Superior Game Viewing
First and foremost, because of their riverside setting, Ngwenya River Lodges provide unparalleled game viewing experiences from the comfort of their riverside decks.
Get your binocs out, set your camera up, sit back and relax. Expect the unexpected.
In the sun-baked African savannah places of water are places of life and for this reason some of the most interesting and exciting game and bird viewing in the Kruger National Park occurs along the perennial rivers which cut across this wildlife wonderland.
Riverine ecozones such as that at Ngwenya, are not only home to the ever-elusive leopard but also a major point of convergence for herbivores and carnivores seeking life-giving water and sustenance.
The Crocodile Bridge section of the Kruger National Park supports very nutritious grasslands that sustain large herds of grazers which in turn are the food source for predators such as lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah and wild dog.
This area of the Kruger National Park is the best region in which to view white rhino and the denser thorn thickets between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabi are home to most of the Kruger's black rhinos.
The Crocodile Bridge area supports numerous herds of buffalo and elephants as well. All in all this area teems with Big Game and whilst game tends to congregate heavily around the Kruger's permanent water sources from July through to October, good sightings are reported from Ngwenya River Lodges throughout the year.
The exceptional riverine environment at Ngwenya teems with big game and birdlife and from Ngwenya River Lodges you can expect to see a wide variety of animals including the Big Five come to the river to feed, drink and hunt. Riverine areas are prime leopard territory and they may be seen from Ngwenya River Lodges.
Frequently two or three of the Big Five (usually buffalo, elephant and rhino) may be seen on the floodplain at the same time and it is not impossible to view all of the Big Five from the property in a single day. Sightings of crocodiles and hippos are a daily occurrence.
With over 300 species of birds on the Ngwenya list, birders are guaranteed to enjoy excellent sightings. Of special interest is the variety of birds associated with permanent waterways. Watch out for impressive birds such as fish eagles, saddlebilled storks, african darters, finfoot, goliath herons and giant kingfishers. The riverside decks are ideal for bird photography.
Nearby Facilities and Activities
Guests staying at Ngwenya River Lodges can enjoy a world class holiday experience by making use of the wide range of facilities and activities available at Ngwenya Lodge. Most of these facilities are no more than a 2 minute drive or a short walk from the Ngwenya River Lodges.
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Ngwenya Lodge offers many outdoor amenities set in established tranquil gardens that are ideal for leisurely strolls, jogging, relaxed birding and tree spotting.
The resort offers six swimming pools, two tennis courts, mini-golf, trampolines and a number of game viewing hides along the riverfront. Indoor facilities include a games room with play-stations, big screen TV, table tennis and snooker. A convenience store provides essentials such as briquettes, bread, cereals, cool drinks, ice, ice creams, newspapers and the like. Guests can browse through the curio shop or be pampered at Tiffany’s@Ngwenya a beauty and skin care salon.
The La Fera Restaurant and pizzeria with its magnificent elevated views of the floodplain is renowned in the area for good food. It is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Thursday night buffet is a must. Take-aways can also be ordered.
Activities such as day and night open vehicle game drives, walking safaris, elephant-back rides, quad biking, tiger fishing, microlight flights and day tours to Maputo can be arranged through the activity desk in the Ngwenya Reception.
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For those who prefer self-driving in the Kruger National Park, the Crocodile Bridge entry Gate is 15 minutes from Ngwenya River Lodges.
Crocodile Bridge Gate entry times are:
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The border town of Komatipoort with its excellent new Kambaku Golf Course, supermarkets, restaurants, service stations, banks and other retail outlets is also only 15 minutes away as is the Lebombo Border post between South Africa and Mozambique.
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The town of Malelane with its wide choice of retail outlets and the Malelane entry Gate to the Kruger National Park. Malelane also boasts two stunning golf courses, namely, Leopard Creek and the Malelane Country Club.
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- Ngwenya River Lodges are only 60 minutes drive from Nelspruit which is the capital town of Mpumulanga. This bustling town offers an excellent choice of retail outlets including malls, casino and medical facilities. The worlds largest collection of cycads is situated in the Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit. Visit www.sanbi.org or call Lou-Nita le Roux on 013-7525531 for details of events scheduled for the Botanical garden.
- Twenty minutes from the city centre is Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport with car rental facilities.
- The historic Gold Rush mining town of Barbeton, site of South Africa’s first Stock Exchange, is within an hours drive from Ngwenya River Lodges.
- A day visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland is an easy option with the Jeppe’s Reef border post within 60 minutes drive from Ngwenya River Lodges.
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To make a Ngwenya River Lodge reservation call Kamala on +27 11 327 7620
- With the S.A./Mozambique border post situated within 15 minutes drive from Ngwenya River Lodges, a day visit to Maputo is an easy option. Once across the border the town of Maputo is only 90 minutes away along the Maputo Corridor toll road.
- The scenic country towns of White River and Hazyview are also a scenic 90 minute drive from Ngwenya River Lodges.
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