Nhoma Camp

Reviews of Nhoma Camp

Excellent(96%) From 27 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 27 of our travellers who have visited Nhoma Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Family Tsuchiyose - USA
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

It was a special and unique place, and the owner of the camp, Arno always made sure that all is well with us. He sincerely wanted to show us the best in Khaudum National Park and came back 8pm. The drive back at night with all kinds of animals at water pan in the sunset color was really scenic.

The walk with bushman in the morning, some demonstrations of making arrows, starting fire, preparing food etc at the village, and watching the healing dance at night were all very interesting and special.

The food was very good, and the canvas tent was nice with a bath tub. This visit was right after visiting Etosha National Park(Big animal park), so we really felt that we were able to see the real things here. Many thanks to Arno.

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Mrs P with Mrs L & Mr C - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

Thoroughly enjoyed the time here. It was a fantastic experience.

Arno was very friendly and a great host. The location of the camp to the Bushmen's village made everything so easy.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

Nhoma camp is a well situated, well organised, and inviting lodge. We received a warm welcome from Theo and his south african friends who made extraordinary efforts to make us feel at home.

What makes Nhoma camp very special is the Bushmen experience. Beside having full access to the bushmen way of life in their village we were thrilled with a day long hunt where we were tought Bushmen survival skills. Overall a very enjoyable and special experience.

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R Family - Alaska
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

Nhoma Camp was the absolute highlight of our trip. We loved it. Not an stop for everyone of course, but for us, it was like being at home.

The accommodations, compared to someplace like Mushara, aren't anywhere near as fancy, but taken as part of our lifestyle and how we like to do experience things, they were perfect. Arno is a superb host and made us feel right at home. The time with the San was wonderful.

If you like to get your hands dirty, meet people, and learn about life with the Bushman, this is the place to go. Our teenaged daughter was a little suspicious about Nhoma before we arrived, but she had a great time also. This is the place to slow down, catch your breath, and learn how the San have survived in an amazing environment.

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Mr & Mrs B - Winchester
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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meet the bushmen!

we phoned the night before to check on arrival etc. and to check the road (as directed by you). We notified them that we would leave at 7am and aim to arrive by 2pm having explained we were in a VW Polo saloon vehicle. I particularly asked that if we did not arrive that someone would come and look for us. As arranged, I sent a text telling them what time we had left Grootfontein (at 9.30am) It would therefore be very surprising if we had not arrived by 2pm.

At 1.45pm we got stuck in the sand on the side road about 20kms short of Nhoma. We stood under a small tree until 3.15pm when some other guests passed by. They eventually towed us out of the sand and we followed them to Nhoma. It should also be made clear that 2WD cars cannot drive up to the camp but need to park at the bottom. Without the other car we would not have known what to do as we had no idea how much further up the track we needed to go and whether we should walk or wait.

We arrived at the camp at 3.30pm to be told we were the first to get stuck in the sand. We later learnt that when the sand is at its hottest at early afternoon it makes it very difficult to drive through the sand. The next morning we had no problem

I received a text from Arno's wife at 5.45pm saying she was sorry she had heard we got stuck in the sand and that she had had a very stressful day. It became very obvious that no one was coming to look for us and that we had been extremely lucky to be rescued by the other guests. Not a great start to our visit.

Cold drinks were offered on arrival which were much appreciated. The tents were cool and well sited. Everything worked well. Cool water in thermos was always on offer and thermos cups by the bed.

The other guests had bought gifts for the children - hairclips and books for the girls, and a football for the boys so they had a great football game. It would have been nice to know a bit more about the village before we left.

We felt we got the most out of our visit because it was over the weekend and the children were about. We enjoyed collecting them on the way back to school and giving them lift with Arno. Without the children around the visit would have seemed much flatter in contrast.



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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers had setbacks on their journey to Nhoma. The Kalahari is very sandy and turning off the solid road, and onto the sand at the side, can cause problems. Drivers in Namibia need to be mindful of this as they choose their stopping places.

We do make clear that 2WD cars should not drive up to Nhoma Camp. We include this advice in a detailed written description of how to reach Nhoma Camp which we send to all of our travellers visiting Nhoma - it explains how guests in 2WD cars will be given a lift up to the camp from the parking area.

We’re sorry that these travellers somehow missed this advice that we sent to them.

E & D from New Mexico
Arrived on: 13-May-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A Special Place

Going out with Jonas, Hart, David and Kaece to see whatever they might find in the bush was a great experience. They were successful at finding and extracting honey from a tree, they dug up a water root and used its liquid to wash honey from their arms, and made string from a plant called mother-in-law's tongue. They laughed and talked and generously gave us an arrow after demonstrating how it was made.

Estelle and Arno made us feel at home at Nhoma. We were concerned that we might feel like intruders at the San people's camp next door to the lodge but instead found the people were very friendly and warm - the kids especially. Their lives are not easy and it is difficult for them to make a living that is not in conflict with their old ways. We hope that our visit helped at least a bit.

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Mr and Mrs W - Milton Keynes
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

The highlight of the trip . A real adventure !.

Arno a most knowledgeable and interesting host. Relating to the bushmen was much easier than we had imagined it would be

We had lots of fun and learnt loads.

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Mr J & Ms J - Wedding Anniversary
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp - our favourite

Nhoma Camp was fabulous, this was a trip favourite. Estelle and Arno are great hosts and really try to make your stay special.

It was great fun getting to join the bushmen in activities and really made the holiday for us. We loved going out on the hunt, and were really chuffed when they made an arrow and gifted this to us. We also really enjoyed the evening dance - incredible music and a very intense experience.

The location of the camp itself is spectacular - a very peaceful spot with beautiful bush and plains all around and wide open skies with epic starscapes. We did a day trip to Khadum National Park which was amazing - a proper wild experience with skittish animals and we were fortunate enough to see a wild dog while there.

Estelle is an excellent cook and we thought the food was imaginative and of a very high quality. Arno is the consumate host.

The tents were spacious with a comfortable double bed and single, and the bath was a nice touch.

We would highly recommend staying at Nhoma Camp with Estelle and Arno.

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Mr. L and Family - Denmark
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

This was without any doubt the highlight of our one month trip to Namibia. To walk with the bushmen 4-5 hours a day and see the village during the afternoon and nights is an experience we will remember for the rest of our life. We hope to return. We were glad we stayed for no less than 3 nights.

Our children at 8-9 years often talk about how they made fire with stiks, made arrows, caught birds in traps, tried different berries, played with the children in the village, saw a snake, and saw bushmen shooting at a Kudu. Still, we could relaxe in our nice luxury camp next to the village and have a glass of wine before bedtime!

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Mr & Mrs R - Australia
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

Interesting place and Arnos is an interesting character. Unfortunately there had been fires 2 days before we got there which I think had some bearing on the activities we were able to do and the activities felt a bit staged.

Loved the Bushmen people, they are very gentle, with a good sense of humour. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with them. Our guide Steve was excellent.

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