We arrived on our self drive at Ngoma to a warm welcome - well actually Doreen had sent Bevan,one of the guides, out to find us - which summed up the superb level of service we experienced at Ngoma - before you think you need something they are already there.
We spent two nights at the lodge, and wished that it had been longer. The room and the facilities were first class - twin sinks, a double bath, fridge, air conditioning and the light fittings were great, particularly the warthog. New bedside lights were arriving which would fix the issue mentioned by previous reviewers over reading in bed, the rest spot on! But all of this was upstaged by the panoramic views from our room over the river - we woke up early just to watch the animals moving up from the island - what a magical place!
On safari, our guide Bevan was clearly very knowledgeable, and more importantly, enthusiastic about his work. The lodge is next to Chobe park where we saw a wide variety of animal and bird life, both on the river cruise and the safari drive back through the park. Even on the early morning guided walk we saw porcupine and honey badger as well as the usual culprits. A nice touch for us was with our sundowner we were provided cashew nuts, droewors and biltong - perfect.
Food was of a very high quality, well presented and plentiful - which will be particularly important when we return with our sons. Following previous reviewer recommendations the evening meals offered a choice of main courses and the service was attentive and engaged, which helped to make the lodge experience our most enjoyable during our 3 week travels in the region.
Overall, we really enjoyed Ngoma, wished we had more time to spend there, and look forward to returning. Doreen and Gert's management brings an experience and professionalism to to the lodge that differentiates it from the rest. Our only disappointment was that we visited before the installation of the outdoor jacuzzi which each room is to have - that would finish it off for us.
- 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 legendary Chobe river and Caprivi floodplain. Designed with an emphasis on space, peace and luxury, from here you get to see and experience the wildlife of 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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