Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs S - Leicestershire


My May 2009 trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 22-May-2009 and 11-Jun-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was very much a 'trip of a lifetime' for us and we certainly weren't disappointed. With the benefit of hindsight it might have been better to visit fewer places and have more time at each, but, the downside is that we wouldn't have seen the range of landscapes etc that we did. Nevertheless, the high mileages we necessarily clocked up meant that what appears on the schedule as 2 or 3 nights, in reality, translates into only 1 or 2 days and we hadn't really factored that in.

With a trip such as this there were 'highlights' just about everyday (which itself tells it's own story) but, that said there was, of course, still a personal 'pecking order' which for us would be this: spending 3 nights/2 full days with Bruno Nebe at Mundulea was, quite simply, a dellight and a real priviledge and was, by a long way, the best highlight for us.

Next would be Zebra River Lodge which was so relaxing and where the welcome and hospitality from our (stand-in hosts) Merle and Thom oozed genuinenss and care (something we found rather llacking at most of the 'up-market' lodges where it felt like everything was done to a standard format of 'one size fits all' mentality rather than looking at the requirements of the individual guest.

Joint 3rd would be our day spent with Allie and the trackers at Desert Rhino Camp and with Wayne, Alexandra and Heidi on the Sandwich Harbour trip. Finally our very sincere thanks to Maruska who organised every part of our trip from start to finish with both professionalism and great proficiency and, at at all times a really friendly disposition - even in the face of my multiple e-mail enquiries and on the occasion when I answered her call on my mobille with a greeting of "Hi babes!" (mistakenly thinking it was my wife Joy calling!!). She was even kind enough to say that it made her day!

On that note thanks once again to Maruska, Chris and all the staff at Expert Africa for masterminding such a wonderful holiday. We are now saving our pennies so that hopefully we can undertake another big trip in the not too distant future

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
23-May-2009 review: Zebra River Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
26-May-2009 review: Sossus Dune Lodge review
AverageAverage
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
28-May-2009 review: Sam's Giardino review
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
30-May-2009 review: Doro Nawas review
AverageAverage
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
31-May-2009 review: Desert Rhino Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
2-Jun-2009 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
4-Jun-2009 review: Halali Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
6-Jun-2009 review: The 'Jewel in the Crown' of our Namibian trip
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
9-Jun-2009 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent