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Ngoma Safari Lodge
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Excellent location on ridge looking down over river - we could see Elephant, Zebra etc on the banks of the Chobe from our bed! The rooms are very well appointed. comfortable and warm and the main central parts of the lodge were well designed in natural wood and stone. Food very good. Our hosts Doreen and Gert could not have been more hospitable offering an extremely personalised service cramming a very full itinerary of afternoon game drive, full day game drive/boat trip, night game drive and morning walking safari into our less than 2 days there. Doreen 'made' us go on the night drive even though we were exhausted and we were very glad we did with fabulous close encounters with a family of Elephants crossing the river - and Doreen was thoughtful enough to put in blankets etc to keep us warm. Game viewing in Chobe was excellent with huge numbers of Elephant and 2 large prides of Lion plus more local specialities such as Lechwe and Sable Antelope.

Only downsides were the surroundings of the lodge have been decimated by Elephants (which we understood so not a problem but others might not) so not as attractive as it might be (probably better in wet season). Also I understand the Doreen and Gert are moving to a lodge in Kenya so future standards will depend on the new management.

Room Tip: All rooms same with same view and you are escorted after dark so no need to worry about location
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Derek L
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

Hello Derek in Dubai
Our entire team at Ngoma is thrilled to receive your very generous 5 Star review; we thank you most sincerely and happily! Yes, August-November are very dry times when the bush seems to be dead, but when the rains arrive mid November it is astonishing how quickly it all revives and the greenery returns. However, Aug-Sep are marvellous game viewing months as you surely experienced from our supreme location -"huge numbers of elephants and two large prides of lions" as you wrote. Nothing like it on earth!

Thanks for choosing to stay with us
Cathy Rann
Relief Manager
office@ngomasafarilodge.com

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

During our South African tour, we spent 2 nights in Botswana at Ngoma Safari Lodge.
Wonderful and perfect are the words to qualify accommodation and services.
The lodge is absolutely beautiful with a wonderful view overlooking Chobe river.
Except the very high price, even for all-inclusive (but postcards and stamps are free!), the small reservation I could make is the food which is not so wonderful as it is assessed in some comments. But, do not forget, the lodge is in middle of nowhere. So, I would say food is very well presented and good.
Management of the lodge will change shortly but I’m sure quality will stay at its best.
Safaris led by our guide Livingstone also were very successful.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Public Relations Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for coming to stay with us and for taking the time to give us your feedback on Tripadvisor. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and are glad that you managed to see lots of wildlife on your activities! We also hope that you enjoyed the rest of your tour around Southern Africa.

We hope that you'll come and stay with us again, and we'll make sure that the food blows you away next time around!

Kind regards,

The Ngoma Team

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Well appointed suite and lodge,with lovely luxurious "touches". Excellent food, efficient, cheerful and obliging staff, and stunning vista from the escarpment down to the river. You could spend a whole morning or afternoon just relaxing in your cabin or in the lodge looking at the game through binoculars (provided) quietly going about their business. Gert and Doreen Prinsloo were excellent hosts: Charming, informative and most helpful. Ngoma is very near the entry to the Chobe National Park where we saw heaps of game on our open vehicle safaris, thanks to our excellent and indefatigable guide Shumi. In addition, the boat cruise is fully worthwhile and the "walking safari" is a great opportunity to stretch your legs.
They have got it right at Ngoma. Go there. Be enthralled. Be pampered.

Room Tip: None required. All rooms are excellent.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank worldcitizenPerth
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Public Relations Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind words in your Tripadvisor review in relation to Ngoma Safari Lodge, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to review us. We will definitely pass your words onto Gert, Doreen, Shumi and the rest of the team!

We're very glad that you got the opportunity to do the walking safari as well as the full day game drive and boat cruise - Chobe is a very special wildlife experience to which you can now attest! We love sharing it with all our guests.

Please come back and visit us again soon!

Kind regards,

The Ngoma Team

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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We spend two weeks at this outstanding lodge! Gert and Doreen made our stay unfor-gettable. The staff was very friendly und the food is five stars. The lodge and the rooms are beautifully set up and the view is fabulous. As we stayed for two weeks we had the chance to enjoy animals and natures of the Chobe NP every day in a breathtaking way. A special thank to Shumi our guide: he made our game drives a real adventure! Ngoma is an amazing and unique place!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Management response:Responded July 10, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor for Ngoma Safari Lodge - we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us so much! We thoroughly enjoyed having you with us for two weeks! Gert & Doreen both send their warmest regards.

We'd also like to thank you for referring your friends, who have just stayed with us end of June, it is greatly appreciated!

All the best, please take care and come back and visit us again soon!

Kind regards,

The Ngoma Team

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

When we left the Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge in Zambia to come to Botswana, at the Chobe Ngoma Lodge, we just left Earth's paradise but we discovered the Arch of Noah... A view that none can ever compete and a welcome that only Presidents receive. Cathy and her staff made feel us like nowhere else and we had so many animals around us that we don't even realize how lucky we were! The place, rooms, food and staff were beyond our wildest expectations! The safari's and the private drives were fantastic and we'll remeber this holiday as the best one can get !

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Quentin L
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Public Relations Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2012

Dear Guest,

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we enjoyed having you! We are hugely appreciative of your very generous comments and compliments in your review and will be sure to pass them all onto the whole team.

All the best and we hope to have you to stay with us again in the not too distant future!

Kind regards,

The Ngoma Team

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