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Travel reviews by Mr M from Lancaster

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

10

Excursions taken

0

As expected :)

Namibia and 1 other country between 18 Jul 2007 and 10 Aug 2007

Trip rating: Excellent
"The trip was well organised, long drives nicely broken up, acommodation at times even exceeded high expectations. We felt that Claires recommendations for alternative accomodation were particularly good.

It is our feeling that the situation in Etosha will need careful monitoring. If the prices continue to rise dramatically then Hobatere might make a more cost effective alternative. The metalled road to Hobatere once complete also makes this more accessible.

We both felt that Etosha may try to price itself at luxury prices. Game drives at night in Etosha were 450 Namibian dollars, ridiculous compared to Hobatere."

Feedback response

We are monitoring the new Etosha lodges very carefully indeed; they've a lot to live up to with their new prices - though a lot has been done to them. Some sort of refurbishment had been long overdue!

Arranged By Claire Scott


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Hilltop House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)

"good welcome as alwyas"

1 night Arrived 19 Jul 2007
"Hilltop is a great place to strt a trip to namibia and just get ourself together after a long flight."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

"Interesting and loads of character!"

1 night Arrived 20 Jul 2007
"Food was excellant with a good wine list. unusual habitat and location. Afternoon game drive combined with visit to rock paintings and 'sun downer' was interesting.

Small waterhole with comfortable viewing platform to see birds and small mammals.

A good location within striking distance of Windhoek (2 1/2 hrs drive) for those that want to get on the road straight away en route to the north."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

"Stunning location"

2 nights Arrived 21 Jul 2007
"Tented accomodation excellent and food/wine outstanding

The desert adapted elephant tour was taken by excellent and knowledgable guides and well worth the money.

Views and sunsets to die for! We stayed there for two nights and felt that was ideal."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Hobatere Lodge

Hobatere Lodge

"Consistently brilliant!"

2 nights Arrived 23 Jul 2007
"Varied and reliable game. Well priced game drives. night drive particularly recomended.

The new waterhole gave the opportunity to observe a few surprise visitors ( African wildcat).

All the bungalows are very comfortable, the food is excellent and the staff very friendly.

With the main road from Kamanjab being tarmacced hobitare is increasingly accessible."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

"reliable waterhole"

3 nights Arrived 25 Jul 2007
"The camp is currently being renovated and bungalows upgraded to a high standard: building work continues. The opportunity to self cater is currently limited as the shop is not stocking so many supplies.

The signage in Etosha generally is being up graded but many of the drives are currently whited out: it woudl be easy to get lost!

The waterhole still remains a prime location with consistent and interesting game viewing.

Theer is now a 'daily parking' cost of 80 namibian dollars per person which replaces the game permit which had previously been paid at Andersson gate."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Poor
Halali Camp

Halali Camp

"Excellent waterhole with prime game viewing"

3 nights Arrived 28 Jul 2007
"The camp is currently being renovated and bungalows upgraded to a high standard: building work continues. The opportunity to self cater is currently limited as the shop is not stocking any supplies for this. The signage in Etosha generally is being up graded but many of the drives are currently whited out: it woudl be easy to get lost! The waterhole still remains a prime location with consistent and interesting game viewing: still a good place to see leopard.

A relatively quiet camp, we never felt crowded.

There is now a 'daily parking' cost of 80 namibian dollars per person which replaces the game permit which had previously been paid at Andersson gate. We were told that prices are being reviewed in November and would likely be rising."
Good
Location
Excellent
Food
Terrible
Rooms
Good
Facilities
Poor
Hakusembe River Lodge

Hakusembe River Lodge

"a good stopover"

1 night Arrived 31 Jul 2007
"Sunset cruise is recomended, seeing the Kavango was interesting."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
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Susuwe Island Lodge

"exceeded expectations!!"

3 nights Arrived 1 Aug 2007
"Genuinely breathtaking accomodation. Although expensive it proved worth it. Having all drives drinks and laundry included was a pleasant surprise.

We felt that the game viewing was almost undersold, Beven was an extremely good guide.

This actually proved a cost effective way to see the habitat along the Kwando, and was a real contrast to other areas in Namibia.

The accomodation was very luxurious without being pretentious, the staff catered to individual need, proved very welcoming and were very genuine with us.

An unforgettable experience."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Nxamaseri Lodge

Nxamaseri Lodge

"Remote and unique location."

3 nights Arrived 4 Aug 2007
"Not the easiest place to get to. A mix up over the pick-up proved problematic. It would perhaps be better if the entrance was signposted, and some method of contact available in emergency. [ perhaps at the village?]

I would put a note of caution to travelling novices, had we not been to Africa before this could have turned into a very difficult day.

Having said that, the journey is well worth it. The location is unique, the activities varied. Although the lodge is primarily geared towards fishing, the birdwatching is very good, while night boat trips were interesting.

The atmospehere was very friendly and relaxed with good food."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
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Khorab Lodge

"Useful stopover, and convenient location."

1 night Arrived 7 Aug 2007
"At the time of checking in there was a conference on and we were rather left to our own devices.

It is a suitalbe place for a stop over but nothing more.

Food was good."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Good

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