Ngoma Safari Lodge welcome new management couple.
John and Babs Lawrence are a team to contend with. Married for 30 years, with two adult children and varied management experience to boast of, the couple bring to Ngoma Safari Lodge passion and dedication, experience and hospitality – an ethic for warm hospitality.
Ngoma Safari Lodge, is an exclusive, 8 Suite luxury lodge overlooking the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplain within the Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana. Bordering the Western edge of the Chobe National Park, Ngoma Safari Lodge offers guided walks and night drives (not allowed in the Park) amongst a number of activities. Ngoma Safari Lodge is currently number one in the category of speciality lodging in the Chobe region, Botswana on Trip Advisor.
John and Babs have had a long standing love affair with wild Africa, making them a perfect attribute to the breathtaking Ngoma Safari Lodge. Both born and schooled in Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, John and Babs spent their youth exploring the untouched areas of the district. The history and beauty of Matopos National Park had a particular impact on their ideas and conservational beliefs. From the magnificent Verreaux’s Eagle to the White Rhino, to the ancient rock paintings, the couple’s imaginations were captivated, and their shared passion ignited.
The couple have had an interesting journey leading them to Ngoma Safari Lodge. While their children were growing up, the duo pursued corporate careers in Johannesburg. During this period of their lives, John gained extensive experience in Engineering practice and design, while Babs undertook various office management and bookkeeping roles in legal firms. However, once their daughter and son had been educated, John and Babs packed up their corporate lives and began their careers in hospitality and lodge management, following their great desire to be in the bush.
In 2006, John and Babs moved to the bushveld of the Pilansberg National Park, North West of South Africa and have never looked back. Becoming honorary officers of the North West Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB) and members of Friends of Pilanesberg, the couple strove to do their part in protecting the Pilansberg National Park flora and fauna and endeavoured to make a meaningful contribution to conserving the natural integrity of the area while managing all aspects of Little Okavango Safari & Lodging for 6 years.
John remembers fondly the guided walks and drives he led guests on and the call of the Black backed jackal welcoming the falling dusk. Living once more amongst the wilds they so loved, John and Babs knew the bush was where they had belonged all along.
The couple then managed the privately owned, Kizingiti Game Farm throughout 2013 in Limpopo, South Africa, before joining the Ngoma Safari Lodge team in November 2013.
John and Babs yearned to live amongst free roaming animals once more, and at Ngoma have found their “place in Africa”.
John Lawrence, the new Ngoma Safari Lodge General Manager, is a qualified FGASA level 1 and FGASA Trail Guide (lead guide) with 2 years of experience in anti-poaching and a stockpile of ‘bush knowledge’ built up from childhood. Babs Lawence joins the Ngoma Safari Lodge team as the Lodge Manager, behind years of lodge hospitality and management experience.
Africa Albida Tourism are delighted to warmly welcome you to the Ngoma Safari Lodge team, John and Babs!