Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R from Syderstone
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Aug 2022 trip
Namibia and 1 other country between 30 Aug 2022 and 23 Sep 2022
I’ll get the major disappointment out first, not that you can do anything about it - Simba don’t make tomato sauce flavour crisps any more! Disaster!
In general, we learnt a lot about how we personally need to plan travel in the future, both having gained various back/hip/knee problems since we last travelled any distance and, at times, feeling more than a mere three years older.
I don’t think we will consider ‘one night stands’ again, especially if it means an hour or more down a gravel road basically just to eat and sleep. Namtib and Ai Aibas are both beautiful places and we had no time to do them justice. We’re not early risers and we are slow drivers, who like to stop and look, which all combined to have us on the road 9.30-4.30 for several days, which was exhausting.
We did look at the hotels in several of the towns and wonder whether we won't be better off to stay somewhere like that as a transit stop.
We also need to carefully look at the lodges, to consider whether we can actually cope there. If there is a steep walk to the reception or lots of steps, it's difficult. Also, there's no point in going somewhere and finding that the walks involve hiking up a mountain!
Being experienced travellers to Namibia, we think we won't try one of your set itineraries again. We would prefer to custom-build, knowing that we will have sound advice from you. We have booked all our previous visits through you (or Sunvil, originally) and we wouldn't consider going anywhere else.
There are certain areas which we won't choose to visit again, because of the poor quality of the gravel roads. For instance, the roads around the entrance to Sossussvlei were appalling. The drive to Swakop, once past Solitaire, had nowhere to stop and seems endless. The one picnic area was infested with wasps - what a disappointment! Also, much as we love Etosha, we spent very little time driving to other waterholes because the roads are awful.
We found most other visitors were German, with far fewer from Britain than on our previous trips. Not a problem; just a comment.
We'd like to mention Wilderness Safaris, whose staff were excellent whilst we used their airport lounge and then in guiding us through the airport. Whilst we were there, we had an interesting conversation with a gentleman whose was a senior commercial officer for the airports authority. He was interested in our descriptions of how a trip to Namibia is viewed my many of our friends in the UK; namely, if they actually know where Namibia is, as bonkers and dangerous, particularly as we drive ourselves. He was considering what commercial measures could be taken to dispel any fears and misunderstandings amongst UK people.
However, we're quite happy if tourist numbers don't increase!
Altogether, an outstandingly brilliant time, no less than we expected!
We have chatted with these travellers about their wonderfully comprehensive feedback, which we are hugely grateful for, and discussed all issues raised. We are delighted that overall, they had an amazing trip.
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
"Vineyard Hotel review"
"Ndedema Lodge review"
"Annie's Cottage review"
"Canyon Lodge review"
Namtib Desert Lodge
"Namtib Desert Lodge review"
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Hoodia Desert Lodge review"
Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion
"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion review"
11 Sep 2022 • All-day excursion
"Cornerstone Guesthouse review"
Ai Aiba Lodge
"Ai Aiba Lodge review"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
Namibia & Botswana 2018
Namibia and 1 other country between 2 Sep 2018 and 22 Sep 2018
The route, which Claire advised us on, was excellent, taking in a variety of landscapes from these beautiful countries. She took our initial wish-list and turned it into an affordable and practical trip. Perhaps a couple of the drives between destinations were a little too long, but certainly they were achievable in a day.
We have not visited the north of Namibia before and this, along with Botswana, provided a very different, water-based experience. The lodges were all excellent; all very different, but provided amazing experiences. We are always stunned at the quality of food, service and accommodation that are produced in the middle of nowhere!
The Namibian peoples are so friendly and eager to please their visitors. The guides are always professional, knowledgeable and well-educated. They manage to provide a personal experience to each and every visitor.
It was a bonus to be greeted at Windhoek airport by a member of Wilderness safaris and helped through the car hire process. Also, the use of their lounge upon our return was good, as was the help to bypass a long queue for the baggage check.
The only trouble is - we want to go back again now!
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
No, it's all just great."
Arranged By Claire Scott
"Comfortable start to our trip"
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Wonderful time at Erongo Wilderness"
"Okaukuejo is Okaukuejo!"
"One night a Halali"
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Hakusembe River Lodge Review"
Nunda River Lodge
"Nunda River Lodge review"
Lianshulu Bush Lodge
"Lianshulu Bush Lodge review"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
"Nxamaseri - heaven!"
"Edo's Camp reviesw"
Namibia and 1 other country between 2 Aug 2008 and 24 Aug 2008
Nearly all UK travellers we met had arranged their trips via Expert Africa - what more needs to be said? We've travelled with you 3 times now and we wouldn't even contemplate looking elsewhere."
"Luxury in the Vineyard"
Mountain View Guest House
"One night stand in Springbok"
"Cheetahs at Quivertree"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Zebra River Lodge
"Did it rain?"
"Elephants and rhino"
We note that Namibian park fees are not included as part of a holiday cost in our initial correspondence with travellers. This is when we detail out the chosen safari and what is and isn’t included in the cost. We will look into mentioning this again to travellers before they depart so that they can plan accordingly.