Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
located well with a nice NP within 15mins where roan antelope were seen & elephant very close up plus other game & birds
very nice lodge boat trip was very good with birding & wildlife abundant saw 5 giant kingfishers & otter
very good hosts
A pleasant little camp
The camp and its location very good.
Average game viewing opportunities, though the river trip and our own self drive in Mahango were excellent. The final access road to the camp is about 2km long and very sandy and difficult in places - we got bogged down and needed a push twice.
Ideally we should have had a high clearance vehicle or 4WD, though this was the only place in the trip where it was a problem.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
Well worn tented accommodation. The owner and manager were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They offer an honesty bar where you help yourself and then record it in a book ready to pay on leaving. We went on a game drive across the river which was led by Ely who looked after us really well and was extremely knowledgeable of the Caprivi Strip.
Evening meal was on a shared table with other guests which is a good way to get to know other travellers. The food was extremely wholesome and tasty.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
Lovely location on the banks of the river. Lots of hippo to watch.
Mahangu National Park is just down the road and is highly recommended.
Much smaller than Etosha but with a very good variety of wildlife.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
We slept in the floating pontoon which was a lovely experience with hippo noises around us!
The camp was looking tired and the managers had only been in for a short time as the owner was away. Swimming pool was looking uninviting and the general appearance of the place was in need of a makeover.
However, there was a good viewing area to see the hippos and we spent an hour watching them in the water at close quarters the next day before we left and that was special.
Another great location
Situated on the banks of the Okavango just before the river begins forming its delta. The tents were very comfortable and Klaus, the manager, took us on our own personal safari into Mahango National Park. We saw numerous hippo, elephant and ostriches being chased by around 50 baboons who were after their 12 chicks!
We also enjoyed the sundowner cruise here and saw our first snake - a Western African Green Snake.
The owners dog was lovely as well!
Beside the river where hippos swim
Set in an isolated river setting this lodge really ticks all the boxes, good food, excellent game drives with really knowledgeable guides, and attentive service.Read more about the whole safari
Comfortable lodge with great river views
The lodge is in a lovely location with views across the river of elephants and hippo in good numbers. The boat trips guided by Michael were excellent and the convivial conversation at dinner owed much to Klaus' efforts.
Access to the Mahango National Park is very easy with unusual game (including 20 sable antelopes).
Excellent setting right on river
Beautiful setting looking out over Okavango to elephants opposite.
Fairly basic camp style but relaxed and comfortable, all ate together in the evenings so met many different people, and Klaus a very attentive host.
He ran slightly rushed game drive in Mahango: we did better ourselves the next day. Well worth a visit. Nice evening river cruise.
Good curio shop selling the hand panted china they use at the lodge.
Worth knowing Klaus runs on Botswana time, i.e. 1 hour ahead of standard Namibia time, as so near the border.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge - a special place
We absolutely loved our two night stay at Ndhovu.
As the road was flooded we had to leave our car and get punted across the water to the waiting truck then be driven to the lodge, an unexpected and very enjoyable experience.
Johan and Monica were the perfect hosts and are clearly a major factor in the success of this lodge. We enjoyed two sun downer river cruises with Johann whose expert knowledge in all wildlife and in the wider ecology and politics of the area made both trips ones which we will treasure in our memories. Monica and Johann joined guests for the evening meal and were attentive to see that everyone was included in conversation. We learnt a lot about life in Africa from both of them, very interesting people.
Meals were communal with plenty of conversation and the food delicious.
Our tent, while fairly basic, was clean and was very much in keeping with the whole rustic, back to nature feeling of the whole lodge. We drove ourselves into Mahango Game Reserve spending most of the day there and would thoroughly recommend it. Plenty of wildlife including many birds and great to be able to go at your own pace.