Overview of Ngala Tented Camp

Enjoy a classic tented safari experience at the exclusive Ngala Tented Camp, which is set on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River close to Orpen Gate, one of the major gateways into the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Renowned for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing, Ngala Tented Camp offers twice-daily game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles as well as exciting evening night drives, sensitive off-roading and guided bush walks. Activities are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the natural wonders of this exclusive private game reserve, which is home to breeding herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe as well as predators like leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog. ‘Ngala’ means ‘lion’ in the local Shangaan language, and the reserve supports several active prides.

In addition to superb game viewing across its 14 700 exclusive-use and unfenced hectares, Ngala Tented Camp has many little extras that set it apart, such as romantic dinners in the riverbed, Wi-Fi, a contoured lap pool, a spa and secluded open-air massage sala overlooking the seasonal Timbavati River.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private game reserve adjoining Kruger National Park
  • Chic and contemporary tented camp
  • Gorgeous views of Timbavati River
  • Small, exlusive and perfect for romance
  • Exceptional dining experiences
  • Massage sala overlooking the river
Animal tracking experience

Animal tracking experience

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Guided walks

Night drives

Night drives

Private game-drives

Private game-drives

Spa treatments

Spa treatments

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at Ngala Tented Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Tent

    Ngala Tented Camp has only nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with private wooden decks.Each spacious tent has an en suite bathroom with a bathtub as well as an invigorating outdoor shower with mist nozzles. The suites also offer extra-length beds, electric blankets for winter, mini-bars, overhead fans and air conditioning for summer to ensure maximum comfort during any season.rnrnYou can access Wi-Fi in your room and have a relaxing in-room massage. ‘Gym in a basket’ is available on request.

    General Facilities

    Make use of the camp’s lovely guest areas overlooking the Timbavati riverbed, a natural feature which draws wildlife to its tree-lined banks. Surrounded by a timber deck, the contoured lap pool is a peaceful place to relax and escape the heat of the day, as is the spa.

    In the evening you can sit on the viewing deck above the Timbavati riverbed and enjoy a few sundowner drinks and swap stories with fellow guests.

    There is also a massage sala with vistas of the Timbavati, Wi-Fi access throughout (tents included) and a private airstrip for those who prefer to fly in. Children 12 and over can be accommodated at Ngala Tented Camp but guests must be at least 16 to participate in interpretive nature walks or walking safaris.

    A private 4×4 safari vehicle for your sole use is available at an extra charge and subject to availability.

    Laundry service

    Laundry service

    Private balcony or deck

    Private balcony or deck

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Ngala offers Pan-African cuisine – a blend of traditional and ethnic African recipes and cooking methods presented with a modern and characteristic flavour.

    Private lunch platters can be enjoyed on the viewing decks or at the poolside, and honeymooners will be delighted with Ngala Tented Camp’s moonlit bush dinners, served under the African night sky and making for a most memorable dining experience.

    A kosher menu is available at extra cost with prior notice.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Tracy Payne

    Tracy Payne

    Head of Operations

    'The tents are large and have every creature comfort you could wish for. Undoubtedly my favourite tented camp in the Kruger region!'

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    Traveller Reviews

    • MH

      Ngala tented camp was just really really really amazing it is a dream, people are so nice, food is great, safaris just amazing. The only problem is that we did not want to leave… but that was a problem in every place we visited.

      Marina Hernadez
    • JW

      We loved Ngala. The staff was wonderful. Great place. The safari, of course, was amazing. Seeing so many beautiful animals in their natural environment was fantastic.

      Jan Weinberger
    • AC

      The level of service, food, guides etc was just outstanding. I wish Ngala had an indoor shower in the tent instead of only a tub but that’s minor.

      Arthur Chait
    • CA

      And then there is Ngala and &Beyond. Both were perfect. &Beyond has a great ethic and is all over the conservation and community story and &Beyond and will suggest Ngala to anyone who goes there. Its was beyond anything we could have expected.

      Chris Adamo
    • IM

      Ngala Tented Camp was fantastic for game viewing and the bush dinner on the last night was amazing.

      Ilana Mycock
    • SS

      Ngala was worth every penny, from the incredible service to the game drives to the food and everything in between.

      Sam Steinhardt
    • SW

      All the staff at Ngala were very friendly and helpful and tried their best to make you feel welcome.The meals were delicious. Breakfast and lunch were sometimes served by the pool which was nice as you passed by the resident Nyala and Bushbuck on the way to the pool and on one occasion, a small herd of elephants joined us for a drink at the pool!

      Our Ranger, Lee-Anne was very knowledgeable, great fun and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed all our game drives and were fortunate to see some wonderful sightings.

      Simon Warner
    • SW

      All the staff at Ngala were very friendly and helpful and tried their best to make you feel welcome.The meals were delicious. Breakfast and lunch were sometimes served by the pool which was nice as you passed by the resident Nyala and Bushbuck on the way to the pool and on one occasion, a small herd of elephants joined us for a drink at the pool!

      Our Ranger, Lee-Anne was very knowledgeable, great fun and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed all our game drives and were fortunate to see some wonderful sightings.

      Simon Warner
    • SW

      All the staff at Ngala were very friendly and helpful and tried their best to make you feel welcome.The meals were delicious. Breakfast and lunch were sometimes served by the pool which was nice as you passed by the resident Nyala and Bushbuck on the way to the pool and on one occasion, a small herd of elephants joined us for a drink at the pool!

      Our Ranger, Lee-Anne was very knowledgeable, great fun and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed all our game drives and were fortunate to see some wonderful sightings.

      Simon Warner
    • SW

      All the staff at Ngala were very friendly and helpful and tried their best to make you feel welcome.The meals were delicious. Breakfast and lunch were sometimes served by the pool which was nice as you passed by the resident Nyala and Bushbuck on the way to the pool and on one occasion, a small herd of elephants joined us for a drink at the pool!

      Our Ranger, Lee-Anne was very knowledgeable, great fun and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed all our game drives and were fortunate to see some wonderful sightings.

      Simon Warner
    • SW

      All the staff at Ngala were very friendly and helpful and tried their best to make you feel welcome.The meals were delicious. Breakfast and lunch were sometimes served by the pool which was nice as you passed by the resident Nyala and Bushbuck on the way to the pool and on one occasion, a small herd of elephants joined us for a drink at the pool!

      Our Ranger, Lee-Anne was very knowledgeable, great fun and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed all our game drives and were fortunate to see some wonderful sightings.

      Simon Warner
    • TM

      Ngala tented camp was also great. Accommodation was good but lacked the private outside space for lying about. The food was delicious and the staff were so attentive, making sure everything was as we wanted it. Oscar, the chef, was a star.

      We have to specifically mention the ranger and tracker on our walking safari. Barney and Richard were truly professional. They instilled great confidence in us from the way they approached their job but there was still time for a laugh. They gave us some great sightings both on foot and mobile

      Tom Melaugh
    • TM

      Ngala tented camp was also great. Accommodation was good but lacked the private outside space for lying about. The food was delicious and the staff were so attentive, making sure everything was as we wanted it. Oscar, the chef, was a star.

      We have to specifically mention the ranger and tracker on our walking safari. Barney and Richard were truly professional. They instilled great confidence in us from the way they approached their job but there was still time for a laugh. They gave us some great sightings both on foot and mobile

      Tom Melaugh
    • TM

      Ngala tented camp was also great. Accommodation was good but lacked the private outside space for lying about. The food was delicious and the staff were so attentive, making sure everything was as we wanted it. Oscar, the chef, was a star.

      We have to specifically mention the ranger and tracker on our walking safari. Barney and Richard were truly professional. They instilled great confidence in us from the way they approached their job but there was still time for a laugh. They gave us some great sightings both on foot and mobile

      Tom Melaugh
    • TM

      Ngala tented camp was also great. Accommodation was good but lacked the private outside space for lying about. The food was delicious and the staff were so attentive, making sure everything was as we wanted it. Oscar, the chef, was a star.

      We have to specifically mention the ranger and tracker on our walking safari. Barney and Richard were truly professional. They instilled great confidence in us from the way they approached their job but there was still time for a laugh. They gave us some great sightings both on foot and mobile

      Tom Melaugh
    • TM

      Ngala tented camp was also great. Accommodation was good but lacked the private outside space for lying about. The food was delicious and the staff were so attentive, making sure everything was as we wanted it. Oscar, the chef, was a star.

      We have to specifically mention the ranger and tracker on our walking safari. Barney and Richard were truly professional. They instilled great confidence in us from the way they approached their job but there was still time for a laugh. They gave us some great sightings both on foot and mobile

      Tom Melaugh
    • SH

      The game viewing at Ngala and the whole experience there were exemplary.

      Sean Heffron
    • SH

      The game viewing at Ngala and the whole experience there were exemplary.

      Sean Heffron
    • SH

      The game viewing at Ngala and the whole experience there were exemplary.

      Sean Heffron
    • SH

      The game viewing at Ngala and the whole experience there were exemplary.

      Sean Heffron
    • SH

      The game viewing at Ngala and the whole experience there were exemplary.

      Sean Heffron
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • KO

      The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

      Kevin O'Neal
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • GS

      We had an incredible time on our trip to South Africa. The combination of the World Cup and safari was perfect. The service was spectacular and the guides were very knowledgeable. Not to mention the lodge itself, which was beautiful!

      Guillermo Salcedo
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • RH

      We had a great time at Ngala and we were very well looked after. Accommodation, food etc all very good. Expectations well met!

      Richard Holmes
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • BA

      The tented camp was just what they had hoped it would be.

      Brandt Allen
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira
    • JP

      Beautiful tented camp, excellent cosy ambience, really nice people, but game viewing limited.

      Joao Pereira