Reviews of Nhoma Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
I left Okonjima late and had to search for a SD card for my camera. I had equipment problems at Okonjima which put me on the road to Nhoma at night which is not a good idea. From Michigan, I had experience driving in snow but no experience driving on Namibia's dirt roads. I spun into a ditch and flatten my tire, at night. I was rescued by locals who were fantastic. I tip them and took their picture.
Tourism is Namibia's 2nd industry and they handle it well. Namibia is very tourist friendly and supportive. I shared the Nhoma camp with a National Geographic film crew. They told me to not drive at night. I told them that I got this chance to see everything and will depend on the power of God.
Hiking with the Bushmen, watching them start fires with sticks, filming the women dancing etc. was unbelievable. I had a lot of "one on one" time with my Bushmen guides. I asked Estelle, the manger at Nhoma, to write a book, it would not be possible to describe the village and people in a few words. Words from people that see my pictures are "once in a life time" but I refuse to believe that.
Just loved it
We felt so privileged to have stayed here - a very memorable experience.
The family loved the walks with the Bushmen - what a privilege to spend time with these gentle men, observing them hunt and track animals, and learning bush skills (my niece apparently built a Spring Hare trap in their garden to catch the dog last weekend!)
We felt less comfortable in the village (felt like we were intruding a little) - but the children had a fantastic time playing with the local kids.
Nhoma camp is amazing - very relaxed, fantastic food,, and good accommodation. Arno is a great host - very entertaining stories around the camp fire. His views are pretty forthright, but thought provoking.
We were slightly disappointed with Nhoma, possibly for not properly analyzing what might actually be on offer.
The visit to the village was fascinating but really only holds the attention for a couple of hours unless one is a photographer - and one visit was enough. My wife is a photographer and came away with lots of amazing pictures - the best of the holiday!
The hunting walk wasn't really hunting, it seemed to be a predetermined walk where the bushmen could show how they would prepare snares etc. which is amazing, but there really didn't seem to be any chance of anything being caught - particularly when there are ten people tramping along!
The camp is comfortable but there is no "Charisma".
Nhoma - there is no experience like it!
Spending three days with Arno and Estelle at Nhoma Camp is something we will never forget!
They are both full of information, which they are more than happy to share sitting around the camp fire at night and driving around the area. It was a privilege to stay in the camp and to experience the lives of the Bushmen. Three days was just right - anything shorter wouldn't have been long enough.
We would love to go back.
Great experience at Nhoma
We had a really good time at Nhoma.
It was a unique experience to visit the village and meet the lovely people. Although they didn't speak English this didn't matter, they were very friendly and the local man who took us from our camp to visit did so we could ask questions.
Arno also gave us the background to the Bushmen and how the relationship with tourists works for them. Worth the drive there!!
Stay with the local expert
We had a very nice stay for 2 nights at Nhoma camp. These are simple tent rooms with wood floors and tent ceiling and walls. Furniture is simple and functional. The bathroom is connected. The first night porcupines ate the water line so there was no water for showers in the morning.
The toilet kept malfunctioning....but this is the place to stay to be close to Arno who I esteem was the resident expert. He was more chipper in the morning and gruffer as the evening went on. His frustrations with Namibia, the government, NGO's, and the bushmen were palpable ...and understandable. I think he is a realist and unfortunately a little miserable. I appreciated very much his expertise and his honesty. I think some others in the camp did not. I found his discussions eye opening.
Don't drive that last little bit to this lodge without a 4 wheel drive. The sand is steep and deep. The lodge is within walking distance of a Bushman village. The visits were genuine and not fake. They were and were not as I expected. Overall a very very nice stay. I recommend a 2 night stay to be able to visit the village and go on a Bush man hunt. Ours was long and very hot. Be prepared.
One of the highlights, if not the highlight of our trip.
Both the experience with the bushman and the personal interactions with Arno and Estelle are exceptional.
Nhoma Camp review
The most authentic stay of our whole trip. Although in no way a luxury destination or accomodation, the experience was one that I hope we will all remember for a very long time. Arno is a fabulous host and his knowledge of the country and its politiics engaging.
It was great that everything wall inclusive - and the only place we stayed where this was the case ie we were not presented with a bill of extras, at the end of our stay.
We stayed for three nights and it was worth it - the cooking of the ostrich omelette, the hunting with the men folk and the walk with the lady etc all really interesting.
The only suggestion I would make, would be for a small box with some childrens books or toys eg snakes and ladders would go a a long way, especially as there is no pool etc.
Nhoma Camp review
Exceptional place for several reasons.
1. Only place worldwide where you (as a tourist) can get a true understanding of the Bushman culture
2. Interesting discussions with Arno (the camp owner)
3. Communal tables which is good for interaction with other guests
We stayed here for 4 nights and this was the cultural highlight of our trip through southern Africa.
4. Home cooking
5. Whatever activity they offer, including visiting the reservoir at Oliphant's Water (animals) or Tsumkwe (lots of Baobab, animals, anecdotes), the walks, village visit, do it all.
6. Bring a power strip and adaptors in case there is a full camp using the charging station (and mark your smartphone cable to avoid mix ups and don't forget it!)
Film crew was there and used up the solar power for WiFi quickly.
7. Bertus is a very knowledgeable guide who answers all of your questions.
8. Our tent was the farthest out - great for morning sunrises
Nhoma Camp review
Our time with the Bushmen was one of our highlights of our 4 week trip.
This unique experience will be treasured by both the adults and the children in our family.