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Ndhovu Safari Lodge
Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Ndhovu Safari Lodge: Our full report

Ndhovu Safari Lodge stands in a beautiful location on the west bank of the Kavango River, between Divundu ...

... and the Botswana border at Mohembo. It's just 2km north of the Mahango National Park, making it one of the closest lodges to this small and seldom visited park on Namibia’s Caprivi Strip.

Ndhovu’s open-sided thatched main area – with a dining room and well-stocked honesty bar – takes full advantage of the views across the river to the Bwabwata National Park beyond. A path leads down to a deck built out over the river, a great spot to relax on a sunlounger and see what passes by. During our brief visit in December 2016, we were told that it isn’t uncommon for elephants and other game to be spotted from here. In the middle of a well-maintained lawn, a swimming pool offers a welcome escape from the day's heat.

Accommodation options at Ndhovu are focused on Meru-style tents, each looking out over river, but there is also a floating tent, and a small houseboat.

Little has changed in the 11 Meru-style tents over the years, and it all feels rather dated. The bedrooms are simply furnished, with twin beds under a mosquito net, bedside tables and some storage areas. A partially open-sided passage leads into a fairly simple bathroom at the back of the tent, which is in a separate reed-and-thatch room. Here you’ll find a flush toilet, a basin and a shower with hot and cold running water. In front of each tent is a small seating area with two chairs and a table for those who wish to soak up the views away from the main area.

The floating tent, a little optimistically billed as the ‘honeymoon tent’, is set on a pontoon tethered to the river bank. It is furnished with a double bed, and its en-suite bathroom has a shower with hot and cold running water – but due to the location, there is a chemical toilet.

The houseboat, Hippo, can sleep up to four people, although two would be more comfortable as it’s not a big boat. Facilities are simple but for the adventurous it may suit for two or three nights. These are spent moored to one of the many islands in the river away from the lodge.

Activities at Ndhovu focus on boat trips, fishing excursions and game drives to Mahango National Park. There are also village tours available.


Our view

Ndhovu Safari Lodge is a no-frills lodge, somewhat reminiscent of an old-style African safari lodge. It used to be our lodge of choice in this area, and whilst the location is still good, things could do with a bit of a freshen up. As a result, we feel that there are now better options.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Country manager: Namibia

Geographics

Location
Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
One nights
Directions
Ndhovu Safari Lodge is located off the C48, 16km north of the Mohembo border with Botswana.
Accessible by
Self-drive

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Half Board
Food quality
On our last visit in December 2016 we didn’t have the chance to eat here but on a previous visit the food was good, wholesome home-cooked fare.

Breakfast is a continental buffet with the option to order some hot dishes as well.

Dinner is usually served at 7.30pm. On a previous visit, we had a three-course meal of vegetable soup followed by kudu lasagne, mashed potatoes, salad, cauliflower, butternut squash and peas. The dessert was a fruit cocktail jelly.

Children

Attitude towards children
Children of all ages are welcome
Property’s age restrictions
No age restriction
Special activities & services
None
Equipment
None
Generally recommended for children
For children who enjoy game drives and fishing Ndhovu is a good option.
Notes
Adult supervision is essential as this is a big-game area and the lodge’s grounds run down to the river.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Ndhovu Safari Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Buffalo

100% success

Elephant

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Giraffe

50% success

Roan antelope

50% success

Sable antelope

50% success

Zebra

50% success

Aardvark

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Eland

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Lion

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Sitatunga

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator in case of a mains power failure.
Communications
The lodge often has cellphone reception and there is Wifi in the main area.
TV & radio
None
Water supply
Borehole
Water supply notes
The tents have hot and cold running water and flush toilets, with the exception of the floating tent, which has a chemical toilet.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
The nearest doctor is in Divundu, 16km away.
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Security measures
There are guards on duty and at night guests are escorted to their tents.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers in all of the tents and the main area.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

    Fishing

Extras

Disabled access
Laundry facilities
A laundry service is available at an extra cost.
Money
It is not possible to do currency exchange at the lodge.
Accepted payment on location
South African rand, Namibian dollars, euros and US dollars cash are accepted along with Visa and Mastercard payments.

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