Nkorho - Written by Penny2
Our introduction to Nkorho was via a brief social visit in the mid 1990's and what is now the reception/curio shop was a bar area for the lodge owners. Under the bar counter slept a tame, large, fat warthog which squealed with pleasure when he was tickled! Since those days, what was a private bush home has now become a popular lodge with seven chalets and a new, completely separate bar/pool deck and dining area overlooking the plain where the waterhole and cam is situated. To the right of the lodge, when looked at from the waterhole, is the boma. This is a circular wood/reed enclosure where you dine under the stars around a campfire.
When we first started visiting NK as a lodge in 2003, there were six chalets (five in a row with No. 6 being set behind the other rooms). Now these chalets have gradually been refurbished and upgraded and two further chalets have been added with one of these becoming the new number 6 - we are not sure what the plans are for the old No. 6 chalet. Most, if not all, of the rooms have both indoor and secluded outdoor shower facilities.
To the rear of the chalets is a wood/reed fence and behind this is the staff accommodation plus the owner's private home. Surrounding the guest areas is an electrified fence consisting of two strands of wire at about head height. This is designed to stop elephants entering the lodge area but this doesn't stop other animals from coming in. One ranger told us of a cheetah and cubs who were found sleeping at the back of the old no. 5 chalet one day and the game drive had to come back to view them. On another occasion when he was doing the morning wake up calls he saw a leopard on a chair on the deck of one of the chalets.
The bar/pool deck is the main socialising area in the lodge. From the bar, stairs lead down to an underground wine cellar. There is shaded under cover seating next to the pool and a large dining area where breakfast and lunch is served. If the weather is bad dinner is served there as well, since the area is covered and screens can be rolled down if necessary. This whole area overlooks the waterhole.
A day in the lodge consists of an early morning wake up call, usually between 5 and 5.30am, depending on the time of the year. You then go to the bar area for a cup of coffee before setting off on the morning game drive which lasts 3 hours and sometimes more, depending on the sightings. On returning to the lodge at around 9am you have time for a quick wash and then meet down on the deck for a delicious and very welcome breakfast. After that, those who want a bit of exercise can go on a guided bush walk where you are told about the "little" things in the bush - plants, animal spoor etc. Lunch is served at around 1pm and there is time for a siesta before the evening game drive departs between 4 and 4.30 (again, depending on the time of year). When you get back to the lodge, you have a chance to freshen up again and then meet in the bar for a drink before going into the boma for dinner. As many Africammers will have heard, sometimes we are entertained by the ladies of the lodge and their singing and dancing is a delight!