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“Unforgettable and incredible”
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Ngoma Safari Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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“Unforgettable and incredible”
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Ngoma Safari Lodge has to be seen to be believed! Nothing can compare with the experience of sitting on the verandah and watching the animals move across the landscape while enjoying a drink or even a meal. We loved that we could still enjoy the scenery while dining. We also loved how the bungalows were designed and didn't mind the short walk from the main lodge to our room. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff who were always friendly and even Synack (the manager) helped us safely pack our wooden giraffe so it made it home intact. The chefs, Paddington and Eva, did an outstanding job and catered well for food allergies. Thanks to Shumi, our ranger guide, we were able to see many amazing animals and he went to incredible lengths to try and find more lions for us to see. We would highly recommend this lodge for a truly fantastic experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Hello thanks so much for your amazing review! We are very happy your stay was so incredible. Our staff certainly do take pride in what they do!Hope to have you back soon!

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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My husband and I have never felt so welcomed to a resort! Mina and Gavin made every moment of our 3 day stay perfect! They truly made us feel like guests in their own home. We felt so honored when they accompanied us on our Sunday afternoon game drive. The private bungalows are luxurious and the panoramic view is beyond description ! The food was phenomenal! Bevan, our guide, was outstanding! He was so knowledgable and persistent. His passion for wildlife was evident on each drive. We so enjoyed dining with him to hear more about his dreams and passion for Botswana. The sunset silhouttes of herds of elephants, buffalo, zebras, kudus, giraffes journeying across the horizon will be the memories we will always treasure about our dream of a lifetime African adventure! Ngoma Safari Lodge made that happen!

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Susan, your description of your stay at our Ngoma luxury lodge vividly brings alive your excitement and adventure in one of the wildest, most remote and greatest safari spots on earth. This is the stuff Trip Advisor researchers love to read - the real passion. Bevan sends his warm greetings and we all thank you for such a wonderful endorsement. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We enjoyed our 4 nights here so much that we will certainly return. The setting overlooking the Chobe River was superb and so much care has been taken to ensure that it is an amazing experience. We were made to feel very special, as the resort only caters for limited numbers. We loved the gracious staff, the food, the accommodation, and the setting overlooking the Chobe River, but the most amazing thing is the wildlife. There is a constant stream of incredible animals wandering in front of the resort and nearby. Ngoma's safari trips are a stand-out, with such knowledgeable and skilled guides providing an incredibly exciting experience. We can't speak highly enough of our guide Bevan, in particular, who tracked down so many wonderful animals.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Thank you Colleen for such an enthusiastic five-star review and for expressing your visit as an "amazing EXPERIENCE" not just a routine safari. At almost 12,000 sq kms the Chobe National Park is about half the size of Belgium and contains the world's greatest wild elephant herds - about 45,000 - apart from so many other animals. Those who visit Ngoma, which is set apart from the crowded scenario near Kasane town, soon come to appreciate that this is one of the finest wildlife experiences to be found anywhere - and all from the luxurious comfort of Ngoma overlooking that glorious vista. Bevan is getting so many top-rated reviews and we are very proud of him and our entire team of passionate guides. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Everything about Ngoma was spectacular. The view was unbelievably beautiful--like something straight out of a movie. The people--the locals and especially the staff and guides--were probably the nicest people I have ever met. The food was phenomenal and SO fresh and healthy. Our guide, Bevan, showed us so many incredible, unforgettable things--he could see any animal and name everything about it about five minutes before the rest of us could even spot it! Bevan, as well as the Lodge managers and every single staff member, made the Lodge feel like home and by the end of our few days there, felt like family. I wish I could have stayed forever!! Our little lodges were beyond gorgeous--beautifully designed to match the even more beautiful view. The safaris exceeded expectations in every aspect. My whole experience there was amazing and I only wish I could have stayed longer. For anyone hoping to experience Africa up close and personal (and in luxurious comfort, too), this is the place!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 13 July 2013
We've had some golden reviews Ailish, but you can't get much more potent than your statement that your visit to Ngoma was the best experience of your life. Yes, we're proud of our little luxury gem in the middle of the African wilderness and your review will be a powerful tonic to encourage others to make it their choice in the Chobe.The best properties to link with at Victoria Falls, just 120 kms away on good roads, are Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and The Victoria Falls Safari Club. Catchy Rann. Relief manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Our group of 12 spent three days here in May 2013. The lodges are first rate accommodations with great views overlooking the Chobe River. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful at all times. The daily food buffets were excellent and had many choices.

The safari jeeps are comfortable and the guides do an excellent job of finding the rights spots where the animals roam. We saw plenty of elephants, giraffes, kudu, zebra, water buffalo, and many others. We unfortunately only saw a few lions, and no rhinos or cheetah.

Just a note that during the same week we stayed here, we also had friend who stayed at the
Idube Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands (South Africa). From the picture they took it seem like they observed many animals and in particular lions, cheetah, and rhinos.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Hello Gil in California. Thank you for your 4-star review and for your observations that I will happily address.The safari experiences on most South African game lodges is very different to that of the Chobe and it would not be bad to do both on a trip to Africa to feel the contrast.

SA conservancies are generally quite small and contained, in comparison to Chobe, but on several you may well spot the Big 5 during your stay, though in smaller numbers than Chobe. Chobe is where the expansive African floodplains exist and the area is almost 12,000 sq kms which is half the size of Belgium. Chobe is host to the world's largest elephant herds (about 45,000) and in the dry season you will also witness thousands of buffalo and zebra as well as so many other species Chobe holds many more lions than any SA conservancy, it's that the area is so large and unfenced - the authentic wilds. I hope that's a good tip - go to an SA conservancy to see the Big 5 in an encapsulated area...then head to Chobe for the real Africa, especially in July - November when it is truly spectacular. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@saflodge.co.zw
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights as the final camp of a 3 camp safari in Botswana. Once again there were absoutely no complaints about this stay except it should have been longer. The accommodation is relatively new so is therefore in excellent condition. Rooms have fantastic views over the Chobe river. Service, food, and game drives are faultless. The location of the lodge is at the quieter end of the park so there are fewer vehicles and more game. Make sure you take the boat trip as one of your activities for close up views of the hipo's.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Thank you for your kind review of Ngoma and for specifically mentioning that your room afforded a fantastic view over the Chobe River, floodplains and animals. Indeed all eight stand-alone luxury pavilions offer the same glorious vista that so delights all our guests. You also make a good and worthy point that Ngoma is located at the "quieter" end of the Park, away from the buzz that surrounds Kasane town. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We spent three incredible days at Ngoma Lodge and loved it! It was an exceptionally luxurious lodge and the staff was so happy and friendly. The lodge was very spacious and designed so beautifully. The meals were so delicious and creatively prepared. Our guide Bevan was very knowledgeable about the area, animal behavior and tracking them. Our family of 7 was sorry to leave Bevan and this beautiful retreat. We really hope to come back one day and we highly recommend the Ngoma Safari Lodge. An truly intimate 5 star safari lodge.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Hello Lisa, your profile photo kayaking says it all - you love the adventure of life! Thanks for this great review and enthusing about your incredible days at Ngoma. Bevan and the team of guides have been receiving special praise lately and are thrilled to be so acclaimed. They all have a real passion for the bush, the environment and for their jobs in delighting our Ngoma guests. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Property: Ngoma Safari Lodge
Address: Kasane | Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park 7800, Botswana
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Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ngoma Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ngoma Safari Lodge is a 5 star bush property located in Northern Botswana within the Chobe Forest Reserve. Accommodation available include 8 luxury suites that overlook the Chobe river and Caprivi floodplain. Designed with an emphasis on space, peace and luxury, from here you will experience the abundance of wildlife in Chobe and relax in your own secluded sanctuary, or dine al fresco on our elevated deck with panoramic views. ... more   less 
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