Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from Kingsley
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Sep 2016 trip
Namibia and 2 other countries between 23 Sep 2016 and 13 Oct 2016
It was our first time in Botswana and we loved it and would like to see more, as is always the case in Africa in my experience. The people were so friendly and the wildlife amazing.
Victoria Falls was also good and we were glad we took your advice about seeing the falls from the Zimbabwe side as there was plenty of water! It was also a nice little town to wander around with interesting history, a good end to our trip."
Arranged By Tom Morris
"Olive Exclusive review"
"Waterberg Camp review"
The massive disappointment were the facilities. There is a bar but whilst there is an outside sitting area there are no tables and chairs and the paving is breaking up. We ate in the restaurant as there is nowhere else to go and the first night was a buffet and although chaotic with queues the food was quite good. The second night was a la carte and again was OK as long as you didn't want exactly what you ordered, we settled for near enough.
The swimming pool was very dirty, full of leaves and the filtration system didn't seem to be working at all with some of the grids around the edge broken and quite dangerous.
We took an early morning safari drive up on to the plateau and that was excellent with a very good guide"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
Only slight worry is there seems to be a lot of coaches now driving around Etosha and all the camps seem to have large parties in them."
Mokuti Etosha Lodge
"Mokuti Etosha Lodge review"
Good for relaxing by the pool but still only a few minutes from the entrance to Etosha."
"Nkwazi Lodge review"
The location by the river is lovely but the rooms have definitely seen better days and the electricity goes off in the evenings so no fans. The food was good but one night was enough.
Highlight of the visit was picking up petrol in the completely chaotic garage in Rundu!"
Nunda River Lodge
"Nunda River Lodge review"
Drove to Mahango National park which is very close and was most enjoyable and did a sunset cruise to Popa Falls with an excellent guide and great views of the wildlife and birds. The cruise took an unexpected turn halfway through as our guide did a mid river rescue of some Germans whose boat was stuck on the rocks as the engine had failed. Much more exciting than we ever could have imagined !
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and could have stayed longer."
Nambwa Tented Lodge
"Nambwa Tented Lodge review"
The camp itself is located right on the river on wooden platforms so the views all round are good. The tents are huge and well equipped and whilst I accept it may be an old fashioned view I still like my bath in the bathroom not in the bedroom !
There is a large living area in the tents but we prefer to be outside and although there is a balcony all round the tent there are no sunbeds anywhere and no pool.
The evening meals were disappointing as the food although OK was cold by the time it got to you, nothing worse than cold soup. The service very hit and miss, we ordered two glasses of wine the first night and they arrived after we had finished our main course. We also asked what was on the menu that night and the waiter didn't know and there was no written menu.
The best thing were the activities with the excellent Beaven, an early morning river cruise and an evening game drive. Thankfully they were good as they were extremely expensive, more than double the price we paid elsewhere.
For me this is somewhere that is trading in style over substance and needs to provide more than a pretty tent."
It seems that just before these travellers visited, Nambwa’s General Manager had quit the bush and move town for medical treatment. Clearly service levels had dropped; Tinolla offered apologies for this on behalf of the whole team.
To remedy this, Tinolla herself has stepped in to run the lodge whilst new managers are appointed and trained. A new assistant manager (a former ‘executive chef’) started at the end of October.
With this focus, we’re assured that high standards of food and service should be restored at Nambwa.
There’s also good news: Nambwa is now installing a swimming pool, which should be operational within 2016. They’re also considering sun loungers/day beds for the decking around the rooms.
So these travellers did visit Nambwa during a period when standards were unacceptably poor. However, we believe that subsequent changes should quickly return standards to the high levels that we’d expect.
"Garden Lodge review"
We did evening river trips and morning game drives with the excellent John who was so knowledgeable and showed us so many fantastic animals and birds. Could have stayed longer and would like to return."
"Ilala Lodge review"
Elephants, warthogs and mongoose in the grounds of the hotel. Good restaurant with fantastic food and nice swimming pool, whats not to like!
Great end to our holiday and perfect place to relax for a couple of days."
Ra-Ikane River Cruise
10 Oct 2016 • Afternoon excursion
The boat was lovely, and the crew excellent and we did still enjoy it but the emphasis seemed to be on the drinking rather than the scenery.
Maybe just spoiled after our cruises in Chobe.
My Oct 2013 trip
Namibia between 7 Oct 2013 and 23 Oct 2013
Everything had been organised really well allowing us to just enjoy ourselves.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Make them cheaper so we can go on more !!"
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
"Galton House review"
Would have liked another night here to see more of Windhoek"
BullsPort Lodge and Farm
"Bullsport Guest Farm review"
Excursion to Quiver Tree Gorge with Ernst as guide was brilliant , lots of mountain zebras, kudu, babboons etc.
Also really good walks self guided around the farm and chance to enjoy the lovely location and scenery.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and was an excellent introduction to Namibia."
Sossus Dune Lodge
"Breakfast in the Dunes brilliant!"
The guide for the Sunrise tour was excellent and the breakfast amongst the dunes an experience never to be forgotten.
Also went to Dune 45 for sunset - spectacular!
The staff generally could not have been more helpful and friendly. Luckily all our luggage was taken to our room as it was a bit of a hike on the boardwalks as we were in one of the furthest rooms. The room itself was a joy and the stars at night spectacular.
A very special place, would have liked to stay longer."
"Great location for Beach Lodge"
The Wreck restaurant was not open on Sunday so we ate in Swakopmund. Tried several restaurants without success as the girl on reception had recommended places but not said we needed to book. Eventually got into KUCKIES after a wait which was not too much of a hardship as the bar was good and the seafood was excellent. Ate in the Wreck restaurant at the hotel on Monday but a bit disappointing, the food was good but not as nice as the night before. I felt they were trying too hard to be upmarket so was not really a relaxing atmosphere."
"Desert elephants a highlight"
The rooms were also splendid so first impressions not always correct! The elephant drive was a huge success, with a lot of elephants to the pound and the guide excellent. The visit to the village was really interesting and the people really keen to share their way of life with us. Anyone who thinks they have a hard life should definitely go there and experience how happy and welcoming these people are in very difficult circumstances. We also learnt that empty coke cans keep elephants away from your tomato plants!
The staff were friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
It was a great base to explore the park and the sheer numbers and variety of animals around is mind boggling. The room was OK,a bit dark, but we spent very little time in it as there was so much to see. The swimming pools were pleasant and much appreciated in the hot afternoons.
The restaurant was a self service buffet and was OK but not all elements turned up at the right time and service, seating and amount of cutlery were very hit and miss. Had a local school singing one night and that was excellent.
The only organised activity we took part in was the night drive and we saw a huge amount of night, the occasional rhinos rear end retreating into the distance, but little else. The driver was not to be deterred and he drove us endlessly for hours only stopping after a near collision with an extremely large, very cross elephant. An interesting experience but not one I would recommend.
When we left we drove to the other end of Etosha which was very different and I would have liked to have spent a bit more time in maybe one of the other lodges in the park."
Mushara Bush Camp
"Mushara Bush Camp review"
Having said that the staff were delightful, the swimming pool lovely, and the main restaurant area and camp fire in the evening was really good. The food here was also excellent, as was the service. The wart hog lawnmowers were a huge success and loved by everyone."
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Okonjima Main Camp review"
We wish we had stayed here for longer as would also have liked to do the leopard tracking as we had not seen one elsewhere. The only down side is we felt the activities on offer were a bit of a 'hard sell' and making money was important.
The rooms were excellent with spectacular views and facilities generally very good. Staff friendly and helpful."
Only there for one night so we ate in their restaurant and the food and the service were excellent."