Ngwenya Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Example Booking: 90,500 eXpectations Points, 7-nights July 2017, 4-Bed sleeps 8
Ngwenya Lodge is situated within the beautiful wilderness of Mpumalanga, South Africa. This charming resort is nestled in the heart of the famous Kruger National Park and sits on the banks of the Crocodile River. Ngwenya Lodge’s ideal location invites guests to experience unique encounters with wildlife within their natural habitat and enjoy the surrounding tranquillity.
eXpectations members could have experienced a holiday of a lifetime at the RCI Gold Crown Ngwenya Lodge for 7-nights from 7th-14th July 2017, in a superb 4-bedroom chalet (sleeping 8) with prime views over the river. This great holiday adventure was available on RCI.com for 90,500 points when we looked on 18th April 2017.
Zulu, the place where the sun rises
The province of Mpumalanga is also known as Zulu, “the place where the sun rises”. The weather in Mpumalanga in July is as diverse as the country, with a cool 9 degrees Celsius throughout the night. As the sun rises and warms the land the temperature reaches a pleasant 26 degrees by mid-afternoon with beautiful blue skies and very little chance of rain.
Last year in the month of July Ngwenya Lodge guests were welcomed by many sightings of elephants, hippos, cape buffalo, crocodiles and graceful waterbucks. This is an excellent time of year to spot an abundance of birdlife too including Egyptian geese, Cape turtle doves and the distinctive white markings of the white-browed robin chat. Remember to bring your camera along to capture some memorable snaps!
RCI Gold Crown Ngwenya Lodge
The RCI Gold Crown Ngwenya Lodge offers charming African-style chalets with modern facilities and amenities to guarantee your stay is comfortable. The 4-bedroom two storey chalets provide fully-equipped kitchens including a dishwasher and microwave. The spacious lounge area hosts a sofa-bed whilst the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms offering showers/ baths, washing machine and tumble dryer. The rustically decorated chalets provide fully furnished patios and covered verandas that offer delightful views of the river and nature reserve.
Guests visiting Ngwenya Lodge can enjoy a great selection of facilities, including four hiding decks overlooking the river and Kruger National Park to view the wildlife roaming freely. Relax around a choice of six outdoor pools or have fun on the 18-hole mini-golf course. Work up a sweat on the tennis courts or in the jungle gym. Children of all ages can play on the trampolines, there is also a playroom to entertain the little ones and games room featuring pool & tennis tables, play stations and Xbox Kinect to ensure teenagers are happy too.
Enjoy delicious International dishes any time of the day or evening in Le Fera Restaurant. Listen to the sounds of the African wildlife and birds on your private veranda or with a cool drink from the bar.
Ngwenya Lodge provides luxurious accommodation in the heart of the wilderness and is warmly received by satisfied TripAdvisor guests, winning the Certificate of Excellence (2016).
The Big Five at Kruger National Park
Discover the Kruger National Park, an impressive 7,700 square mile animal kingdom, where you are the guest of honour. Enjoy the natural beauty of the South African bush, plains and flowing river, homeland to a vast spectrum of wild animals and bird species including the majestic “Big Five” lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo.
The best way to explore the expansive Kruger National Park is to take an organised safari tour. Sit back in an open-sided 4×4 jeep and allow the professionals to drive you safely along dusty tracks to the best animal viewing areas. Take plenty of impressive photos as a herd of elephants cross your path or a lazy lion basks in the sun. Your tour guide will also provide interesting information about the animals you meet and the history of the park.
Only 13km from Ngwenya Lodge golf enthusiasts can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and Kruger National Park at the 9-hole Kambaku – Komatipoort Golf course.
For those wishing to discover more of South Africa, it is worth the 1-hour drive to explore the natural gems of Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga. Visit the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, admire the rock formation and caves that are believed to have formed about 240 million years ago! If you do not have “tickly” feet then treat yourselves to a unique Garra Rufa fish spa, watch and feel the sensation of the tiny fish nibble away at your feet, leaving you with fresh and healthy soles. Sudwala Caves was nominated the 2nd best attraction in Nelspruit by TripAdvisor (2017).
Wander through Nelspruit’s Lowveld Botanical Gardens to admire South Africa’s largest selection of flora and birdlife, cross stunning waterfalls on wooden bridges to reach the rainforest offering an abundance of botanical plants, flowers and beautiful birds singing high in the trees. This piece of paradise is a great day out for nature lovers of all ages.
South Africa is a unique land offering natural beauty, wildlife, sunshine, history, friendly locals but most of all it presents a magical atmosphere that attracts visitors to return time and time again.
We could not find any availability at Ngwenya Lodge in South Africa, to compare prices, so instead let’s look at the overall cost of this holiday for eXpectations members.
Members of eXpectations Plus could have booked this 4-bedroom unit (sleeping 8) during 7th – 14th July 2017 for just 90,500 points at this RCI Gold Crown Resort. To put this points value into perspective the total price for the holiday featured came to just £799 (based on 8 people sharing when we looked on: 18/4/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 90,500 points, 1x annual membership and 1x online RCI exchange fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 90,500 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£521|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£0|
*Based on eight people sharing the price is less than £15 per person per night for 7-nights within a 4-bedroom unit at the Ngwenya Lodge during the dates featured in the example above.