Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs W - fourth visit to Namibia


Namibia 2013

On this trip, I visited Namibia & South Africa between 26-Aug-2013 and 22-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Overall another wonderful trip back to Namibia. Very well organised by Sabina yet again. Regarding dietary requirements, everywhere ( except for the Nest Hotel in Luderitz) went to great efforts to fulfil our requirements, and where the more remote lodges were unable to do so, they informed us on arrival, again except for the Nest Hotel who were not at all remote. Tok Tokkie and Ultimate Safaris went to a lot of effort on this.

The highlights were; Ultimate safari in The Kalagadi with Polentswa and Rooipots lodges, The Mule Trail Hike, The Sedina boat trip, Sinclair Guest Farm and Tok Tokkie. The outstanding guides were Tarry (Ultimate), Manilow (Mule trail hike) and Domingo (Tok Tokkie) and last but not least, Taso from Sinclair guest Farm a very able guiding dog.

It was good to explore Southern Namibia & a brief excursion to Botswana & South Africa in the transfrontier park - stunning for wildlife.

As ever, Namibia provides huge contrasts & inspiration.

A big thank you to Sabina for sorting out potential problems with Budget car hire & other issues.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Gocheganas Lodge & Spa, Namibia
27-Aug-2013 review: gochegana lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Anib Lodge, Namibia
29-Aug-2013 review: Anib lodge
GoodGood
Mata Mata Rest Camp, South Africa
30-Aug-2013 review: Mata mata
ExcellentExcellent
Ta Shebube Polentswa, South Africa
31-Aug-2013 review: Polentswa
ExcellentExcellent
Ta Shebube Rooiputs, South Africa
2-Sep-2013 review: Rooiputs
ExcellentExcellent
Central Lodge, Namibia
4-Sep-2013 review: Central lodge
AverageAverage
Canyon Roadhouse, Namibia
5-Sep-2013 review: Canon Roadhouse
ExcellentExcellent
Mule Trail
7-Sep-2013 review: Mule Trail -amazing adventure
ExcellentExcellent
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
11-Sep-2013 review: Eagles Nest - beautiful location
ExcellentExcellent
Nest Hotel, Namibia
14-Sep-2013 review: Nest Hotel
AverageAverage
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia
17-Sep-2013 review: Sinclair guest farm & Taso - excellent
ExcellentExcellent
Tok Tokkie Trails, Namibia
18-Sep-2013 review: Tok Tokkie - Sun sand & rain!
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, Namibia
20-Sep-2013 review: Red Dunes Lodge
ExcellentExcellent

Namibian Adventure

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 16-Sep-2012 and 16-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As a whole despite some issues it was a really fantastic adventure, visiting a completely different area of Namibia. And a special thank you to Sabina for organising it.

However, special thanks also to Bruno Nebe, Axel & Silke Bauer at Aigamas, Vincent and Simson and for everything they did in making it such a great trip. And to Arno and the Bushmen at Nhoma for sharing their knowledge and time with us. It was an unforgettable few weeks.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Vertigo Boutique Hotel, Namibia
17-Sep-2012 review: A very modern hotel
AverageAverage
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
19-Sep-2012 review: Outstanding and Inspirational
ExcellentExcellent
Nhoma Camp, Namibia
22-Sep-2012 review: Nhoma Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Private guided camping
24-Sep-2012 review: A fantastic adventure
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
30-Sep-2012 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
private guided camping
1-Oct-2012 review: Fantastic experience
ExcellentExcellent
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
7-Oct-2012 review: Nunda Safari Lodge review
GoodGood
Nkwazi Lodge, Namibia
8-Oct-2012 review: Nkwazi Lodge review
GoodGood
Ghaub Guest Farm, Namibia
9-Oct-2012 review: Ghaub Guest Farm review
GoodGood
Waterberg Camp, Namibia
12-Oct-2012 review: Waterberg Camp review
GoodGood
Elegant Farmstead, Namibia
14-Oct-2012 review: Elegant Farmstead review
ExcellentExcellent

Trip of a life time

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 27-Apr-2011 and 23-May-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

For one person it was the best holiday ever, and the for other person the best few weeks of their life. The scenery as ever was stunningly beautiful. We were privilaged to see Namibia after unusually heavy rainfall and to see it so green with incredibly tall grass. But also to witness the Uniab River in full flood was quite something.

It was good to be with Vincent again and he was a very big part of making the trip such a sucess. We particularly enjoyed the camping, it was wonderful to be out away from everything and enjoy the peace and sounds of the bush. And it was wonderful to explore the more remote and wilder areas of Namibia. We would not have attempted this on our own, we also learnt so much more from Vincent and Simpson.

On the self drive part the distance between Lodges was not far so the driving was not tiring. So we always arrived in time to relax and go on an activity in the afternoon. We did a lot more walking on this trip which was great and it gave us more of an opportunity to talk to the guides and other lodge staff, and learn more about life in Namibia. We were very impressed with the high level of service from everyone, with the exception Of Budget car hire. It was also great to have been out with two of Namibia's top guides Vincent and Bruno.

The trip had been extremely well planned and a lot of effort went into it making it such a wonderful trip. However we discovered that there was no need to stay in Walvis Bay on the last night as Swakopmund is just as easy to get to the airport. We felt it would have been better to have spent the last night at Swakopmund and to have dropped the car off at the Budget Office there, with an airport transfer as we had on arrival.

We look forward to planning our next trip with Sabina's help and we are very grateful for everything she has done so far. Plus Vincent and Simpson should get a nomination for guide and camp assistant of the year.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We have nothing to add as we can not think of any possibe improvements that are within your control. Other than to put pressure on Budget to improve their service.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Villa Margherita, Namibia
28-Apr-2011 review: relaxing hotel
ExcellentExcellent
Private guided safari
2-May-2011 review: experience of a lifetime
ExcellentExcellent
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
15-May-2011 review: Etendeka
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
17-May-2011 review: Enjoyable stay at Doro Nawas
ExcellentExcellent
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Namibia
18-May-2011 review: Convenient for visiting Brandberg White Lady
AverageAverage
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
19-May-2011 review: Stunning setting with great staff
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
21-May-2011 review: Lagoon Loge, Walvis Bay
GoodGood

We want to return to Namibia ASAP!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 21-May-2010 and 8-Jun-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It was the most wonderful holiday and a magical place. No place else like it on earth. As an Artist it has given me a lot to work from, our itinerary proved to be a good introduction to the various different aspects of Namibia and it's wildlife. Found people very friendly and always helpful, we were very sad to be leaving.

Apart from on arrival and our transfer from the airport to Olive Grove not being available as it had been booked in the wrong month. And the other issues already raised. Everything else went like clockwork and it was an excellent trip.

There is an Issue with the South African Rand which we had not been made aware of. It appears that older $200 Rand notes were no longer acceptable in Namibia after 31st May. However our cash reserve was in rands, there was some confusion over the whole issue. Some places did accept them with no quibble. Our main concern is we weren't made aware of the problem, otherwise we would have relied more on Namibian dollars.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Template letter with final documents needs more fine tuning. Might be helpful to include a checklist of documents needed,to save trawling through lengthy letters.

Otherwise will come back to Expert Africa for future trips and very many thanks to Sabina for all her help and patience, she was brilliant.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
22-May-2010 review: A good relaxing place to start and finish
GoodGood
Sossusvlei Lodge, Namibia
24-May-2010 review: Very Handy for the Park entrance gates
GoodGood
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
26-May-2010 review: Comfortable and friendly
GoodGood
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
27-May-2010 review: Stunning Sea front location
ExcellentExcellent
Terrace Bay, Namibia
28-May-2010 review: Comfortable down to earth place
GoodGood
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
29-May-2010 review: Stunning
ExcellentExcellent
Palmwag Lodge, Namibia
31-May-2010 review: Good location for exploring Damaraland
GoodGood
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
2-Jun-2010 review: Stunning views
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
3-Jun-2010 review: A good base for Exploring Western Etosha
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
5-Jun-2010 review: Upgraded to Bush Camp Chalet
ExcellentExcellent
Olive Grove, Namibia
6-Jun-2010 review: As before
ExcellentExcellent