Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 82 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 82 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 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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The Caracal party from London
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A warm welcome in the Caprivi

Ndhovu Lodge was absloutely delightful, again quite rustic but with such a warm and firiendly atmosphere.

Horst was lovely and took us out for a very long trip to the Caprivi Game park, and one afternoon we self drove around Mahango park and saw terrific Sable and Roan. I have to say we were very sad to leave the atmosphere of Ndhovu.

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Mr U & Mr G Germany
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The National Park in close proximity to the lodge is relatively small, so you encounter quite a few other vehicles. Boat rides are quite enjoyable with close encounters of lazy crocs and pied kingfishers feeding.

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Mr. I - Combs
Arrived on: 11-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent host and hippos.

Warm welcome. Great host. Wonderful evening boat trip. Delicious food. Comfortable tent with amazing views of hippos.
Wished we had booked for 2 or three nights.

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Cape clawless otters - from California
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

We enjoyed our experience at Ndhovu mostly because we spent a lot of time with the owner's friends (Gary and Christine) who were filling in for him while he was away. Either Gary and/or Christine joined us for our activities. They were very flexible with scheduling the activities and tayloring them to our prefferences.

The lodges are on the edge of the Kavango river, where you can observe hippos, crocodiles, and watch beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The only complaint we have about the room is that the mosquito net is insufficient - it's not big enough for the bed and we had to sleep outside the net, which is not ideal, since this was a malarial area.

The food was very good. However, we suggest that the owners take some precautions to deter moths. We spent most of our dinner protecting our food against moths.

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Mr F & Mrs V - Kent
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sailing with the hippos'

Superbly set on the south bank of the Okavango this tented lodge is a must to stay at. From the luxury tented accommodation to the sight of the hippos in mid-stream accompanied by the sight and sounds of numerous different birds this could be called idyllic. Our tent was unusual as it was the only one set on a raft moored to the riverbank! Different if slightly cramped but OK for all that.

Took excellent trip into Mahango game park the next morning guided by our host who was most entertaining and informative followed by an afternoon river "sundowner" cruise accompanied by another excellent boatman/guide.

Meals were communal and very good with a good mixture of nationalities from the tents and nearby campsite joining in.

Reccomended for anyone travelling into/from Caprivi/Botswana

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Mr. P - Penny
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okavango nights

Ndhovu is relaxed even easy-going and this is obviously how Horst, the newish owner, would like it. (Erica and Lee were there but coming to the end of a holiday cum work stay.) Communal eating with the staff was very much the house style and we found Horst's company and conversation entertaining and informative.

His river trips and a morning's game drive were fascinating; he is another of those excellent guides, of whom our experience in Namibia was the majority, whose freshness and enthusiasm helped our understanding of the environment and the wild life and, more significantly, made us feel that our visit and our anxiety to know mattered to him.

The organisation is a little run down; the tent accommodation has been there a long time and gives a rather dowdy than 'outback' (cf Nhoma) appearance and the food was plain and not always enough. One of those conflicts that we found on more than one occasion in Namibia - how to retain the original sense of adventure and informality without alienating visitors whose expectations had moved on.

Our preference is very much for the former (see our comments on Nhoma) and recognise that there is a difficult balance to be maintained here. There might just be a temptation on the part of lodge owners to say 'well, this is what we do so this is what you get.' THis is not so much a criticism as a query, perhaps a suggestion for the future of the lodge.

But we liked it; hippos in the garden, carmine bee-eaters and all. Wonderful birds. (An interesting contrast with Lianshulu where we were always escorted to dinner after dark in case of marauding elephant or hippo. Here, Charlie the hippo grazes on the grass outside the tents at night, we and he unconcerned.)

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Mr & Mrs J and Mr & Mrs L
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

As an overnight stay this was fine. A trip into Mahungu Park was unexpectedly good and enjoyable. The main owners were away and another couple were looking after the place for them. This may have accounted for the food being rather poor!

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Mr & Mrs K - Berks
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great location

We stayed 4 nights and were very satisfied. Horst and his staff were very friendly and helpful.

The location is good and much time can be spent simply sitting on the deck watching activities by the river.

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Mr & Mrs B from Beds
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rooms:
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Floating tent at Ndhovu

Offered tent on floating platform we accepted. Contained chemical toilet seemed ok - we were first to use this accom.

Bank to platform rather steep could have done with better steps - sighted close to swimming pool filter and pump noisy at times.

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