Going on safari was not on my bucket list, but thought it would be fun with a group of 14 friends. Since it wasn't really that expensive, I assumed we'd be pretty close to camping-I was way off. The room was more like a private guest house and the open air public spaces elegant and comfortable. The food was frequent and fresh, and the staff so fun, thoughtful and attentive it's hard to explain: surprise champagne sunset happy hours, free laundry service, candle lit al fresco dining, poolside service and impromptu astronomy tour. Connie and Moses anticipated everything. Some of the room safes did not work and since there are no locks, leave valuables at home.
As for the safari, we saw the big 5 in the first two days, a pack of wild dogs (endangered and rare to see) and so many other animals and birds. I'm pretty sure I can track a leopard and positive I can track an elephant, but not that sure I could find my way back to camp. I will leave that to Sully, Saunders, Nic and Barry who I showed us amazing things and got us home safely very night
- 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