If you want to put it in one word: WOW
The Lodge itself is great and in excellent condition. It fits 8 people max which means that the atmosphere is very private and personal. You will be living in your own little chalet with living room and two bathrooms. Between the game drives you can relax by the pool or just hang out at the observation deck and watch Zebras, giraffes, warthogs and many others coming along to have a sip of water.
So the Lodge is great and we couldn't imagine it to be better but what will blow your mind is the game viewing. N'Kaya's rangers Andres and Beckson are out of this world. They will try everything possible to find the animals you want to see and most likely they will succeed! So for those who want to know: yes, we saw the Big 5. But we think, people shouldn't focus so much on the Big 5 since there is so much more to see: the nature is just beautiful and there are a lot more animals to be spotted, than just the Big 5. Especially the morning drives are great and it is just great to watch Andres and Beckson as they follow the tracks.
Just to give you an idea: except of the Big 5 we saw Hippos, Wilder Beasts, Zebras, Giraffes, Impalas, Kudus, Warthogs and even a Leopard with cubs.
What we also liked: not only would one of the managers Mariza and Bert (who are just as great as their staff by the way) join us for breakfast and dinner but also Andres and/or Beckson will be at your table.
Summarized: N'Kaya is not only worth a visit, you almost have to go there. The only thing we regret was staying for two nights only. But we want to come back, those two days are among the best and most memorable in our lives.
Thank you and many regards to everyone at N'Kaya
Ellen & Martin
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