Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 90 travellers
Excellent
47
Good
38
Average
3
Poor
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Terrible
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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.
Dr R & Dr M - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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lovely but for the hippos

tented accomodation right on the edge of the Okavango...I was frightened of the hippos..... very good hospitality and a nice deck over the river.

food was served at large tables...which I don't like....however we did end up with good company. despite marking this as excellent, I am not convinced that this was the most interesting place to stay.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The drive from Rundu is long, straight and pretty boring! The Shell petrol station at Divundu appears to have gone but the Engen is going strong.
We liked Ndhovu a lot but we had a number of niggles which prevent us giving it a 'Excellent' rating.

The track to the lodge was fairly rough and signage could be improved – basically follow the signs for Mahangu Lodge until you pick up ones for Ndhovu. On arrival we were greeted by South African Chris, so laid back he's horizontal. There was no real explanation of the activities available and no price list was ever seen. We always had to ask to do activities – there was little proactivity. We had checked on the internet before leaving but our trip to the park across the river turned out to be at significantly higher cost than expected; although we'd still have done it, the cost should have been pointed out. A drive in Mahango NP was very good but we'd recommend anyone with the appropriate vehicle (4X2 plus) to drive yourself – the cost is N$90 rather than N$600 for two – and you can spend all day if you like, which we did on our last day.

Tents were adequate – comfortable but smallish – plenty of blankets provided for cold nights- and our first night was very cold – tents 1-5 are close together so, unless your neighbours lower their voices every word is audible. Only 1 small bottle of water per person was provided no matter how many nights you were staying.

They claimed they had not been informed of my cheese allergy – unfortunate as the first night's dinner was lasagne – but an excellent alternative was quickly provided and everybody was very careful thereafter. Accepting that, the food was generally excellent, particularly given the open-air kitchen and windy conditions!
The laundry service was efficient and good value.

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Mr J & Mrs P and Mr C & Mrs R - Wembley
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Good place to spend the night

Friendly, welcoming place with a good atmosphere. The food was excellent, and we had a very enjoyable sunset cruise.

Very cold - we needed every one of our mountain of blankets in the night.

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Family P from Belgium
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The position of this lodge cannot be faulted. We had a group of 14 hippos in the river just in front of our lodge, and Mahango National park and the Botswanan border were very close.

The food here was OK, but not great, except for the eland lasagne which was very good and especially appreciated by the children. The staff seemed less friendly here than at many of the other lodges. We saw very little on the sunset cruise which was unfortunate, especially as we'd seen such a lot at Hakusembe, but that's not the lodge's fault - the wildlife doesn't follow the boating schedule!

However, there were a large number of boats out at the same time and one wonders if the traffic does scare off some animals. Unfortunately, I was ill during the cruise and for the day after and Horst, the owner, was very nice about it. We spent a relaxed day driving round Mahango and a very interesting day in Botswana.

Interestingly, although they are so close, the staff at Ndhovu didn't seem to know what papers we would need to cross the border with a hire car, which would have been helpful. Fortunately everything was in order and we had no border problems. On hindsight, three days here was perhaps a little long for us, but as I was ill for one of the three days it all worked out fine.

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Five friends from Amsterdam
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good

The hippos at Ndhovu send you to sleep

A small lodge where they really do their best to make you feel at home.

The food was OK, though not haute cuisine (but it was served on the most beautiful hand-painted crockery).

The location is great, with wonderful views of hippos and elephants on the other side of the river - hippo noises make for a truly African lullaby! The owner Horst is a good guide on the sunset cruise.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Ndhovu was a great experience. The place by the river is just wonderful, and you can enjoy lots of sounds throughout the night.

We stayed in the tent floating on the river and the first morning there was a family of otters right next to us. The evening boat trip accompanied by Horst was superb. Eating all together (the funny members of staff included - there were few other guests when we were there) at breakfast and dinner was very nice and family-like.

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Mr & Mrs Johnson - Epsom
Arrived on: 8-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good

Great Potential

We arrived after a long drive from Maun, around the West side ot the Okavango Delta and through Shakawe. As anticipated, the approach road was flooded but we were met and shipped efficiently to the Lodge. The owner was absent during our stay, a pity because his deputy seemed to have his hands full most of the time. We mangaed to fit in an excellent boat trip at sunset, Erasmus was an expert spotter,with eyes like a hawk. Otherwise a very satisactory stay, and we'd recommend it.

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Mr & Mrs A - London
Arrived on: 5-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Getting close to the hippos

This lodge has a great location on the banks of the Okhavango River but it was let down by the standard of our room which we thought was badly in need of refurbishment (particularly the bathroom).

When we arrived our room and bathroom were filled with wasps - checking out the accomodation before guests arrive might be a good idea. Also providing insect repellants in the room would be appreciated as being near the river there are quite a few insects.
When we were in our room after dusk the hippos sounded very close and their trail/ river entry point was very near our tent. We were provided with a torch but I didn't feel very comfortable walking over to dinner in the dark- as other guests haven't commented on this maybe I'm being a wimp!

On the plus side the food was very good and the owner and staff were very accessible and helpful. For example as soon as we arrived (by boat transfer) we asked to be taken straight out again and they were very very obliging. After dinner the staff gave an impromptu concert of singing and dancing which enjoyed.

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Mr & Mrs K from Bury
Arrived on: 30-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

This was probably our favourite lodge.

The road to the lodge was flooded when we got there but we were collected by boat and transferred with little fuss and a sense of humour.

The welcome , the decor, the position all put us at ease immediately.

We at all meals together with all guests and the owner Horst.

Wonderful experience.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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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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