Position of Ngala Tented Camp, Timbavati Game Reserve
The camp's spectacular setting is on the banks of the Timbavati River, approximately three kilometres due west of Orpen Gate, one of the major gateways into the Kruger National Park.
Access to the camp is by air and road. By air guests can use either of the following: Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport to Ngala airstrip, which is a 45 minute drive from the camp. There are daily scheduled South Africa Express flights from Johannesburg International Airport and Cape Town International Airport to Eastgate Airport.
The transfer from Eastgate Airport is a one-hour journey by road. SA Express also offers daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg International Airport to Skukuza Airport. The transfer from Skukuza Airport to Ngala airstrip is a 20 minute flight by light aircraft.
The lodge is easily accessible for self-drive guests by two-wheel drive vehicle. Driving time from Johannesburg is five hours, and the road from Orpen Gate is in very good condition.
Directions From Johannesburg
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 the signs to Hoedspruit.
Beyond the Tzaneen turn-off, and before Hoedspruit, is the turn. Take the R531 to Klaserie / Acornhoek /Orpen. Travel on this road for 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 the lodge at the roundabout. Follow the road down to the lodge.
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