I'll start by saying that there are some things about Ngala that are terrific: The camp is well-run and efficient, headed by the effervescent Presence. The chef, Oscar, is truly talented and produced some amazing food, worthy of any fine restaurant. The tents are spacious and the lodge staff in the restaurant and on the grounds are terrific. Note: Despite fan and a small aircon unit, the tents will be hot when it is very hot outside.
There are some things for me that missed. The decision that the tents face inward, onto a lawn area, seemed like a strange choice to me. It was even stranger that someone decided that there should even be a lawn which requires a lot of care and watering in the sweltering heat. Strangely unnatural choice in such a natural place. This placement and the fencing necessitated by the lawn cuts down on much of the incidental viewing of wildlife that can happen from one's room. When in the bush, I want to see the wildness every moment I can, so this changed the ambience of the place for me.
Unfortunately, we had rather lackluster game drives while at Ngala. No fault of the Ngala staff, as that is the luck of the draw sometimes. However, the drives were very low-energy and my suspicions that the tracker was a bit disengaged was confirmed when he waved the torch during the night drives while looking in the opposite direction! Ah well... On the plus side, the reserve is not overcrowded with cars so drives are serene.
Overall, Ngala is a pleasant and well-run lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting sophistication and comfort, as well as the romance of canvas, the six luxurious safari tents of andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. Chic and contemporary, the camp combines the simple sophistication of polished wooden decks, textured fabrics and clean lines with a true safari experience that embodies the heart and soul of the bush. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngala Tented Safari Camp Hotel Ngala Private Game Reserve
- AndBeyond Ngala Tented Camp Ngala Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa