Travel reviews by P and V from UK
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Namibia revisited 2022
Namibia between 24 Jun 2022 and 14 Jul 2022
I do have two observations which are offered as a reasonably regular EA client. Using a specialist based in a very different time zone does add complexity at the planning stage. Small details requiring a quick answer can take 48 hours to turn around through no fault of anyones. My second comment is that the relative costs of different options are not visible at the planning stage. I did not ask Maruska to work to a budget nor indeed did I ask for these costs in order to make our choices of destinations and lodges and so it may be my responsibility here. I now understand (but may need to be corrected) that Shipwreck and HVC were more expensive than other choices we made and perhaps having price bands indicated when putting together a tailor made trip might be useful. Useful also to have this information when giving feed back to hold the more expensive options to a higher standard even if tou can not compare apples and oranges of course!"
Arranged By Maruska AdyeRowe
Fish River Lodge
"Fish River Lodge review"
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Hoodia Desert Lodge review"
Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge
"Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge review"
Hoanib Valley Camp
"Hoanib Valley Camp review"
"Safarihoek Lodge review"
"Mundulea Reserve review"
Okonjima Bush Camp
"Okonjima Bush Camp review"
My Jul 2018 trip
Rwanda between 19 Jul 2018 and 29 Jul 2018
Fascinating country and whist it sounds a little misplaced to say it the opportunity to confront the Genocide added a thought provoking additional dimension to a brilliant wildlife experience. Compared to our other Africa experiences the two stand out features were the opportunity to be more active (moving about on foot etc.) and the feeling of safety and a warm welcome from a people who still have next to nothing in spite of the relative success of rebuilding the country.
All of our accommodations were up to standard even if they are way below the better lodges in other parts of Africa in terms of pure lodge experience.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
At the planning stage perhaps make suggestions for alternatives and give advice to make choices.
For example, in Nyungwe it would have been good to have been offered tjhe forest treks and also a visit to the tea plantation (our guide tried to get us in but it was closed on a Sunday). As related in this form, our guide was quite resourceful in adapting our itinerary when the first day's sites were unavailable and in fact we are glad to have seen a couple of the alternatives that we may have missed otherwise. These could have been suggested in planning maybe.
These remarks really are intended as pointers to improve what is already an outstanding service that we have now used three times (Namibia, Tanzania and Rwanda) and will use again."
Hotel des Mille Collines
"Stop over at Mille Collines"
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
"Excellent first stop in Rwanda"
Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit
"Not to be mssed"
20 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest
"Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest review"
21 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
"Fun and worth doing"
21 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
"Cormoran Lodge review"
Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe
"Excellent complementary actiivity"
22 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
"Functional and comfortable stay"
Canoeing in Rwanda
"Enjoyable afternoon in a canoe"
25 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
Mount Bisoke Trek
"Tough and stimulating day trek"
26 Jul 2018 • All-day excursion
Gorilla Trekking Safari
"Once in a life time wildlife exeprience"
27 Jul 2018 • Morning excursion