Reviews of Bullsport Guest Farm
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Nice hill and canyon walk at Bullsport
We spent two nights here, primarily to walk in the Naukluft mountains.
We were made very welcome, and the rooms were excellent. Meals were served at one large table where family, staff and guest all ate together. That worked very well once the introductions had been made and conversations initiated!
We did a short walk along the foot of the mountains on the first evening, which was pleasant - Kudu, mountain zebra.
The next day we did the bullsport's 17km walk up into the mountains and down a canyon with springs and pools. This was a very nice walk, although we did not see many animals, there was a great range of scenery and plant-life.
Good place for a stopover
Very friendly atmosphere, good food and good accommodation. Good opportunity to visit a large commercial farm, perhaps better suited to those who have an interest in horse riding.Read more about the whole trip
Unaware that this place was so small and isolated - but this caused us no problem.
Went on a couple of walks and on the second found the gate at the end of a two hour walk that the gate was locked and not climbable. The hosts knew we were taking this walk and were not very apologetic. Managed to get through eventually. Same problem would have occured for others next day had we not advised them!
Expert Africa comments
Expert Africa forwarded these clients' comments to Bullsport Guest Farm.
They apologised for the locked gate and explained that this is a new
measure to prevent drivers from incorrectly crossing private property. As
a result of these travellers feedback they have added a note to their
trail maps reminding travellers to take the gate key. They also advise
that all walkers inform staff of their plans before they set out on a walk.
Excellent hosts and accommodation
Wonderful hosts and a great introduction to Namibia. Thank you.Read more about the whole trip
Great stay on farm
Made to feel most welcome by hosts and staff. Great advice and information of activities in area.
Went that extra mile.
This was a very bad experience for us. It was the only place in Namibia where we did not receive a warm welcome when we arrived. In fact, only after some time did someone (a temporary volunteer we heard later) show us our room and the facilities.
I sat next to a man at dinner on the first night who did not direct one question to me: the next day I accosted him and discovered he was indeed Mr. Sauber, the owner, so we had to do our own introductions. We asked for a guide but were told that they had to be 'ordered' a day in advance: we had not been informed of this. When Mrs. Sauber returned 24 hours later, the atmosphere changed, but this was too late for us.
The low walks we were able to do were not all that interesting (very few animals) and we were plagued by flies: the two most interesting walks (for which we needed a guide!) are not suitable for someone with vertigo, like me. It is the low season for Büllsport and we certainly felt as if we were not important.
Our room was one of the new ones and it was good: the older rooms did not look very appealing.
Büllsport is not a place I would send anyone: however IF you are interested in horses or IF you have a head for heights it could be interesting but for a maximum of two days, never three.
Expert Africa comments
Expert Africa forwarded these comments to Bullsport Guest Farm.
Bullsport were concerned that these clients were unhappy with their stay and would like us to point out that their guest farm offers a simpler style of accommodation in comparison to the formal surroundings and more organised activities of a lodge. In Bullsport's case, being small and owner run with a low number of staff, they do need some notice in order for a guide to be available, unlike some of Namibia's larger (and more costly) lodges. Having said this, a guide is not necessary for any of their trails, which are well marked and maintained, and horse riding can be booked on arrival, so it is rarely an issue.
Bullsport are sorry that these guests' stay did not live up to their expectations and that the situation was not handled well.
Bullsport Guest Farm
We wish we had stayed for the morning to have a look at the farm in more detail. It took us a couple of days to get used to timing our days and how long driving would take.
Well marked walks. We liked having meals with the family.
Exactly as we expected.
Enjoyed the atmosphere of a working farm. Interesting conversations with very welcoming hosts. Day long hike down Quiver Tree canyon was superb.Read more about the whole trip
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Hosts were friendly and helpful. Lovely sitting down to dinner with the family and learning about farming in Namibia from someone so obviously passionate about what they do. The area they farm is extensive with challenging wild life problems so Ernst's views were fascinating.
Excursion to Quiver Tree Gorge with Ernst as guide was brilliant , lots of mountain zebras, kudu, babboons etc.
Also really good walks self guided around the farm and chance to enjoy the lovely location and scenery.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and was an excellent introduction to Namibia.
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Excellent location and hospitality.
Spotting mountain zebra on morning walk was highlight.