Set in a private reserve within the famous Kruger National Park, Ngala Safari Lodge delivers a classic bygone-style South African safari getaway. This elegant lodge is renowned for its superb accommodation and offers an unbeatable family safari experience with child-friendly activities and child-minding services available.

Ngala's exclusive Big 5 safari area is the venue for an abundance of activities for you to enjoy during your stay. Embark on exciting twice-daily game drives, as well as night drives and guided bush walks. The bird watching is superb and you can also do some spectacular stargazing of the star-filled African night sky.


  • Prime wildlife area
  • Overlooks a waterhole making for excellent game viewing
  • Experienced rangers & trackers
  • Old-world charm & ambiance
  • Ideal for family safaris - stay in the Safari Suite

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Ngala Safari Lodge offers a range of excellent facilities for you to enjoy during your stay. Relax in the spacious thatched lounge or bar area after your day's game-viewing activities or enjoy the views from the open deck.

The shaded swimming pool and sundeck overlook a busy waterhole where you can often see large herds of elephant.

Ngala Safari Lodge also offers tailored safari activities for children, and to feed your interest in Africa, it has an extensive collection of wildlife books, field guides, magazines and videos for you to browse through and borrow as well as a gift shop.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Laundry service
    Computer facilities


Lavish international dishes with subtle Pan-African influences are served in Ngala's lantern-lit courtyard or around a log fire in the traditional African boma.

For the romantics, the lodge can also arrange special moonlit bush dinners on request.


Ngala Safari Lodge offers 20 luxurious thatched cottages which includes 3 family cottages, shaded by mopane trees and offering lovely views. The family suite also includes a private swimming pool and the use of a private safari vehicle. 

Each cottage features air conditioning, a private verandah and an en suite bathroom with separate shower. The focal point of each room is the grand and inviting bed with a decanter of sherry as a welcoming touch.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Internet facility
    Safe in room

Other Room Types

The Safari Suite is ideal for honeymooners and boasts a spacious mahogany lounge, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, large viewing deck and private swimming pool. You also get the sole use of a safari vehicle and guide plus butler service. The expansive sundeck of this superior suite overlooks a riverbed and doubles as a dining venue for private meals served at your request.


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Helicopter flights
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drives
  • Photographic safaris
  • Bush dining
  • Star gazing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $575 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2019 $660 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite,Family Cottage,Cottage Triple Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Ngala Safari Lodge was so lovely and luxurious. We got to experience a buffalo kill that had been made by four magnificent male lions who were lounging nearby in a buffalo-induced stupor, their bellies overstuffed.

    Helen Katz, November 2015
  • Fantastic! Lodge, staff, food and service couldn't have been better. The game drives – WOW! It was all so much more than we had expected.

    Sally Kent, September 2015
  • The stay at Ngala lodge was magnificent. Everything was perfect!

    Michael Lundgaard, July 2015
  • Ngala was a first class operation! The lodging was very comfortable. Our guide, Jenni was a very knowledgeable zoologist and Elvis was an excellent tracker. We saw the Big Five and a large grouping of other game.

    Don Dickson, July 2015
  • It was first rate. Good accomodations. Good food. Good service. The Ranger and Tracker were first rate and the animals showed up for their performances. A very good choice.

    John Gross, December 2014
  • Incredible. The transfer mix up was my fault, I think, because the driver did ask me for my voucher, but I pulled out the paper without showing it to him. It was seriously no big deal for me. I just felt bad for making him drive more ;) We saw zebra and giraffes on the way in so I was happy. The staff at were wonderful. Everyone so accommodating and friendly. Jenny, our safari guide, was the best. I was lucky enough to fall into a group of friends from Colorado who adopted me (we were on the same vehicle together) so we ate together. I saw a pride of lions, a leopard and plenty of impala. I was...stunned. I kept thinking "who AM I?" I just never thought I'd have that experience. I'm stumped at coming up with the appropriate adjectives! On our last safari excursion, all the animals we saw were so close to the vehicle. Lots of elephants with babies, hyenas with their babies, all so close to us and the vehicle. I felt perfectly safe around the guides/trackers and just reveled in the experience.

    Wendy Austin, September 2014
  • I meant to either write you or attempt to stop by your offices while in Cape Town but I was so busy seeing everything I didn't get a chance. However, I left a miniscule token of my thanks at the desk of More Quarters that I hope you got. I cannot express enough how incredible this trip was. Even when I thought it couldn't get any more amazing, I'd hit the newest place and be speechless all over again. Hands down one of the best trips I've ever taken and it's all because of your wonderful and expert planning. Thank you again for making my 40th birthday one I will never forget, on so many levels. I will be bragging about this trip forever and I've already dropped your name several times on Facebook so I hope it results in more business for you. Again, I can't adequately express how grateful I am for all your help.

    Wendy Austin, September 2014
  • There is absolutely nothing I would criticize here. The service, the cleanliness of the rooms, the food, the competence of guides and treckers, the little extras - it was simply perfect. . I had never expected to get so close to the animals. And the people at the lodge really get out of their way to make the stay very comfortable and exciting at the same time. The game drives were absolutely fabulous, and we saw the big 5 within the first 24 hours (the first two game drives).

    Gudrun Wacker, February 2014
  • We had an amazing time in South Africa and a thoroughly enjoyed Ngala. The experience was everything we hoped it would be. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Mamma Connie and the team we felt at home. Every meal was delectable, our only criticism would be that there was too much! We experienced all of the Big 5, including large herds of Water Buffalo and Elephant on several occasions, 3 separate pride of lions, countless zebra and giraffe, 2 sightings of rhino (though unfortunately not as close as we would have liked) and our highlight, a female leopard with her kill (last evening) and then again the following morning with the half eaten carcass as well as with her cub and several hyena beneath the tree waiting for scraps. Our guide Barry and his tracker Sandross were veritable fonts of knowledge and went to great lengths to educate us as we ventured out with them each day. We loved our thatched roof cottage and its slate bathroom. It was very comfortable and relaxing, even though we did have a family of warthog camped next to our room for 2 nights making a racket! I would have no hesitation in recommending Ngala as it definitely lived up to the recommendation we received from Kate.

    Andrew McInerney, February 2014
  • Ngala was fantastic. Very beautiful lodge. The food looked more beautiful than it tasted. Lamb the first night was so grisly you couldn't cut it. But the safaris were great. We saw everything including 5 cheetah which is very rare. Our tour guide Rhett, was only 23 and amazingly knowledgeable about all the animals, birds, plants, trees and everything. Met up with staff in the bush on the first morning for crepes with strawberries and mascarpone plus hot chocolate with amarula. Every morning we always stopped for coffee or hot chocolate. Every afternoon we always stopped for a cocktail at sunset. We Had a really fun braai one night with Rhett and all our safari mates who we totally enjoyed. I Really hated leaving there.

    Suzanne Dean, January 2014

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Ashley Gerrand

Ashley Gerrand

Africa Safari Expert

"This is a really fantastic family lodge in the Timbavati. The staff and service received is just superb, and the food unbelievable. Very enjoyable experience!"



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Nothing much to say about Ngala, except send me back! What an experience! We got to see all the Big Five plus the Cheetahs and that weird Pangolin!

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