Travel reviews by Mr F & Ms G from Surrey
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Southern Namibia in March 2015
Namibia between 28 Feb 2015 and 14 Mar 2015
Namibia is an amazing country. The people are friendly, the roads are ideal for self-drive with a little bit of adventure thrown in, and the lodges are consistently of good quality.
There is something for everyone here - deserts, wildlife, tranquility and excitement. Highly recommended."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Quiet street and friendly staff"
"Can't get closer to the sea than this"
Swakopmund is a ten minute drive away through the streets of holiday homes. To a European, the town itself is not really that special - plenty of shops, diverse but not outstanding architecture. One hidden treasure was the Swakopmund museum - an amazingly eclectic collection of geologic, botanical, historical and cultural information, with a few stuffed animals thrown in for good measure!"
Pelican Point Lodge
"Fabulous location, rooms and food"
Great food, great location. All the rooms look great - we stayed in the one nearest the lighthouse, on the first floor - windows at each end mean we got amazing sunrises *and* sunsets. Don'r go expecting lots of activities - it's an hour's drive into Walvis Bay and, really, why would you bother? Come here for the peace, the wildlife and the sense of relaxation that comes from such an amazing location. Fabulous."
Solitaire Country Lodge
"An oasis in Solitaire"
The buildings and grounds have been well designed and look well cared for. The staff are friendly and helpful. Food is about what you would expect in a location so far from anywhere, where everything needs to be shipped in by road and stored - not much fresh but plenty of burgers and pizza.
The bakery is only a short walk across the garage forecourt."
Wolwedans Desert Lodge
"Luxury in the middle of the desert"
Waking at dawn with Oryx sliding down the red dunes just outside the bedroom and desert crows singing (!) from on top of the tented lodge is an experience we will remember for a long time."
"Your own suite - built into a boulder"
Our one and only visitor was a local horse, who nosed up to the lodge window in curiousity. Consider taking a pre-prepared pack from the restaurant and cooking your own dinner on the barbecue outside the lodge, although the food in the restaurant is good too. Ostrich, horses and other wildlife make driving to and from dinner an interesting experience!
Very friendly staff, great location just outside Aus. We only stayed a night and would definitely like to go back to explore some more."
Fish River Lodge
"Eco rooms on the edge of the windy canyon"
The staff were lovely and the walking tour (we didn't feel up to the 7 hour canyon trip) along the canyon rim was good. There's not much food choice but considering how difficult it is to get here, that's not too surprising. The rooms are quite plain, in line with the eco credentials.
Be warned: earplugs are standard issue with the room key because the wind whistles up from the canyon and around the rooms most evenings and nights. The earplugs are only needed if the noise gets particularly bad or you are particularly sensitive - we managed two nights without needing them.
Great views and the staff danced and sang for the guests one evening - much better than TV!"
Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp
"Fossil desert tranquility"
The wildlife is always varied and plentiful. The Kalahari isn't a "real" desert because it gets some rain, and there is grass and wildlife everywhere around the camp. A huge pan right by the camp is home to wildebeeste, oryx and springbok, there are plenty of birds and small mammals too - even a mongoose catching flies outside our room one evening.
There is absolutely nothing to stop you going for a wander into the pan on your own - a welcome change from many other lodges where stepping away from the lodge needs a guide and/or a jeep. Take the guided evening drive, though - you may see a lion close up, as well as zebra and steenbok."
"Unexpected peace 30km south of Windhoek"
We did and saw warthogs, wildebeeste, giraffe, eland, meerkats, a fish eagle, zebra, harfebeest, kori bustard and moorhens. The driver was quite apologetic that we failed to find the rhino! We stayed only one night but two would have been better. There is a very smart swimming pool, massages available or you could just sit on your balcony and look out over the umpteen hectares of greenery, trying to spot the giraffes!"
Two week self-drive in March
Namibia between 7 Mar 2014 and 23 Mar 2014
We decided to take a risk on the rain in early March and while there were one or two thunderstorms we had absolutely no problems on the roads. I would encourage anyone who is considering it to rent a 4x4 and take the plunge. The gravel roads are very easy to drive on, very well maintained and gloriously empty most of the time.
Game drives are fun, but we went for the smaller wildlife and the wide open spaces and we weren't disappointed.
Very friendly people everywhere.
Take some time to walk around Windhoek if you can; it's worth a day at least."
"Pension Palmquell overnight Saturday"
Checkers supermarket nearby is open all weekend."
"Luxurious Ongava Lodge"
Downside: limited opportunity to walk around the lodge area on your own, especially not after dark as it's too dangerous. Same goes for Etosha - lots of signs tell you to stay in the car."
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Erongo - baboons and wonderful birds"
The food is excellent, the lodges are incredibly comfortable and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Dinner on the patio outside the restaurant was excellent, and so was a whole day spent lazing and birdwatching. There are baboons in the hills all around and towards sunset they come back from foraging to groom and play dominance games in the rocks all around.
Two days was too short."
Barkhan Dune Retreat
Unobtrusive room service provided afternoon tea and early morning breakfast on the table outside our room without waking us. The view down the valley was stunning at dawn and dusk.
Hannetje's food is excellent, and as long as you get a good crop of guests to chat with at dinner, the overall experience can't be beaten. A perfect place to recharge your batteries."
"Anonymous lodge - good value for money"
The location is what everyone goes for - right outside the gate to the national park. One nice thing is that, unlike other locations, you only have to stop to pay on the way out of the park so you can race the sunrise to a photogenic dune without stopping. You won't necessarily be treated as someone special, but the service is good and the staff are friendly."
Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp
"Excellent nature, stunning views, tranquility"
The game drive was the best we have done - not so much for the animals (it's a relatively small reserve and you won't see the big 5 here) but for the proximity to the game and the enthusiasm of our guide, Chamberlain. Service was good, and the desert was everything we had hoped - spectacular sunsets, amazing stars and a sense of isolation that was hard to beat."
Everything from check-in to check-out was handled smoothly and with a personal touch. The room (Namib Suite) was stunning - Nespresso maker, candlesticks around the bath, TV on a swivel, huge comfortable bed. The food was equally good, with an excellent choice of wines. Breakfast was amazing.
Highly recommended - stay here at the end of your trip because you won't find anything to equal it."
Quite difficult to squeeze all the cars into the parking area if every room is full. Very welcoming and friendly staff."