Travel reviews

Travel reviews by K & J, J & R from UK

Don't go at the height of the rainy season!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 22-Feb-2017 and 10-Mar-2017 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


It was a good trip, well organised and we enjoyed it. And as people who have lived in Kenya and travelled pretty extensively I accept that we were 'difficult' clients to please.

The over riding thing that went wrong was the weather. I knew it was the rainy season and had hoped that March would see something of a wind down. On the contrary, according to every single local that we met, we were at the very height of it. The outcomes varied from the inconvenient (cold showers and damp towels) to an inability to get off main roads/tracks, getting wet and cold, being sent off to Etosha at the peak of the rainy season so nothing was there, and looking at clouds instead of the sun.

I had expected Kenyan style clouds building in the afternoon, rain and then a clear sky again but everywhere north of Swakop and indeed at Windhoek as we left there was considerable and persistent cloud (but not all the time by any means), together with heavy rain.

I would have liked a MUCH clearer warning of this.

The second problem was the car which was not fit for purpose, in terms of suspension at least. A car is just a car until it doesn't work in which case it drags everything down.

With those two caveats we had a good time. The bookings that (for me) didn't cut the cake were the Strand Hotel (but I don't like hotels), Doro Nawas and Ongava. The other side of the coin was excellent visits to Hoodia, Etendeka, Mundelea and Okonjiwa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
22-Feb-2017 review: Hoodia was excellent
Strand Hotel, Namibia
25-Feb-2017 review: If you like hotels you'll like The Strand
Doro Nawas, Namibia
27-Feb-2017 review: Vetry sadly, not recommended
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
28-Feb-2017 review: Pristine wilderness, great guiding, fun camp
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
3-Mar-2017 review: Great accommodation marred by poor service
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
5-Mar-2017 review: A real highlight of our trip
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
8-Mar-2017 review: A good visit