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“Exceeded every expectation!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ngoma Safari Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Overlooking the Chobe River | Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park 7800, Botswana   |  
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
1 review
“Exceeded every expectation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 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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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Stayed here with my family for three nights & we all wished we could've stayed longer. This lodge was FANTASTIC! From the luxurious rooms to the friendly staff, very delicious food, a wonderful guide to show us around & the wildlife surrounding you, this place won my heart. Our guide drove us around Chobe National Park where we saw hundreds of animals... elephants, zebra, lions, giraffes, hippos, and the list goes on and on. The lodge is located right in the middle of the African bush which really gives you the "safari" feeling as far as location goes, which was wonderful. The rooms were beautifully designed - split between the bathroom/shower and bed - lots of space! And the food was some of the best food I've had in my entire life! and the wait staff is very friendly and accommodating, which makes the dining experience even better!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you Sarah for your full-house of five stars for your Ngoma review. Your superlatives we know will also win the hearts and minds of those who are researching on Trip Advisor about where to go on their African safari. Our chefs are also proud of the acclaim you give them and this makes us all "reach for the stars" even more to please all our international guests. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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New York City, New York
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Spent time in 5 different lodges and this was the most luxurious. The cabins are not only very well appointed but VERY large. The split level is brilliant, giving the huge bathroom it's own space while making the lodge feel even larger than it is.

But we go to Africa for the Safari, right? Well, that was excellent as well. I give extra props to the water safari which I was not able to choose at any other lodge.

I would recommend this lodge in a second.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
As I write Jordan I am truly proud that of the last 11 Trip Advisor reviews for Ngoma and a possible total of 55 stars we have earned 54. This speaks volumes for the sheer delight that our international guests experience here and we feel humbled and privileged. Yes, SAFARI is THE word and Chobe is unquestionably one of the great game parks of Africa offering, as you point out, the added dimension of an incredible safari experience by boat. You went to five lodges on your African sojourn...only Ngoma offered the water...I'm sure researchers will take keen note of this very important fact. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I Stayed for 2 nights at Ngoma and everything from the food - service - rooms were fantastic.
even though you felt you were in the middle of nowehere you still had the comforts of 5* luxury.
a must do experience!~

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
It's our 50th Trip Advisor review for Ngoma...and very proudly another 5 Star rating! for such a milestone! Thank you in Johannesburg for providing such an honour. Of our 50 reviews 42 have been a full five stars and that inspires us to try harder and harder. We thank our guests who have all become our friends because they share our passion for this very special place. Happily, too, Ngoma has been awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence as one of the top 10% of properties the world over.Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Views, food, drink, staff, animals, rooms, guides... there is nothing about this lodge that is not THE BEST in its area. When you arrive and see the view of the river from the deck for the first time it literally takes your breath away. Staff is so eager to please and clearly love the people who visit. Food... yep, out of this world. The chocolate mousse- especially wonderful. If you are going to Chobe you should most definitely need to book at Ngoma Safari Lodge. However, you must book early because it is limited to 7 accommodations, which makes it very intimate and wonderful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Hello Florida. Seven opening words. Seven critical hit points! Your review will do Ngoma a power of good in the neutral Trip Advisor world. Thank you. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Punta Gorda, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I couldn't get over driving in the bush and miles of dirt, rocks, and trees. We turned down a dirt road and came upon the camp. Walked in the beautiful front doors and the area in front of you is open to the outside and you can see for miles and miles and miles. Mina and Gavin, are superb, professional, utmost respect to the client, yet with a warmth I will never forget. Food was excellent,
service was excellent. Individual cabins, gorgeous and hotttt water!!! Woke the morning we left to find a trio of baboons drinking from our little cabana pool. Safari's were wonderful, lots of elephants as Chobe is known to be "the land of the Giants". Again, don't miss this place.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you Deidre for your enthusiastic endorsement and for so correctly showcasing Chobe as the "land of the giants." There are more elephants in this park than anywhere else in the world, about 45,000. We're glad the three baboons were there to bid you farewell...other species also sneak in for a drink during the night, even the lions on occasion! Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomassafarilodge.com
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Concorezzo Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

excellent treatment and rooms, high level restaurant ,superb guide and jeep service, stunning panoramas and animals.
i never realized what was the meaning of being among such a lot of animals like here.
thank you very much
hope to come here again, sad to stay only two days.
Paolo (italy)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you Paolo, your review expresses heartfelt pleasure at the sheer number of animals and your overall joy of your Ngoma experience. We welcome a good number of Italian visitors to our luxury lodge and your review is certain to attract even more. Cathy Rann. Relief Manager. office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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Address: Overlooking the Chobe River | Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park 7800, Botswana
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Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty 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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