Ngoma Safari Lodge lies in the Chobe Forest Reserve, outside Ngoma Gate in the west of Chobe National Park, Botswana. We visited to see Chobe’s wildlife, but discovered something equally special: a view to lust after. If you can stay here without falling madly-wildly in love with the view, then you’re either near-sighted and should be wearing specs, or you simply have no soul that can be stirred.
For dinner on our first night, we had an intimate little deck to ourselves as if we were honeymooners. Small baobab trees made from wire with romantic fairy lights on them stood in for candles or paraffin lamps.
During our afternoon drive into Chobe National Park with guide Bevan Machira it didn’t take long to see that he had a special affinity for trees. For instance, we learnt about the knobthorn, jackalberry and brown ivory, which has a sweet raisin-like fruit. The local people also use it as a dye for decorative basketwork.
Whether this is history or local legend is unclear. Google tells me the origin of the name is ‘unknown’.
The sun melted into the horizon on the other side of the river, a breeze rippling its reflection. After a long hot day, there’s really nothing as riveting as an African sunset in the wild with an ice-cold drink in your hand.
Note: I was a guest of Africa Albida Tourism for two nights, but the opinions are mine.
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