Ngoma Safari Lodge is simply gorgeous. We spent two nights there and wish it had been longer as the lodge offers beautiful accommodations and opportunities for relaxation in addition to various activities, including night drives and whole-day river cruises. While kids are welcome, it is a more adult oriented lodge which can be better appreciated by grown-ups.
The lodge is located almost an hour drive from the Kasane airport and upon arrival you’re greeted with a magnificent view of the Caprivi floodplain and the Chobe river. It is a magical, luxurious and romantic setting.
The food was very good and the a-la-carte lunch menu was a nice touch. The staff was friendly and eager to please, and in particular we grew very fond of Peter, a very nice young man.
Our guide was Bevan; he was a really good source of information and did a truly great job during the game drives, including some serious monkey-management during a picnic lunch.
The game in Chobe is amazing; we saw hundreds of elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, cape buffalo, baboons, waterbuck, kudu, impala, sable antelope, etc. The waterhole in front of the lodge was regularly frequented by zebras and other animals.
One of the highlights of our stay was a night drive during which we came across a newborn zebra. She had been born only moments before our arrival and her mom was still licking it and prompting her to get up. We spent some time quietly observing them so as not to cause them stress. Several jackals were looking for an opportunity to get to the baby but we were assured that they stood no chance against the herd of zebras which was by then congregating around. Still, while the main purpose of a night drive is to see predators at their most active, we felt really happy not to have seen any that night knowing that the baby zebra would be safe.
- 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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