Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 81 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 81 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 & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

On arriving at Ndhovu we were met by Horst and informed that we were the only guests. The tented accommodation was fine . THe evening boat ride was excellent . Great birds and some good animals along the bank. Tasty food taken wth Horst , fascinating entertaining company.

A morning drive in the Mahango Park was great fun , but did not see the elusive sable . Really enjoyed the camp and the personal service. One plus point was that unprompted our car had been washed after the mud of Etosha and that was a real bonus.

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Mrs F - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

arrived in pouring rain and were in their river tent!!

we changed the next day lovely location and hippos No activities done as felt like a lazy day

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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

This place grew on us rather,but then we did arrive in the most amazing storm,and were assigned the river tent with net curtains,chemical loo and Hippos making the most unbeiveable din!

Horst also improved on better aquaintance,food was fine,we did move to tent on dry land for second nite,which was rather more peaceful,we didnt do their game drive.

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Mr I & Mrs J - East Sussex
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Good for birds and Mahango NP (where you can drive yourself - unlike Lianshulu) very close. Horst was an excellent host and dining family style worked very well

Note - I suspect we were under-charged for activities and drinks : we would be happy to put this right (perhaps via Expert Africa and Wilderness Safaris) if Horst lets us know what we owe him.

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Dr & Mrs. S from Northants
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Classic Safari Camp

Tented accommadation in classic rustic style but with plumbing and electricity.The bathrooms could do with a little upgrading but were all that was needed.

Pleasant welcome and introduction to the camp. Horst was a very congenial host assissted by the amiable and laid back Chris. A small swimming pool and well stocked bar completed the scene.Food was good and served around one or two big tables depending on how many guests were present.

We had two good boat trips with the knowledgable Erasmus and an excellent game drive with Horst. Another gem !!

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Mr D & Mrs L - Cumbria
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A place to watch Hippo's

A sandy, road to approch the lodge, car was fine.

Again all insect spray etc was provided.

Tents very clean, and a lovely setting, excellent food.

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Mrs. A-C from California
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tenting on the river, a different experience.

Finding the lodge was a bit tricky. Signage could be improved. The dirt road was marginal for a two wheel drive with poor clearance. (Toyota Yaris).

The location on the Kavango was lovely and we were treated to a herd of elephant right across the river. Horst was a gracious host who took the time to talk to us about the area and Namibia in general.

The boat cruise gave us an opportunity to see hippos up close as well as crocodiles.

The fresh mini loaves of bread were great in the morning.

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Mr J & Mrs L Caprivi
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

An amazing experience staying in tented accommodation that was on a raft moored in the river.

We couldn't have got closer to the wildlife that we'd come to see.

The owner and staff were all very friendly and easy to get on with.

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Accra family
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting

Fantastic location on the Okavango River and very close to Mahango National Park (an undiscovered gem). There is a herd of hippos living on the island just off the banks from the camp. These can easily be viewed from the tents and the viewing platform at the Lapa bar/dining room. The hippos are active at night, with regular grunting, squawks and splashing to be heard - just be careful leaving your tent after dark as they come up onto the banks of the camp - as evidenced by the huge footprints!

Horst is an excellent host and mine of information - as was Chris his assistant from South Africa (good luck with the UK Ancestry visa!). The locally employed staff were all friendly and helpful and the food introduced by the cook each evening (a surprise each night) was delicious. Horst and the staff couldn't have done more to make our stay enjoyable.

The tents were well appointed, though the bathrooms could do with a few extra bamboo stems in the screen for privacy! The tents were better than just good, but no option between good and excellent exists so we ticked good. The sundowner cruise on the river was informative and peaceful. Our guide, Joshua, was very good with the children. The Mahango National Park was excellent in terms of being able to drive yourself around it and the opportunity to see 'riverine' species of animals. Even afer Etosha we were still able to see five new species of animal here. It was also largely empty of tourists. The nearby Popa Falls were also worth a visit and our kids had a great time playing in the shallows. Although we didn't attempt it, other guests said that travelling into Botswana and the Okavango Delta was easy from here.

We thought that you ought to know that the Shell garage in Divundu just before the bridge (travelling from Rundu to Katima) has closed. The Engen garage before it (ie closer to Rundu) is open and was in the process of being renovated by the owner when we were there. The garage also has a fairly well-stocked supermarket (as towns on the Caprivi Strip go). There is no garage on the other side of the bridge.

Another high point of our trip and a great time had by all.

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Mr & Mrs Hyena - West Midlands
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

We really enjoyed Ndovu. The manager Chris is very helpful and friendly. You all eat together on a couple of tables which means you get to share experiences with the other guests who could be from anywhere in the world.

We slept in the floating tent! This is an experience not to be forgotten in a hurry as a Hippo got very close to us in the middle of the night, grunts, snorts, splashes and the sound of a branch cracking at 2:30 a.m. seem incredibly loud. in the morning there was no sign of our close encounter but it did get the heart racing.

The proximity to Mahango park means limited driving before you can get good game viewing on your own. We like a mixture of doing our own thing and guided drives.

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