Bullsport Guest Farm

Reviews of Bullsport Guest Farm

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Below are independent comments from 87 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.
Dave
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

This place doesn't look like much from the highway, but believe me, the rooms are large, spectacular.

Meals here are served family style. Hosts, Ernst and Johanna take personal pleasure in satisfying their guest's every need.

Plan to hike here. The Quiver Tree Gorge hike is breathtaking.

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Sheffield party of 4
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

I felt a little bit of an outsider here, probably because Joanna was away with a sick horse. The staff had obviously been trained not to interact with guests which felt a little odd.

My partner was told off for being about 4 minutes late for dinner the first night but on the second night it was much more relaxed and nearly 20 minutes after the time indicated. At breakfast although coffee was served it wasn't obvious where to get the tea and I had to find someone to ask. These are trivial points but stopped Bullsport being one of my favourites.

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Ms C & Mr B - Inverness
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Terrific location, nice spacious room. Staff very keen that guests should enjoy available activities - in our case walks.

Communal dining is very fine - if everyone speaks the same language. Other guests were all German (and the hosts) but the evening might have been easier if we had our own table. Worse at breakfast when service was non-existent.

Very reasonably priced and well stocked honesty bar.

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Expert Africa comments

Johanna & Ernst Sauber, the owners of Bullsport Guest Farm, described themselves as ‘shaken’ by this review when they were sent it – as they pride themselves not only on their hospitality, service, but also on being able to integrate different nationalities and languages around an engaging dinner-table discussion without anybody feeling excluded.

However, checking their dates they realised that, unusually, they were both away from the farm that day – and commented “sadly, our back up team is not yet up to the challenge. It is very difficult to get someone as a relief manager for ‘normal’ lodge, but in a personal establishment like ours it’s an even greater challenge.”

They added that “All the ingredients to a healthy breakfast should have been available in full: bread, butter, jams and other preserves as well as coffee, milk, sugar on the breakfast table, homemade muesli, cereals, fruits, yoghurt, milk, cottage cheese, cold meats, cheeses, Hot water, a selection of teas, toast are offered buffet style. Eggs are to order, and normally our breakfast chef takes the orders from each guest individually. A Jura coffee machine can be used, if guests prefer Espresso or any other special coffee for breakfast, this coffee machine is on the breakfast buffet.”

They assured us that it’s rare for them both to be away from the farm, but they’ll work especially hard on their team’s service and hospitality for the few days that they’re not around themselves.

Ms R & Mr S - Chevy Chase
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

We really loved this place.

The room had style and was quite comfortable. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The food was quite good and we enjoyed meeting other guests through the family-style meals. Hiking trails are nicely laid out and well marked. Can't say enough about how beautiful the hike in Quiver Tree Gorge was.

Highly recommend both the place and the hike.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Very friendly and efficient. Room was spacious, well-equipped and comfortable with good view.

Good walks marked out around the guesthouse and wonderful Quiver Tree Canyon walk as an optional extra.

Good food and relaxed communal dining. Well-equipped bar for sundowners on the sitting area outside the room. We'd certainly return.

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V group - Italy
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good stop in Naukluft area

Bullsport Guest Farm is located in a very nice setting. Several trails depart from the farm, allowing you to visit the surrounding area choosing the trail by time and difficulty.
Rooms are very large and appropriately clean, I wouldn't call them luxurious but they are more than satisfying.
Common spaces are just adequate, breakfast and dinner are home prepared and are served on large tables with other guests. This is a good opportunity to meet new people and discuss about your trip in Namibia.
Overall, the feeling is very good, it feels like a really local place with good facilities, definitely not like a lodge aimed at tourists.

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Mr & Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

Friendly, helpful, really great food, very enjoyable activities with guiding very good.

Fun to be on a farm with other activities going on.

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Mrs & Prof R - Southampton
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

We spent a lovely 4 nights here and would highly recommend Bullsport. Ernst and Johanna are very good hosts and there is a wide range of activities on offer. Very nice accommodation (we were upgraded to a spacious cabin with a separate living room). Gas heaters for the bedrooms. Swimming pool and outdoor barbecue area are available, though obviously not in use mid-winter! Excellent meals around a communal table with the hosts and other guests. Comfortable sitting room with lots of books, and you could borrow hiking poles.

We walked some of the self-guided trails, which are generally well signed although the recent rains had washed some marks away and more signs are needed in some locations. The full day hike towards and through the Quiver Tree Gorge is fantastic, for scenery, variety and interesting vegetation, birds and geology. Although there are some steep climbs, you can bypass the difficult scramble which some books mention and I managed it, even though I am in my sixties and have a minor knee problem. We were given a short-wave radio to call the farm if there was an emergency, which seemed a good idea.

We went horse riding for three half-day rides, which were well organised and a great experience - including riding near the rare Mountain Zebras.
There seems to be a good choice of horses for different abilities.

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The Ramblers
Arrived on: 17-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Bullsport Guest Farm review

This was the most enjoyable place we stayed at, because of the friendly, family atmosphere around the shared dinner table, and the chance to converse with fellow guests of various nationalties. The food was good homely cooking of a high standard. We were upgraded to one of the new rooms which were spacious and comfortable. The walking trails on the Bullsport land are very well marked and the Naukluft mountains are beautiful with the chance to see kudu, klipspringer, dassies & baboons. We also did the Olive Trail in the Naukluft National Park while at Bullsport - this was a lovely walk but the infamous chains section above the pools in the gorge was more difficult than expected. The access to the start of the Olive Trail was by 4x4 or high-clearance 2WD.

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Ms. M-E - Nevada
Arrived on: 15-May-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great Stay at Bullsport Guest Farm

We thoroughly enjoyed our four-night stay at Bullsport Guest Farm. We had no problems driving to the farm, despite some damage to the roads from the heavy rains. The hosts were excellent, and made us feel like part of the family. Conversations at dinner were always interesting, and involved speaking a variety of languages - but communication was never a problem.

The rooms were great - lovely design and decor, and extremely functional. We loved the relaxed atmosphere, and the staff were always willing to help us out and make things work. It was wonderful that we could hike right from the farm (without driving), and the Quiver Tree Gorge hike was amazing. We also enjoyed the shorter hikes, seeing kudu and mountain zebras, and we were able to run in the mornings on the Kudu trail.

The farm has maps and directions (and personal advice) for all the hikes. One morning, we did the Ridge trail on horseback, which allowed us to get closer to the zebras. Our hosts, Ernst and Johanna Sauber, had to go to Windhoek midway during our visit, but had arranged our trip to Sossusvlei before they left (including giving us a small book describing the area). Ernst's sister, Hedi, came to help out with managing the farm, and we enjoyed meeting and talking with her.

Martin took us to Sossusvlei, and he did a great job. He is very knowledgable about the wildlife in the area, and our drive to Sossusvlei was very interesting and infomative. He was responsive to what we wanted to see and do at Sossusvlei, and let us stay until the park closed at sunset. It was a wonderful day and well worth the expense. We would certainly go back to Bullsport Guest Farm, especially for the great hiking in the area.

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