Ngala Safari Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge is situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino.

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  • Refundable deposit
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  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Emergency medical care

Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 classic thatched cottages and the spacious Family Suite. Each ensuite cottage, with private veranda, exudes a romantic colonial ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The lodge also provides a swimming pool, safari shop, waterhole, outdoor dining area and offers a unique children's programme.

Local wildlife in abundant throughout the Ngala Reserve, with multiple large prides of lions spending time nearby and wild dog moving throughout the reserve. Game drives in the private reserve allow guests to carefully travel off-road to track these amazing animals. Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, game drives are rich in wildlife big and small. For guests wanting a closer experience, specialised walking safaris and rhino notching experiences are available. Witness the darting of a rhino, and assist the veterinary team in notching the sleeping rhino's ear for research and security monitoring, before releasing it back into the wild. Ear notches enable researchers to correctly identify different individuals on the reserve.

A family-oriented lodge, Ngala offers families the chance to participate in the WILDChild children's programme and reconnect with nature. Children are given the opportunity to participate in expeditions and activities, such as crafts and painting, traditional bow-making, beading, fishing and learning tracking skills. At the end of each day, children will find the next day's adventure waiting on their pillow. Parents can be assured that each activity is selected by age group and is carried out with experience staff and childminders.

For guests seeking a more romantic, secluded experience filled with adventure, the new Ngala Treehouse offers a remote and luxurious retreat 5 kilometres away from Ngala Tented Camp and 15 kilometres from Ngala Safari Lodge. The 4 level treehouse offers an indoor and outdoor bed, so guests can sleep under the stars and listen to the sounds of the African wilderness. Complete with every amenity guests may need, the treehouse is solar powered and complete with a fully-stocked mini fridge and a picnic-dinner to enjoy while watching the sun go down. Charging stations are also available so guests never miss that perfect photo opportunity.

Getting There

Daily flights from Johannesburg and Nelspruit Airport to the Ngala airstrip are available. Alternatively guests can fly into Hoedspruit Airport, followed by a one hour road transfer, or fly into a neighbouring reserve airstrip and transfer to the lodge.


Activities on offer include early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall, specialist walking safaris, photographic and private safaris, rhino notching experience, helicopter over Blyde River Canyon, hot air balloon safaris and interpretive bush walks.

Read what our previous clients thought of Ngala Safari Lodge

Review of Ngala Safari Lodge

Patrick Haverty

This place was awesome! We really didn't know what to expect when we arrived, but we were impressed with the people, the lodge, and the overall experience. We had stayed in some nice places and ate at some incredible restaurants in Cape Town, so our standards were high. While the food and rooms were good, maybe B+, the people earned Ngala Safari Lodge a 5 star rating, specifically our Ranger,…

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Louise Gray

Our favourite time of the trip! We had Tess and Mish for our guide/tracker and after no time at all we felt like we were driving around with friends we'd known for a long time! The accommodation was beautiful and the pool and watering hole were very special. Amy and Allyn couldn't have taken better care of us and our butler Norman was always on hand - we had a…

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