Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G from Surrey

2 great weeks in Namibia - Oct 2013

On this trip, I visited Mozambique, Namibia & South Africa between 12-Oct-2013 and 5-Nov-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


The trip was as a whole was excellent. The Namibian 2 weeks went much more smoothly than I personally had anticipated for an African self-drive holiday. We booked 18 months in advance, so with Sabina's guidance were able to pick the lodges which seemed to suit us best, and we knew ahead of the trip which were likely to be the best and worst. Sabina put up with a massive number of email questions over the preceding year, and I can only congratulate her on staying cool, calm and collected, and answering my constant questions accurately, in detail, and with good humour!

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!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Heinitzburg Hotel, Namibia
13-Oct-2013 review: Heinitzburg Hotel review
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
14-Oct-2013 review: Disappointed at Bagatelle Game Ranch
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
16-Oct-2013 review: Excellent management at Hoodia
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
18-Oct-2013 review: Conveniently located Cornerstone Guesathouse
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
20-Oct-2013 review: Kipwe, an amazing Lodge amongst the boulders
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
21-Oct-2013 review: Great safaris at Etendeka
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
23-Oct-2013 review: Better than expected at Okaukuejo
Onguma Bush Camp, Namibia
25-Oct-2013 review: Relaxing 2 days at Onguma
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
27-Oct-2013 review: Upgraded to Okonjima Bush Camp - great!
City Lodge OR Tambo, South Africa
28-Oct-2013 review: Convenient night at City Lodge OR Tambo
Bazaruto Lodge, Mozambique
29-Oct-2013 review: Good service at Bazaruto Lodge
Excursion Overall rating
Kayaking with seals, Namibia
20-Oct-2013 review: Great kayaking amongst flamingoes & seals