I realize now that a lot depends on who is on duty during your stay at the camps. It appears that the staff has a rotation system and you are not sure who will be there when you get there. I mention this because it could make a big difference in your stay. We went to Dulini at Sabi Sand and Ngala Tented. I booked Ngala last because I thought I'd prefer it over Dulini - WRONG.
The Safari - spotting animals - was our priority so the ranger/guide and tracker play an important role. I was not really happy with our ranger. Our ranger (seemed the entire ranger team) was very young (during our stay). At times I felt that he was on Safari more than we were. Several occasion were he situated the truck so that his position was better then the guest. On one occasion I had to ask if he could move the truck because our row could not see the Cat at all but of course he had a great sight line. I can say this because the Dulini ranger always made sure that he situated our truck in the best way....getting us SOOOOO close to the animals and even asking if we could see everything?
Granted there was rain before we arrived at Ngala and when the ground is wet they do not go off the main paths - okay no problem - but when they got the ok when it got drier our ranger would have us in the worst spot while other trucks were closer and at an angle instead of front on (where he was sitting with his camera taking photos).
One other thing that is small but did seem to take away from the experience was hearing and seeing cars driving along the highway while we were on the Safari. I just didnt like that... We saw evertyhing there except Lion, Hyena, baboon, Rhino.
The tents were great! Everything you see online. The lodge is nice and its very quiet. The staff is very professional (again - during our stay depends who's on shift). Had a message with Thuile - she was great!
The food was OUTSTANDING. At Dulini they had private fully stocked bar with snacks in each room, at Ngala everything was in in the lodge so if you wanted a drink you needed to hoof over to the lodge. Unlike Dulini there are no phones in your room - whistles instead - so if you needed anything you'd need to blow that whistle or head over to the logdge, Since you are not allowed to walk alone at night you'd have to 'whistle' for someone to come over if you wanted a drink or something extra...it pretty much made me just say - -nevermind - - .
The staff performed song and dance for us that was very very nice and our rangers sat with us during 'happy hour' you know the pre-dinner time and even had dinner with us one night which was really nice.
Like I said, I preferred Dulini but Ngala tented was wonderful and worth it. I am glad I went.
- 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