Reviews of Ngoma Safari Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
7 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Ngoma Safari Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Ngoma Safari Lodge review"
Being very close to the Western entrance to Chobe NP it was less than 10 minutes to get to the Park. The wild life in Chobe is absolutely abundant --- after a few minutes drive into the Park animals (including large herds of Buffalo, Elephants, Impala, Baboons) appear at almost every turn. The variety of animals and birds in the Park, and especially close to the River, was greater than any other area we visited. It would be the first place to visit for a first time visitor on safari.
Being the least expensive of all five lodges, it is clearly offers the best value and we would rate Ngoma Lodge second only to the much more expensive Sandibe Lodge." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 6n in Zambia
"Ngoma Safari Lodge review"
Wesley and Roxanne were welcoming and made every effort to make us comfortable with the property and activities offered. Our guide Tabi was wonderful. His local knowledge of the animals and local bird life was very impressive. His ability to seek out viewing spots and describe the animal behavior enabled us to see the abundant wildlife living in the Chobe area. He really made every effort to make each day unique and special.
The food offered was amazing with the personal attention to detail that enables one to truly indulge. The staff worked very hard to please and catered to every individual wish. They were proud of what they did and genuinely concerned with the satisfaction of their guests. ." See all these reviews: 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Luxurious accommodations in a varied park"
Meals were excellent with multiple choices and cooked to order if any of the menu didn't suit. This included gluten-free options
Expansive views across the river valley with herds of buffalo, zebra & wildebeest visible. Also animals come to the distant waterhole.
Again the guides here were excellent & patient so we had many sightings & were able to spend quiet time just observing.
A positive is that the lodge has a boat and you can spend much of a day on the river & see crocs, hippos & many water birds that can't be seen elsewhere.
A minor negative is that the river valley is quite long so generally game drives include quite a long distance "in transit".
This park has a very large elephant population and sightings are frequent, up-close and with very large herds. SO if you are an elephant lover this is the place.
It is also a relatively short distance from Kasane airport (quite new & modern) with paved road all the way." See all these reviews: 4n in Botswana; 4n in Zimbabwe
"One of the Best"
We found this spectacularly located lodge very much to our taste. High quality, friendly, informal and very efficiently run by Judy, who we understand was the relief manager - a lovely lady! As with all the places we stayed, Ngoma catered for our preference for an individual table for meals outside without any problem at all and this was appreciated.
It is outside the Chobe National Park but there is a gate within 15 minutes drive. We were there at the peak of the dry season and so the reality was that all roads lead to the river's edge as the animals all congregate there for grazing and water. Makes for good sightings of mixed game.We particularly enjoyed the all-day safari. Drive for an hour to Kasane and board the lodge's boat for a couple of hours game viewing on the Chobe river. Then travel through the park - stopping for a picnic lunch - during the afternoon back to the lodge. Recommended." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 8n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Namibia
"Ngoma Safari Lodge review"
Game rangers exceptional" See all these reviews: 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
Although many activities were offered we were happy much of the time just to sit on the terrace and watch the animals below.
Judy, "stand-in" manageress was wonderful
A great place for our last few days." See all these reviews: 27n in Namibia; 4n in South Africa; 3n in Botswana
"Kasane to Cape Town Days 2 and 3"
Rooms were superbly appointed with individual terraces overlooking the river below. These have very comfortable loungers for a snooze or sunbathe, though the loungers might get in the way if you wanted to use the outdoor shower. Loved the spooky kudu lights! There are wonderful views and lots of game to watch from rooms and terraces (personal or communal). Lunch took much longer than intended as we kept running off to peer at animals through the spotting scope!
Food was delicious and beautifully presented; 'the prettiest scrambled eggs I've ever seen' as one fellow guest remarked.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who, without exception, gave great service with a smile.
We enjoyed excellent game drives (sable all over the place!!) in quiet areas of Chobe and around the lodge with Bevam in his spanking new vehicle and a great boat trip with Kevin. We had met Bevam before as he had worked at Garden Lodge on our previous visit – he remembered us but, sorry to say, it took a little while before we worked out where we'd met before.
Ngoma is a fantastic new option around Chobe and will give the established operations a run for their money." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 3n in South Africa
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