Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G from Haslemere
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
2 great weeks in Namibia - Oct 2013
Namibia and 2 other countries between 12 Oct 2013 and 5 Nov 2013
We relied on Chris McIntyre's Bradt Guide to Namibia as our 'Bible' during our 2 weeks. It is packed with almost all the detailed information that anyone could want to know about everywhere in Namibia, with very few updates needed. We only had to pay National Park fees for Etosha, not for the Namib Naukluft Park nor the Skeleton Coast Park. We also didn't have to pay taxes for entry to & departure from Mozambique! The information given re the left luggage facility at JHB OR airport was incorrect. They charge ZAR70 per case per day, and have apparently never ever accepted credit cards. Fortunately we had ZAR980 in cash that this cost us.
Being in an air-conditioned car in Namibia we didn't need to drink anything like the recommended quantity of water, and found the garages we filled up at usually had enough food/sandwiches to keep us going, so we didn't buy extra food.
We did have a hick-up on flights a week before we left UK, but Chris and Sabina managed to fix this to our advantage!
We were delighted that we had gone clockwise round Namibia, ending up with the highlights of Etosha and the Africat Foundation at the end. We met a number of couples who had gone round anti-clockwise, and were disappointed by the relative lack of game after they left Etosha.
Our week in Bazaruto could have been marred as all the other couples at Bazaruto Lodge on our arrival left after 2 days, and the whole hotel was taken over by 64 S. African marlin fisherman for their 21st annual Marlin Fishing competition! However when we booked they hadn't, but as they have used the same hotel at the same time of year for the last 20 years Expert Africa should have been warned beforehand by the Pestano Group Central Reservations team. The Manager,Tony, was quite embarrassed, but it didn't spoil our stay there. What was disappointing was the cloud cover and rain, which almost ruled out snorkelling - our main reason for going there!"
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Heinitzburg Hotel review"
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"Disappointed at Bagatelle Game Ranch"
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Excellent management at Hoodia"
"Conveniently located Cornerstone Guesathouse"
"Kipwe, an amazing Lodge amongst the boulders"
Kayaking with seals
"Great kayaking amongst flamingoes & seals"
20 Oct 2013 • Morning excursion
Etendeka Mountain Camp
"Great safaris at Etendeka"
"Better than expected at Okaukuejo"
Onguma Bush Camp
"Relaxing 2 days at Onguma"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Upgraded to Okonjima Bush Camp - great!"
City Lodge OR Tambo
"Convenient night at City Lodge OR Tambo"
"Good service at Bazaruto Lodge"
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