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Travel reviews by B&A from Warwickshire

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

Our 2017 Namibia Trip

Namibia between 24 Mar 2017 and 4 Apr 2017

Trip rating: Excellent
"This was the first of this type of trip we have been on. We usually either do it all ourselves (hire a car and take pot luck) or else just fly to one destination and stop there (with or without a car).

The joy of climbing into a hired car and driving off to a destination where everything is booked for us could be habit-forming. It all worked perfectly except for the last night and that only went wrong because we hadn't realised that the clocks were due to change. We were afraid of the dark!

The one place that could do better was the Twyfelfontein Sauna and Spa: we only got to sleep there by wetting towels, ringing them out, and laying them on the bed. In the morning they were bone dry.

Namibia is a country with a wealth of "things to do" so it was a win-win deal. We couldn't fail to have a good time.

One extra note; we flew to Windhoek from Durban via Gaberone in a 40-seater jet with Air Namibia. A really great start to the trip. Unfortunately it only flies on alternate days so we had to use SAA Boeing 777 via Joburg for the return."

Arranged By Tom Morris


Haus Sonneneck

Haus Sonneneck

"Haus Sonneneck review"

1 night Arrived 24 Mar 2017
"Hosts Gisela and Rudolf were very welcoming and full of ideas for nearby eating places. Joes Beerhouse was our very successful choice. Nearby was a shopping centre with a chemist for the prescription drugs we had left behind. We also stocked up for our next stop at self-catering Desert Quiver Camp.

The room was very comfortable with "all mod cons", including aircon and fridge..

Breakfast was a huge spread of food, some of which got squirrelled away in our cool bag for a picnic lunch on our trip south. Our hosts were very helpful again with directions, although there was really only one road! Rehoboth was the main stopping place: the second garage on the left had the best toilets! Interesting town history of the Baster community."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp

"Tourism? Yes; but not as we know it."

2 nights Arrived 25 Mar 2017
"Unique! Well, there are other places to stay but the whole desert experience is unforgettable. This place is well described in the guide books. Quite new, the outdoor canvas-covered kitchenette may not last too well but it is fine for this year. We were able to self-cater for evening food and had breakfast down the road at the main lodge. There was a little moment of doubt about our being able to have breakfast for free. But we were early and we didn't make pigs of ourselves so no harm done.

We joined the queue of cars to enter the park at dawn when the shadows on the dunes are at their most spectacular. It is also not as boiling hot as it would be later. Everyone drive very sensibly, well spaced out, and most stopped for a photo opportunity or two. Two hot-air balloons were the focus of several holiday snaps.

The well-organised transfer to 4WD vehicles allowed us to relax and enjoy the scenery. I wouldn't have liked to let the air out of my own tyres, even if 4WD, and miss the views. Clambering over the dunes was quite tiring! It was good to get back to the camp's swimming pool..."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse

Cornerstone Guesthouse

"Far, far away in a small town in Germany..."

2 nights Arrived 27 Mar 2017
"We had stopped at Walvis Bay before "Swakop" and (apart from pelican sightings) thought the place was a bit sad and run down.
Swakop, as they call it, was just like a small town in Germany. It still is, in many locals' minds, the German Colony it used to be.
And none the worse for that! Those who like beer will find plenty of outlets: Kucki 's Pub was our choice.

Cornerstone Guesthouse was friendly and comfortable. Only one other couple, also from UK, were present at the ample breakfast. Out to explore the shops before a dose of culture at the excellent museum - a "Must See" in our opinion. A great deal of effort had been put into planning and displaying the items.

Tried, but failed, to get a SIM card that worked in my phone but the positive side of that was that just next door was another German pub that did an excellent thick vegetable soup for the gentleman and an equally nourishing Greek Salad for Madame.

We then had our one and only "tourist trap" incident when a little man sold us two completely rubbishy nuts onto which he had carved our names - couldn't say no!

Back to the guesthouse to write postcards and get advice on tomorrow's drive. We were advised not to miss sundowners at Tiger Reef so we went and thoroughly enjoyed the view, the company and the calamari."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

"Between a rock and a hard place"

2 nights Arrived 29 Mar 2017
"Great location and, despite others' comments, enjoyable food. But the whole experience was spoilt for us by the lack of ventilation in the room. There WAS a fan but it was high in the roof and turned at about 60 rpm - once per second. Useless.

The rock carvings were well worth all the effort, although our guide was having a "bad hair day" and was very sulky. A French couple asked to see some other carvings but were ignored. The other attractions were d-I-y: organ pipes, burnt mountain and my favourite, the big hole in the ground named (I believe) wondergat. Some other tourists had got there first and we were able to find the way down by following the sound of their conversations (!!)

Back at the camp we enjoyed the swimming pool with natural waterfall/shower and ended up at the upstairs bar where we discovered a very good menu of snacks with a good selection of sensibly-priced wines.

After another good breakfast and the assembling of lunchtime bacon sandwiches we hit the road for Etosha via Xhorixas, where two of the camp's staff lived and who begged a lift. One was actually a guide who could have led us to some elephants had we the inclination.

Stopped at Outje for groceries. Numerous intrusive police checks were worrying. Petrol/Deisel was tricky with some places wanting only cash and some with no toilets. The OK bazaar was the best place we could find for supplies."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Average
Activities
Average
Rooms
Poor
Food
Good
Facilities
Average
Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

"Okaukuejo Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 31 Mar 2017
"Everything that a Game Lodge should be: compares favourably with most similar places in South Africa, particularly Kruger and Hluhluwe. Good self-catering facilities but we had to ask for crockery and cutlery, no real problem.

The game itself was well distributed. Large herds of bok but few elephant. Few cats (only Lion).

Roads quite good: our Renault Duster was perfect. Good air-con and slept well!"
Excellent
Location
Good
Food
Good
Rooms
Good
Facilities
Good

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