Travel reviews by raedrian from Canada
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Our great Namibia and Botswana adventure
Botswana between 21 Apr 2017 and 28 Apr 2017
It started with us trying to arrange everything but soon found it difficult to determine which location/accommodation would be "right" for us. Luckily, we came in contact with Expert Africa and the help and recommendations that were given were excellent and in the end, they arranged all the accommodations (save one), the safaris and the air charter. Their guidance on length of stay was very helpful and the resorts, hotels and safaris proved to be excellent and enjoyed by all.
We were guided by Sabina for the Namibia portion and Lucy for the Botswana portion and were rewarded with prompt responses and suggestions to our many questions.
Highly recommend them."
Arranged By Lucy Copson
Kalahari Arms Hotel
"Kalahari Arms Hotel review"
Khwai Tented Camp
"Terrific African Tent Safari Experience"
The facilities were as promised, not luxurious but in keeping with traditional tenting camps from the past. Everything was clean and well kept. Only downside was that there was no electrical outlet in the tent for charging tablets/phones etc. However, there was a charging "station" in the dining/common room. Meals were in the open air and beautifully presented. The service was second to none, the staff was outgoing and eager to please.
We have been to much more luxurious resorts but we felt that here we were more in the "real Africa" and thoroughly enjoyed it."
Kalahari Arms Hotel
"Good location and value"
The hotel was easy to find, had plenty secure parking and an interesting mix of rooms and the sprawling grounds.
The only negative was a lack of hot water resulting in lukewarm showers. This was mentioned to management who were aware of it and advised there was a fix in work."
Namibia between 31 Mar 2017 and 28 Apr 2017
[Ed: this 'previous organised group of 36 was not organised by Expert Africa.]
The desert scenery that covers about 2/3 of Namibia proved to be beautiful and diverse. We always felt comfortable wherever we went and we were constantly impressed by the friendly and helpful people.Getting around was no problem at all and communication was easy as English is spoken everywhere.
We highly recommend visiting this country as it is different from rest of Africa, very unique.
One word of caution regarding the roads which are asphalt on the main arteries but gravel elsewhere. The gravel roads are generally wide and well laid out but the washboard effect of the roads results in loud and somewhat rough ride, of course very dependent on the vehicle used. So if renting a vehicle, consider that it will spend a lot of its time on gravel if you want to see the best scenery on the "roads less travelled".
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We were very pleased with the arrangements suggested and made by Expert Africa and Sabina's knowledge of Namibia proved invaluable.
The pros and (if any) cons of the resorts, hotels, safaris and itinirary were clearly communicated to us to allow us to makeour decisions for our final itinerary.
We give full credit to Sabina's patience with our many "twists and turns" in our itinerary and we wound up wth a terrific self drive trip in a beautiful country."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Galton House review"
We would surely go back if spending any time in Windhoek."
"Central Lodge review"
Some aspects of the room such as door fit and some other minor details were so so but given that it was priced accordingly, we had no problem with it. The staff were excellent and provided a great candle light supper in the open central court yard.
The staff also was very helpful in pointing out local attractions and providing directions."
"Canyon Lodge review"
The rock surroundings were awesome and the grounds with cabins into and by the rocks was superb.
It was a great base for viewing the Fish River Canyon and spend time at the pool with a beautiful view of the desert and mountains."
"Island Cottage review"
As this was a self catering accommodation, there is no rating on food or service although there was an excellent breakfast place a few doors down and the reception was friendly and efficient.
It would have been a plus to have had a dining table in the condo."
Desert Horse Inn
"Great stay at the Desert Horse Inn"
We were a little late in arriving so did not see the horses at the nearby waterhole but by getting there early the next morning, we were rewarded by a beautiful sunrise and seeing the horses (6) saunter over from afar to drink at the waterhole, followed by a lone Oryx bull.
As elsewhere in Namibia, the scenery was outstanding."
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Fantastic food at the Hoodia Deset Lodge"
The game steaks provided were exceptional, second to none.The individual cabins were excellent with an outside tub and shower.
The nights were clear and full of stars and laying back in the tub with some accompanying wine made for a magical experience.
Our guide to and in the park was very knowledgeable and gave just the right amount of guidance and free time. The lunch provided by the resort was a treat in the middle of the dunes."
"Delightful stay at the Delight."
The rooms were oriented to beach holiday visitors with plenty of space and amenities. The breakfasts were terrific and our room was especially spacious with a loft and cathedral ceiling.
Secure parking was provided"
"The end of the road at Terrace Bay."
The facilities are basic but clean, they are oriented to fishermen going after the plentiful fish in the bay.
The rooms were a good size and had a nice view of the Atlantic. It is the only place to stay and one must keep in mind that caters to a different clientele than other resorts. The food was basic but very good with an excellent breakfast."
"Magnificent Hill Top Doro Nawas Lodge"
It has a roof top terrace for watching sunsets and star gazing as well as a small court yard with a fire place and bean bags for socializing. The cabins were great....lots of room and comfortable... spread around the base of the hill.
The safaris to see the desert elephants were terrific as we found ourselves in the middle of a large herd (50?) of elephants.
Other game was seen along the way."
Ongava Tented Camp
"Pleasant stay at Ongava Tented Camp"
The safaris into Etosha were more challenging as there had been a lot of rain so the game was not as plentiful at the usual waterholes. Nevertheless, we saw about a dozen lions spread out over 3 locations along with other game."
Mushara Bush Camp
"Good stay at Mushara Bush Camp"
The food was very good, the staff generally good but a few seemed to need some guidance from their colleagues.
The safaris were in Etosha Park but game was somewhat sparse due to the unusual heavy rains keeping game away from the traditional water holes...no fault of the resort.
A good value resort in a good location."
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Spectacular resort, Okonjima"
Is seemed a bit sterile compared to the other resort but no less impressive. We stayed in the View Room and its highlight is a huge picture window looking over the plain were the wild animals grazed. It was awesome at night as the moon lit up the landscape and seeing animals while lying in bed was a delight. The safaris were keyed to finding cheetahs and leopards, the resort's claim to fame, and we were not disappointed. The cheetahs were found using their tracking collars and were asleep in the middle of the day.
The leopards were more challenging even with their collars on and we enjoyed tracking them through the bush. At first it seemed artificial to be tracking animals with radio collars on but realizing that they are there to be rehabilitated and given that the very tough nature of the terrain would make it extremely difficult to find these cats, we got comfortable with the program."
under own arrangements
"Our own great Namibia adventure"
Sabina at Expert was immensely patient with our barrage of questions giving us help with choosing resorts, hotels and safari camps when we were in a quandary of which one of many to choose from. They arranged for someone to greet us upon arrival and that same liaison was very helpful when we found ourselves changing airline reservations at the end of our trip.
The B&B suggested by Sabina for our first and last night in Windhoek were wonderful and doubt if we could have found them on our own.The VW van (we rented ourselves through Hertz)was roomy for the 6 of us and our luggage but was very loud and rough on the many washboard gravel roads in the interior, however, there were not a lot of alternatives.
We highly recommend Namibia for its beautiful diverse scenery and especially its friendly and helpful people, they were GREAT!"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
"Very nice B&B at Villa Violet"
Breakfast was good although not as diverse as other locations on our 3 week trip.
The location is close to many restaurants in the down town area yet easy access to the airport of interior roads."
Only complaint was lack of hot water, only got lukewarm water for our showers."