Forget the glossy brochures and the trumpeting of “idyllic places” by property owners. As a prospective safari visitor to Africa you want the reality, right? To discover why Ngoma Safari Lodge, located in the Chobe Forest Reserve of Botswana, is an authentic gem you only need to log-in to Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com) and note the stream of rave reviews from delighted guests from around the globe.
The immediate impact is the sublime vista. Ngoma is perched on a hilltop overlooking the floodplains and the Chobe River and it’s difficult not to exclaim “WOW” as you walk through the doors. Then there are the eight sumptuous stand-alone bush pavilions – five-star in the bush with that same glorious vista often overlooking a passing parade of animals.
In early 2013 the suites were further enhanced by the addition of “refresh and relax” fresh water pools at each lodge to complement the enchanting outdoor sanctuary terrace area that includes a heated shower and loungers. The pools have been a great hit…with the guests and with the wildlife! Various antelope, even elephants and lions, have been known to stroll in late at night for a drink, though guests’ security is never compromised and security is ever-watchful.
With this base of deluxe comfort, great scenery and warm, friendly staff guests then set out to explore one of the planet’s greatest national parks, Chobe, home to the largest elephant herds on earth (45,000) plus large herds of buffalo, zebra and a multitude of other species – lions, giraffe, crocodiles, hippo, leopard, cheetah and so much more. The birdlife, too, is prolific with more than 450 species recorded.
The privileged location of this luxurious lodge commands awe-inspiring views of the Caprivi Floodplain and the Chobe River, the lifeblood of the area. Enjoy game walks and drives with a Professional Guide, birding, river cruises (during the full day safari experience) and visits to the local community and school during your stay. The water is a lifeline to the animals and adds a unique element to the normal routine 4 x 4 safari.
The thatched suites incorporate rustic and ethnic styles, with natural finishes and an emphasis on space and comfort. The central area includes a sitting room, dining room, bar area, game viewing deck, a pool deck and a plunge pool with a striking water feature. Guests can spend evenings around the fire looking out at the floodlit waterhole.
Ngoma is, indeed, one of the national treasures that make Botswana such a special and awe-inspiring place to go on safari. Just read what Trip Advisor guests have to say…and be inspired to visit!Website E-mail