Overlooking the Chobe Flood Basin the lodge provides a clear and unadulterated view over the area offering such a wide expanse you can see all the way over to Namibia from all the rooms including the main lodge. The five star lodge is run by Frances and Jarred, the most charming and friendly couple who make you feel as though they’re long lost friends from the very first meeting.
The care & love they have for the lodge & its people is palpable and evident when you talk to them and when you speak to other staff on the property. The individual stand alone ‘rooms’ are modern and stylishly appointed and positioned to provide guests with the most advantageous view across the basin. The animals of course are given first priority and the styling & layout are all with them in mind. The first thing we noticed was the large space between two of the lodges and were told that this was an ‘animal corridor’, that the animals used this space to move up and down the area so building there was not an option. There are no fences so guests are escorted to and from their doors especially at night.
The small splash pool, we’re thinking is more for the elephants to quench their thirst , than for us to cool off. The outdoor shower gives you the opportunity to feel the African sun on your skin while being cooled by the spray. And this is what creates the charm and appeal of Ngoma, their love and care of the natural surroundings.
The large four poster bed faces a wall of windows so that the sun can come streaming through or you can lie in bed and watch the sun rise over the basin. The bathroom amenities are set back and up just a few steps. A double his and hers basin gives ample space for you and your loved one to brush your teeth at the same time and the open shower is large enough for two.
The main lodge is well positioned for astounding views from anywhere on the deck and the large baobab trees which are a source of water for the elephants in the dry months create an idyllic scene for lovers, couples or friends. The food at the lodge is to die for and the homemade muesli is a must for breakfast. The packed picnic basket was a true gourmet delight and not even the fussiest palate can find fault.Dinner in the evenings is always at the same time creating opportunities to meet new friends and socialize a little.
The newly built boma with its large central fire was a venue for dinner on one of our nights and a highlight for me. Dinner under the stars with a vast selection of salads, desserts and as any South African will tell you, barbecues are our thing, a barbecue of note. There are halaal meat options so – everyone is provided for. Boma dinners are all weather dependent and we were lucky that we had a clear night. Either Jarred or Frances will join you for a meal and we thoroughly enjoyed their company, especially Jarred’s stories about life in the bush.Packages for the lodge include all activities and there is even a mobile spa which can be arranged separately for you. Frances and Jarred try and accommodate all your needs. Ngoma Safari Lodge is the reason I say you need four days for this break, as one day should be for just enjoying the lodge.
Ngoma Safari Lodge is the perfect getaway for any month of the year but for Valentines I think it could be extra special. The lodge is adults only and each guest is treated as royalty, so do add this extra special place to your bucket list.