Travel reviews by Mrs CH from Wimbledon
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Mar 2022 trip
Namibia and 1 other country between 16 Mar 2022 and 6 Apr 2022
Will probably safari in Namibia/Botswana in 2023."
Ai Aiba Lodge
"Ai Aiba Lodge review"
Cape Cross Lodge
"Cape Cross Lodge review"
It is a rambling place, a bit spartan, but has fabulous views of the ocean and clean functional rooms."
"Grootberg Lodge review"
Lots of interesting little things to see as well as the springbok, zebra etc - damsel flies, scorpions, snake and birds"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
No frills but useful."
Mushara Bush Camp
"Mushara Bush Camp review"
Service and food excellent.
They made a huge fuss of my husband's birthday which was very kind and beautifully done."
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Hakusembe River Lodge review"
This is not a place to holiday but an excellent stopping off point on the way to the Caprivi. The gardens are particularly lovely and there are walks behind the lodge which makes a real change from being confined to the car on safari."
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
However we thought that the level of service other than our guide was poorer than almost all the other places we stayed over our 24 days away. The staff on the main desk were offhand, our room was not cleaned or serviced and when we raised the issue we were told we had requested that the room was not cleaned which was not the case, and still no-one dealt with it, we requested a slightly late check out (midday) as we were on a morning drive and wanted a quick shower after breakfast as we were flying out later in the day but no flexibility was allowed.
We also found the main building and our accommodation without atmosphere although clean and practical."
Great 2 week safari during the migration
Tanzania and 1 other country between 6 Feb 2019 and 19 Feb 2019
Arranged By Jessica Plumb
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport
"Characterless hotel useful for airport"
Dreadful piped music in every conceivable area - lift, bars, corridors and at the pool
Staff helpful but front desk staff and concierge completely without any initiative"
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
"fab view at L Manyara Serena Safari Lodge"
Staff were extremely welcoming and helpful.
Buffet style dinner and breakfast were perfectly good but not remarkable."
Lake Manyara Safari
"Safari in Lake Manyara National Park review"
8 Feb 2019 • All-day excursion
Lake Manyara is a gentle warm up to the delights of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and others. It has a good range of wildlife but given its dense nature some of it can be a little hard to see.
"Entamanu Ngorongoro review"
Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
"Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review"
10 Feb 2019 • All-day excursion
"Ubuntu Camp review"
"Dunia Camp review"
Namibia and 2 other countries between 19 Apr 2018 and 14 May 2018
the only part where we were disappointed was with the transfer arrangements between Muchenje Lodge and Victoria Falls but this feedback form does not provide the opportunity to comment."
"Great place overnight on arrival/departure "
"Waterberg Camp review"
Good place for trails which makes a change from being in the car on safari. Excellent birding and other small wildlife both day and at night.
Safari a bit disappointing as during April too much vegetation to see much."
"small lodge in beautiful landscape"
Lovely warm welcome from staff and excellent food and drink. Safaris yielded plenty of game and elephant. Sadly no lions this time (18 in 2017)."
"Astonishingly view across Etosha"
Great infinity pool with view and lovely tented cabins.
Slightly disappointing restaurant with patchy service. Noone seemed to know whether safari drives were available, fortunately we were happy to do our own thing."
"Barracks like accommodation in Etosha"
"Wonderful lodge with outstanding service"
Taranga Safari Lodge
"lodge with great river view"
Sadly however the food was poor."
"Fabulous lodge surrounded by waterlillies"
Nxamaseri allocates a guide to each visitor and this is great as it enables you to do whatever you want at a time that suits you and the guide can respond to your interests and knowledge level."
Nambwa Tented Lodge
"beautiful tented cabins above the forest"
"Small lodge with warm welcome"
Animals walk though the camp and you are escorted at night. Lianshulu takes guests safety very seriously."
Muchenje Safari Lodge
"Stunning lodge with breathtaking view"
Great morning, afternoon, night and all day safaris provided with truly first class wildlife sightings. However we visited out of season and found the Chobe river front nonetheless very busy compared to the weeks we have spent in Namibia and were not at all keen about vehicles surrounding wildlife.
Elephants walk through the camp and guards walk you to and from your cabin at night so visiting is not for the faint-hearted."
"Well sited hotel 10 mins walk from Vic Falls"
the rooms are typical standard hotel fair. Unfortunately a new block is being built(May 2018) and there was drilling and banging during the day. There is also a disco behind the hotel with music playing until after midnight.
Breakfast was excellent but service at dinner on the 2 nights we stayed there was painfully slow though they are recruiting new staff."
Our month in Namibia/Botswana
Namibia and 1 other country between 18 Mar 2017 and 15 Apr 2017
"overnight stay on arrival in Windhoek"
The welcome was warm, and the food was pleasant. The bread at breakfast was fabulous."
"Lovely lodge just outside Etosha National Pk"
We had a great early morning game drive with an excellent guide.
Mosquitos outside at dinner were voracious."
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Pleasant lodge with river view"
The rooms were clean and pleasant but the food was not as good as we experienced in other lodges."
"magical lodge on Okavanga delta"
The instructions from Expert Africa for meeting our welcome vehicle referred to a time change between Botswana and Namibia. These instructions were not relevant as the timechange was the following week and this caused confusion and bit of panic as crossing the border was slow.
The transfer from meeting the welcome vehicle to the lodge was exciting with a safari vehicle and river trip to the lodge with masses of yellow butterflies and wildlife.
Our room was lovely with only three sides and a view through the trees. Food was excellent and our trips with Adam punting a canoe through the reeds were glorious. We learnt a lot about the birdlife."
"spectacular thatched lodge "
Staff could not have been more welcoming or helpful. Food was excellent and the game drives were run at our convenience. We saw a great deal.
We were escorted from our cottage to the main building at night due to elephant, hippo and leopard in the camp."
Shametu River Lodge
"Lodge by Poppit Falls"
The cabin itself was lovely with good facilities and a pleasant design. The paths were being laid and we had to tip toe around the grounds amongst concrete debris. We were the only guests and we felt as if we were slightly in the way as so much rebuilding was going on.
The design of the main lodge was nowhere near as sympathetic to the surroundings as other lodges we stayed in.
Restaurant staff were absolutely lovely to us."
"querky camp handy for overnight stay"
Fairly basic and querky cabins which have single beds, and odd furnishings.
We liked this restcamp for an overnight stay and enjoyed some of the walks around the grounds.
Everything was clean and well provided, Service was fine, but without polish."
"slightly unloved camp in spectacular setting"
The cabins are clean but basic and some of the facilities also require a facelift. For example the trails which were signposted were completely unpassable and this is a disappontment.
Staff tried to be helpful staff but none seemed to be in charge overall.
So in the morning there was no water in our cabin (or any other cabin at the top of the sight) and staff in the restaurant and reception were unaware of this so that cleaning staff could not do their jobs."
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"wonderful tented cabins amongst the rocks"
Our guided nature walk was a treat and we leant a great deal.Great for birds.
Food was excellent, the pool was lovely."
Immanuel Wilderness Lodge
"pleasant lodge near Windhoek"
Odd gardens with pets and flowers mixed together where interesting. Lovely pool.slightly spoilt by the sound of the main road.
Food was terrific. The set menu an absolute treat as was the locally made cheese at breakfast."
Okonjima Bush Camp
"First class lodge with wonderful wildlife"
All staff provided a warm welcome and the trips were tailored around our party of 5. We got within 12 feet of leopard, 30 feet of white rhinos and walked to watch 3 cheetah.
There were also sighting of some game and lots of birds.
Dinner and breakfast was professionally served and delicious."
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
Lovely views over waterhole with lots of zebra activity;."
"Fabulous views and great wildlife"
Staff in restaurant pleasant but overstretched. Food very average."
"lovely camp with fabulous staff"
Pleasant and clean cabins in a camp which has been recently fenced due to lion activity.
Good restaurant. All staff were friendly, helpful and efficient."
"Breathtaking views from Grootberg"
Pleasant welcome and slighly bare but clean and comfortable cabins with astonishing views.
Great guided nature walk, infinity pool with spectacular view.
Good and friendly service."
Brandberg White Lady Lodge
"Useful desert stopover "
The cabin rooms were clean when we arrived but not cleaned the following day. They are very basic and there is no air conditioning and the fans operate for 10 minutes early evening and then the power runs out. Windows had panels of mosquito netting missing although there were mosquito nets on the single beds.
The lodge requires maintenance. the pool and seating around it needs care although the walled garden, populated by several active tortoises, is immaculate and clearly a work of love. Sunsets from the rocks above the hotel looking over the desert are spectacular.
The front desk staff were not helpful, restaurant staff were very pleasant.
There is singing from the local community/staff after dinner."
"Pleasant hotel in Swakopmund"
Warm welcome from the host who likes to talk and helpfully gave us local advice.
Good food and excellent wine list. Breakfast a particular treat."
Le Mirage Lodge
"Good base for Sossuvei"
Large cavenous rooms are basic but clean and functional. Lovely pool and good restaurant with efficient friendly staff.
BullsPort Lodge and Farm
"Handy stopover at Bullsport"
We enjoyed some walks which were well signposted and in beautiful grassy countryside."
The view from the chalet was lovely and green and giraffes and zebra made regular appearances. The chalet was attractive and clean. Staff friendly and cheerful."