Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from London

Amazing country, excellent holiday

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 27-Mar-2017 and 12-Apr-2017 and I travelled with 5 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had long wanted to visit Namibia, and it exceeded all our expectations. The tourism offer is really strong and the people we met at all our destinations were friendly and charming, as well as the people we encountered in the wider community. It rivals Costa Rica as one of the friendliest countries we have ever visited. The wildlife (we are close to safari novices) was all that we hoped for, and our three children (aged 13, 9 and 3) really enjoyed their encounters too, and exploring the camps we stayed at. Our children are well travelled and survived the long drives largely - but not always - in good humour. We met other families with younger children who also seemed to be coping, and frankly Namibia is only going to attract those families who have already travelled fairly widely anyway.
Expert Africa organised a great itinerary for us in the time available (we booked with only 2 months to go and should have booked earlier), and we met a safari travel industry consultant whilst in Namibia who only had words of praise for the company, and in particular its commercial independence compared with many operators, who are often incentivised to recommend some destinations over others. This was very good to hear, as the travel industry is opaque and it is often impossible for clients to tell which agency has incentives with which locations, and therefore may be making recommendations more in their own interest than in those of the client. The level of detailed information provided on the Expert Africa website is also extremely helpful in terms of making choices.
We would recommend Namibia to anyone who will listen. For those who are widely travelled, this is a destination that will surprise and delight, especially if you love wide open, remote and stunning deserts and mountains, and don't mind driving 4-6 hours each time you relocate. (If you don't have time for such journeys you better fly but you will miss out on the sense of vastness that driving provides.)
Next time we would want to explore up into the far north west to see the Skeleton Coast sand dunes in all their glory.
Finally, we mislaid a couple of items during the trip and the London team were helpful in contacting camps to see if our possessions could be relocated. In the end the camps themselves located them and we hope our missing items will arrive shortly!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
27-Mar-2017 review: Wonderful place to see wild cats
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
29-Mar-2017 review: Comfortable stopover just outside Etosha
Anderssons Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
31-Mar-2017 review: Exceptional camp close to Etosha, loved it
Doro Nawas, Namibia
3-Apr-2017 review: What an amazing location
Strand Hotel, Namibia
5-Apr-2017 review: An oasis of comfort - but lacking local feel
Desert Homestead Outpost, Namibia
8-Apr-2017 review: Desert Homestead Outpost review
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
10-Apr-2017 review: Bit of a 'filler' in our itinerary