Reviews of Dabis Guest Farm
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A Unique Opportunity
Most guest farms in Namibia are wholly involved in tourism but Dabis is very much a working farm with tourists as a sideline. They only take one group of guests at a time and that 'group' might be one person or twenty-four. This ensures very personal attention.
The absolute highlight is the two-hour farm tour offered by owner Jorg who shares his obvious passion for farming in tune with nature and explains how it is possible to succeed even in the face of the aridity of this harsh and beautiful land. Accommodation is simple and clean though we did struggle without even a fan in the room (day temperatures were approaching 40 degrees and the night was still hot) and somehow the flying insects got through the mesh on the windows.
Food was simple country cooking. Free wi-fi is an unexpected bonus in such a remote location. The unique opportunity to meet and learn from working Namibians such as Jorg and Michelle is the Dabis trump card and the reason to visit.
Great place, great people. Highly recommended
A great surprise. The owners are a very friendly familiy. They showed us the farm, and how they manage to survive there.
Beautiful and interesting experience (it will be even better with less religious parafernalia... but nothing is perfect).
Dabis Guest Farm
We had a problem finding Dabis Guest Farm & ended up driving many miles further than necessary & finally telephoning the owners for directions. We were very lucky there was a mobile signal and felt that with better instructions it need never have happened. Although the sign marking the farm is quite small the entrance is located between two bridges......one a single bridge and the second a double one which is a great landmark on an otherwise 'unmarked' road. We do strongly suggest Expert Africa tell future clients about these bridges.
The other point we felt worth emphasizing is the need to get there as early as possible in order to take full advantage of the tour of the farm. Because we spent a short while investigating the wild horses it was dusk by the time we eventually arrived & so far too late to be introduced to the farm. We were only able to have a very short 'farm visit' early the following morning which was a shame because it was so interesting.
We were the only guests at Dabis & as my friend felt unwell I ate dinner alone with the family which was very pleasant and I was most interested to have an in depth conversation about farming under arid conditions.
It is very difficult when grading somewhere like Dabis Guest Farm because whereas it clearly does not have the comforts of the Nest Hotel it is perfectly adequate, comfortable and clean & what it perhaps lacks in star quality accommodation it makes up for with its fantastic scenery & interesting farming.
I have given the 'Location' an 'excellent' rating because once you have found it...........it is!!!!!
Beautiful Farm but Awkward Experience
As part of our road trip through Namibia we arrived at Dabis Farm at around 5:00 pm. The owner came out of the house and said "you are late" before even proceeding to greet us.
We were a bit taken back by the comment about being late since we were not aware that we had to be there at a certain time. After that initial, however the owner became quite friendly and took us on an interesting tour of his farm followed by a delicious home cooked dinner. Our room was comfortable and clean. We were well impressed and pleasantly surprise about his environmental stewardship.
One major criticism we have about Dabis, was that during the farm tour we stopped for a sundowner. The owner pulled a cooler with beverages from his vehicle and asked us what we would like to drink. Later before dinner, he asked us if we would like any wine since he was going to drink some himself. The following morning while we were checking out the owner's wife emerges from the kitchen with a list of the beverages we consumed and a final amount owed for them. It was a surprise to us since neither of them ever let us know the price for drinks beforehand.
The bill was for N$115 and we paid with a N$200 note which was all we had. She was very frustrated and asked us several times "are you sure you don't have any change". She then made a point of calling her husband on the telephone and told us she had to break into the kids piggy bank to give us our change. We felt that the way it was handled was very petty since she had a N$100 dollar note. She went through a lot of hassle and made us feel unwelcome (since she asked us several times to look in our pockets) so she could collect another N$15 (< USD$ 2). Our lodging was not inexpensive and it left a bad taste our mouths to have to leave the guest farm on that sour note.
A real highlight of the trip
Just found this experience so fascinating. It was a real pleasure to learn so much from Jorg about the environment, living in Namibia and hear all their plans for farming in this country - what works in his environment with relation to plants, people, weather etc.
Michelle is a wonderful cook, the food was all presented so beautifully, the children, dog, cats, chickens etc just injected a bit of real life into our holiday and it was just great to talk to them both about life.
Dabis Guest Farm
No longer run by Steve and Jenny, who moved away from the property around 18 months ago, Steve's brother Jorg and his wife Michelle provided a warm welcome and good food.
The farm drive was interesting, although we had been under the impression that the cost was included with the accommodation so were slightly surprised when charged N$130pp - not a huge amount and not a problem, maybe we had misunderstood the arrangement.
Excellent hosts on a most interesting farm
It was a farm but did not disappoint either in interest, facilities or friendlinessRead more about the whole safari
A highlight of my trip
My stay here was one of the real highlights of my trip.
The owners were charming and the food was delicious. However, what really made it special was the enormous enthusiasm with which Jorg Gaugler told me about the area and his work in making his farming and other projects sustainable.
I found this absolutely fascinating.
Dabis Guest Farm review
We received an exceptionally friendly welcome from Joerg and Michelle (and by Nala the Rhodesian Ridegback) and we immediately felt part of the family. Joerg is clearly one of the world's enthusiasts and while we were unable to arrive in time for the farm tour, he showed us around and gave us some fascinating insights into his innovative approaches to farming, especially into breeding sheep suited to the terrain.
(By the way they mentioned in passing that they had been delighted with the people who had come to them via Expert Africa but had been having some - unspecified - problems with your local agents).
Dabis Guest Farm review
We chose this guest farm based on feedback from other customers and they were not wrong. This was genuinely one of the highlights of our trip to Namibia!
We travelled to Dabis from Desert Horse Inn via the D707 and Duwisib Castle. This made for a scenic and interesting day.
Jörg and Michelle made us feel very welcome. After tea and cake, Jörg took us on a tour of the farm and explained his approach to sustainable farming in the semi-desert region. It was fascinating to hear about the challenges and opportunities of living in this part of Namibia. We had a generous dinner of various dishes that had been cooked in their solar oven and a delicious breakfast including produce from their farm and other local farms in the area.
This was a very personal experience and made a welcome change from several nights in resorts favoured by coach parties. I'd recommend that anyone travelling in this part of Namibia take the time to spend a night here.