Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 89 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 89 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 G & Mrs M - Portugal
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The journey to get here was very exciting, through deep water trying to find the roadway.

The rooms are fine but the open passage between the tent room and the bathroom leaves a lot to be desired and the bathroom ceiling leaks. The public lapa for dining is very, very dark with insufficient lighting. It also needs a throughly good clean.

However, Werner Schulz, who was standing in for Horst the owner, was great and we enjoyed our boat trip with him and his father, very relaxing and interesting talking to them. We also went on a game drive with them through the park which was very good.

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Mr and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 28-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

this was a star experience of the whole trip.marvelopus river safari trips with great bird and hippo viewing. we felt close to nature as the hippos come up the bank at night outside our tent and we could heard them snuffling about.the nearby game reserve whiilst small is excellent. finally the evening meal eaten all together meant that we met some interesting people as a bonus.great recommendation

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Dr G & Mrs Y - Walton on Thames
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Peaceful and a beautiful location.

This is the place to stay if you want close views of the Okavango River. It was around 40 C in the Bush but the Lodge is situated close to the River and in riverine forest so it was always comfortable around the Lodge.

We had 3 nights here and did not want to leave.

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Mr & Mrs S - Surrey
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Beautiful location on the river from where you can see hippos, crocodiles and sometimes elephants. The bed was very comfortable but the bathroom is fairly basic.

Johan and Monica provided a warm welcome and we enjoyed the boat excursion with Martin where we saw many unusual birds as well as hippos, crocs and water monitors.

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Mr G party of four - Norway
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Good atmosphere, nice hosts with a "familiar" touch during meals and by the fire.

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Mr R & Mrs M & Mr A & Ms P - West Sussex
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The couple who manage the lodge were welcoming, interesting and gave a different dimension to our experience.

They were knowledgable about the wild life of the area but also the culture of the area and some insight of the social and political issues of the country. They seemed to make an extra effort to encourage conversation during the dinner each evening.

The proximity of hippos may be un-nerving to some people.

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Having been to Etosha, the Caprivi Strip doesn't really compare from a wildlife point of view. But it was interesting to drive along on our way to Botswana.

Ndhovu is a nice camp and the service is good. However we were put in the floating tent on the river - as a room it's very nice but not for the faint hearted. We didn't sleep much because the hippos were very active around us at night. In hindsight a tent on land would have been more conducive to a good night's sleep!

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Mr & Mrs P - Harrow
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Excellent game drive and river trip. Helpful, friendly staff. Hippo watching in the river excellent.

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Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge, a gem

This rated as 1 of our favourites. The atmosphere was second to none. Horst, the owner, was there, and the temporary managers, Johan and Monica, were brilliant. Michael, the guide who took us on the river was superb, we saw so much, with his skill, it was the best trip we had. He then went way beyond the call of duty, by cleaning our car,completely unasked, which was still covered in salt and dust from our drive from the dunes!

Sitting round a table all together, for meals, is an excellent idea, as we all mixed, and had some fascinating conversations from 'local' guests, who explained a lot about the Namibian life of all members of society, including farming and education.

We felt that the accommodation needs a bit of tlc. The tents need repairs in places, some of the bedding needs updating, and towels need replacing. We felt also that bathmats would be good rather than standing on small carpets after a shower. There is a plan to put Espresso Coffee machines in all rooms, rather than kettles, new linen would be a better way to spend the money! Having said that we would all go back.

Hippos 'mow the lawns' for the lodge, we had footprints very close to our tent, very exciting!

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kasane to cape Town Days 5 and 6

Ndhovu is a simple, homely lodge which provides comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. The welcome is warm and the location lovely. Food is good but not fancy and a word of appreciation to the staff brings a beaming smile. Those who object to eating game should note that this comprises most of the dinner menu and let the lodge or Expert Africa know in advance so that an alternative can be arranged.

We really like Ndhovu but have to say the tents are looking a little 'tired'; we were in the floating river tent which was fun but a little sprucing-up would make a good lodge an excellent one. We still rate our overall experience as excellent.

We had stayed here two years ago; since then Horst has become less hands-on and Chris has had to return to South Africa. The lodge was in the safe hands of Johann and Monica, helped/hindered by their gorgeous Great Dane puppy, Keira. Johann is a very good guide but having a closed-in cab on the game vehicle makes it difficult for him to interact with all his guests. As we had a full vehicle I (Jane) was sitting up front with Johann – while I didn't have quite such a good view of the animals I learnt lots about all sorts of aspects of life at the lodge and Namibia in general.

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