Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Mrs C. from Romsey


Brilliant 2 week holiday

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 23-Mar-2018 and 7-Apr-2018 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fanstastic two weeks in South Africa, with about the right amount of time in each place apart from Swelledam. We enjoyed various activities in Cape Town including the botanical gardens, cape point, kayaking at simons town, visiting Stellenbosch, table mountain etc. We had a lovely meal at the Hussar Grill near the hotel aswell. We would have preferred less time in Swellendam but this may not have been helped by the rainy weather we had while there. We really enjoyed Plett which has lots of different activities to do from walking on Robberg Peninsula, visiting various animal parks and Knysna. Despite the great fire less than a year ago everything was up and running, and the views were fantastic. The safari was a great way to end the holiday and the lodge was a lovely bit of luxury to finish the trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Vineyard Hotel, South Africa
24-Mar-2018 review: Nice rooms and good location
GoodGood
Schoone Oordt Country House, South Africa
28-Mar-2018 review: Lovely country house
GoodGood
Periwinkle Guest Lodge, South Africa
30-Mar-2018 review: Lovely seaside guest lodge.
ExcellentExcellent
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, South Africa
3-Apr-2018 review: Fantastic safari and lodge.
ExcellentExcellent

Honeymoon July 16

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 19-Jul-2016 and 1-Aug-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

An absolutely amazing trip and honeymoon. We are now so glad that we decided to go on honeymoon to Africa- the people are lovely, and the food is amazing and the lodges made us feel special on our honeymoon.

After having so many concerns and worries, your knowledge and willingness to answer our questions made us feel much more at ease. We got one bad puncture with the car but an african person (tyre garage person!) stopped and changed it for us - so there was nothing to worry about. It was also amazing to learn about the guides lives both at the lodges - their training, their families back home - and the guides who work at government run attractions. We gave a lift to two people who had finished their shift (one at burn mountain, and one at petrified forest) and needed to get back home. Although dubious about this at first, they are genuine people who don't have a car and do hitch a lift - its amazing how much they know about English football (more than us!). The food was also amazing - eating at Joes beerhouse and the Tug in Swakopmund are both places we would go back to, and the wilderness lodges do an amazing job.

I think one highlight was the dunes and hot air balloon, and I really enjoyed seeing the animals, especially getting close to them in Damaraland and the Okonjima.

We now feel that we are ready to go on another African adventure, and with all our stories I think I have persuaded my parents to go on their first next year as well! At least for our next African holiday I won't have to do the initial research of who we go with - I will certainly be getting in touch with you again!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
20-Jul-2016 review: Great one-night stop
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
21-Jul-2016 review: A great friendly dune lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
23-Jul-2016 review: Sam's Giardino review
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
25-Jul-2016 review: Fantastic Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
27-Jul-2016 review: Great waterhole but could be so much better!
ExcellentExcellent
Onguma Tree Top Camp, Namibia
29-Jul-2016 review: A little piece of paradise
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
31-Jul-2016 review: Great place to see cats
ExcellentExcellent