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Ngala Tented Camp, Kruger

Ngala Private Game Reserve was one of the first to be incorporated into the renowned Kruger National Park. The tented camp offers a superb setting for a honeymoon in the wild with spacious, luxury tents and top game viewing. The reserve has exclusive traversing rights within 15 000 hectares (37 100 acres) of untouched wilderness. With so much space and sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, Ngala is one of the top reserves in South Africa for a honeymoon safari, tracking Africa’s Big 5 game animals, as well as other wildlife species, including the endangered wild dog. 

Game viewing at Ngala (meaning “place of the lion” in Shangaan) is exciting and unpredictable, each game drive and specialist walking activity is a unique experience. Prime territory for Africa’s Big 5, a wildlife experience at Ngala Private Game Reserve also includes spectacular sightings of incredibly large herds of buffalo and elephant. 

Set between riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati River, the main lodge building with its inviting lounges and extensive decks give front row views of game that wander down to drink. A rim flow pool mimics the contours of the river bed, inviting you in for a refreshing dip, while a tranquil massage studio adds a touch of pure indulgence. At night, the stirring scents of Africa’s famous spices waft up from a meal shared in a spectacular setting of the deck lit by hurricane lamps. Ngala is a favourite spot for newly weds looking for a romantic safari honeymoon with that 'Out of Africa' feel.

Mounted on raised platforms the tented guest rooms have large gauze screen windows that let the bushveld breeze into your tent, stirred and amplified by swirling overhead fans.

Stone partitions and wooden sides give privacy in the spacious suite and divide the main bedroom area from the bathroom and individual toilet. An oversized bathtub sits on a wooden platform, where gauze screens open up to the private walled outdoor shower area gives the effect of bathing in a giant leafy chamber. 

Twice daily game drives- early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle traverse an area of 14 700 hectares. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game, in the company of an armed ranger and tracker. Strict vehicle limits at animal sightings ensure the exclusivity of your wildlife experience and careful off-road driving positions you for the best photo opportunities. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which Ngala is renowned.

Interpretive bush walks- in between game drives, take a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge and experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush. An armed ranger will accompany you and will share his vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Take in the intimate details of your surroundings, from the intricate patterns of a spider's web to the bright plumage of the local birds and the sharp alarms calls of a dozen small creatures. Wonder at the delicate beauty of the leopard orchid, which flowers in the forks of tree boughs in early summer, taste the fruit of the marula tree or examine the meringue-like nests of the foamnest frog suspended from branches on the edge of pools of water.


  • Fully Inclusive Basis
  • Air Conditioned
  • En Suite Bathroom
  • Outdoor shower
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Lounge area
  • Swimming pool
Getting There
The nearest airport is Hoedspruit which is about 45 minutes drive, or Nelspruit is about 3 hours drive or 45 minutes by light aircraft.