Kulala Desert Lodge

Sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best, Ngala Tented Camp’s nine luxurious safari tents overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. 

Each suite boasts simple elegance, sophistication and comfort under the romance of canvas.

While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp.

The romance of canvas, with big night sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the camp grounds, mingles with the simple sophistication of polished wooden decks, textured fabrics and clean lines.

Ngala is a true safari experience where guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites and pampered with the warm hearted service that embodies the soul of Africa.

A Day at Ngala Tented Camp

At Ngala Tented Camp, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly well known for its prides of lion and occasional sightings of African wild dog, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo. Venture out in search of leopard or lion sleeping off the exertion of the hunt from the night before.

Breakfast

Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.

Lunch

If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near your camp, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area before returning in time for lunch.

Afternoon Tea

Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, indulge in an afternoon siesta or simply watch the wildlife from your private veranda. Over a late afternoon tea, your ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon/evening game drive.

Evening Game Drive

This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Drive down to the Timbavati River to watch the animals drink and bathe or watch out for predators getting ready for the hunt. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.

Dinner

Return to your lodge for a mouthwatering dinner beneath the magnificent African sky.

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GAME DRIVE

Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits. &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly well known for its large prides of lion and occasional sightings of wild dog, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo. Venture out in search of leopard or lion sleeping off the exertion of the hunt from the night before.

 

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LUXURY WALKING SAFARI

For those looking for an active thrill beyond the excitement of Big Five sightings on a game drive vehicle, a walking safari offers an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses and you push through the brush and all six senses re-awake as Africa touches you and you touch Africa.

Additional costs apply

 

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TRACKING ADVENTURE

Experience the thrill of tracking animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. Engage all your sense as you discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning.

Additional costs apply

 

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PRIVATE SAFARI

Planned especially for you, this exclusive safari allows you to explore the bushveld with your very own dedicated ranger, tracker and vehicle. Game drives can be as long or as short as you wish. Meals can be enjoyed at the lodge, picnic-style outdoors or enjoyed under the shade of the trees. Your specific areas of interest can be covered, from the insect kingdom to great herds of buffalo or prides of lion.

Additional costs apply

 

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

Photographic enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can now capture the wondrous landscapes and magical creatures of &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, by taking advantage of a fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle. Fitted with state-of-the-art camera mounts, and catering for a maximum of four guests, you have the option of only booking the vehicle or choosing to have an expert photographic guide accompany you (subject to availability).

Additional costs apply

 

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RHINO NOTCHING

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with rhino at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve while assisting in the conservation of this endangered species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of rhino. A wildlife vet will locate and dart the rhino from the vantage point of a helicopter, while the guests and ground crew will follow in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Once darted, the veterinary team will notch the sleeping animal’s ear for research and security monitoring, as well as insert a microchip into the horn, enabling researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests can participate in this conservation initiative and have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity of touching the anaesthetised giant during the notching procedure. Guests will need to spend a minimum of three nights at Ngala.

Additional costs apply

 
 

NUMBER OF TENTS
9

MAXIMUM GUESTS
18

CHILDREN
Children over the age of 12 are welcome; no children under 16 on Walking Safaris

FAMILY ROOM
None

TRIPLES
None

TWIN BEDS
All convertible to double

AIR CONDITIONING
Yes

OVERHEAD FANS
Yes

LODGE POOL
Yes

INDOOR BATH
Yes

INDOOR SHOWER
No

OUTDOOR SHOWER
Yes

SEPARATE W.C.
Yes

PERSONAL BAR
Yes

IN-ROOM SAFE
Yes

TELEPHONE
Yes

HAIRDRYER
Yes

LAUNDRY
Complimentary

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Yes, with assistance

DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS
6 metres / 20 feet

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
12h00 – 14h00 / 11h00

KOSHER FOOD
Available at extra cost with prior notice

POWER
220v AC

INTERNET ACCESS
Wifi in guest area and tents

PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE
At extra cost and subject to availability

CREDIT CARDS
Visa, Diners, Amex, MasterCard

IN-ROOM MASSAGE
Yes; also dedicated massage sala

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Gym in a basket available on request

WEATHER
Hot wet summers; cool to dry winters

RAINFALL
Late afternoon and evening thundershowers from September to April (568 mm / 22”)

TEMPERATURE
Summer: 18˚C - 36˚C / 64˚F - 96˚F Winter: 2˚C - 16˚C / 36˚F - 62˚F

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Excellent year round

ALTITUDE
418 metres / 1 372 feet above sea level

MALARIA
Ngala is in a malaria area and precautions should be taken

AIRSTRIP
Ngala Airstrip is not registered; indemnity is to be signed

LODGE CLOSURE
Open year round

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