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“Unforgettable”
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Ngoma Safari Lodge
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews
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“Unforgettable”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Fantastic and excellent location. Very personalised service and not crowded with tourist. You could see Elephant, zebra, baboons and etc from your bed. We even bump into elephant right in front of our lodge.

Bevan our Guide has made us seen all big 5 on our first day!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Hello Lisa in faraway Malaysia
Thank you for visiting us in the remote wilds of our glorious African paradise! Your enthusiasm for our lodge, its location and the warm, friendly staff is really appreciated. It paints a vivid picture for potential guests when you say you could see elephants 'from your bed" - wow, that's unique!

You say you "bumped" into an elephant outside your lodge....I hope you don't mean literally! What a great surprise and something to talk about for years to come.

With thanks
Ngoma Safari Lodge Team
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The service from everybody at Ngoma was outstanding from the moment we arrived to the moment we sadly left. Doreen made the first night of our honeymoon stay one we will never forget with a special romantic dinner & some lovely personal touches. An amazing location, the luxurious lodges have great views overlooking the river and waterhole and the food was amazing. We had Shumi as our guide and were lucky enough to have him to ourselves throughout our stay, he is very knowledgable and ensured we had an experience that will stay with us forever, including lion porno! Good daily choice of safari options or relaxation if that's your thing. All we can say is thank you!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear Louise
When a honeymoon couple is ecstatic about our luxury eight-suite lodge and their wildlife experiences then that is a massive endorsement, for which we thank you. Shumi is indeed a guide who is constantly highly-rated by our guests and that amazing food is produced by our chef Paddington.

Wishing you every success in your life ahead
Cathy Rann
Relief Manager
office@ngomasafarilodge.com
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san francisco
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Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Great place to see Africa. Wonderful staff and guides provide a terrific time at chobe national park... If you have a choice of facility choose this brand new property erected in 2011. We came in the dry season in September and the animals were easily seen..and it was not busy..

  • Stayed September 2012
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hello to you in SanFran USA
Our entire staff is beaming with pride after your very generous review - our 10th successive full-house of Five Stars from our guests. We're all determined to keep that up and not let those stars slip!

Yes, September is the most special and spectacular month of all to view the wildlife and the experiences definitely rate among the very best on the entire planet at this time. We're thrilled that such awe-inspiring experiences were complemented by our "wonderful staff and guides."

Cathy Rann
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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La-Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
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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 review, 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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Perth
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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.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Public Relations Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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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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, Public Relations Manager at Ngoma Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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Property: Ngoma Safari Lodge
Address: Kasane | Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park 7800, Botswana
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Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 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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