South Africa just got a little more luxe: andBeyond has just reopened the andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp in Kruger National Park.
Rebuilt and refurbished, the camp’s six safari tents blend in with the natural bush surroundings. Each tented suite has outdoor showers, deep baths and private wooden decks overlooking the seasonal Timbavati riverbed. Best of all (especially for couples and those just looking for downtime) the new layout ensures that the tents are more secluded from each other.
“We wanted to incorporate elements that draw on the beautiful bushveld landscape and grasslands, as well as the Shangaan culture prevalent in this region”, says andBeyond Interior Designer, Nicole Merlo. “This is reflected not only in the use of raw, organic materials, but also in the shapes and designs of the furniture, lighting and window and floor treatments. Interior pantones simulate the colors in the materials and the landscape.”
Constructed with a light footprint, each tent sits on a raised platform and was designed to incorporate existing trees, minimizing environmental impact. The floors and roofs of the tented suites are made of double-lined canvas with insulation in the middle, reducing the electricity required to heat and cool the tent. All lights are LED and air conditioners are energy efficient.
The camp is one of two accommodation options at andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, the first private reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger and part of one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership agreements. Ngala’s annual lease fee paid to the South African National Parks Trust is used to help fund conservation projects throughout the country, including the development of the Mountain Zebra National Park.