Nhoma Camp

Reviews of Nhoma Camp

Excellent(96%) From 32 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 32 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.
Mr and Mrs L from Paris
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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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

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Family A - New Zealand
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr M & Ms H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

Fascinating insight and experience spending time with the bushmen, and should have stayed for longer.

Arno's in depth knowledge of the bushmen was invaluable.

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Mr D - New York
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

An A+ to Nhoma Camp. In addition to very decent facilities i.e tents, bathroom, dining room, Arno and Stelle's hospitality, attentiveness and awareness of little details made the stay very pleasant. it was cold at night (minus 2 -3C) and beds were warmed up with bottles of hot water.

Food quite good and service simple but also attentive. Definitively a great choice.

The visits to the village and the activities very rewarding as well.

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O Family - Vancouver
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nhoma Camp review

We really enjoyed our stay at Nhoma Camp. Although more rustic than the previous camps we stayed at, the huts were clean and very comfortable. The experience with the Bushmen was unforgettable. The culture & lifestyle is so completely different than what we experience in Canada. The kids also enjoyed this camp. We found that 3 nights gave us ample time to try things, and we were ready to move on. It was very cold in the mornings - we should have packed thin down jackets.

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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.