Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Ndhovu Safari Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
12 tents, houseboat
Traveller's rating
Good (88%) From 123 reviews
Children
Best for age 8+
Open
All year

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.

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

Key personnel

Owner: Horst Kock

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.

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10

Drinks included: Drinks are not included at Ndhovu Lodge – the lodge run on an honesty bar system.

Further dining info: None

Children

Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome

Property’s age restrictions: No age restriction

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: None

Notes: Adult supervision is essential as this is a big-game area and the lodge’s grounds run down to the river.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

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.

Extras

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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