In February Dilaal was invited by the Extraordinary Collection (who represent a collection of luxury lodges  in Southern Africa) to travel to Botswana and experience Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge and Ngoma Safari Lodge.  Here are her comments and observations.

Dilaal in Botswana
Dilaal in Botswana

Ghoha Hills

Ghoha Hills is located in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park and is close to the famous Savuti marsh which used to be an ancient lake and is now a unique game viewing area which plays host to annual migrations of zebra and a wide variety of predators.

Ghoha Hills pool
Ghoha Hills Savuti Safari Lodge

“One of the best things to do is sitting on the deck in the main lodge area during the dry season and watch the animals come down to drink during the heat of the day and then giraffe and impala hung around the waterhole in the early evenings. Birdwatchers will be in paradise here!

It was good to meet Nanette & Abraham,  the general managers of Ghoha Hill, who pour their heart & souls into the daily life of their guests.

The indredible Savuti Marsh is 1.5hr drive from the lodge. En route, we stopped to see rock paintings and cluster of magnificent Baobab trees.

On our way back to the lodge we saw over  200 Zebra and 10 Giraffe drinking at a water pan.

Even though we were deep in the bush, we were treated to the most mouth watering meals.

And after dinner… we went stargazing!”

Ghoha Hills baobab
Stopping to soak up the power of a Baobab near Ghoha Hills

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Ngoma Safari Lodge is in Northern Botswana on the western edge of Chobe National Park and overlooking the Chobe River.  8 private suites (with plunge pools) face the river where herds of  elephants and lots of other plains game can be seen wandering by depending on the season.

“A huge Baobab tree is the main attraction on the lower deck where you would have lunch or dinners.The main area has the most amazing view of the Chobe River and the beautiful water feature create a s relaxing atmosphere at both breakfast time and cocktail hour.”

Ngoma-Safari-Lodge baobab
Ngoma Safari Lodge built around an elegant Baobab tree overlooking the Chobe River

 A bit about Baobab Trees 

 Local folklore claims that the gods were in a silly mood and planted Baobabs upside down with their roots reaching for the sky! They thrive in hot, semi desert regions like this corner of Botswana. Baobab trees live for an average of 500 years.The most famous Baobab is Chapman’s Baobab in the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in the southern corner of Botswana.

chapmans baobab
Chapman’s Baobab