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Travel reviews by B Family from Nottingham

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

9

Excursions taken

0

My Jul 2013 trip

Namibia and 1 other country between 17 Jul 2013 and 2 Aug 2013

Trip rating: Excellent
"One of our best holidays."

Arranged By Tracy Lederer


Villa Violet

Villa Violet

"Small and friendly"

1 night Arrived 18 Jul 2013
"Small and friendly. About 30 minutes walk from centre of Windhoek. Good breakfast. No restaurant nearby but good take away selection available and it's possible to eat the take away in the dining room.

Fastest WiFi we had in the whole of Namibia."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Average
Service
Good
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Average
Waterberg Camp

Waterberg Camp

"Great location"

2 nights Arrived 19 Jul 2013
"Very good walk to the plateau- less than an hour to the top. Excellent views.

You might see a rock hyrax. Deer, baboons, mongooses all wandering between the lodges.

Long walk to restaurant (0.9 km from furthest lodges) but an interesting old building. Plenty of birds to see. Rooms comfortable and fridge provided with small kitchen area."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

"Moonlit rhinoceros"

2 nights Arrived 21 Jul 2013
"Excellent base to explore Etosha.

The floodlit waterhole had a variety of animals each tIme we visited- evening was better than morning. We saw elephants, rhino, giraffes, jackels and various antelopes., The whole complex is quite large and holds 100s, but it is set out well and doesn't feel overcrowded. There are useful facilities like a post office, shop etc. Also a large washing machine and drier available in the camping area. Buffet food was good but not so great for vegetarians- like most of Namibia."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Average
Facilities
Good
Mushara Bush Camp

Mushara Bush Camp

"Mushara Bush Camp review"

1 night Arrived 23 Jul 2013
"Looks impressive when you arrive in the reception/dining area but it was all rather pretentious. The 'tents' were located a very long walk from the dining area and seemed very artificial- nothing like real camping. The service was impersonal, although people the were friendly enough.

It did not have the feel of some of the other tented lodges in Namibia where you were made personally at home by the owner or manager. It felt more like a hotel than a bush camp."
Average
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location
Average
Service
Good
Activities
Average
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
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Kavango River Lodge

"Good stopover with lovely views"

1 night Arrived 24 Jul 2013
"Much better than we thought for what was basically a stopover for the night. The owner was friendly and helpful and we even managed to fit in a sunset trip on the river within 30 minutes of arriving. Great view of the river from the bar/restaurant.

Rooms were good- typical hotel type. Internet was available, slow but usable. River trips were organised at a lodge about 30 minutes drive away along a dirt road, not from Kavango Lodge."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

"Luxury by the river"

2 nights Arrived 25 Jul 2013
"Superb location and outstanding rooms with excellent views over the river. Outdoor showers with a river view available for exhibitionists...

The small game reserve nearby- Mahango- was surprisingly good and we saw lots of wildlife in a few hours of slowly driving around. It was not busy, just a handful of other people there. The river trip is worth the effort, very relaxing and a nice sunset view over the local Popa Falls (more like small rapids than a waterfall).

Note that the Falls were inaccessible when we were there since a new government complex was in the process of being built there.

There was no opt out of the native dancing/singing- not everyone wants to see this. Food was generally good, but like many places they did not cater at all for vegetarians.

Internet available only in the reception area and like most connections in Namibia you can expect only the slowest of connections, but fast enough for our teenage sons to use Facebook etc."
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

"Grunts in the night!"

2 nights Arrived 27 Jul 2013
"Friendly lodge with communal meals and lots of input from the owner. Meals were good with excellent vegetarian food. Fantastic views of the night sky with virtually no light pollution.

Excursions were good and with knowledgeable guides but there was relatively little to see when we were there. Hippos at night around the tents were an added bonus, but this meant that you needed to be escorted between the main lodge area and the tents at night for safety reasons.

You need a 4WD to make the journey to the lodge alone, but there was a good pick up service with secure parking if needed."
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Good
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

"Our favourite lodge"

2 nights Arrived 29 Jul 2013
"Really good location with very friendly people. The excursions were excellent with very knowledgeable guides. Birding was superb, lots of good wildlife in Chobe and fishing was excellent.

The tents were comfortable with added brick built bathroom. Food was excellent with top quality vegetarian meals. Very flexible arrangements with guides to go for as long as you wish. Laundry service included.

Highly recommended."
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Avani Victoria Falls

Avani Victoria Falls

"Loved the wacky decor"

2 nights Arrived 31 Jul 2013
"A big commercial hotel with an African twist. Nice surroundings and within 5 minutes of the Victoria Falls. Zebra, Impalas, elephants and crocodiles all in or near the hotel grounds.

Rooms were not special, fairly basic. Main advantage was the free access to the falls and he ability to view the falls at different times of the day.

Helicopter trip recommended!"
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Average
Facilities
Good

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