Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge
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Try some other lodge first!
Getting thru the 5km sand road to the lodge was a challenge in our Toyota Corolla. I had to drive off road thru bushes to avoid getting stuck in the deeper sand - not a welcome experience for a middle aged woman and her 13 yr old grandaughter. When we left I was anxious about getting a puncture but luckily we managed to get thru unscathed.
The camp itself is at a spectatular location, with tents set up near the river edge. The tents are adequately furnished and plenty of blankets kept us warm. A hippo island mid-river kept us entertained for hours with a herd of 12+ hippos.
At our arrival the staff interns (2) and permanent staff (1) told us they had been working there 3 weeks and 1 month respectively and were soon leaving. They were young people, 1 German woman, a Brazilian and So. African man, pleasant but not knowlegable at all about the area or animals. The SA man, who drove the game drive truck, had animal and bird guide books for a reference when asked questions.
The camp owner appeared at dinner as a bon vivant, sitting and entertaining a small table of guests. Food was simple but adequate and good. One definately got a feeling from the owner of the old days of white supremacy. The staff appeared subdued and submissive rather than open and interactive, as we'd become accustomed to at all other camps.
The 3 activities included the option of a guided tour of the local village and this was fascinating. The guide lived in one of the buildings and we met his grandmother and some school children. This was the highlight of our 2 night stay!
You could easily pass on the "game drive" and see the few animals elsewhere with a more experienced guide. We didn't do the hippo island boat trip because the interns said that the day before we came a client bribed the boat driver to actually land on the island. This was to take photo's at closer range. There were a dozen huge hippos and their calves on the island at the time. The interns felt that this was very dangerous and I agreed - so decided to not do that activity.
Great lodge in nice location next to the rive
Very friendly staff at this great lodge next to the Okavango river. You can spend hours just watching the hippos in the river (and around the tents at night!).
Staff were keen to help and the owner was very welcoming and helpful.
Definitely do the village trip with one of the local staff. It was done in a very thoughtful way - you didn't feel you were intruding but learned a lot about the local way of life. We were really pleased we did it.
Would recommend as a place to stop off at for a couple of days - didn't try the game viewing in the local park as we had come from Etosha