Travel reviews by Ms J from Arizona
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This trip met all my goals!
Namibia and 1 other country between 29 Jul 2007 and 19 Aug 2007
1. conservation efforts in southern Africa,
2.a glimpse of how average people live/work in rural and urban areas,
3. some of the geology and animals of Namibia and Botswana.
All goals met and we had a wonderful time!!!
The only thing that didn't work out was that I did not realize that virtually none of the shops/restaurants in either countrywould accept American Express credit cards. Even at the airports! I had allowed enough cash for gasoline, camp tips and misc but was relying on my AMEX card for the bulk of shopping and meals. This made for a very tight trip, especially at the end in Windhoek where we totally ran out of cash.
Please let people know which credit cards are accepted in these two countries!"
Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe
Okonjima Bush Camp
"A great starting point for Namibia!"
"Finally found it!"
Desert Rhino Camp
"The vastness of the location is fabulous!"
"This camp is not designed for travelers!"
"Worn but welcoming!"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Try some other lodge first!"
"Same old Rileys!!"
"Off to a good start!"
"What a great time!!"
Kalahari Bush Breaks
"Taxidermy Manor is a better name!"
This traveller is right that there is hunting done on this guest farm. In common with many guest farms in Namibia, Kalahari Bushbreaks have cheetah, leopard and plenty of antelope on their property, but no lion. Hence a limited amount of hunting is done to manage the game numbers – typically a maximum of about 10 hunters per year, who never stay in the lodge at the same time as our ‘photographic’, non-hunting, guests. It’s usually the farm’s older animals are either left for nature to take its course, or made available for hunting.
In fact, sustainable hunting like this is part of the economics of most of Namibia’s guest farms. In the last 15-20 years, many of Namibia’s traditional guest farms have abandoned farming cattle and turned instead to game farming. They have learned that the revenue from ‘photographic’ tourism, when combined with limited sustainable hunting, is a much more economic choice.
This move has resulted in Namibia’s natural game species being reintroduced to large swathes of the country – and hence much larger populations of most game species. Witness the fact that, like similar game farms, Kalahari Bushbreaks also capture game live, and sell it live to other game reserves – often ones which are just starting to reintroduce the native animals.
It’s great news for the population of Namibia’s wild animals, and has resulted in a reduction in the area being used for commercial cattle farms. This is development which Expert Africa generally applauds: it’s good the for land, it’s good for the livelihood of many Namibian people and it’s great for our visitors; so we’re very pleased to be supporting this move from cattle to game even in a very small way.
We're sorry that these travelers didn't like it, but would urge those seeking higher standards of luxury to look towards Hilltop House, Olive Grove, the Heinitzburg Hotel or some of our other suggestions in Windhoek.
Having said all this, Rivendell's owners tell us that since they received this feedback, all the mattresses in their beds have been replaced. We hope that this will help to make guests more comfortable in future.