Bullsport Guest Farm

Reviews of Bullsport Guest Farm

Good(90%) From 81 travellers
Excellent
45
Good
32
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 81 of our travellers who have visited Bullsport Guest Farm, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Kathryn
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Terrible
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Location:
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Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Büllsport Disaster

This was a very bad experience for us. It was the only place in Namibia where we did not receive a warm welcome when we arrived. In fact, only after some time did someone (a temporary volunteer we heard later) show us our room and the facilities.

I sat next to a man at dinner on the first night who did not direct one question to me: the next day I accosted him and discovered he was indeed Mr. Sauber, the owner, so we had to do our own introductions. We asked for a guide but were told that they had to be 'ordered' a day in advance: we had not been informed of this. When Mrs. Sauber returned 24 hours later, the atmosphere changed, but this was too late for us.

The low walks we were able to do were not all that interesting (very few animals) and we were plagued by flies: the two most interesting walks (for which we needed a guide!) are not suitable for someone with vertigo, like me. It is the low season for Büllsport and we certainly felt as if we were not important.
Our room was one of the new ones and it was good: the older rooms did not look very appealing.

Büllsport is not a place I would send anyone: however IF you are interested in horses or IF you have a head for heights it could be interesting but for a maximum of two days, never three.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa forwarded these comments to Bullsport Guest Farm.

Bullsport were concerned that these clients were unhappy with their stay and would like us to point out that their guest farm offers a simpler style of accommodation in comparison to the formal surroundings and more organised activities of a lodge. In Bullsport's case, being small and owner run with a low number of staff, they do need some notice in order for a guide to be available, unlike some of Namibia's larger (and more costly) lodges. Having said this, a guide is not necessary for any of their trails, which are well marked and maintained, and horse riding can be booked on arrival, so it is rarely an issue.

Bullsport are sorry that these guests' stay did not live up to their expectations and that the situation was not handled well.

Dr M & Mrs S - Namibia in November
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Bullsport Guest Farm

We wish we had stayed for the morning to have a look at the farm in more detail. It took us a couple of days to get used to timing our days and how long driving would take.

Well marked walks. We liked having meals with the family.

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Mr A & Ms J - Hampshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
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Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Good

Exactly as we expected.

Enjoyed the atmosphere of a working farm. Interesting conversations with very welcoming hosts. Day long hike down Quiver Tree canyon was superb.

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Mr & Mrs M from Kingsley
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Hosts were friendly and helpful. Lovely sitting down to dinner with the family and learning about farming in Namibia from someone so obviously passionate about what they do. The area they farm is extensive with challenging wild life problems so Ernst's views were fascinating.

Excursion to Quiver Tree Gorge with Ernst as guide was brilliant , lots of mountain zebras, kudu, babboons etc.
Also really good walks self guided around the farm and chance to enjoy the lovely location and scenery.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and was an excellent introduction to Namibia.

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Mr L & Mrs H - Namibia in September
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Excellent location and hospitality.

Spotting mountain zebra on morning walk was highlight.

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Mr and Mrs S from London
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Surprised

I was really sceptical about this one. Read all the good reviews, but just couldn't imagine how this could be great. As with the whole of Namibia, I kept being surprised. You see all the brown scenery and struggle to think what could make this place so magical. Well, it was and I cant explain why.

We followed detailed maps on various walks around the premises. Word of warning - we are very fit and thought that a 6 hour walk would mean 4 - 5. Well, we were wrong. In the heat this is quite another thing. Saw some animals and lush greenery hidden on the long trail.

Food was fantastic and great to eat with the other guests. Spent some time by the pool, but too cold to swim. Breakfast was basic, but nice. I loved our hosts getting immersed in their story telling at night. These are people who live and breathe Namibia and it shows. Rooms was great once again. Large, airy, modern decor.

All in all a wonderful experience.

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The H family from Farnham
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Large, clean and comfortable rooms in location looking up at mountains. Friendly and helpful owners who you eat with at dinner.

Owners run a huge farm which must be challenging so they do well to cope with questions from European 'townies'.

There is quite a lot of wildlife round the guest house and we were disappointed that we were unable to take advantage of the larger hikes into the mountains.

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Miss WM & Mr DS - Dublin
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

As with Damara Mopane, our room & bathroom here were a little dreary! We hadn't realised that there was an option for a nicer room at not much extra cost. Perhaps it wasn't available at the time but I feel it may have been, as not all of the better rooms looked to be occupied, but I could be wrong.

For me, Bullsport only has an interest as a stopover point. I thought the owner of Bullsport wasn't all that friendly, whereas I'd read somewhere that the welcome there was wonderful!

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Mr & Mrs T - Bristol
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

We had a really interesting stay at Bullsport and enjoyed eating en famille with Ernst and Johanna and their staff plus other guests. They serve lots of game and more traditional Namibian dishes which are not necessarily available elsewhere and it was an interesting insight into life at a cattle, game and stud farm.

There are a series of walking trails from the farm and we did several of these, the best being the circular walk through the Quiver Tree gorge which was stunning. Trails were of varying lengths and well marked from the farm.

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Mr & Mrs J from Coventry
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Sorry not to have stayed longer

We stayed only one night at Bullsport, as a stopover between Windhoek and Sesriem, but wished we had stayed longer. We arrived in early afternoon, in time to take one of the self-guided walks on the farm, strolling until sundown under a wide clear blue sky watching springbok and kudu, weaver birds and guinea fowl.

Our "luxury" room was spacious and bright, with a big bathroom, good shower, and separate toilet. There were eight of us sitting down for dinner around the large farmhouse table, our friendly host Ernst Sauber, three of his family and staff, two other guests, and ourselves, the only two with English as their first language. Despite that, we were never left out of the conversation, and indeed, hearing what our fellow guests had done during their two-night stay, we decided to take a trip next morning to a rock-arch in the mountains.

So after a hearty breakfast we set off with our guide, David, in an open-sded 4x4, well wrapped up in hat, fleece and gloves. After a short drive along the road he headed for the hills up a steep twisting stoney track. Along the way David pointed out mountain zebra and stopped to show us various plants and bushes, explaining their nutritional and medicinal properties. Stopping at the top, we were led along a "zebra trail" down into a gorge from which there was a short scramble to the impressive rock-arch. The drive back down the mountain was, let's say, exhilarating, and we were in awe at David's off-road driving skills as well as his knowledge of the plants and animals.

We wished we had stopped another day to do more walking in the mountains, and would certainly recommend Bullsport, not just as a stopover on the way to Sesriem, but as a destination in its own right.

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