Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Porky from Perth


Lots to See and I Saw Most of It!

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 25-May-2016 and 17-Jun-2016 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

The highlights in some sort of order :
Hoanib Camp *****

Edo's Camp ****
Ongava Tented Camp****
andBeyond Soussusvlei Desert Lodge ****
Mack Air ****
Desert Air ****

Okonjima Bush Camp ***
Olive Grove Guest House ***

Wilderness Air **
Damaraland Camp *

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Tracy organised my/our safari really well. She had to blend in two different itineraries and there was a fair bit of juggling to be sorted through and she did it well.

The only arrangement that I found a bit frustrating was to find out that Wilderness Air did fly direct from Sousessvlei through to Hoanib, albeit from an airstrip a bit of a drive from Soussusvlei Desert Lodge. I felt that it should have been feasible to organise a transfer (perhaps at extra cost) to fly direct from Soussusvlei and avoid an overnight at Olive Grove in Windhoek which was really a """"wasted"""" travel day which might have been better spent at Hoanib.

And I think Expert Africa need to talk closely with Wilderness Air - the latter seems to have some problems.

Feedback response

We were delighted to read that overall this traveller had a super time in Namibia and Botswana enjoyed the majority of camps that he stayed at.

We are sorry that this traveller (and his group) felt that we did not present all the alternatives for this specific flight route. When planning their itinerary with them we looked at a number of options.

As Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located a fair distance from the main airstrip in the Sossusvlei area (called Guluk), the lodge has their own airstrip for use by those staying there. As a matter of course we recommend the light aircraft flights directly to the lodges’ own airstrip to save guests the 1 – 1½ hours road transfer (between Guluk and the lodge) in an open-sided vehicle along rather dusty gravel main roads. The very best direct flight option from Sossusvlei Desert Lodge itself to Hoanib is a private charter and we provided a quote for this at the same time as presenting the option with a stop over in Windhoek. This came in at an additional cost of about £100 per person, but the option via Windhoek was chosen.

We are very sorry that we did not go into details about the alternative option to fly from Guluk (which would have included the road transfer, as mentioned, from the lodge to the airstrip), and then a flight from there to Swakopmund, then on to Doro Nawas and then finally to Hoanib, This route via Guluk worked out more expensive than the private charter option and given that the travellers did not want that, we didn’t think to recommend this longer and more costly option too.

We will ensure that in future we present all options to our travellers.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
26-May-2016 review: Olive Grove is Comfortable
GoodGood
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
27-May-2016 review: Enjoy the Namibian Desert!
GoodGood
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
31-May-2016 review: Simply Brilliant
ExcellentExcellent
Damaraland Camp, Namibia
3-Jun-2016 review: Not Worth the Effort
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
6-Jun-2016 review: A Quality Camp with Good Wildlife
GoodGood
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
9-Jun-2016 review: Okonjima Bush Camp review
AverageAverage
Olive Grove, Namibia
12-Jun-2016 review: See Previous Comments
GoodGood
Edo's Camp, Botswana
13-Jun-2016 review: Edo's Camp is really
GoodGood

Excellent

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 9-Feb-2008 and 24-Feb-2008 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Claire Scott organised everything. It met all of my expectations. Mdonya was a little disappointing but not a disaster. Beho and Mwgusi were all I expected and more. Try them!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Serena Hotel Dar, Tanzania
10-Feb-2008 review: Royal Palm Hotel review
GoodGood
Beho Beho, Tanzania
12-Feb-2008 review: Beho Beho is a must visit!
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho Tree-house, Tanzania
15-Feb-2008 review: Get close to nature in style!
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
16-Feb-2008 review: Mdonya could be good!
AverageAverage
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
20-Feb-2008 review: Mwgusi is excellent!
ExcellentExcellent