Situated in the privately-owned Ngala game reserve, which shares a 50 km-long unfenced border with Kruger National Park, the elegance of the lodge’s private and public spaces blends effortlessly into the area’s rugged natural beauty. Closely cropped lawns and a stylish pool give way to indigenous Mopane bush within sight of a waterhole frequently visited by herds of elephant.
The accommodation at Ngala Safari Lodge largely comprises 20 cozy high-ceilinged cottages, three of which consist of interlinking suites intended for family use.
A family suite of two individual en-suite bedrooms also includes a small dining area, dedicated butler and safari vehicle, and full-sized private pool.
Ngala’s public areas are centred upon a central lounge and dining area. The walled exterior courtyard provides a romantic space in which to enjoy the Pan-African cuisine by candle and lantern light beneath the stars, while the lounge has the comfortable ambience of an English country pub complete with open fire in which to enjoy drinks from the bar. A boutique shop offers a range of high-end souvenirs to take back home, while the outdoor pool is perfect for both a cooling dip and elephant spotting. A small spa and well-equipped gym are also to hand.
The safari experience lies at the heart of what Rockfig is all about. Traditional game drives in open-top all-terrain vehicles allow guests to explore the more than 8,500 acres immediately around Rockfig (and shared by just one other small guest lodge) without effort. But for an even more unique wildlife experience, ranger-led walking safaris put guests right at the heart of the action on foot.
Ngala Safari Lodge has exclusive traversing rights of over 35,000 acres of grassland and Mopane-studded savannah stretching without fencing into Kruger National Park, Africa’s largest wildlife refuge. Renowned throughout the world for its regular Big Five sightings of lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo, the reserve takes some beating when it comes to the list of species encountered there.
The lodge offers twice-daily game drives in open-topped all-terrain vehicles, one in the early morning before breakfast, and an afternoon drive that continue beyond dusk with the help of powerful spotlights. Interpretive ranger-led bush walks create an unforgettable experience tracking Africa’s most iconic species in their natural habitats.
Address: Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 809 4300