Travel reviews by Mrs A. from Kornhall
Perfectly Planned, Excellent Trip
On this trip, I visited Namibia between 8-Apr-2016 and 18-Apr-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.
We are happier and richer with our Namibia experience.
Although it was not an easy task for Megan and later Tom because we booked fairly late and many of the camps were fully booked but they managed excellently and we got just the type of camps we wished for, the distance between the camps for self-drive was ideal.
Everything worked just like clockwork, only pleasant surprises. Many thanks to both Megan and Tom for outstanding job!
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Just a feed back about using Tracks4Africa Namibia map on our Ipad. We downloaded the map at home to be used off-line (no roaming) in Namibia than used it together with the traditional map provided and found the two to be very good and cheap combination. (Our Garmin had broke on a previous trip and we didn't want to buy a new one) The GPS of the Ipad (or Iphone) was accurate for us to be able to see where we are, plan and see if we are heading the right direction. We can safely recommend to use it together with a map.
Route to Damaraland Camp: the pick up point was NOT marked out on the map and had to call the camp for advice (and we later found that we could have driven all the way up to the camp as the road was almost better than the main gravel road).
The route from Anderson's Camp to Mundulea was NOT marked out at all on the map provided by Wilderness Safaris. We asked the staff at Anderson's Camp and they pointed out the tarred road (Otjiwarongo and up to Otavi). In retrospect, may be, starting early enough, we could have driven through Etosha and then turned South to Tsumeb and Otavi instead and still made it to Mundulea by 14:30. IF driving through Etosha to the East then turn South is an possible alternative to get to Mundulea I wish Expert Africa had pointed out for us and we could have planned that day differently.
About guides on nature or game drives; Most of them drive and stay too closely to the animals, less than five meters to lions or ten meters to elephants for example. We experienced this both on our Botswana and in Namibia trips ( Wilderness Safari's camps). Probable reasons; previous guests asked them to get closer or they do it in the hope of more tips, or just show off. But most of visitors have binoculars and good cameras they should not insist. In fact it is far more exciting to watch game from some distance and the animals tend to stay longer, too. Guests and guides alike need to be informed and/or reminded about a recommended (regulated?!) distances to be kept .
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
8-Apr-2016 review: Perfect start of our first Namibia trip
|Camp Kipwe, Namibia
10-Apr-2016 review: Blessed with good guides
|Damaraland Camp, Namibia
11-Apr-2016 review: Camp of the singing Desert Roses
|Anderssons Camp, Namibia
13-Apr-2016 review: Anderssons Camp review
|Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
15-Apr-2016 review: Grand and Unique Camp in Noble Simplicity