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August 13, 2012

Ngala Tented Camp Offers Luxury Accommodations with Eco-Friendly Design

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Ngala, South Africa- Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

andBeyond recently reopened Ngala Tented Camp on the company’s private game reserve in Kruger National Park. The redesigned and refurbished accommodations have eco-friendly amenities, maintaining the company’s ethics and sustainability without sacrificing a drop of luxury.

Ngala Tented Camp features six spacious safari tents, each containing an outdoor shower, deep bath, and a private wooden deck overlooking the seasonal Timbavati riverbed. The property’s new layout also allows for more space and privacy between the luxury tents. Each tent has a contemporary African design with warm, earthy tones.

andBeyond’s motto “Care of the Land. Care of the Wildlife. Care of the People” is exhibited in the property’s eco-friendly amenities. Each tent is raised on a platform designed to incorporate existing trees and minimize the environmental impact. The floors and roof of the tent are made of double-line canvas with insulation in the middle, reducing the amount of electricity needed to cool and warm the tent. The property also uses LED lights and energy efficient air conditioners.

“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 future, lighting and window and floor treatments. Interior pantones simulate the colors in the materials and the landscape.”

Guests on the private game reserve can have the adventure of a lifetime with the property’s thrill-seeking activities. Huge breeding herds of elephants and lions are present on the reserve, allowing guests to get up close and personal with their favorite wild animals. Those looking for some R&R on their African vacation can opt for the lap pool, which merges with the contours of the riverbank, or theatrical al fresco dinners in a dry riverbed. The lodge also provides birding, photography and track-walking safaris.

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