Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr S - Loughborough


Namibian adventures

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 6-Sep-2013 and 19-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It was great to visit new places and to see old favourites once again. We loved the driving on the dirt roads - the freedom of it all and the distances that took us to some fantastic geological points of interest.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Make sure whover replaces Gwynneth is at least as good as her!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
7-Sep-2013 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
8-Sep-2013 review: Canyon Lodge review
GoodGood
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
10-Sep-2013 review: Zebra River Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
12-Sep-2013 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
GoodGood
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
13-Sep-2013 review: Etendeka Mountain Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
15-Sep-2013 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
17-Sep-2013 review: Halali Camp review
GoodGood

My Sep 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 6-Sep-2012 and 24-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our best ever trip to Namibia and we were very impressed with what we saw and did in Botswana, especially the school trip from Muchenje.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The Red Zone is what the people at Muchenje Lodge call the very deep sandy part of their approach road where, almost certainly, a 2-wheel drive car will get stuck! JJ tells us that he is having this bit 'fixed' even as I write, but it might be worth checking. The local workmen who dragged us out in their Landrover said it was always happening with 2-wheel drive cars. Great fun all the same!!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
7-Sep-2012 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
10-Sep-2012 review: Halali Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
13-Sep-2012 review: Hakusembe Lodge review
GoodGood
Mazambala Island Lodge, Namibia
14-Sep-2012 review: Mazambala Island Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
15-Sep-2012 review: Best place of the visit
ExcellentExcellent
Impalila Island Lodge, Namibia
18-Sep-2012 review: Good trips on the Chobe and Zambezi
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
20-Sep-2012 review: Good place under canvas
ExcellentExcellent
Ghaub Guest Farm, Namibia
22-Sep-2012 review: Quiet location
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
23-Sep-2012 review: Cheetahs on a kill
ExcellentExcellent

A great return

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 6-Sep-2010 and 19-Sep-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

I was here 12 months ago, and despite that the whole trip never once became boring even though I had visited some of the places recently. If anything, the standards of service and of cooking have improved.

Every time I visit Namibia something or someone unexpected turns up such as the sign by the side of the dirt road in the 'middle of nowhere' that said 'Take a break - Teas available round the corner'. Thus it was that we met Philip who had converted an old farmhouse into a B&B and whose place was the only building around for many a mile.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Just one: please get some of the lodges to buy an astronomical telescope - they only cost about £200 for a decent one and it would allow guests to benefit from another of Namibia's assets - its night sky.

Gwynneth was absolutely wonderful in arranging this holiday. Many thanks.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
7-Sep-2010 review: Great waterhole
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
9-Sep-2010 review: Improvement at waterhole
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
11-Sep-2010 review: New developments
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
12-Sep-2010 review: Hyenas and Bushman trail
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
13-Sep-2010 review: So much game in the Kalahari
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
15-Sep-2010 review: Warm welcome
ExcellentExcellent

Met all expectations!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 7-Sep-2009 and 17-Sep-2009 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

After 12 years since my last visit, there is a danger that perhaps I was seeing Namibia through rose-tinted lenses, but no. It came up to all my expectations and did not disappoint me at all.

One point, I gave a few hitchhikers a lift, but I was unsure if this invalidated my car insurance policy. Perhaps, you mention this in the materials you send but it might be made clearer, even if this may mean that some people will choose not to give lifts in the future, which would be a pity.

Suggestions for improvements:

Yes just one and it is not said in anger. At Okahandja at the largest of the two sets of stalls at either end of the town that sell carvings, trinkets, etc, the level from which one had to bargain was ridiculous. I wanted 4 items of moderate size and value, and the opening price from the young stall holder was $1,200. I eventually left with the goods having paid 450 Namibian dollars, and I'm sure the stall holder wasn't losing money even at that price.

I met two touring couples at a cafe right opposite the site shortly afterwards who asked me about the place. After I told them, they refused to go there! Setting such very high initial prices for items that are frankly not worth the equivalent of £100 not only is far too greedy but not even in the interests of the stall holders since I think their attitudes may deter some tourists. In any event, your customers should be warned about what they can expect if they 'go shopping' there.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
8-Sep-2009 review: Wonderful floodlit waterhole
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
11-Sep-2009 review: Halali - good location within Etosha
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
14-Sep-2009 review: Great dining experience
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
15-Sep-2009 review: Attention to detail
ExcellentExcellent