Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr S & Ms R from Surrey

Wonderful trip, marred by two theft incidents

On this trip, I visited Namibia & South Africa between 29-Aug-2012 and 18-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Our itinerary was based on Expert Africa's innovative and well thought-out Black Wildebeeste holiday menu. The latter was modified to accommodate two nights in Hermanus, by cutting a night each at Cape Town and Clanwilliam. There was also a detour through Etosha West - achieved by switching one of the suggested three nights at Okaukuejo to Dolomite Camp. These adjustments proved to work very well for us.

The timing - late August to mid-September - was, we thought, perfect. There was spectacular whale-watching in Hermanus and we were able to visit the idyllic Postberg Nature Reserve (within the West Coast National Park), which is open only during the short spring-flower season. Temperatures generally were pleasant (though one needs to be prepared for cold spells - and rain interludes in the Cape) and the dry season in Etosha made for excellent game (but zero mosquito) viewing.

We suffered thefts on two occasions - one involving a hotel room safe in South Africa and the other a car break-in with damage, near Walvis Bay. These incidents (and their fall-out) dampened our spirits temporarily, but were outweighed by the pleasures experienced on each and every day. Overall, this trip ranks as one of our most enjoyable holidays in years of travelling.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ocean Eleven, South Africa
30-Aug-2012 review: Beautiful stay, marred by suspected theft
Constantia Uitsig, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
1-Sep-2012 review: Pleasant stay in wine-buff area
Ndedema Lodge, South Africa
3-Sep-2012 review: Stimulating stop-over at Ndedema
Old Mill Lodge, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
4-Sep-2012 review: Convenient stop-over at the Old Mill Lodge
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
5-Sep-2012 review: Fine hospitality at Canyon Lodge
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
7-Sep-2012 review: Home hospitality in beautiful terrain
Sossusvlei Lodge, Namibia
8-Sep-2012 review: Good base for exploring the vleis
Villa Margherita, Namibia
10-Sep-2012 review: Good, bad and ugly at Villa Margherita
Vingerklip Lodge, Namibia
12-Sep-2012 review: Great stopover amid the Ugab Terraces
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
13-Sep-2012 review: Stopover in Etosha, with a difference
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
14-Sep-2012 review: Beastly evenings at Okaukuejo
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
16-Sep-2012 review: Cats' whiskers at Okonjima
Excursion Overall rating
Kayaking with seals, Namibia
11-Sep-2012 review: Great fun among the cavorting seals