Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Reviews of Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Excellent(98%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs B from Swindon
Date: 15-Feb-2019 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Very educational

With a good guide you will learn a lot. Really enjoyed our trip, not for animals but just the scenery.

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Mr J. from Warwick
Date: 11-Feb-2019 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Excellent excursion

Our guide was very good and made sure everyone got what they wanted out of the excursion. A little way to drive but it really wasn't an issue.

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Four poms from Somerset
Date: 8-Feb-2019 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review

Combined with the Lodge stay comments but also saw zebra, oryx++, baboon, 1 wildebeeste, black-backed jackal, springbok, Ostrich, white dancing spider, tok tokkies, scorpion.

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Mr & Mrs G from Cambridge
Date: 27-Nov-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Fun!

We received a warm welcome (in 40oC heat!). Lucas was our guide for all activities. He was extremely knowledgeable on a very broad range of topics, as well as the local area.

He drove us to a special location for some sundowner celebratory drinks and nibbles (for just us two). During the Sossusvlei excursion, he also managed to find a few dancing white lady spiders in their sandy dens whilst also explaining the geography of the area. He challenged us to climb (and run down) the 'big daddy' dune in an hour, which was great fun, if not slightly daunting at first!

We then had a fantastic lunch/picnic under some trees with Oryx and zebra in the distance, before returning to the lodge in the afternoon.

The accommodation was very smart and comfortable, and the food was excellent (again bearing in mind the location of the lodge - and the fact it hadn't rained there in 7 years).

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Mrs & Mr H from California
Date: 23-Nov-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review

Awesome! See previous review.
Guide did great with the spider and scorpion
We climbed big daddy
Guide had cold towels and drinks for us at the end.
Did not torture us in 40degree heat to go way down into canyon
Beautiful lunch
Excellent driving

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Mrs A & Mr M from London
Date: 7-Nov-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

A terrific day which we will always remember

Enos was a wonderful guide and showed us so much more than just the dunes.

We learnt a great deal about the small insects and reptiles that live in the area. We had a wonderful walk through the dunes and the vlei. The lunch spot was idyllic and the food first class.

On the way back we explored the canyon which actually had water in it as there had been a storm a few days earlier.

This was a terrific day, well organised and extremely well led by Enos, our guide.

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Mr M & Mrs R from London
Date: 10-Oct-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Great excursion, nature walk and lunch

Before we went to the dunes our excellent guide showed us the nest of the dancing lady spider and of a small scorpion and persuaded them to emerge from the sand. He also explained a great deal about the geology of the area.

He drove us to a quieter area of the dunes which was less crowded than the more popular one. We still walked up a dune of a size which suited us - while two other, younger guests were more ambitious and walked up a much larger one - and helped us to slither down the precipitous far side. We then went for a long walk through the dunes before having a relaxing picnic lunch, beautifully laid-out beneath a shady tree.

It was very hot on the walk and our guide went to great lengths to make sure we drank plenty of water.

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K+R, J+P from Stirling
Date: 5-Oct-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Lovely individualised visit to Sossusvlei

Fascinating guide (Lucas) who gave us so much information about how the dune formation comes about and is maintained. He also gave us good insight into the different animals in the area thorough tracking them as we walked. We were a little uncomfortable with what appeared to be the apparently standard practice of digging up scorpion and spider burrows. These were interesting but likely to have an impact on the animals chance of survival.

Our guide was very helpful with our elderly walker using sticks and ensuring she was able to fully enjoy the dune walking experiences. We liked that we took an individual route into Deadvlei rather than walking the tourist 'highway'.

We had a lovely lunch in the desert in the company of oryx. The lunch set up was a bit OTT although the iced drinks were appreciated.

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Mr A & Mrs K from Wilts
Date: 28-Sep-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Fabulous day out

The trip to Sossusvlei was breathtaking. Well worth doing and one of the highlights of our trip. The guide was excellent as was the lunch they provided.

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Dr A & Mrs E from Berks
Date: 18-Sep-2018 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

A wonderful dune experience

We were extremely privileged to have a personal guide, which reduced the anxiety of our limited mobility.

Our guide, Daniel,was excellent - a very impressive, thoughtful and intelligent young man. We learned a lot from him; about the dunes, the life that exists in the desert, and about life in Namibia generally.

He dealt extremely well with questions, and was prepared to discuss anything

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