Each of the eight tents has a wooden varendah on the banks of the Okavango River.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge: Our full report
Ndhovu Safari Lodge stands on the east bank of the Kavango River, between Divundu on the trans-Caprivi Highway and the Botswana border at Mohembo. It’s just 2km north of the Mahango Natinal Park – so one of the closest lodges to the park (Mahangu Safari Lodge being the other) and has a lovely location beside the Okavango River.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge has ten en suite tents. A partially open-sided passage leads into the fairly simple bathroom at the back of the tent, which as in a separated reed and thatched room. Here you can find a flush toilet, a basin and a shower with hot and cold running water. The lodge provides complementary shampoo and soap.
One of the tents is built on a pontoon floating on the river, which gives you the feeling of sleeping on a boat.
New to Ndhovu is their houseboat, "Hippo", which can sleep four people. You can stay on this for two or three nights, taking you really close to nature. Facilities are simple but for the adventurous it may suit. Speak to us for further details.
The main area at Ndhovu Safari Lodge is a thatched building with an open front from where you can enjoy great views over the river. There are comfortable seats as well as a well-stocked bar. At the riverfront, is a wooden terrace raised up on stilts where you can sit and watch the abundant birdlife, as well as any other passing wildlife.
Dinner is a sociable event at Ndhovu Safari Lodge which takes place together with the owner and the other guests.
In the middle of a well maintained lawn is swimming pool for escaping from the day’s heat.
Activities at the lodge focus on boat trips, fishing excursions and game drives to Mahango National Park. There are also village tours available, although we haven’t done any of these ourselves and so we’re unsure what they’re like.
Our viewNdhovu Safari Lodge is a no frills lodge, more reminiscent of old style African safaris. Having said this, it is a firm favorite of ours in this area as it is in a good location and offers great value and a very warm welcome.
Ideal length of stay: Two nights
Directions: Turn south off the B8 at Divindu onto the D3403 (C48) to Mahango National Park / Mohembo border for 22km. Take the sign posted turnoff for 1.5km. The lodge’s turnoff is 2km from Mahango National Park entrance and 12 km from Mohembo.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Horst Kock
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: On our last visit in 2010 we found the food to be good, wholesome home cooked fare.
The breakfast was a continental buffet with the option to order some hot dishes as well. Dinner is usually served at 7:30 pm and we had a three-course meal. The starter was vegetable soup followed by Kudu lasagne, mash potatoes, salad, cauliflower, butternut squash and peas. The dessert was a fruit cocktail jelly.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included at Ndhovu Lodge – the lodge run on an honesty bar system.
Further dining info: None.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome
Property’s age restrictions: No age restriction
Special activities & services: None
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: Children will love the activities on offer but adult supervision is necessary as this is a big game area and the river, especially, can be very dangerous..
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: The lodge often has mobile reception.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There is a guard on duty during dinner and rest of evening. During flood times, he’s around 24 hours.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all of the rooms and the main area.
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available at an extra cost.
Money: It is not possible to do currency exchange at the lodge.
Accepted payment on location: Cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.