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Travel reviews by Accra family from UK

Possibly the best safari in the world.

On this trip, I visited Namibia & Zambia between 25-Jul-2008 and 16-Aug-2008 and I travelled with 5 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


This was a fantastic holiday.The adjectives that come to mind are not sufficient. The variety of landscapes, sights, activities and experiences were wonderful. It was a really good family holiday also. There was something for all our children to do and they got something out of every place we went to. However, the highlight of the trip for our 6 year and 3 year old was the car being pulled out of sand in road works on a minor gravel road in the Caprivi Strip by a huge six-wheeled grader - and particularly the bit where the driver forgot to put the grader's handbrake on and had to chase it down the hill and jump into the cab! Our 10 year old cannot say what the best part of the holiday was. It was all great. We agree.

Namibia is a great country and should be on everyone's list of places to see. The people are friendly. It feels safe and there is none of the lurking tension that you feel at times in South Africa. We'd say it was like South Africa, but better. There is such a variety of things to do and places to see. The desert is stunning. The dunes at Sossusvlei should be on your list of 50 things to do before you die. Swakopmund was so relaxing and it was just nice to potter about there. The food was delicious - seafood near the coast, game inland - and cheap. The smell and sound of the seals at Cape Cross will stay with us forever! Etosha is (insert your own superlative here - words escape us)! The numbers and variety of animals is mind-blowing - and all from your own car window. You do safari at your pace and go where you want to go without 20 other camera toting tourists in the vehicle with you. While there are lots of other people in the park with you, it never seems busy. The roads are largely empty and you could be the only vehicle at a waterhole on many occasions. We had the fortunate experience of a leopard cub ambling about in the road in front of us without a care in the world and eventually leading us to its mother, with no other cars in sight. Try doing that in Kenya! The Caprivi Strip is an undiscovered gem. The river camps and lodges are all perfectly sited and the opportunities to see riverine wildlife are fantastic. Again, there are few other tourists around (for the present), but once word gets out this is sure to change. There is none of the mass safari tourism of East Africa in Namibia. See it while it stays like this.

We also enjoyed finishing the holiday off at Victoria Falls while relaxing at the Zambezi Sun. Victoria Falls is another 'must see' and again adjectives do not sufficiently describe the experience. Our only regret was not seeing more of Botswana, but time did not allow. People we met who had been to the Kalahari and Okavango Delta were impressed.

It was very helpful and consderate of Sabina to contact us in Swakopmund to inform us that the garage in Kongola had closed and so fuel was not available there.

This was probably our best holiday ever with memories to last a lifetime.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
25-Jul-2008 review: Perfect start to our holiday in Namibia
Betesda Rest Camp
27-Jul-2008 review: Unbelievably peaceful Rest Camp
Brigadoon, Namibia
29-Jul-2008 review: Our children's favourite place!
White Lady B & B, Namibia
1-Aug-2008 review: In need of some renovation
Etosha Safari Camp, Namibia
3-Aug-2008 review: Excellent value safari camp outside Etosha
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
5-Aug-2008 review: Luxury in an historic setting in Etosha Park.
Nkwazi Lodge, Namibia
7-Aug-2008 review: Good stopover for the Caprivi Strip
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
8-Aug-2008 review: Fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting
Camp Kwando, Namibia
10-Aug-2008 review: A room in the river!
Chobe Safari Lodge
12-Aug-2008 review: More geared to large tour groups
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
13-Aug-2008 review: A superlative experience.