Ngoma Safari Lodge, BotswanaThe 5-star Ngoma Safari Lodge in Kasane is on the edge of the Chobe National Park.
Its eight stand-alone suites are beautifully decorated and each equipped with a plunge pool and an outdoor shower, a lovely large bathroom and panoramic windows overlooking the Chobe River.
At meal times everyone gathers in the bar for a convivial chat, then wanders through to the dining terrace where the chef offers a choice of starters, main courses and desserts. I tucked into cream of cauliflower soup, grilled Chobe bream, then a pretty dessert of chocolate mousse in a brandy snap basket artfully decorated with spun sugar.
Chobe boasts the world’s largest elephant herds and we set off on an our game drives with great expectations. I was there in November, the beginning of rainy season and low season for tourists, so we drove through the vast wilderness with barely another vehicle on the horizon.
On the second day we spent the whole day in the bush before a picnic lunch that we accidentally shared with foraging vervet monkeys. We had planned a late afternoon river cruise, but storm clouds gathered menacingly and there was just enough time to dive under our ponchos before the heavens opened.
I didn’t mind at all. It was the perfect weather for returning to the lodge for a steaming outdoor shower watching the rains, then going for cocktails on the terrace overlooking the plains.
Ngoma Safari Lodge is operated by Africa Albida Tourism. Details from www.africaalbidatourism.com.