Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from Aberdeen


Great country and holiday

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 25-Jun-2015 and 12-Jul-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was an excellent holiday, and we really enjoyed exploring the diversity of places, activities and landscapes that Namibia has to offer. We really appreciated the informed advice from Tracy at Expert Africa when we were planning this trip - it made planning a lot simpler and easier.

However - and this is a big however - we object to the advice that a normal 2WD car is sufficient for the route that we took. We were assured that this would be fine, so we hired a Toyata Corolla. This was of course fine on tarmac, and meant we had good fuel efficiency. However, the gravel roads and access routes to lodges were very difficult and stressful to travel on in this car. We are not inexperienced, and we drove very carefully - and slowly - which meant that we took significantly longer than most to travel a route. Despite our care, we could not avoid damage to our car undercarriage on the access road to one lodge. We managed to avoid other damage that we needed to repair (though we incurred several dents and knocks from stones thrown up from the road) - had our car had a higher ground clearance and a more robust undercarriage we could have avoided this.

The car was extremelyuncomfortable to sit in on the gravel roads if they were not freshly regraded, including in the centre of Etosha near Halali - neither we nor the car were built for all the vibrations that ensued. Given that this is was an expensive holiday, paying a little extra for a more robust and comfortable car would have been money well-spent. This doesn't necessarily have to be a 4WD but it would be the easiest way to ensure the car is up to the job, When the roads are long and empty and you have no mobile reception, you want confidence that the car is built for the job.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
25-Jun-2015 review: Classy city hotel
GoodGood
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
26-Jun-2015 review: A unique experience
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
29-Jun-2015 review: Great base for exploring Eastern Etosha
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
1-Jul-2015 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
3-Jul-2015 review: Doro Nawas review
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
5-Jul-2015 review: Good place to stay in Swakopmund
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
7-Jul-2015 review: Excellent base for exploring the Namib
ExcellentExcellent
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
9-Jul-2015 review: Luxury desert lodge
GoodGood
Olive Grove, Namibia
11-Jul-2015 review: See previous comment
ExcellentExcellent