Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(89%) From 129 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 129 of our travellers who have visited Sam's Giardino, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino for good food and wine

Lovely, very convenient, superb food. The wine tasting was excellent. Sam is very attentive, very interesting to talk to, an extremely good host. His staff were very helpful. The receptionist made reservations for us for activities in Walvis bay, and in the Desert, and arranged for us to be collected and returned to Sams.

3 of us went on the dolphin and seal trip,with Levo tours, which brings a smile to our faces when we talk about it. We were lucky also that there were whales in the bay. 3 others went on a trip with a desert expert, Chris, who they felt was the best guide they had ever had.

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Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An Oasis in Swakopmund

The room was spacious and clean, and the welcome warm. Although the food was a fixed menu, it was excellent and varied. We chose to eat in both nights and weren't disappointed. The garden was beautiful but we didn't get the chance to sit in it for very long as we had booked a trip to Sandwich Harbour which took us out all day.

Our only disappointment was not being allowed to take Einstien the dog home with us!

Whilst in Swakop, we organised a 'Day trip to Sandwich Harbour' for these travellers. They commented:

An excellent trip, timed just right so that we got to Sandwich Harbour before everyone else turned up, so the beach we were driving on was pristine and great for photos. Our guide was first class and pitched the day just right so that we all got what we wanted out of it, saw lots of interesting birds and animals, climbed dunes and had great fun too. The buffet lunch on the beach was good, if a little sandy.

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Drs from Brisbane, Queensland
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent food and wine Sam's Giardino

We have stayed at Sam's twice before, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The guesthouse is in a quiet street, but still well placed for walking to the shops and exploring Swakopmund on foot.

We had a nice ,sunny room overlooking the pretty garden. The room was very clean and comfortable with an excellent shower - just the thing after a dusty drive over the desert from Sesriem! We were only there for one night, and we arranged for a wine tasting and evening meal. The evening meal was one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. The quality was excellent.

We would recommend Sam's Giardino to anyone who wishes to stay in Swakopmund.

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Nick & Bev
Arrived on: 11-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Convenient and quiet location in Swakopmund. We had only booked B&B but the evening meals were superb quality and value, so we didn't bother eating out in Swakopmund. Sam is a very genial host.

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Mr W & Miss H - London
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient base in Swakopmund, lovely dog

Reasonably priced accommodation, lots of information available from Sam, good internet availability.

We did the sea kayaking trip to the seal colony with Jeanne, which was brilliant!
Jeanne picked us up in town and was lovely. She was very friendly and chatty, very knowledgeable about the wildllife around town, and took some great pictures of us kayaking with seals and dolphins which she emailled us later.

The seals were very inquisitive and playful - they raced us in the kayak and when they got bored of this they cooled us down by splasing us - and bizarrely sounded like sheep!

This was definitely a highlight of our trip and something we would recommend to anyone going to the Swakopmund area!

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

A friendly and unusual place to stay. Not luxurious but very comfortable with good food, wine and a charming host.

Would definitely stay there again if we visit Swakopmund.

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Mrs & Dr B - Richmond
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We liked Swakopmund very much after the initial heartsink of being back in the land of alarmed gates, etc. Sam's Giardino is not central but within easy walking distance of the centre of town. However, we decided to eat at the hotel both nights as we were not sure if it would be OK to walk back after dark (it probably would have been). Sam friendly and hospitable. Food good though use of tinned fruit surprising.

The tour of Sandwich Bay which you arranged for us was wonderful.

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Ms S & Mr D - South
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sam's and felt that he gave the place a really personal touch. Sam was very helpful and provided us with information and tips for making the most of our stay in Swakopmund. We really enjoyed hearing about how he moved to Namibia and built up his business.

We stayed two nights and had dinner at Sam's the first night. Although we arrived at 5:30 pm, Sam was able to accommodate us for dinner and to alter the menu for me (non-fish eater). The food was delicious. The second night we went to The Tug and really regretted our choice. The food isn't a patch on Sam's. The restaurant is crowded and I had staff and other customers constantly brushing the back of my chair, as we were seated beside the main thoroughfare through the restaurant. We left straight after the main course - couldn't leave fast enough, really.

We were surprised to see that it is possible to go on skiing excursions in the dunes around Swakopmund. As keen cross-country skiers, we would have loved to try this, but ran out of time. A good excuse to return?

As part of their trip, we organised some Kayaking at Pelican Point for these travellers. They commented:

We both thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking trip with Jeanne. My husband is keen on water sports and had kayaked previously, so was very much looking forward to the trip. As I have an aversion for water sports, I was more apprehensive. We had a double kayak. Kayaking around the lagoon itself was very calm and we also went out to sea to see the dolphins. The trip felt completely safe throughout and is an enjoyable experience even if you are not a water sports enthusiast.

Whilst on the trip we saw seal and dolphins, as well as lots of birds, including flamingos. Jeanne also took us to see a family of jackals living on the point. Jeanne provided lots of information about the local wildlife.

We arrived home to an email from Jeanne with photos of our trip. As all of our photos showed what we were seeing from our kayak, it was great to have some photos of the two us in the kayak, as well as some fantastic additional wildlife shots.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our morning kayaking with Jeanne.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

This is an goodt place to stay while in town. It is quiet and secure but within walking distance of the centre.

Sam is an attentive host who is enthusiastic about the quality he provides. Cuisine is superb but if you eat two nights running you may repeat some courses on the menu.

He could not be more helpful with information and even supplemented his superb breakfast with the offer of a sandwich for our journey.

Sea kayaking on Walvis Bay Lagoon: Jeanne was not around but the young man who stood in for her did a great job. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and provided a safe but interesting experience.

There is plenty of opportunity to get close to the seals and pelicans although it gets a bit crowded when the motor launches come in.

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Mr & Mrs B - Winchester
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's secret garden!

A perfect and cosy spot tucked off the main drags. Sam was very hospitable and welcoming and his garden delightful.

The map could be a bit better . Normally north is at the top of the map! Rhode Allee should be shown - it appears on the detailed map but actually does not bend round into Anton Lubowski unless we were doing something stupid.

Great having free internet to catch up with the family after being out in the wilderness for a few days. Sam was helpful in booking restaurants and a boat trip.

We discovered one of the boat companies did free pick ups from Swakopmund Laramon - which gave us a day off the driving which was a good idea. However the minibuses were filled to capacity and the two last seats (the ones we had to take) were not particularly comfortable - one seat was partly broken and one was not a proper seat). The captain Dougie was excellent and we had a very enjoyable day out.

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