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Ndhovu Safari Lodge

Ndhovu Safari Lodge is a delightful destination on the west bank of the Okavango River in northern Namibia’s Caprivi region. The lodge overlooks Bwabwata National Park and is approximately 140 miles from Rundu and 210 miles from Katima Mulilo. The Bwabwata forms part of Africa’s biggest transfrontier conservation area, namely KAZA Transfrontier Park.

Ndhovu is a luxury tented camp with accommodation in nine luxury tents. Each tent features en-suite bathrooms and a veranda that provides views of the Okavango River and the animals coming and going throughout the day. A tenth tent actually floats on the Okavango and, though clearly for the more adventurous, is anchored to the riverbank. This “floating tent” has a small private deck from which it is possible to do some fishing. Another alternative to the tented accommodation at Ndhovu Safari Lodge is to spend two or three days on the houseboat. If you have never spent time on a houseboat, this might be the very thing to do.

The lodge has a delightful lapa with a deck that protrudes out over the river. As a result, the game viewing from here is excellent. Guest are sure to see at least elephant, hippo, and buffalo. The lapa is the pulsing heart of activities at Ndhovu. The main area also encompasses a bar, a restaurant, and a kitchen, and the after-dinner cultural dancing also takes place here.

The swimming pool is a real asset and perfect for a refreshing swim . . . especially important given that the river is full of hippo and crocodiles! There are lit walkways in and around the lodge, but other “guests” (namely, hippo) have been seen here at night. The lodge has a small curio shop that sells hand-painted dinner sets by Zimbabwe designer Penelope Penzo as well as other artifacts and curios. With is good selection of books and comfortable chairs, the library is a great place to spend a few minutes relaxing in peace.

Activities at the lodge range from boat excursions to game drives. The Mahango Game Reserve is only a mile away and is thus the destination of most game drives. Between the drives and the combined riverine and swampland habit, guests are assured excellent opportunities to see elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, and sable antelope, to name a few. The birdlife here is prolific with more than 400 different species recorded. In addition, one can take part in a game drive to the Bwabwata National Park, which is home to large herds of buffalo and elephant.

The lodge also offers daily excursions to the Bwabwata Game Park via river cruise on the Okavango. These tours have become known as “hippo cruises” (for, hopefully, obvious reasons), and they have as their destination Popa Falls. Another wonderful way to spend a few hours is relaxing on a sundowner cruise. Enjoy a few drinks in this paradise, spot animals and birds as you cruise along, and then watch the sun set over the river.

From the deck of the lodge, fisherman can try their luck at taking a few tiger fish. Of you can choose a guided fishing expedition (on a catch-and-release basis). Fishing equipment is provided by the lodge.

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