Organic Square

Reviews of Organic Square

Good(82%) From 11 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 11 of our travellers who have visited Organic Square, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms M from Colorado
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Organic Square review

This lodge is within walking distance to the coast, restaurants and shopping.we enjoyed our stay there. The room had a small refrigerator to hold our snacks and wine. We enjoyed our time on the patio that was adjacent to our room. We especially appreciated their laundry service.

Our first night we ate dinner at The Tug. The restaurant sits on the pier. We were hoping to see a sunset while we ate but it was a bit overcast. The food was delicious! I would highly recommend a dinner there. They offer a shuttle home.

One of the highlights to our stay in Swakomund was kayaking with the seals in Walvis Bay. Our guide, SJ stopped along the way to show us the flamingos. We also saw a jackal. He explained his work with the seal rescue group. Kayaking among the seal colony was a great way to safely be around wild animals. He explained that it was up to the seals to interact. They were very playful and curious about us. It was a highlight of our trip.

After our trip we went to The Raft to have a drink and appetizers. There is a wonderful view of the coast.

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Mr and Mrs RB from Bristol
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Good
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Good
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Good base in Swakop

A good base in Swakop, quite near everything. Helpful management, recommending a place to eat ( Fish Deli ). We had booked The Tug from England for our first night - seemed essential to book - very good fish and oysters.

Breakfast not as good as other places ( no hot dish on offer ).

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Mr & Mrs P from Hook
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Lovely B&B

Quiet location near to the centre of Swakopmund.

Very warm welcome from manager who provided lots of useful information on area.

Enjoyable stay.

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Mr & Mrs H from UK
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Organic Square review

It was a very different experience staying at Organic Square compared to all the lodges we stayed at. Much more obviously just a B&B with a courtyard outdoor sitting area. However, we had a large room which was well equipped and with an excellent shower. Breakfasts were good and in the evenings we dined out at The Jetty ( a bit overpriced and not that special.... I think you pay for the view), Kucki's Pub (where we had excellent fish and good service) and The Tug. We booked The Tug in the UK before we left, and I would recommend this as it is very popular and hard to get a table. The food here was superb as was the service and we were lucky to have a table with a sea view.

The restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance of Organic Square.

Whilst here, these travellers took a Day trip to Sandwich Harbour. They commented:

We were lucky enough to be on our own on our trip to Sandwich Harbour. Berger was an excellent guide with a huge amount of knowledge and driving expertise. He managed to drive us to Sandwich Harbour along the beach just before the tide made it impossible so we were the only people there. We were left to do some exploring on our own while he prepared an excellent lunch. Although Swakopmund is renowned for its foggy mornings, we had clear skies and sunshine all the time we were there. We had many sightings of lazy jackals, and also pelicans and flamingos. The hectic dune driving was good fun.

These travellers also took park in a kayaking with seals excursion and they commented:

Another clear, sunny day for our day kayaking with the seals. Jeanne is a brilliant guide and very reassuring. We were not disappointed. It was a wonderful experience being so close to the seal pups and they are very familiar with tourists. Jeanne made sure we kept a respectful distance from those on the shore. All the equipment needed is provided and in addition we had a lovely sandwich, cake and coffee break. By that evening, we had already received the photographs and short videos Jeanne had taken of us.

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Mr & Mrs H from Taunton
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Organic Square review

Staff very helpful over problems with the hire car

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Mrs F & Mr N from Surrey
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Good
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Good location for the town

The room was smaller than most of our other stops but not a problem as we were out so much!

Helpful staff, tasty breakfast with fresh eggs and juices. It's an easy walk to the excellent Swakomund restaurants and a break from/the heat here....quite different to the rest of Namibia.

We had a great day with Mola Mola at Walvis Bay - seal and pelican cruise with oysters for lunch, then 4x4 trip in Sandwich Harbour dunes - such fun! Dinner at The Tug (best table ever over the Atlantic Ocean) and Ocean Cellar where the grilled seafood was top quality

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Miss G from Thetford
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Average
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Average
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Service:
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Poor
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Comfortable base to explore Swakopmund from

Room was comfortable and basic.

Nice and quiet without any intrusion from owner or staff who kept very much in the background initially.

Breakfast choice a bit limited.

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Mrs E from Nyon
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Poor
Poor
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Bad experience at Organic Square House

Both rooms we had were very cold, there was a tiny heater on the wall, but this was not enough to warm up the rooms. I got the cold there and it was very unpleasant to get out from the shower with such a low room room temperature.

No cooked breakfast was available, only cold eggs and cold bacon were standing on the buffet, the lady told us no cooked breakfast is available, breakfast variety and quality was average, furthermore the breakfast lady was not very friendly.

The owner was not very friendly, we had the feeling we disturbed her on our arrival, she didn't help us with our luggage either.

Cleaning is not done properly, I could find hair in the bathrooms and dust in the corners.

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Expert Africa comments

We have heard back from Organic Square and the owner said that: "We are taken aback by this review, but can promise you that we will take it to heart because it is our aim to always do the best we can, to keep up the high standard that we pride ourselves with."

In detail, regarding the heaters they said that they have econo heaters in the rooms which normally do keep the rooms warm and cozy but they did say that they had an extremely cold winter this year. Breakfast from Organic Square is a continental breakfast with scrambled or fried eggs with a bacon strip or classic boiled eggs and a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits and juices. We are sorry that these guests did not enjoy this breakfast. The owner also responded that she always tries to go out of her way to be friendly and welcoming and that although they do not have people specifically to carry baggage any member of staff will help upon request.

Mr & Mrs H from Fleet
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Well run guesthouse

We found this a good B&B, with very good clean and comfortable room and excellent breakfast. It provided a good base for activities (trip to Sandwich Harbour and Kayaking with Seals). The manager was very helpful in booking dinner in a local restaurant. The wifi was better than in many of the other places in Namibia.

Whilst staying here these travellers also took part in a kayaking with seals excursion in Walvis Bay and a day trip to Sandwich Harbour, here are their comments:

Well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. The seals were very relaxed and no sign that they were putting on a show. Many birds as well to see. Jeanne and Bernd looked after us very well and emailed pictures afterwards.

We were fortunate that the tide was just about right to get into Sandwich Harbour for a short visit. Only a few birds but our guide was very good at pointing them out. We were very pleasantly surprised by the hot lunch provided in the dunes and the dune bashing was fun. A very good day.

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Mr & Mrs T from Bucks
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Rooms:
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Great location, clean B&B in Swakop

Good location. Nice big rooms with great bathrooms and a super breakfast.
Is exactly as advertised.

Walking is safe at night and location is 5 to 6 minutes from The Tug, Strand Hotel and all shops.

Also very easy to locate from the coast road coming into Swakop from Walvis Bay.

Whilst staying here these travellers also took part in a kayaking with seals excursion in Walvis Bay, here are their comments:

Easy to find to meet the guide Jens who was excellent throughout. Very engaging, informative and entertaining!

Great trip out to Pelican Point with an informative guide and then a super trip on the water.
Weather was excellent so don't be put off and assume it is always foggy - Walvis Bay is usually far clearer than Swakop.
Kayaks and all kit were excellent - very easy to stay warm and dry and have a wonderful time with many, many seals.

So listen to the guide and follow the rules though. Kayaking company used by Expert Africa are ethically sound whereas some are not - it should be applauded in order that future groups of tourists can enjoy the seals in the wild. Don't touch them!

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