Ngala Tented Safari Camp
Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa
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SAFARI CAMP -
TIMBAVATI NATURE RESERVE
Ngala, meaning "Lion" in
the local Shangaan language, is the only private
safari reserve in the world-famous Kruger
National Park. Ngala Private Game Reserve is host
to two exclusive properties - classic Ngala Game
Lodge in the north and contemporary Ngala Tented
Safari Camp in the south. Ngala has exclusive traversing
rights over 14,780 hectares (36,506 acres) of Kruger's
two million hectares (4,940,000 acres), one of the
richest and most strategically important wildlife
areas on the continent.
When you enter
Ngala Game Lodge,
you encounter a world capturing the romance and
elegant traditions of a bygone time, the era
of classic safari. The lodge is set on the banks
of the Mapone riverbed and features antique-filled
interiors and a timeless, unhurried atmosphere.
CC Africa has also opened its first tented safari
camp in South Africa, Ngala Tented Safari Camp,
set on the banks of the great Timbavati river.
This absolutely luxurious and lavish new camp
acts as a satellite camp to Ngala Game Lodge, about
a 45 minute drive away.
At Ngala, you
can experience remarkably close encounters with
breeding herds of Elephant
and Buffalo. See
Black and White Rhino, Giraffe and a host of antelope,
along with the great cats and occasionally, Wild
Dog. At sunset, sip sundowners at the waterhole
and experience life in Africa as described by legendary
author and philosopher, Sir Laurens van der Post: "All
Africa was in that moment for me. Yes, the whole
cast of the first natural, primordial, legitimate
theatre of Africa seemed gathered there to make its
final curtsy in the limelight of the sunset hour
and receive twilight applause before the night dropped
its final curtain."
Ngala has even more to offer. It is the scene of
one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership
agreements. CC Africa has joined forces with the
natinonal park authorities (Kruger National Park)
and the non-governmental South African Nature Trust
Foundation. Under this partnership, a percentage
of all profits from Ngala flow into the National
Parks Trust to promote conservation projects.
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Tented Safari Camp is
a satellite camp to Ngala
Game Lodge with just
tents featuring wooden decks. The chic and modern
guest areas overlook the Timbavati riverbed and
feature a superb intimate hide.
Tents: CC Africa's first tented camp
in South Africa features six deluxe tents on raised
with secluded wooden decks. Each spacious tent has
an invigorating outdoor shower with mist nozzles as
well as a bath mounted on a rough-hewn wood base for
pure, indulgent pleasure. You can lie back and enjoy
the extra-length beds while being cooled by a gentle
breeze from a quiet overhead fan. The tents feature
wooden sides with gauze screen windows, where delicate
breezes from the bushveld sweep in to keep you cool.
On winter nights,
you can snuggle up in the warm electric blankets.
All year round, giant shady trees
form a cool green canopy over this tranquil camp.
Interiors: Ngala Tented Safari Camp
is an elegant and luxurious tented camp with a fresh
and contemporary feel. Classic and witty elements
from the 1950s to the 1970s have been integrated
into the camp's lounge, dining and living areas.
Architecturally, the camp has been designed along
clean lines with timeless, sophisticated styling.
Spaces: Chic and modern, the camp's
guest areas overlook the Timbavati riverbed
which draws much wildlife to its tree-lined
banks. Next to a nearby waterhole is the intimate
hide which allows you to see and photograph
wildlife incredibly close-up.
blues of the pool merge with the contours of
the riverbank. Surrounded
by a timber
deck, the pool is a perfect "waterhole" for
you to relax and cool off in after a thrilling day
on safari. As the day draws to a close, you can sit
on the viewing deck above the Timbavati riverbed,
drink in hand, and share your adventures.
In the cool winter
evenings, the open fireplaces are a magnet for
convivial gatherings of guests.
You are welcome to visit the well-stocked curio shop
at nearby Ngala Game Lodge, which lies just 45 minutes
away in the northern part of Ngala Private Game Reserve.
Tented Safari Camp is ideal for small conferences and
exclusive business meetings.
Ngala offers Pan-African cooking
with delightful flair. This unique kind of cuisine
is a blend
of traditional and ethnic African recipes and
cooking methods, presented with a modern and
characteristic flavor all its own. The dishes
are both a delight to the palate and to the eye.
Spices and aromas for which Africa is famous,
such as genuine vanilla, saffron, coriander and
cumin, delicately complement each mouth-watering
dish, from the vegetable soups and fire-roasted
meats to the homemade ice creams.
Bush Banquets: Ngala
offers moonlit bush dinners and bush sundowners.
are served in
a clearing in the bush under a star-studded sky.
The incredible effort, the spectacular settings,
the visual impact and the fairytale atmosphere of
a dinner under the stars make for an unforgettable
Ngala offers moonlit bush dinners and bush sundowners.
Bush banquets are served in a clearing in the bush
under a star-studded sky. The experience of wild dining
in a spectacular setting under the African night sky
make for an unmatchable feast.
Spectacular al fresco dinners among islands of reeds on the dry Timbavati riverbed
promise to be unforgettable with a thrillingly wild atmosphere.
Drives: You can enjoy excellent game viewing
encounters on the twice daily game drives in open
Land Rovers. Ngala offers both off-road and night
game drives. Ngala offers prime sightings of big
game as well as numerous other species. On exciting
night drives you will see nocturnal animals, adding
a dramatic dimension to your safari.
Interpretive Walks: Ngala's
knowledgeable guides and trackers will lead you on
the heart of the
bush, revealing some of nature's most closely guarded
secrets. You will have a chance to experience the
African bushveld close-up as you tread past intriguing
plants and spy more elusive, smaller creatures
such as birds, reptiles, insects and tiny mammals.
Adventures: It is possible to fill
every minute of your safari with a range of exciting
stunning bird-watching opportunities, swimming
in Ngala's sparkling pools, fairytale-like moonlit
bush dinners and spectacular bush sundowners. Ngala
Game Lodge offers unique activities for children.
At Ngala Tented Safari Camp, mouth-watering al fresco
dinners are served on the impressive Timbavati riverbed,
which is dry for most of the year. Enchanting islands
of reeds are a bird-watcher's paradise. All activities
are at no extra charge to guests.
further your interest in the African wilderness, Ngala
has an extensive collection of wildlife books,
magazines and videos.
Landscape: Ngala is the only
private game reserve in the legendary Kruger National
one of the richest and most
strategically important wildlife areas in Africa.
There are no fences around Ngala, allowing game to
move freely. Ngala has exclusive traversing rights
over 14 780 hectares (36 506 acres) of Kruger's two
million hectares (4 940 000 acres).
Ngala Game Lodge is on the banks of the Mapone River
in the north of the reserve, while Ngala Tented Safari
Camp is situated on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati
river, which runs through the southern section of
Ngala Private Game Reserve. The Timbavati comes down
in flood once or twice a year, but is dry for the
remainder of the year.
habitats support an astonishing variety of wildlife
the "big five".
Grazers such as buffalo, blue wildebeest, Burchell's
and warthog favor open areas, while impala are most
common at the edge of bush clumps. Other ungulates
to watch out for are giraffe, hippo, bushbuck, grey
duiker and kudu.
Breeding herds of elephant make for exceptional
viewing. White rhino sightings increase during the
dry season. These endangered animals have fascinating
territoriality. Ngala offers sightings of both black
and white rhino. Large breeding herds of buffalo
- numbering up to 400 - have been moving through
Ngala and using the waterholes.
Ngala continues to
enjoy outstanding leopard and lion pride viewing.
The area's vast terrain enables
the wide-ranging and rare Wild Dog to roam free.
This gives you the privilege of frequent sightings.
Also, elusive nocturnal animals including the endangered
African Wild Cat and the Pangolin (Scaly Anteater)
are often sighted.
Birds: Around 260
species of birds may be seen. Birds around Ngala
Game Reserve include the Woodland Kingfisher,
Scops Owl, Crested Barbet, Marico Sunbird, Spotted-backed
Weaver and White-throated Robin.
Colorful birds to
look out for are the Southern Yellowbilled Hornbill
and the Redbilled Hornbill.
With their large, colourful bills and confiding nature,
hornbills are among the most conspicuous birds in
Vultures and eagles
soaring through the Ngala sky include the Lappet-faced
Vulture, White-backed Vulture,
Martial Eagle, African Hawk Eagle and Bateleur. Nesting
sites for many of these raptors have been found and
mapped throughout the reserve. This gives a picture
of density, preferred habitats, territorial spacing
and favored trees.
The impressive dry riverbed of the Timbavati features
islands of reeds, a bird-watcher's paradise.
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