• Ngala Safari Lodge

&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge | Timbavati

Ngala Safari Lodge 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 Rands • Subject to Availability

11 Jan 2019- 10 January 2020
Description 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private Vehicle
Cottages R9 050 R8 145 R9 180
Family Cottages R31 675 R28 505 R9 180
Family Suite R43 870 R39 485 Incl.
Tents R11 300 R10 170 R9 180

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The two-bedroom Family Suite, with its own swimming pool, as well as a dedicated vehicle and ranger / tracker team, offers an exclusive family getaway. Creamy soft linen on curtained beds, soft tinted prints and etchings combine with the evocative smell of thatch to carry the classic safari atmosphere into your private cottage. The green slate of the bathroom reflects the dappled sunlight from outside, creating the dazzling effect of leafy shadows carried into interiors. At night, a myriad lanterns and candles peep out between the boughs of trees, shining out a promise of warmth and comfort.

Nature is never far at &Beyond Ngala, with breakfast and lunch served in the shade of an enormous weeping boerebean tree. A walled courtyard provides a sheltered space to indulge in sumptuous cuisine, while the boma creates a dramatic setting for fire-lit dinners. An afternoon by the poolside rewards you with a refreshing dip as well as blissful relaxation time. Secret nooks and crannies with cushy sofas are ideal for quiet hours of contemplation in the leafy shade.

&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 Ngala is the lion.

The blue wildebeest, with their low hindquarter, handlebar horns and cantankerous nature live up 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.

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.


Timbavati Conservation Levy 

  •  Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person and Per Vehicle R140  per entry
  •  Self drive R300 Per Person , Per Vehicle/Aircraft R140 per entry

Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.

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 Tourleader 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 nett and non-commissionable and 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 (2018) ZAR 50 (2019) 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.


  • 3 family cottages (2 inter-leading rooms) -  Maximum 2 adults + 2 children - Rate / Per family cottage
  • 1 family suite (2 rooms) - Maximum 2 adults + 2 children / 3 adults + 1 child - Rate / Per suite
Signature Offers VALIDITY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Signature offers may only be booked on 1-5 Night  rates, and may not be combined with any other offers
Fly me to Phinda 11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 Stay for 3 nights at Phinda Mountain / Rock/ Zuka/ Forest or Vlei and we’ll offer a discount to fly you there & back on Airlink flights OR return scheduled transfers between Durban and Phinda
  • We will credit you R2 500 per flight leg towards any Airlink flight to or from Phinda or we will include return scheduled road transfers between Durban and Phinda(Phinda – Durban: 10h00 /Durban – Phinda: 11h30)  
  • Airlink flights need to be booked through &Beyond (flight subject to availability) - Offer only valid for full-paying adult guests, booked on a 1-5 night  rate. May not be combined with other offers
  • Offer does not apply to groups of 12 or more guests
  • Minimum of 2 guests - Offer is not applicable to Cottages, Family Cottages and Family Suites.
Honeymoon Offer 11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 Save 50% on one partner's accommodation
  • One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Rate and honeymoon discount based on 1-5 night  Rate.
  • Offer is not applicable to Family Cottages, Family Suites and Villas.  
  • May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage.
  • Minimum 2 night stay

Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 classic thatched cottages, including three family cottages with interleading rooms, and the spacious Family Suite. Each spacious ensuite cottage exudes a romantic colonial
ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. Floorto-ceiling glass windows make the most of sunny safari days and a private veranda offers the perfect setting for private dinners. The gracious Family Suite accommodates four guests and
includes a private swimming pool and the use of a private vehicle.
The lodge’s beautiful pool area beckons to those seeking refreshment and relaxation. A sparkling swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers, while a tranquil spa and a well-equipped fitness
sala can be enjoyed in between game viewing adventures. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree. Upon their return from exhilarating evening drives, guests are welcomed by Ngala’s warm,
hospitable staff and a banquet set in the elegant candlelit courtyard or an African feast in the openair traditional boma. The Lodge’s spacious thatched bar, dining and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.


  •  20 classic air-conditioned safari cottages, including three family cottages
  •  Family suite with private pool and private safari vehicle
  •  Swimming pool area with a spa and fitness sala
  •  Safari Shop
  •  Boma and elegant courtyard for open-air dining
  •  WILDChild children’s programme
  •  Set in a 14 700 hectare private game reserve


  •  Guest areas overlook private waterhole
  •  A beautiful Family Suite,three family cottages and a dedicated WILDChild children’s programme make this the ideal safari destination for loved ones to reconnect
  •  Big Five private game reserve that shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
  •  Later afternoon / evening game drives that continue after nightfall
  •  Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings


  •  Early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall
  •  Interpretive nature walks
  •  Big game viewing walks that track elephant, buffalo and rhino

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. 


20 (including three family cottages)
1 (includes a private swimming pool and use of a private safari vehicle)
KOSHER FOOD Available at extra cost with prior notice
INTERNET ACCESS Yes, wifi in rooms and guest area
MAXIMUM GUESTS 45 PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE Dependent on availability at an extra cost
CHILDREN Welcome; no children under 16 on Walking Safaris; children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives; children aged 6 to 11 permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHIC VEHICLE Dependent on availability at an extra cost
CHILD MINDING Yes, at an additional cost EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Gym in a basket available on request
FAMILY ROOM AND COTTAGES Yes WEATHER Hot wet summers; cool to dry winters
PILOT / GUIDE ROOMS Yes RAINFALL Late afternoon and evening thundershowers from Septem
TRIPLES Yes (one room)
TWIN BEDS All convertible to double
LODGE POOL Yes (Family Suite has its own pool) TEMPERATURE Summer: 18˚C - 36˚C / 64˚F - 96˚F Winter: 2˚C - 16˚C / 36˚F - 62˚F
WELLNESS CENTRE Yes BEST TIME TO TRAVEL Game viewing excellent year round
BATH Yes ALTITUDE 418 metres / 1 372 feet above sea level
OUTDOOR SHOWER Yes MALARIA Ngala is in a malaria area and precautions should be taken
IN-ROOM SAFE Yes AIRSTRIP Ngala Airstrip is not registered; indemnity is to be signed
TELEPHONE Yes GPS COORDINATES S 24˚22.843’; E 31˚19.328’
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Yes, with assistance    
DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS 20 metres / 66 feet    
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT 14h00 / 11h00    


  •  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..


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