Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Reviews of Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Good(88%) From 124 travellers
Excellent
63
Good
50
Average
7
Poor
4
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 124 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 A. from Horsham
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good

Ndhovo lodge

Very tired. Rooms ok but the mosquito nets were not put down.

We were going to bed and the power went off so we hadn’t sprayed the tent and got bitten unexpectedly, this is the only place we got bitten and with care could have been avoided

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Expert Africa comments

We shared these comments with Ndhovu and the owner, Horst, replied to us swiftly. He was concerned that these travellers were bitten, especially as he said that the 'mosquito season' there doesn't usually start until the first rains - which hadn't started when these travellers visited.

At Expert Africa, we think of Ndhovu as the kind of small, simple lodge where travellers might well expect to put down their own mossie nets - and we're sorry if we didn't get this across properly to these travellers. That said, Horst did note that 'all the rooms at Ndhovu are fitted with insecticides and mosquito repellant spray.'

Mr K. from Hexham
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

great

less formal and very friendly and welcoming

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Mr R. from Napier 4110
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

Saw african dogs hunting a kudu across the river .

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The Leemings - Kent
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

The camp & its general facilities had a "tired" air.

This was reflected in the activity ,trip int the Mahango park where our guide although clearly not well, showed little interest in the surroundings & didn't provide us with much information.

Most of the local staff were friendly & helpful.

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Mr &a Mrs G. from Ringwood
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

An authtic African safari experience

Our stay here felt like an authentic African safari experience - more rustic than plush but perfect for our needs. We were accommodated in tented chalets right on the rivers edge, water was heated up the old fashioned way (wood fire under a big boiler), there was an honesty bar in case no one was there and dinner was served at a single large table with all the guests, owner and senior staff. There was plenty of activity from the hippos in the river with their continual grunting and snorting and one came into the camp at night to graze. It was great. There was also continual activity from beautiful birds around the tents.

Dinner was superb - kudu stroganoff on the first night and oryx lasagne on the second.

The lodge surroundings were kept very tidy with all the leaves raked up every day. There was a nice deck for viewing across the river and we saw a herd of 30/40 elephant on the other side. We did a boat trip which was interesting; seeing the hippos close up, some crocodiles and plenty of beautiful birds (we particularly enjoyed the bee-eaters and kingfishers).

Nearby there was a small game reserve which we visited a couple of times (self drive). This was probably one of our favourite game reserves; although it was quite small it was interesting with lots of game and it only took a few minutes to get to from the lodge. We were pleased to have a good 4x4 as some of the tracks had very soft sand and I wouldn't have wanted to get stuck when I came around a courner to find myself facing a herd of 15 elephant.

On the morning of leaving I went to load up our car to find it had been washed for us. Unexpected and very much appreciated.

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Mr M. from Chatteris
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Excellently run and positioned.

Ndhovu has in Michael someone with the sharpest eyes on the River Kavango. We had three boat trips with him and each one was an adventure in to wild Africa.

In addition the lodge is very efficiently run by Horst, Peter and Bola.

It is within a 10 minute drive of the Mahango Game Park - the best place in this area to see birds and animals.

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Mr A & Mrs R - Nam VFAs in June
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

This lodge is in a lovely setting

Despite being in a lovely setting something was missing here.

The staff were very withdrawn and there was no personality present.

The manager was new so maybe needs time as he was pleasant and my favourite was the very affable boxer.

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Mr K & Mrs S - Netherlands
Arrived on: 18-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Huge herds of elephants

This lodge has a great location on the Okavango river bank. A highlight of our trip was the ability to watch and hear huge herds of elephants on the other side of the river. We also liked the hippo noises at night.

The state of repair of our bungalow was somewhat unsatisfactory. The bed was not as good as in other places and there were holes in the sheets. Food was tasty but service was not as smooth as elsewhere.

Horst, the owner, turned out to be an extremely entertaining table-partner who provided us with many insights on Namibia.

We also enjoyed a self-drive safari in the nearby Mahango reserve.

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Ms M. from Canmore
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Ndhovu Safari Lodge review

This is a casual and well run lodge with a pretty and peaceful setting on the Okavango River.

The problem for us is that it is about a 6 or 7 hour drive to Maun from there plus you lose an hour when you cross into Botswana and the border crossing can take an hour.

We had to forfeit our second night there and move closer to Maun in order to be at the Maun airport to drop our vehicle and catch a plane by 1pm. This was not the Lodge's fault.

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Mr R & Mrs M - Cape Namibia and Bots
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor

Ndhovu

We are not sure if the couple in charge were managers or owners. The lady was very friendly and helpful, the man was very off- hand. We had to ask both days for the "donkie" to be lit so that we could have hot water.

We arrived at midday, but were not offered lunch. Perhaps we should have asked, but we waited a couple of hours and then asked if we could have something to eat. We were given a packet of crisps. However when dinner was served in the evening, it was very good.

We were seriously outnumbered by the other German guests. We do not speak German, but the host made no attempt to make us feel more comfortable at the communal dining table.

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