South Africa’s well-known Kruger National Park is flanked by the province of Limpopo in the west and Mozambique in the east. Tourists flock there from around the world as well as from within South Africa’s borders to experience a very special part of its natural heritage. Wildlife abounds; wide-open spaces are endless; breathing is easy. Relaxation? A given. Timbavati Private Game Reserve is where you’ll find andBeyond’s Ngala Tented Camp, designed to turn an often-rustic experience into a luxury one. With just a bit of canvas between you and your surrounds, it’s as close as you can get to really absorbing the sounds of the wild.

Space is limited to 12 guests in six tents and there’s everything from air-conditioning and heating with the flick of a switch to the all-important en suite bathrooms with all the bells and whistles. Not to mention in-room massages on request.

The roomy tents stand off the ground on wooden decks, which makes a difference at night (especially in winter) when guests will appreciate some distance between their bed and the rapidly cooling earth. When it’s pleasantly warm, the room fans and the gentle breeze invited through the tent by gauze-screened windows are spot on.

One of the great things about Ngala  is its location on the banks of the Timbavati River. A major attraction for game – whether the river’s in full flow or not – it allows guests the very best views of the animals coming to quench their thirst in the river or at the water hole.

During an inspirational game drive in 4×4 safari vehicles or a guided walk on foot, you can hope for a glimpse of the Big Five as well as wild dog, Burchell’s zebra and blue wildebeest, to name a few. You’ll be amazed at the prolific birdlife and the sounds of even the smallest creatures, like foam-nest frogs. Often, it really is the little things that count towards creating magnificent memories.

Afterwards, you can cool off in the rim-flow lap pool or warm up next to a roaring fire before a delicious meal is served. Sheer magic.

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Tented Suite(s)

andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp has nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. Built on platforms, each tented suite is cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, minimising impact on the environment.

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