Ngoma Safari Lodge is situated on the western section of the Chobe riverfront
Ngoma Safari Lodge: Our full report
Situated overlooking the Chobe River and an adjacent floodplain Ngoma Safari Lodge is new to the Chobe Forest Reserve, having opened in early 2011. It's one of only one of a handful of lodges along this western section of the Chobe riverfront, which received many less visitors than the area to the west. None of the Expert Africa team has, as yet, stayed at Ngoma, but one of us visited the Lodge in June 2011, shortly after it opened.
On our first visit it was clear that this was a new camp to which finishing touches were still being made. The framework of a quality lodge was certainly there though and when the lawns and trees have grown, the exterior of the lodge will no doubt be as smart as the interior. Ngoma is set to be one of the more luxurious lodges in the area, with more 'frills' than most.
The main area of camp contains a sitting room with sofas, chairs and a few coffee tables all positioned to optimize the view of the Chobe as it passes by. The dining room can also be found here as can the self-service bar area. There's also a plunge pool set amongst a separate seating area. A striking baobab tree stands next to the outside platform from where great views across the escarpment can be enjoyed.
Accommodation at Ngoma Safari Lodge comes in the form of one of eight suites. Each has a large double bed with mosquito net and looks out towards the flood plain. Screen mesh windows keep the insects out at night but allow a cooling breeze to flow through during the day. The en-suite bathroom is found at the rear of each suite on an elevated mantle. Here there's a bath set into the wall with his and her basins at each end of it and there's a separate large shower off to the side. There's also an outdoor shower somewhat quirkily set on the verandah with views down to the water but well screened by a wall of wooden poles.
Ngoma's activities include privately guided walking safaris accompanied by an armed Professional Guide. There are also full-day excursions on offer which include a cruise on the river as well as game drives within the Chobe National Park. Evening 4WD game drives are also on offer within the concession around the Lodge. Village and school visits can also be arranged.
Our viewNgoma Safari Lodge is a new addition to the quieter western end of the Chobe Riverfront area - with good design and fantastic views. Its large 'suites' are light, airy and well-designed with great views. Being in a forest reserve does allow the lodge to offer a wider variety of activities than if it stood in a national park. Combine this with the area having relatively lower densities of visitors than further west on the riverfront, and we are cautiously optimistic that Ngoma Safari Lodge will be popular when it's better known.
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