Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs J from Coventry

We want to go back soon !!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 10-Jun-2013 and 26-Jun-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


What with Chris McIntyre's Bradt Guide, the Expert Africa website and traveller reviews, and Tracy Lederer's first hand knowledge and advice, we thought we knew what to expect on our first visit to Namibia. Certainly there were no unpleasant surprises, but nothing could prepare us for the direct experience of the wide clear blue skies, the open empty roads, the variety of spectacular scenery and wildlife, the consistently high standard of accommodation and cuisine, and the friendly welcome of the people.

Even the guys who hassled you at petrol stops to buy carved makalani palm nut key rings, or lumps of mineral, or a two-euro coin in exchange for Namibian dollars, did so with a smile. Incidentally, the cheapest makalani nuts we found on offer were 19N$ at Peter's Antiques in Swakopmund.

All the arrangements worked without a hitch, including the car hire. We have commented separately about how pleased we were with the choice of the Nissan X-Trail 2WD vehicle.

What to add ?

Namibia is in the same time zone as British Summer Time, but in June the sun rises at about 6:30 and sets at 5:30, so we certainly had to adjust our waking and sleeping times to make the most of the daylight.

We bought some souvenirs in Swakopmund and obtained a VAT receipt with the intention of reclaiming a modest amount in Windhoek, only to find that it would be paid by bank transfer and to make out the claim we needed our bank sort code and account number, which of course we didn't have with us.

We'll know about that next time, and we are determined there will be a next time. In fact, as we watched the sun sink below the horizon at Cape Cross we mused if we could ask Expert Africa for season tickets.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, just keep doing what you do so well.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
10-Jun-2013 review: Ideal for a first-night stop
BullsPort Lodge & Farm, Namibia
11-Jun-2013 review: Sorry not to have stayed longer
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
12-Jun-2013 review: Sets the standard for lodge hospitality
Central Guest House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
14-Jun-2013 review: Comfortable, friendly, and convenient
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
17-Jun-2013 review: Dramatic location
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
18-Jun-2013 review: Superb location and accommodation
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
20-Jun-2013 review: What a view !
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
21-Jun-2013 review: Better than expected
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
23-Jun-2013 review: Relaxed and friendly
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
24-Jun-2013 review: A fitting climax to our holiday
Excursion Overall rating
Coast and Sandwich Harbour, Namibia
15-Jun-2013 review: Educational and exhilarating - what a day !