg and Nelspruit to &Beyond Ngala Private game Reserve airstrip, followed by an easy drive to camp/lodge
  •  Daily SA Express flights from Cape Town to Eastgate Airport, followed by a one-hour road transfer
  •  Connect &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp and &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza
  •  Six-hour drive from Johannesburg on excellent roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle


  • The camp is not fenced off and we request that guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests at all times while walking around the camp at night.


NUMBER OF TENTS 9 WEATHER Hot wet summers; cool to dry winters
CHILDREN Children over the age of 12 are welcome; no children under 16 on Walking Safaris RAINFALL Late afternoon and evening thundershowers from September to April (568 mm / 22”)
FAMILY ROOM None TEMPERATURE Summer: 18˚C - 36˚C / 64˚F - 96˚F Winter: 2˚C - 16˚C / 36˚F - 62˚F
TWIN BEDS All convertible to double BEST TIME TO TRAVEL Excellent year round
OVERHEAD FANS Yes ALTITUDE 418 metres / 1 372 feet above sea level
INDOOR BATH Yes MALARIA Ngala is in a malaria area and precautions should be taken
OUTDOOR SHOWER Yes AIRSTRIP Ngala Airstrip is not registered; indemnity is to be signed
PERSONAL BAR Yes GPS COORDINATES S 24˚29’03.67; E 31˚23’08.27
LAUNDRY Complimentary    
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Yes, with assistance    
DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS 6 metres / 20 feet    
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT 14h00 / 11h00    
KOSHER FOOD Available at extra cost with prior notice    
POWER 220v AC    
INTERNET ACCESS Wifi in guest area and tents    
PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE At extra cost and subject to availability CREDIT CARDS Visa, Diners,    
IN-ROOM MASSAGE Yes; also dedicated massage sala    
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Gym in a basket available on request    


  •  Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details. 
  • Drones are not permitted at &Beyond reserves, lodges, camps and villas.

All rates are confidential, inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing, except for family suites, family cottages and villas which are per family suite/ family cottage/ villa per night and excludes any park, conservancy, entrance, gate and landing fees.

Long-Stay Rates: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary. Nights spent at lodges without applicable long-stay rates count towards the long-stay rate at lodges where they are applicable. These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.

Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room throughout the year. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.

Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum of two adults.

Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.

Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees.

Pilots and Local Driver-Guides: Rate only includes accommodation, meals, teas and coffees. Accommodation in a pilot/guide room is on a twin basis; single rooms will be allocated depending on availability.

Tour Leaders, Private Guides: Normal guest inclusions and exclusions apply. A maximum of 1 Tour leader on a discounted rate per 14 guests.

Private Vehicles:
Private 4x4 safari vehicles can be pre-booked at certain lodges, subject to availability. Rates are per vehicle per night, from 2pm on day of arrival to 11am on day of departure.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.


  • 0 - 2 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - Free of charge - Cots subject to availability
  • 3 – 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - Free of charge - Triple rooms subject to availability
  • 6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - 50% of full adult rate - Triple rooms subject to availability
  • 6 – 16 years in own room - 1st child: adult rate , 2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate - Max 3 children per room (subject to triple room availability)

Childminders: Childminders are available but must be booked on the day of arrival. A rate of ZAR 60  per hour is payable at the lodge.


6-12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion - Nature Walks - 12 years and older

If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals. Greater distances to animals may be adhered to, or certain sightings may be avoided, in order to ensure the safety of all.

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers: 11 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '22 - All Ages Per Person R365 - Per stay via Orpen Gate
  • Self Drive. 11 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '22 - All Ages Per Person R365 - Per stay via Orpen Gate



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  • Game Viewing +

    Game viewing is offered either from an open vehicle, or on foot in the company of experienced rangers.
  • Timbavati Wildlife +

    The wildlife is particularly rich and boasts not only the Big Five experience but an extraordinary profusion of bird and
  • Timbavati Experience +

    Timbavati comprises a number of private concessions, which offer a selection of accommodation services and safari experiences.
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Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person
  • Self drive R300 Per Person 
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.

2020 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R400 per person per night 
2. Conservation levy - R200 per child per night (under 12)
3. Self Catering Camps - R100 per person per night (Adults and Children)
4. The conservation levy as quoted is VAT Inclusive.

2021 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R424 per person per night  
2. Conservation levy - R210 per child per night (under 12)

R 210 per vehicle entry fee only payable directly