Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(89%) From 95 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 95 of our travellers who have visited Ndhovu Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr D & Ms C - Canada
Arrived on: 28-May-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ndhovu was my surprise of the trip

Wish I had stayed 2 nights here. Great hosts, great dogs, hippos at night which make every camp better.

The first place which had a separate meal made just for the wife {excellent} Did a nice little boat cruise but you can visit the nearby parks on you're own.

Johan and Monica really make this place work.

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Mr and Mrs from Beccles
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Ideally situated for Mahango park. Again the access road was flooded so we had to be punted across. Leaving our car. We stayed for 3 nights in tented accommodation and were the only ones staying here.

As a guest you eat with the family Johann and Monika This was OK but it would have been better if there were more people staying. The tents were clean but basic.Plenty of hot water, and not so hot inside, maybe because they were more shaded.

There is a hippo that comes every night so you are walked back to your tent. We were not offered any trips on the river although to be fair we did not ask,.On reflection maybe we should have stayed next door at Mahango safari lodge and which was busier and were running trips on the river. Owners very friendly and informative.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

With rising waters the lodge was only reachable by pontoon. With secure parking it was great fun being punted across to the lodge where we given a warm welcome by Monica and Johann to whom nothing was too much trouble.

An evening boat ride and an visit to Mahango National Park were great fun, even managing to see the elusive Sable and Roan antelopes.

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Mrs & Mr W - Dorset
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Well Placed for Mahengo

Lovely river setting and perfectly comfortable accommodation without being luxurious. Good unpretentious atmosphere with interesting and helpful management.

Enjoyed the conversation at the communal supper table. Good evening boat trip = our first introduction to hippos! loved Mahengo that we returned the following morning - a lovely little park, not to be missed.

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Mrs L. from Winchester
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

We loved this lodge, with its reception areas furnished in very traditional African style.

Pleasant meru style tents well spaced along the river.

The couple managing the lodge made it a very friendly atmosphere, and he was also our very knowledgeable guide.

Went on the sundowner boat cruise which is a must for scenery and birds.

September is the best time to visit this area for wildlife, as much of it had migrated into Botswana, so no elephants, zebra etc.

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Mr and Mrs W from Lanarkshire
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Johan and Monika were very informative and friendly and the hippo was a real bonus! The male hippo who uses the Lodge lawns as his personal food source and a means to avoid his unruly family was a great asset - not to bre confused with the camp "pet" however.

Mahango and Bwabwata Parks nearby are very varied, plains animals and flood plain and water species too.

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Mr & Mrs P from Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The hostess at this lodge were very welcoming and attentive. Lodge is in a lovely position on the river.

The tent we were allocated (No. 1) didn’t have a view of the river and the decor was a bit tired. We were offered a move to another room - we however later decided not to do this as the neighbouring lodge were having late night parties and the other room was nearer to that lodge.

I think that these noise problems may just be at the weekends so try and avoid these days if you want to stay here.

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Ms W & Mr C - Dorset
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hippo heaven

Lovely friendly welcome. Fabulous location right by the river.

Our tent was great within feet of the river side and hippos. Being woken up in morning to the sound of birds and hippos was one of the highlights of our holiday. Eating with the family and other guests was really enjoyable sharing details of our different trips and experiences over the evening meal was great fun. The food was first class i am a veggie and they catered for my needs effortlessly.

the staff were very well presented and obviously enjoyed working in the lodge. There were plenty of books on wildlife available so a really useful resource after a day out. The sundowner on the river was so good we did it twice, really informative guide and a perfect sunset.

We were sad to leave here.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Welcomed like old friends!

We were welcomed like old friends by Monika and Kira the great dane, who is now the size of a small pony! Kira has been joined by Shakra the very friendly, playful and energetic boxer so wherever you go in camp you are likely to find a doggy friend.

Johann took us for an excellent trip into the park across the river (we set off about 8am and didn’t return until after 2pm.) We saw a lot of game, including sable. If you want to do this trip it is good idea to ask Expert Africa to pre book it for you before you go as it can easily be fully booked – we were lucky on this occasion to have Johann and the vehicle to ourselves but a couple of days later he was going to have 10 people on a trip. In the late afternoon a boat trip with Michael produced lots of birds for the list.

As always, hospitality was excellent, food good, plentiful and wholesome and the communal table usually makes for interesting meal times.

As the Expert Africa page says, Ndhovu is a simple camp – you carry your own bags, drop your own mozzie nets, are trusted to serve yourself from the honesty bar and investigate the curio shop – but this is part of its charm and it is also good value. Tents are clean and comfortable with enough storage to put things away. The elderly front zips have been replaced by smart new sliding doors which is a great improvement.

Whilst credit cards are accepted there is a 5% surcharge to cover bank costs.

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Mrs S. from Maldon
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

A lovely setting - we loved watching the hippos. However on our first night we had an invasion of mice who actually moved the laundry bag across the floor. Quite un nerving - just as well we had a 'mousequito' net!

On the following evening we packed everything into the car apart from one small bag with our clothes and toiletries for the next morning. Again we were woken up and the following morning found that they had eaten their way through the bag, shredded so paper inside it and destroyed a sewing kit. we did mention it to the owners whose response was 'Its never happened before'. We know that we will come across wildlife of all sizes on such a holiday but were surprised to be sharing our tent.

The sunset cruise was lovely and Michael, the guide, knew a lot, especially about the birds. The following day he took us to his village to meet his family. This was wonderful - although very humbling - and he also arranged for us to meet one of the teachers (we are teachers ourselves) and we spent more than 30 minutes with him learning about the Namibian education system. I will never again complain about a lack of board markers!!

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