Greater Kruger National Park » Timbavati Game Reserve » Ngala Tented Camp


LOCATIONNgala Private Game ReservePOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CHILD POLICYNo Children under 12MALARIAYes

  • The thrill of canvas with the ultimate in natural luxury.
  • Beautiful views of Timbavati River.
  • Romantic riverbed dinners.

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11 January 2019 - 10 January 2020 Safari Tent R 11,765 per person per night sharing rate for advance bookings
Extra special long stay rates also available on request, please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 / +2711 468 3476 or email for more info.

*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Luxury tented accommodation
• Safari activities
• Bush walks (subject to availability)
• Three meals daily
• Refreshments on game drives
• Selected local beverages
• Teas & coffees
• Laundry
• Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance
• A single supplement of 50% applies for all single rooms.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted rates for Overseas Residents are available on request
• Timbavati Conservation Levy of R 330 per person per stay applies and will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
• A Bed Levy of R 5.70 per person per night applies and will also be added to your invoice for your accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
• Entrance Fee of R 160 per vehicle applies, for self-drive guests. To be settled direct and is subject to change.

6 hour drive from Johannesburg or 1.5 hour light aircraft flight into the reserve
Daily scheduled flight to Hoedspruit and 40 minute road transfer to the lodge
Daily flights to KMIA and then a 1 hour air transfer or 3 hours by road
Daily Federal Air flights from OR Tambo International Airport directly to Ngala Airstrip. Daily SA Express flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Eastgate Airport, followed by a one-hour road transfer.

9 spacious air conditioned Safari Tents


Situated only three kilometres (1.9 miles) from Orpen Gate - one of the major gateways into the world-famous Kruger National Park - this elegant safari camp is known internationally for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil African bush surrounds.
Set on the banks of the great seasonal Timbavati River, Ngala Tented Safari Camp was built with a light footprint to minimise impact on the environment. Rated in numerous prestigious listings such as the US Conde Nast Traveler's "Hot List", it is a gracious camp with a contemporary feel and flamboyant styling. Guest areas feature retro pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s and beautiful timber decks which overlook the seasonal riverbed.
Private lunch platters of delicious Pan-African cuisine can be enjoyed on the viewing decks or at the poolside. Exciting bush banquets in spectacular wilderness settings and theatrical alfresco dinners in the dry riverbed are an unforgettable experience
Timbavati Nature Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. View the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as you experience timeless Africa.
Escape from the grind of daily life and succumb to the tranquil wilderness of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in the South African Lowveld. Here you can view the Big Five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah in their natural environment.
Animals and birds.
All the big game is here including rhino, elephants, buffalo, zebras, antelopes, as well as leopard, lion, hyena. Bird watching is good particularly during the rainy season.

  • En suite bathrooms and outdoor showers
  • Overhead fans
  • Intimate game viewing wooden decks
  • Contoured lap pool
  • Small Luxury Hotels of the World member


  • Ngala Tented Camp is situated about 500km from Johannesburg and travelling time is approximately 6 hours
  • Take the N12/N4 through Witbank, then later left onto the R540 to Belfast (opposite the Engen Fuel Station).
  • In Belfast, turn right towards Dullstroom and Mashishing (Lydenburg).
  • In Mashishing (Lydenburg) look out for the information boards directing you to the R36 to Ohrigstad. Follow signs to R36 Ohrigstad, Hoedspruit or Tzaneen. It is marked 47 km to Ohrigstad as you leave Mashishing. Stay on the R36. Pass through Ohrigstad, later over the beautiful Abel Erasmus Pass and through the JG Strydom tunnel, following signs to Hoedspruit.
  • Beyond the Tzaneen turn-off and before Hoedspruit, is the turn to take the R531 to Klaserie / Acornhoek / Orpen. This road is approximately 30 km to the R40.
  • You will pass under a railway bridge and a few kilometres after this, turn left at the Orpen sign. Take this road for about 40 km.
  • There is a National Park boomed gate. If asked, inform the guards that you are going to Ngala Tented Camp – there is no entrance fee.
  • Continue to the end of this road where you will find the signs to Ngala Tented Camp at the roundabout. Follow the road down to the lodge.
  • Ngala Tented Camp is situated about 190km from Nelspruit and travelling time is approximately 3 hours
  • Take the R40 towards White River.
  • Pass through White River and continue to Hazyview, past Bushbuckridge and on to Acornhoek. Go straight through the traffic lights at Acornhoek towards Klaserie. A few kilometres further along the R40, take the right turn at the sign marked Orpen. Take this road for about 40 km.
  • There is a National Park boomed gate. If asked, inform the guards that you are going to Ngala Tented Camp – there is no entrance fee.
  • Continue to the end of this road where you will find the signs to Ngala Tented Camp at the roundabout. Follow the road down to the lodge.
Ngala Tented Camp cannot be accessed through the Timbavati Gate.
Please be aware, as you approach the Lodge that you are in a wilderness area where predators and high-profile game roam freely. Do not leave your car for any reason.
Wherever possible and available, we do provide covered parking for guest vehicles. However, we cannot be held responsible for theft, loss or damage whilst vehicles are parked on our premises.

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