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Ngala Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Comprising 20 thatched cottages with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas, Ngala Safari Lodge is a great choice for families and couples alike. Couples will also enjoy the luxurious Safari Suite, overlooking the Mopane riverbed.

At a Glance

  • Sit and watch the animals drinking from the waterhole right in front of the lodge

  • Enjoy all the delicious food and fantastically friendly service

  • Marvel at the amazing Leopard sightings

  • Enjoy a bush dinner in the boma

  • Come back from a game drive to a pre-run bubble bath

  • Exhilarating Big Five wildlife encounters, with night drives and walking safaris

Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Have the full breakfast on return from your morning safari with bacon, eggs, pancakes, muffins, fresh pastries etc etc. It is an absolute feast and a real treat! You will need to go for a long bush walk afterwards!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

The Lodge’s chefs love an impromptu baking class with children, just have a word after breakfast and they will organize one

Dominic Atterton


Meaning ‘lion’ in Shangaan, Ngala was the first private safari reserve to be incorporated into the world-famous Kruger National Park – the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. The area is teeming with wildlife, providing outstanding game viewing potential.

Each en-suite thatched cottage is carefully and tastefully designed. Private verandas have wonderful views over the waterhole and the bush beyond. The Safari Suite has its own sitting room, swimming pool and safari vehicle.

The main thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the African bushveld and the large swimming pool looks out over a busy waterhole where elephants are frequently sighted. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is served in the candle and lantern-lit courtyard or in the dramatic boma (outdoor dining area).

In between game drives, you can explore the local bush terrain with an armed ranger who will educate you along the way about flora and fauna.

Ngala Safari Lodge is a fantastic choice for families.


The Ngala Safari Lodge offers 20 thatched cottages and one Safari Suite (with private vehicle). Each en-suite safari cottage is carefully and tastefully designed. Private verandas have wonderful views over the waterhole and the bush beyond. The Safari Suite has its own sitting room, swimming pool and safari vehicle.


The Ngala Safari Lodge provides good facilities for children. A range of children's activities are offered at the lodge including special family game drives (at the discretion of the lodge manager), bush walks, Planet Manager Activity books, frog safaris, birding, and children's meals and menus.


Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, viewing deck and a walled courtyard which provides a sheltered space to indulge in sumptuous cuisine, and a boma for fire-lit dinners. The lodge also offers in room massages.


Game drives and walking safaris are included at Ngala Safari Lodge but specialist safaris and learning how to track game are charged additionally. There are also interpretive bush walks with an experienced armed ranger to explore the local terrain and learn about the flora and fauna.

Location & Directions

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Ngala Safari Lodge lies on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park in the southern part of the Timbavati Game Reserve.

When to go

There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

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