Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr's Spear - Washington DC


My Oct 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 2-Oct-2012 and 12-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Nothing was asked about ground arrangements here, which were perfect with one troublesome exception, given that it was our introduction to the trip. When we landed at Windhoek, no one was there to meet us. I figured out we should find Wilderness Safari's lounge, where someone scrambled to get us to our hotel, sending us in a small, hot, crowded taxi whose driver drove a long distance beyond the center to drop off the other passenger first; when I complained he said it was more convenient for him to return to the airport from Olive Grove.

This meant it took an hour (which mattered to us after a long flight from Munich). Wilderness also didn't notify us of our departure time the next morning; we had to take the initiative to find out. When a van and driver picked us up the next morning we realized that we didn't have the service and transportation upon arrival we had paid for. But, thereafter, all went smoothly.

A tip for those going on to S. Africa. The Parker Guest House in Cape Town is a gem: in a handsome home built by a distinguished architect, it's brilliantly managed with excellent rooms and top rate breakfasts. Likewise, I cannot recommend more highly the Cascade Manor in Paarl (wine land): set in a landscape as beautiful as the best of Tuscany, it is luxuriously comfortable with very good food and modestly priced for its category.

In all, our trip was everything we had hope for. The only regret were our two-night stays; if one has the time and money, I'd strongly recommend at least three nights everywhere. Expert Africa's handling of our trip was really first rate (thanks to Maruska) and we strongly recommend using the company to anyone visiting Namibia.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

For someone who's usually critical of lapses in service, I am happy to say I can't suggest how you could have done better!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
2-Oct-2012 review: Olive Grove review
ExcellentExcellent
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
3-Oct-2012 review: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
6-Oct-2012 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
8-Oct-2012 review: Camp Kipwe review
GoodGood
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
10-Oct-2012 review: Ongava Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent