Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr R & Ms L - a month in Namibia


Africa is catching

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 1-Jan-2015 and 29-Jan-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

we have, we guess, become bitten by the Africa bug. We had a great time though we know that our measures of enjoyment are not necessarily those that others might use. This was our first trip to Namibia and it lived up to expectations. Stunning landscapes, extraordinarily nice people, a history that you should learn about to understand the place.... and for those that live in great cities, just amazingly empty. What will we remember? Sabina said to us that we shouldn't waste money on hiring a 4x4 but suggested we got a vehicle that had good ground clearance. We went with this.

On our drive back from Wolwedans to Windhoek, having still not seen any major rain, we had to drive over a small range of mountains, and on the way to the main pass I realised that it had rained here and the road was largely washed away. But we got over the pass and I said it should be easy from here.My partner took over as we drove down to the plains, and the we remembered that if it rains in the mountains, the water has to go somewhere. When we drove into the second bit of flooded road which seemed to run as far as we could see in front of us, we swapped driving again, and after a couple of hiccups, we got through. Thanks for your suggestion Sabina, in a VW Golf, we'd still be sitting in the middle of a fllor, and as you know, not many cars come along in Namibia ....... We will of course go back; the deep south around the Snake River is there to visit and then we'd like to go along the Caprivi into Botswana and Zambia....

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Our experience of Expert Africa is that you are content to let people work out their own routes for particular sections of a trip and then help with areas where they are less confident. It probably reduces your income but it means that we feel that you are helping us work out what we want to do, rather than just selling us a package. This is more like the old time 'outfitters' who helped you buy your kit and suggested the best routes, than a travel agent. It suits us well and makes us feel confident in following your advice.

Thanks Sabina and you helped us enjoy your country.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
3-Jan-2015 review: very comfortable and well designed camp
GoodGood
Onguma Bush Camp, Namibia
5-Jan-2015 review: Just a fence away from the Etosha
GoodGood
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
7-Jan-2015 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
9-Jan-2015 review: fabulous position but watch out for oryx!
GoodGood
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
10-Jan-2015 review: One of the top places we stayed in Namibia
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
13-Jan-2015 review: as we were in transit, harder to judge
GoodGood
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
14-Jan-2015 review: This was a stunning experience
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
17-Jan-2015 review: Doro Nawas review
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
18-Jan-2015 review: Comfortable and convenient
GoodGood
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
21-Jan-2015 review: comfortable base for Sossuvlei
GoodGood
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
23-Jan-2015 review: a very special place in the mountains
ExcellentExcellent
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
26-Jan-2015 review: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Galton House, Namibia
28-Jan-2015 review: Galton House review
ExcellentExcellent

overall feedback

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 10-Sep-2007 and 15-Sep-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Absolutely fine. As we'd been spending time in SouthAfrica before going up to Botswana and had had a very good time already, the Okavango trip rounded our holiday off wonderfully.

At 10.30 am on Saturday morning we were beside a pack of hyenas dismembering the remains of a zebra and at 6.30 on Sunday morning we were in terminal One at Heathrow still feeling slightly awed.

Can't do much better than that.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Footsteps Across the Delta, Botswana
10-Sep-2007 review: Footsteps feedback
ExcellentExcellent
Shinde Camp, Botswana
12-Sep-2007 review: Shinda feedback
ExcellentExcellent