Stayed with 5 other ladies (brought together through Soul Safari with Jacquie Gauthier) for a 10 night stay. A great base for our variety of trips and experiences.
Pre arrival communication about the lodge was with Kim (owner with husband Devin). Responses were prompt and pleasant - more than happy to answer any questions with excellent guidance for first timers.
Devin collected me (sole traveller) from Johannesburg airport then collected the rest of the group from a nearby hotel. Devin was happy to answer all our many questions and was a wealth of information across a broad range of subjects.
A comfortable 4 hour minibus transfer was broken up by a stop at great services - having an array of local wild animals as well as good refreshment facilities and further stop for lunch at Harries Pancake House in Dullstroom. Yummy!
A warm welcome awaited us at the lodge from Blessings (you are such a lovely lady) and all the team. Beautiful rooms (tented lodges) - immaculately clean with natural toiletries. Comfortable beds. Outdoor seating area for each lodge as well as comfortable communal decking areas, plunge pool, under cover lounge and indoor dining area. A lovely relaxed feeling about the whole place.
The outdoor shower is an amazing experience (don't worry, it's still private!).
Food - a good mix and plenty of it. Great breakfasts too! Super picnic meals provided when out at meal times. Our package included drinks with meals - a choice of beer or local very drinkable wine.
Had several evening meals in the BOMA - a wonderful experience eating in this outdoor lantern-lit British Officer's Mess Area.
Nothing was too much trouble - all the staff wanted you to have an amazing stay - and we did!
Devin was our main guide and driver throughout our trip and again, nothing was ever too much trouble. He went out of his way to ensure that we had the most amazing holiday. Our safari transport was an 11 seater safari truck - comfortable and made for the terrain but do take a jumper / windcheater as with open sides, the wind rush can be chilly - although there were snuggly blankets provided!
Places to visit / things to do:
- Bush walks (early mornings around the lodge). Meet the locals (animals) minding their own business - we got to see giraffes drinking at the water hole and a baby giraffe practising along side as well as zebra and Impala daily.
- Blyde Cannon. Boat trip, beautiful scenery, great folklore story and hippos too!
- Kruger Park. Just the best day out! Go with Devin, he has so much passion and knowledge for the animals and the natural landscape - again nothing too much trouble. We all had loads of time to absorb the experience of seeing the animals up close, switching off the truck engine to give us the best chance to get amazing photos.
NB: avoid the so called 'Ferrari Safari' - these are ones that just whizz you round the park with little time to absorb the surroundings or get that special photograph.
- Mariepskop Nature Reserve. Stunning views for miles! Worth the rough road climb in the jeep. All part of the experience!
- Nyani Cultural Village. High energy dance and story telling show. Have your photo taken with their resident Wart Hog - she's a beauty!
- Nourish Eco Village. A not for profit organisation doing amazing work supporting the local community through education and empowerment.
- Greater Kruger Hotel School - cookery class which was great fun and you get to eat what you cook.
- Bourke's Luck Potholes. Amazing rock formations. (visited on way back to airport)
I had an amazing time and would go back to Ngama in a heartbeat!
Ngama Tented Safari Lodge, you never seize to amaze us.
This lodge is ideally located to enjoy various attractions and places, either to explore on your own or via a guided tour.
The tents are as elegant as the giraffes that passed our humble abode on the first night. In the morning we were visited by some curious monkeys and a handful of cautious mongoose.
Some morning guided bush walks, done by Shaun, were very interesting and a wonderful way to explore the natural wonders the Guernsey Private Lodge has to offer. From the fascinating small things, the great variety of birdlife to the incredible game, Shaun wasn’t shy with his knowledge and was a pleasant guide, for which we give a special thanks. We will now be able to maintain our ‘colgate smiles’ if we ever loose our toothbrush and hope to never sound as depressing as that dove.
And to the rest of the Ngama team, you have made our three night stay absolutely unforgettable. The meals were exquisite (the cook still needs to share his lamb stew recipe with me though), your service was always done with smile broader than the horizon and our tents were whipped back in to shape as soon as we turned our back.
Ngama Tented Safari Lodge, we bid you adieu with the fondest of memories that will last us for at least a year...after that we will have to return, obviously.
Devan the owner was such a lovely host and made us feel welcome and relaxed since we stepped out of the car. The chef Donald made a super memorable new years eve dinner around the boma, and the food was delicious - thank you very much!!! The tent was so private and secluded - we felt as if we were the only people in this whole Guernsey reserve - very well placed!
We loved this little tented lodge. We were looking for a "bush lodge" which offered catering but without the expense of game drives and Big 5 sightings. Ngama offered exactly what we needed. Amazing value for money and an excellent overnight stay or a prefect location to do day trips into KNP. The staff were wonderful, the food delicious & a very relaxed atmosphere was the perfect way to end the day after a long drive.
Nottingham Road, South Africa
The staff went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The lodge is small and location excellent, so you get the personal touch.
Ngama made our anniversary so special and gave us the honeymoon suite for the night, we loved the braai boma dinner and when we arrived to our room we were spoilt with bubble bath, champers, rose petals... it was such a treat and we will come back soon! staff were all so friendly and welcomed us with open hearts
Would love to repeat the Ngama experience! Kim & Devin welcomed us warmly, our room was gorgeous, tented but luxurious. Had a delicious dinner in the "boma", dimly lit by several lanterns, giving it a wonderful authentic African ambience. The friendly staff helped organise the game drive of a life time. Thanks to all for an unforgettable experience!
- Noeleen E