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Namibia July/August 2014

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 23-Jul-2014 and 8-Aug-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Other than the flights it was absolutely wonderful - a real joy. Sabina was friendly, knowledgeable, patient and helpful and the organisation was impressive.

A couple of general points:

You are right: one doesn’t need a 4WD. Nor a second spare tyre (though we did come across a 4WD with its third puncture of their trip). The only disadvantage of not having a 4WD is that we had to go VERY slowly over some of the gravel roads, whereas I suspect we could have gone faster (though no less uncomfortably) in a 4WD. For example, it might be worth noting that it took nearly an hour from the tarmac road to the Elegant Farmstead.

The (more tourist-orientated?) petrol stations at Okakeujo, Naumatoni, Solitaire and Sesriem did take credit cards (the guide book says that none does).

Accommodation was generally a delight - largely gorgeous, well-appointed and well looked-after places in perfect surroundings.

Warm clothing - I took a very light cardigan, a light jumper and a fleece. This was ample (the guidebook mentions people who wished they’d brought pashminas, blankets etc… not sure why!). Fleeces were worn only at night (game viewing) or in the early morning (at Dune 45), other than at Swakopmund where they were worn all the time!

Route was fine and just right for the duration, especially as some of the distances were long. Etosha, Damaraland, Sossusvlei were all must-see destinations. The only driving we didn’t like was the section between Khorixas and Doro Nawas where the gravel road was very uncomfortable. It was a pity we had to do Okakeujo before Halali but it wasn’t a big problem. The only possible change we might have made would have been to spend one day less in the Sossusvlei area – there isn’t really two days’ worth of activity here unless one is a hiker (which we weren’t) - and travelled back a day earlier.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Elegant Farmstead, Namibia
24-Jul-2014 review: Elegant Farmstead review
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
25-Jul-2014 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
27-Jul-2014 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
AverageAverage
Halali Camp, Namibia
28-Jul-2014 review: Halali Camp review
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
29-Jul-2014 review: Doro Nawas review
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
31-Jul-2014 review: Sam's Giardino review
ExcellentExcellent
Namib Naukluft Lodge, Namibia
3-Aug-2014 review: Namib Naukluft Lodge review
AverageAverage
Barchan Dune Retreat, Namibia
5-Aug-2014 review: Barchan Dune Retreat review
ExcellentExcellent
Pension Palmquell, Namibia
6-Aug-2014 review: Pension Palmquell review
ExcellentExcellent