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Travel reviews by Miss W & Mr A from Surrey

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

8

Excursions taken

0

Fabulous trip to Namibia, plenty of memories

Namibia between 9 Nov 2007 and 25 Nov 2007

Trip rating: Excellent
"Namibia is a wonderful place and we had a very special time, it was great to get some real experienced information from Tracey and to have Chris's guide book. Very relaxing with some wonderful memories of some truly lovely experiences.

Would highly recommend sea kayaking with the seals in Walvis Bay with Jeanne, scenic flight from Swakop, Desert Tour (to find the little 5) in Swakop, Etosha, Huab Lodge, Onguma, Kulala and Soussosvlei."

Arranged By Tracy Lederer


Haus Sonneneck

Haus Sonneneck

"Haus Sonneneck review"

1 night Arrived 10 Nov 2007
"Good sized room, friendly host, a bit far from the centre, but no problem with a car. Good value minibar."
Good
Location
Average
Service
Good
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
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Kulala Wilderness Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)

"Kulala Wilderness Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 11 Nov 2007
"Lovely lodge with an excellent welcome. Superb staff, especially the guides. Rooms have an excellent aspect over the desert

Easy to go to Kulala Desert Lodge by mistake - take care the distance between the two is considerable and the signage could be a lot better. The desert lodge and Litlle Kulala are well signposted, but at least from the direction we arrived, the signage for the Wilderness Camp is poor - follow Expert Africa map.

Our balloon flight was cancelled, due to weather. It is worth knowing that Kulala will contact the company in the morning and advise you what is happening."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Sea Breeze Guesthouse

Sea Breeze Guesthouse

"Sea Breeze Guesthouse review"

3 nights Arrived 13 Nov 2007
"Lots of help in organising trips from host who was happy to share local knowledge and make arrangements on our behalf.

A little out of town, but not so as to cause any issues. Good to have a night watchman."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Huab Lodge

Huab Lodge

"Huab Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 16 Nov 2007
"What a lovely place. The owners were very welcoming, there is a real sense of being in a place together with friends rather than a paying guest. Everyone was introduced and dinner and breakfast were eaten together. At dinner one feels like a guest of the owners, rather than a tourist.

The rooms are large with a fabulous view and you immediately feel at home. Huab isn't a great place for spotting game, but there is plenty to see including some game and numerous birds. Jan and the other guides are very informative without being overbearing and there is a lot you can learn from them.

A good introduction to the more northern parts of Namibia before reaching the more vibrant game in Etosha."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge

"Ongava Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 18 Nov 2007
"Busier than some of the other places we stayed, but a lovely view over the floodlit waterhole with plenty to see. Knowledgeable guides and other staff, but a less personal service than some of the smaller places.

Watch out for being charged for additional activities (depending on accommodation option booked) without being told about the charges until afterwards!

Great rooms, lovely view with airconditioning as a bonus. A good place to stay."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

"Okaukuejo Restcamp review"

1 night Arrived 19 Nov 2007
"Very small room - no space to sit down at all, just a bed and a place for 1 suitcase and a small fridge. Fairly surly service from the staff who initially gave us an occupied room.

It worked and the waterhole was good, but better to stay in the larger accommodation offered in the same camp. On site shop is for basics only."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Rooms
Poor
Food
Average
Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort

"Onguma Plains Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 20 Nov 2007
"Lovely view, especially of the sunset and great place to stay. Very nice architecture that fits in well with the surroundings. The lighting in the rooms is very dim and could be a lot better, this is also true of the verandah where dinner is served.

Good staff, although some need a little more experience, but this does not take away from the fact that they are polite, friendly and welcoming. The menu is read to you, and it can be difficult to understand accents and this can cause confusion over what is to be served. Suggestion to manager that a printed menu along with being read the items was accepted, but we were told the owner disapproved, as it took away from a personal service. The service was personal, but being confused about the food was not very good.

Very relaxing place, we could easily have stayed longer. Really lovely to be able to open the side of the room to the sunset and use the outdoor shower."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

"Waterberg Wilderness Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 22 Nov 2007
"Despite its name, the lodge doesn't feel at all wilderness like. Although it is fairly remote, the way it is set out is like a holiday camp, so it feels more like a small built up area half way up the plateau rather than a lodge in the wilderness.

The staff were average and although they did their job they didn't seem to empathise with the guests or add to the trip. It felt more like a military operation than a lovely place to stay. They seemed very concerned with getting you to sign for towels, cups, books, room keys and keeping to schedule rather than providing a comfortable welcoming place to stay.

The food was provided but not described well leading me to eat something I am allergic to by accident, which is not very satisfactory especially in a remote place. The guides for the walk and game drive were good, but the rest of the staff were adequate rather than helpful. Not a good place to see animals, but the view from the plateau was lovely and it is worth the (fairly easy) walk. It might be worth investigating the plateau lodge instead, as it looked slightly more intimate with chalets and plunge pools.

The pool at the wilderness lodge didn't look too clean, so we didn't use it - too many dead leaves and other bits and bobs."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Poor
Activities
Average
Rooms
Average
Food
Average
Facilities
Average

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