We stayed at Ngala for three nights in January. My partner and I had never been on safari before, but the entire experience totally exceeded our expectations. I'm not usually a fan of overly personal service, but Connie and the Ngala 'family' as they call themselves, hit just the right balance of genuine friendliness and attentive service.
The lodges are spacious and very luxurious, with lots of personal touches - the free laundry service is a nice extra. The main lodge area where food is served is charming and comfortable, and the food was fantastic, particularly the breakfast! Dinner is served in a different location every night, another thoughtful enhancement to the experience. Our 'butler' Nathanial served us our meals throughout our stay and was nicely attentive, without being over the top.
The twice-daily game drives were beyond amazing (once you get used to the 5am wake-up call!) - we saw all of the big five and much, much more. Our ranger Dyke was unbelievably knowledgeable and really made the drives what they were. The daily stop for sundowners in the bush was another nice touch!
The rest of the time, you can make use of the very nice pool area, the games room (with a surprising amount of TV channels, considering there is no mobile phone reception at the camp), or catch up on some sleep (which is what we tended to do)!
But what makes it work so well is the people - I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. If you're thinking of going on safari - consider Ngala, it really is worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The romance and mystery of Africa come alive in 20 thatched cottages tucked under a dense canopy of tamboti trees at Ngala Safari Lodge. Exuding classical safari charm, the spacious veranda, with its wonderfully comfortable armchairs, looks out onto a popular waterhole. For pure indulgence, the Safari Suite offers an elegant sitting room, private swimming pool and exclusive use of a safari vehicle. Mouth-watering meals are served in the shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree, while a large swimming pool lies on the edge of thick riverine woodland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngala Safari Hotel Ngala Private Game Reserve
- AndBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge Ngala Private Game Reserve, South Africa