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Travel reviews by Dr & Mrs C - West Sussex


3-week self-drive of Namibia in June 2012

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 11-Jun-2012 and 1-Jul-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It exceeded all expectations. Namibia is a beautiful, if sometimes stark, country and we found the people we met most friendly. Without exception, the various accommodations were very good, and in particular, the full descriptions in Expert Africa's printed and on-line brochures very accurate.

Driving was overall a pleasure with empty roads and those with gravel surfaces mostly very well maintained apart from part of the road between Sesriem and Walvis Bay which is fairly rough, but without potholes. I think we saw graders at work every single day. There were no problems with fuel supply.

June is low season (most lodges said their bookings would be full from late July onwards). As a result, with few guests, we received very personal service. Day time temperatures were in the low to mid-tweties C, which was very pleasant, but evenings and nights were cold and many lodges provided hot-water bottles. We were glad that we had taken layered clothing.

Meals seem to have received criticism from other visitors for being boring. We have never experienced such tender and tasty meat (mainly beef fillet, kudu and oryx) although a three-week diet of red meat is not nutritionally recommended! Vegetables were varied, soups delicious and some of the desserts imaginative so we have no complaints.

The standard of the guiding, where we used it, was very high and our experience at Mundulea exceptional.

We never felt unsafe, which can't be said for many other African countries.

So, a perfect holiday - just 1400 photographs to sort through.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I think you are already way ahead of the competition.

Coming to your office to meet with Gwynneth was well worthwhile to get her views, as a Namibian, on our plans. Communication between booking and our departure was good, and as we have found in the past, you actually take note of feedback unlike most other companies.

Please keep up the good work and we shall certainly travel with you again. Thank you or arranging a wonderful holiday.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
12-Jun-2012 review: A very good overnight stay at Olive Grove
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
13-Jun-2012 review: A very peaceful camp inside the National Park
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
16-Jun-2012 review: A very comfortable B&B in Swakopmund
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
18-Jun-2012 review: Camp Kipwe review
ExcellentExcellent
Anderssons Camp, Namibia
21-Jun-2012 review: A convenient lodge south of Etosha
GoodGood
Onguma Bush Camp, Namibia
23-Jun-2012 review: A comfortable camp for eastern Etosha
ExcellentExcellent
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
25-Jun-2012 review: An unforgettable experience
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
28-Jun-2012 review: Great big-cat experience
ExcellentExcellent

Unforgettable, unbelievable - unrepeatable

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 16-Jun-2010 and 28-Jun-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

From our first enquiry (taken by Anna) to our return home, your company's arrangement were faultless and comprehensive. Our bush camp experience exceeded all possible expectations and we would recommend the Bushcamp Company without reservation.
We appreciate that BA is the only airline serving Lusaka, but we would have reservations about flying with them again.

As we have said in the feedback, the Pioneer Camp was disappointing - perhaps there are better alternatives.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We think this feedback form is fantastic. Many times we have taken the trouble to write to other comapanies after a trip, and we never get evan an acknowledgement, and get the feeling they don't really want it. You obviously do. We shall certainly consider travelling with you again, and have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia
17-Jun-2010 review: Good place to have our first night
ExcellentExcellent
Kapamba Bushcamp, Zambia
18-Jun-2010 review: An amazing experience
ExcellentExcellent
Chindeni, Zambia
21-Jun-2010 review: A beautiful situation and very smart bushcamp
ExcellentExcellent
Kuyenda Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Jun-2010 review: What a magical place!
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
27-Jun-2010 review: OK as an overnight stop before flying home
AverageAverage