&Beyond Ngala Tented Camp


Chic Safari Camp

Nestled between the dense riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp sits in a private game reserve sharing an unfenced boundary with the legendary Kruger National Park.

Chic and contemporary, the camp's nine intimate and luxurious tents, each set on raised platforms and cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, minimising the impact on the environment.

Elegant guest areas and pool overlook the seasonal Timbavati River and are the ideal tranquil location to enjoy a quiet book or a refreshing drink watching wildlife saunter by. Lunch is served on the deck, t poolside or on the lawn, while private dinners are served on the starlit deck or, if the weather permits, in the dry riverbed.

With exclusive traversing rights over 14,700 hectares of game-rich wilderness, encounter a spectacular diversity of wildlife such as herds of elephant, leopard, large lion prides, spotted hyena, giraffe and white rhino on expertly guided game drives and walks.


At a glance

  • Nine tents

  • Swimming pool

  • Massage sala

  • Treehouse sleepout



  • And Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge 1

    Game drives

    Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. Professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, The reserve is home to all of the Big Five, and is particularly well known for its large prides of lions, occasional sightings of wild dogs, as well as large herds of elephants and buffalos.

  • Ngala walking safari

    Guided walks

    Experience the thrill of tracking animals on foot, engaging all your senses to discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning. Led by an expertly-trained ranger and tracker team, a walking safari offers the chance to experience the intricacies of the ecosystem, seeing how to read the natural world and approach wildlife on their own term.

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    Ngala Treehouse

    Experience the romance of Africa under a blanket of stars in the luxurious Ngala Treehouse, a remote, yet safe retreat in the middle of the reserve, far from Wi-Fi and artificial light. The treehouse features two sleep levels including a covered and weatherproof space with a king-size bed, hot running shower and flushing toilets. An elevated sleep-out platform allows you to slumber al fresco under a retractable screen. Enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks on the upper deck, a picnic and midnight treats.

Community & Culture

Ngala works closely with the neighbouring communities of Welverdiend, Hluvukani and Hlabekisa, employing locally and investing in community education, healthcare and small business development. Over 200 children from Welverdiend Primary have participated in conservation lessons and experienced a game drive in Ngala, exposing them to the wildlife on their doorstep that many of them never have the opportunity to see.


Ngala Private Game Reserve was born in 1992 out of a unique three-way partnership between &Beyond, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) SA and the South African National Parks Trust (SANParks Trust).

&Beyond leases the lands from WWF SA and pays a portion of turnover to the SANParks Trust. This money has been used to expand some of South Africa’s smaller national parks in areas with exceptional biodiversity. Later Ngala becoming the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the world-famous Kruger National Park, a model that paved the way for further private concessions within the Park.


Sustainability practices are a daily priority at Ngala and include the elimination of plastic bottles and a focus on energy-saving initiatives.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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