Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire


6 Happy returners to Namibia in 2013

On this trip, I visited Namibia & South Africa between 3-Sep-2013 and 3-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 6 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip as a whole was superb, from the initial contact with Sabina, to our arrival home.

We had enjoyed our visit so much 2 years ago, that we wanted to return, and see more. this could well have been an anti climax, but fortunately it wasn't. None of us have any regrets.

We noticed the effect of no rain for more that 2 years, very little greenery anywhere.

The unmade roads were in a bad condition, which we were told was due to the increase in large tourist transports.

The people, the accommodation and the food were as wonderful as we expected. Thank you Sabina for putting such a great trip together for us.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

A little caution is required when driving from Dolomite to Okaukuejo, especially in a 2x4 car. We were warned, by a frequent visitor, of very deep tyre ruts, at the start of the most direct route. We took the slightly longer southerly route (an extra12 Kms), which was fine.
We were also warned of the extremely large Anteater holes in the roads, some were 2 feet wide & 18 inches deep. Many could be seen, if driving at a sensible speed, as they had pile of earth beside them, but others were not visible until nearly on them! They need to be avoided, or the car would get stuck, and you could do serious damage!

There were none east of Okaukuejo.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
4-Sep-2013 review: Bagatelle was absolutely lovely
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Village, Namibia
5-Sep-2013 review: A good place for visiting Fish River Canyon
GoodGood
Annie's Cottage, South Africa
7-Sep-2013 review: Annie's Cottage is delightful
ExcellentExcellent
Norotshama River Lodge
9-Sep-2013 review: Wonderful position on the banks of the Orange
GoodGood
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
10-Sep-2013 review: Truly in the desert
ExcellentExcellent
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia
12-Sep-2013 review: To stay on a farm was a privilege.
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
13-Sep-2013 review: Hoodia was beautiful
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
15-Sep-2013 review: Sam's is a great place to stay
ExcellentExcellent
Terrace Bay, Namibia
18-Sep-2013 review: Terrace Bay is different!
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
19-Sep-2013 review: A great place to stay
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
21-Sep-2013 review: What a great start to Etosha.
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
22-Sep-2013 review: A must for the variety of animals
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
24-Sep-2013 review: A lovely stay outside the park
ExcellentExcellent
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
27-Sep-2013 review: A beautiful spot on the river
GoodGood
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
28-Sep-2013 review: What a lovely place to stay
ExcellentExcellent
Ichobezi Houseboats, Namibia
29-Sep-2013 review: A must for any visitor to Namibia
ExcellentExcellent

A wonderful 3+ week adventure

On this trip, I visited Namibia & Zambia between 1-Sep-2011 and 25-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 6 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We all had the most woderful holiday imaginable, and all want to go back.

There were only 2 places that we would not want to revisit, Palmwag and Camp Kwando, our comments have already been recorded.
We had some trouble in Rundu, when a rucksac was stolen from the car, despite 1 of our men sitting in the car! We feel it would be helpful, if in future people going near Rundu, are warned to take extra care, not to leave cars unattended, and even if stationary in the car, lock all doors and windows.

At Ndhovu, we were told Rundu is a bad place, with handbags stolen from cars with people sitting in them, being distracted. There was a lot of noise and activity there making the opening of a car door, silently, relatively simple. (The people at Ndhovu put a lot of blame on people coming from Angola)

200 Rand notes do now seem to be accepted.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Tracy has been superb to deal with, very helpful at all times, guiding me in directions that were needed, and meeting all the needs of the 6 of us who travelled together. Sabrina took over very efficiently when Tracy went on maternity leave.

I would not hesitate to recommend Expert Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
2-Sep-2011 review: The Olive Grove was a great start
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
3-Sep-2011 review: Sossus Dune Lodge for the dunes
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
5-Sep-2011 review: Sam's Giardino for good food and wine
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
7-Sep-2011 review: Doro Nawas with wonderful views
ExcellentExcellent
Palmwag Lodge, Namibia
8-Sep-2011 review: Palmwag Lodge, well!
PoorPoor
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
10-Sep-2011 review: Great place to see hundreds of animals
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
12-Sep-2011 review: Mushara Bush Camp is exquisite
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
14-Sep-2011 review: Okonjima Main Camp
GoodGood
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
15-Sep-2011 review: Hakusembe Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
16-Sep-2011 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge, a gem
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kwando, Namibia
18-Sep-2011 review: Camp Kwando, beautiful but sterile
AverageAverage
Ichobezi Houseboats, Namibia
20-Sep-2011 review: Wonderful Ichobezi Houseboats!
ExcellentExcellent
Tongabezi, Zambia
22-Sep-2011 review: Tongabezi was luxurious
ExcellentExcellent