Travel reviews by Mr P from Penny
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
A glorous month
Namibia between 7 Oct 2007 and 4 Nov 2007
We were privileged to have been and seen, and, for the most part, in exceptional settings and charming cirumstances.
To avoid your feeling too complacent ... flight instructions for the return journey showed two times of departure - 1940 and 2040.
But, if that's all I can find to complain about - and it's hardly that - then I think you have every reason to feel pretty pleased with your organisation. Expert Africa is so much more apt and expressive than Sunvil; 'Expert' you deserve."
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"A fine start"
The "captive" cheetahs at Bagatelle are in a large 12ha area, approved by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). The CCF rescues cheetahs from farmers who used to kill cheetahs as vermin, and they have relocated a couple here for their own safety. Bagatelle are happy to take care of these cheetahs.
Bagatelle also has various habituated, almost ‘pet’ animals, including the cheetah, called Pepper, and the meerkats. For various reasons they are very used to humans (whether they were orphaned, hand reared, or have just live close to humans and are now not bothered by them). These animals are free to roam and are not restrained at Bagatelle in any way - hence, the absence of the meerkats when these travellers visited. Apparently they went off foraging for a number of days, but Bagatelle are very happy that they are all back "home" again now!
Kulala Desert Lodge
"Disappointment in the desert"
After several adverse reports from our travellers, they advise us that the service and food at Kulala Desert Lodge is getting their full attention . They have made several changes and they are now sure that these problems are on their way to being rectified. There has been a change in the management couple, a new chef is in place at the Lodge and a newly appointed a food & beverages manager.
There is an on going training programme for all the staff and Wilderness assure us that they will continue to monitor things and hope to improve all guests’ experiences at the Lodge.
Ballooning in the Namib Desert
"A golden morning"
12 Oct 2007 • Morning excursion
"Friendly welcome at Sam's"
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
14 Oct 2007 • All-day excursion
Mowani Mountain Camp
"A different view"
"Unique, fragile, complex, wonderful Nhoma"
"Space, grace and peace on the Kwondo"
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Unpretentious and charming"
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
"Cool efficiency at Waterberg"
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge comment that they are a mid-priced lodge, not top-end. It is approximately of half the price of Mowani, Lianshulu or Okonjima Bush Camp and (on the basis of our past experiences) we agree with them that they offer great value for money.
Regarding the welcome drink – when put to the owners they commented that guests are usually provided with a welcome drink on arrival and if this didn’t happen on this occasion they are very sorry.
In Namibia it is very common to find black Namibians with German names as Namibia was once a German colony. The guide Helmut is a Herero and was indeed christened Helmut by his parents. His full name is Helmut Hameva. In modern Africa nobody re-names employees with westernized names.
Helmut did apologise to us though, for not having his British bird book or binoculars to hand for the nature drive: he simply forgot that day to take them with him.
Most of Namibia’s small guest farms and independent lodges have their quirks and idiosyncrasies and although these are often puzzling, if you can dig deeper you will usually find interesting and informative explanations.
Okonjima Bush Camp