Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 86 travellers
Excellent
45
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 86 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.
Five friends from Amsterdam
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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
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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
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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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
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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
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Rooms:
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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
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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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Rooms:
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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
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
Average
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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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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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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
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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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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