Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr A & Mrs E from Berks

All we could have wished for, and more!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 15-Sep-2018 and 1-Oct-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Really wonderful. Excellent choices throughout, with the exception of Safarihoek.

We would not recommend the detour via the Skeleton Coast, and 2 other groups had in fact been advised against it.

Also, distances on directions were not always accurate, and at Onguma, which we approached from the west, the gate was only 100 metres (not 500) from the park and was not signposted in that direction! We, as well as 2 other groups, ended up going past it for varying distances before turning back. Not good at the end of a day! We understand, however that a new sign is under construction.

We can recommend the one and a half hour Tour of Swakopmund Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, run by Charly'sTours. Really excellent, knowledgeable and intelligent guide with a good understanding of the wider African context.

Windhoek Airport is absolutely terrible and simply cannot cope with the increasing tourist load. It will only get worse, but is a terrible introduction and farewell to a beautiful country. Do pressurise the authorities on this. One working x-ray machine for baggage is ludicrous, and an hour and a half in a non-air-conditioned immigration hall on arrival rendered us dehydrated, dizzy and shaky!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Galton House, Namibia
16-Sep-2018 review: A lovely welcome to Namibia
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
17-Sep-2018 review: Great dune experience in a comfortable lodge
Strand Hotel, Namibia
19-Sep-2018 review: A modern international hotel
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
21-Sep-2018 review: A wonderful wedding anniversary
Safarihoek Lodge, Namibia
23-Sep-2018 review: A 3 star stalinist lodge with pretensions
Onguma The Fort, Namibia
25-Sep-2018 review: A true luxury lodge
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
27-Sep-2018 review: A fantastic finale.
Olive Exclusive, Namibia
29-Sep-2018 review: A surprisingly bad final night
Excursion Overall rating
Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion, Namibia
18-Sep-2018 review: A wonderful dune experience