Reviews of Bullsport Guest Farm
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Bullsport Guest Farm
We spent our last night in Namibia at Bullsport Guest Farm. This was a very good experience, as it was a very different type of place from any in which we had previously stayed.
We very much appreciated meeting the owners, farm managers and visiting foreign interns and sitting around the dinner table with them. The conversation was very interesting, as we were given another perspective on life in Namibia from people who have been living and farming there for many years.
Friendly family who ate with us all. You share their meal table with the other guests.
We did the quiver tree gorge walk which was demanding but good. Pretty exhausted at the end.
Great hospitality at a working farm
We loved this place. All the comfort of the luxury lodges but with a much more interesting atmosphere due to the nature of the establishment as a commercial farm. Joanna and Ernst are fine and entertaining hosts (as are the young interns from Germany who they are supporting). Our guide David on a couple of activities was brilliant and made sure we got the most out of some fabulous drives and walks.Read more about the whole trip
Bullsport - Great Mountain Visit
We visited end July 2015 and stayed 1 night
Although the owners were away, we were well looked after by Jonathan and shown around our nice (luxury) rooms. We arrived in time to go on one of the many marked walks which was good, although we didn't see that much 'wildlife' apart from birds.
The evening meal was around the table with our hosts and other guests which made for an interesting evening. We were able to have a good chat and get a good understanding of what it was like to run a farm in Namibia, and the challenges of farming in a very arid climate with erratic rainfall.
The next day we opted to go on the Quiver Tree Trail trip. After breakfast we boarded the truck and headed off on a 2hr drive up the mountains with regular stops to look at animals and the views. Our guide was amazing at being able to spot animals in the distance. We then got off the vehicle and walked down into a gorge. The transition was amazing. You go from a parched arid landscape into another world with water flowing down the gorge via beautiful pools, massive fig trees, lots of different birds and many spectacular Quiver trees. It is an easy well marked track, but there are diversions with more challenging sections for those that want, which me and the boys did. We were met at the bottom by the vehicle for the short drive back to the farm. We would highly recommend this trip.
Superb trip to the Quiver Tree Gorge - guide David was excellent and we saw magnificent wildlife: quiver trees, mountain zebra eagles etc. A really good activity.
Completing our own walks on the property with maps provided was also a real chance to get out into the landscape.
It was cold, even colder than expected and later locations put hot water bottles in the beds- this would have been a good addition here.
Like staying with friends
The Bullsport experience is really unique among all the other lodges/hotels we stayed in, in that the hosts truly welcome you as if you were a guest staying with them, and not just a tourist who made a booking at their lodge. And they do this with an unassuming and casual candor that makes it feel natural and pleasant, rather than a business angle.
For me the highlight of our very brief one night stay here was the family style dinner, and not because it was a delicious home made meal, but rather because we got to spend a few hours having a conversation in fascinating company. I loved that Ernst and Johanna don't shy away from potentially polarizing topics, and are happy to share their opinions and stories with their guests. It was an enlightening and wholly refreshing experience, and we remain grateful for their hospitality.
We didn't have time to do the Quivertree gorge hike, but we did do an evening game drive through the farm, and a morning horseback ride, on both of which we were treated to spectacular scenery, and a wealth of information about farming in Namibia. Our room was fantastic - large and beautifully appointed. I do wish there was a heater that didn't involve an open flame, as it got really cold at night.
A really great option, especially for anyone interested in getting more under the skin, and learning from the locals.
Comfortable and interesting stay at Bullsport
This is a superb location for visiting and walking in the Naukluft. A working farm with walking trails which we hope to return to in the future so we can experience some more of their walks.
Accommodation is generous, well equipped. Food good home cooking (although the chef had some difficulty in comprehending precise dietary requirements but Johanna was prompt in remedying this).
Our hosts Ernst, Johanna, their managers and staff were welcoming and informative about the farm and the area.
Bullsport Guest Farm review
This was a working farm and somewhat less 'posh' than many of our other bookings. The owners were very available and easy to talk to.
The highlight was a hike down the Quiver Tree gorge. It was the only place we could really hike in all of our travels. Other places had guided walks instead.
Bullsport Guest Farrm
The Bullsport GH was wonderful. The room and food were great. The owners and staff were very helpful and friendly.
We had a wonderful hike on one of their trails the first day. The next day we had a staff member drive us up to the top of the mountains where we hiked down through the canyon ourselves. The drive up was like a guided tour.
We loved the way the owner and staff ate dinner at the tables with the guests.
Bullsport Guest Farm review
It was nice to eat with the farmer at one table. Nice guide.Read more about the whole trip