We recently decided to take our two little girls on a trip to experience their first safari. After lots of research, we booked Ndaka Game Lodge. It was without a doubt the best possible game experience we could have wished for our 6- and 7-year old as well as for us.
Child-friendly game lodges tend to be extremely pricey. Besides that, the most luxurious lodges often whisk the kids away for separate game drives. And although they offer the most spectacular options for kids, we really wanted to be there when the girls experienced their first encounter with wild animals. Ndaka didn’t disappoint.
The game ranger was extremely child-friendly. He involved our girls in every aspect of the game drive and asked them about which animals they really wanted to see. He had lengthy conversations with my 7-year old about poaching, as she had learned about it at school. We saw almost all of the big five. Unfortunately, the lions didn’t want to make an appearance. However, we saw lots of baby animals, from elephants to giraffes.
The accommodation in the tents was absolutely mind-blowing. It was one of the most luxurious stays I’ve experienced in a long time. The views from the tent are also out of this world. The hosts at Ndaka were friendly, the service was impeccable, the food was delicious. I truly can’t fault this lodge on anything. I really wished I could have stayed longer and I will definitely be back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the centre of the picturesque Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre, Big 5, malaria-free game reserve, lies Ndaka Safari Lodge. Located in central KwaZulu-Natal near Ladysmith, just 40 minutes from the Drakensberg and close to the Battlefields, in the heart of the wild, the lodge is the perfect halfway stop between Johannesburg (3,5 hours) and Durban (3 hours). Ndaka Safari Lodge features an African farmstead that has been converted into a family style "home from home" getaway. The Lodge has recently been refurbished and now has six safari-chic double en-suite bedrooms. The open plan lounge and dining room together with the lapa (entertainment area) with its built-in barbeque, the large fenced-in indigenous garden, swimming pool and open fire pit overlooking the bushveld make Ndaka Safari Lodge the ideal getaway for families and friends. ... more less