We have just returned from Ngala tented lodge. We had the most amazing experience. The tents are very spacious and have everything you need including a safe which I've read in another review someone didn't have, my only complaint would be the chairs on the decks, they are hard and uncomfortable. The food is good, the chef really went out of his way to accommodate us because there is a very limited selection of food, they have gone "fine dining" which we really don't like especially in the bush. We are used to having a lunch tray in the bush (most of the lodges do this, they put a selection of meat and salads on a tray) these trays are normally varied and delicious and now at tented camp you get two options but as our first lunch day both options were fish and we don't eat much fish so the chef made us a salad. Dinner was also still good but disappointing as again it was fine dining and not the usual food you get in the lodges although one night we had a bush dinner and that was fantastic so one night out of three our dinner was great. We also had a bush breakfast one morning which was incredible, best bush breakfast we have ever had just a shame the lunches and dinners are limited and not as good as other private lodges we have been to.
We requested a ranger and tracker (Alan and Farnie) from Ngala main camp and they came to tented camp to drive us for our stay, we really appreciated the lodges going out of their way to do this for us. The staff at Ngala lodges are fantastic, they are all so friendly and make you feel at home and nothing you ask them is too much trouble, truly the best staff we have encountered in the very many private game lodges we have been to.
The game viewing was unbelievable, we still cannot believe the sightings we had. We saw 21 lions bringing down 2 impala and then eating them and fighting over the meagre meal, was so exciting, we saw these and other lions on most of our drives, out of 6 drives we saw cats on 5 drives often more than one pride of lions and on 2 drives we saw cheetah and leopard on 3 drives. We saw 2 porcupines but this is rare, hyena taking a stolen duiker kill out of a shallow watering hole then they took it to their cubs who ate and fought over it. We saw 9 wild dogs kill an impala and they eat quickly but before they could finish 3 lions stole their kill and fought over it. We go to game lodges quite often and we realise this is not normal game viewing we were extremely fortunate to experience all of this in one weekend. I am already looking at dates to return to Ngala tented.
- 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, South Africa