Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 90 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 90 of our travellers who have visited Ndhovu Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge : a taste of the Okavango

We reached Ndhovu late afternoon (16:45 hrs), after leaving The Waterberg in the morning (08:00 AM). The drive was long but easily driven on tar. On the way up, early in the morning, between the Waterberg and Otavi, hundreds of warthogs could be observed grazing on the small shoots of grass that just thrive on the road margins. After Grootfontein, the landscape just starts to change becoming more arboreal. Namibia just changes gradually. Approaching Rundu, small villages surge around the main B8 and we start to see a more populated country. A slower and attentive drive is imperative.

After a long drive, Ndhovu becomes an oasis where you can relax and unwind. Monica and Johan were unobtrusive hostesses with a warm welcome. The Okavango just in front of our tented rooms makes its presence heard, with the hippo calls. The rooms are clean and spacious. The wooden deck overlooking the river is magnificent spot to watch the occasional African Otter (early morning) and to witness a spectacular african sunset.

On the following day we drove to the Mahango National Park, which can be easily and fairly explored with a sedan car.

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M and M Oxford
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

We arrived very early for check-in but nevertheless were made very welcome by the hosts Monika and Johan.

We were advised against taking the inland route In the Mahango Game Park (which requires a 4WD vehicle) as the river side of the park (which can be taken in a conventional car) has more wildlife and good sightings of birds, elephants and other wildlife were observed.

Travellers should recognise that if you go to places where wildlife is abundant you may encounter additional wildlife in your room. In the early hours of the morning we listened to the padding feet of a small mammal scurrying across the inner tent. You have to be realistic.

The communal dining experience may not be everyone's cup of tea.



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Mr & Mrs H - Dorking
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Hippos ouside your bedroom in the morning. The approach road is very sandy and pretty long - 2 wheel drive can make it but if the weather conditions were different it may have been problematic.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved it!

We were a bit worried on drive there but we neednt have been. what a beautiful place to stay.One of our favourites on this trip. Right beside river with plenty of hippo and crocs. the resident hippo was amazing and we got to see him twice.

Dogs at lodge were adorable and staff were amazing. Johan and Monica were lovely. Nice honesty bar and very relaxed atmosphere among guests and staff. Food was great.

Activities were reasonable and water cruise was great. Not so much to see in Game Reserve on our trip but saw loads of birds.

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Mr DS - Surrey
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

At first sight, the lodge seemed a little bit, well, underwhelming, but after we'd settled into our tent by the river, we found it a most friendly and comfortable place to stay. Johann was a mine of information; we enjoyed the river cruise - v good value. Bird life on the river was fascinating - not to mention the crocs, and the hippo who came out of the river to graze at dinnertime.

Lovely to sit outside our tent and just watch the river.

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Mr & Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rural Riverside Lodge

Maybe a little tired round the edges, but the tents were clean and comfy,
Lovely riverside lodge, great atmosphere, relaxed. Love the pottery used at mealtimes.
Guests and management dine together which gives insightful conversation into local issues. Felt like one big family.
River trip good. Guide knows his birds and was extremely patient when pointing out his finds.
Close to the National Park - good stay.

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hippo, otters and fish eagles

one of our favourite places and we were not disappointed

Fantastic noises in the night - we felt we were on a film set - good game drive into the park and boatrides down the river with knowledgable guides - a wonderful experience - we could have stayed longer.

Nothing was too much trouble - when the local garage had no petrol they managed to go and get us some the next day saving us a long bumpy ride

An amazing place - we would recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing stay - a day relaxing on the dack watching a fish eagle hunt is a memory for a cold winter day back home- just wish the pottery wasn't so expensive now.

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Harrow
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Excellent location on the banks of the river. We really enjoyed our stay here although the accommodation was a little more basic.

We were able to drive into Mahango park ourselves and also as an organised activity.

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Mr W and Dr M from Southampton
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great location, staff and wildlife!

Superb. Amazing viewings over the river the deck. The 'posh tents' were fun to staying and it was good fun hearing the hippos and elephants crashing around and shouting during the night. The staff were really friendly and enthusiastic about the wildlife too. Being so close to the park, it was easy to do your own drives whenever you wanted. A great place to stay!

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Mr K & Mrs A - Sumer family trip in Namibia
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Ndovu is not to be missed. We loved it here and could happily have spent longer. Staff are friendly and attentive without overdoing it. Activities are offered but not thrust upon you. Michael our guide was excellent and if you enjoy birds - do not miss the sundowner boat cruise. Also spending an afternoon just lounging on the deck looking out over the river was great. You can also drive yourself through Mahango national Park and see plenty.

We arrived to a hippo wandering about camp which was quite exciting - don't let that put you off though, the staff will ensure you are safe and they saw us back safely to our tent in the dark.

Tented accommodation is clean and comfortable with lovely coffee making facilities. Perhaps a little snug with 4 beds in 1 tent.

Our only other construcitve suggestion would be locks on the doors or a safe in the room as our British mentality makes us wary of leaving passports and camera equipment unlocked

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