Reviews of Bullsport Guest Farm
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A chance to stay on a working farm
The owners have been farming in the area for generations. Dinners are held in the dining room with guests and owners around a large table. The opportunity to chat with them during dinner about every day Namibian issues such as water shortages is something that a hotel stay would not provide, and helped us understand the country and the people far better.
Very impressed to see that a percentage of each night's accommodation charges is passed on to the local Nama community to help with education and training.
The Quiver Tree Gorge drive and walk was excellent - recommended.
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.
Family Run & Friendly
A good place to stop in between Sossus and Windhoek however the room was a bit basic and smelt strongly of paint, we also didn't have mosquito nets over our beds, which wasn't ideal.
It is family owned and run and we thought perhaps we would be dining with the family rather than other guests, who were all speaking German so we didn't understand much of the conversation at the table - time for us to start learning another language i think! But there was a young guy who worked there who sat at our table and did some translating for us, which was very nice of him.
The best parts were the location (Naukluft Mountains) - the gorge walk was amazing and our guide very informative, he was clearly very enthusiastic about the location and the nature and was happy to stop for pictures and explain bits about the area and wildlife. He could spot an eagle's nest from a mile off!
Another plus is the impact it had on us, it has stuck with me since because it felt like we had stepped back in time, not necessarily a good thing in itself but something fascinating to witness, the colonial past that you might think is confined to history is still very present here.
Expert Africa comments
We passed these comments onto Bullsport, who always takes any feedback very seriously. Johanna from Bullsport explained that these guests were originally booked into a standard room, but were upgraded to a brand new luxury room for their stay. As the room was so new, it may still have smelt of paint, and Bullsport are very sorry for this. Johanna has commented she will work on the soft furnishings in the room, since these travellers found it to be a bit basic. Windows and doors are fitted with mosquito screens, and so there is no need for mosquito nets over the beds. Furthermore, this area of Namibia is not malarial, and is generally very dry. As such, mosquitos are rarely a problem here.
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.
we found it a good over night stop
we found it difficult to find, as their sign was off the road in amongst other signs. Very nice spacious room , good food, set in nice surroundings. we probably didn't need this stop, we could have driven a bit further that day.we could have got to Hoodia desert lodge.Read more about the whole safari
A good 1-night stop
OK but not easy to spot (mini-sign which is easy to miss)
Communal eating was fun and we made friends.... but it has the potential to become a bit awkward!
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.