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Travel reviews by Mr A & Mrs A from UK

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

10

Excursions taken

2

Namibia Trip Summary

Namibia between 5 Sep 2008 and 24 Sep 2008

Trip rating: Excellent
"A great trip, very well organised. The only minor grumbles were with the Doro Nawas lodge.

A fascinating country with so much of interest, coupled with good service and great places to stay."

Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo


Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"

1 night Arrived 6 Sep 2008
"Excellent in every way.

A great place to stay on the first night, especially if you can get one of the dune bungalows.

Very friendly staff and great relaxed atmosphere. Accomodation of a very high standard."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge

"Sossus Dune Lodge review"

3 nights Arrived 7 Sep 2008
"Great location and views and very handy for the dunes and ballon ride (could save you 45 mins drive time each way compared with other lodges).

Food excellent but can be a problem if you go later. Lunch can take a while to get served. Rooms were stylish and well designed. Staff were very good and eager to please. Note that the Sundowner tour was good but probably not worth the cost.

P.S. you get a free minibar with the honeymon suite, though whether you can get through it all is another question!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Lagoon Lodge

Lagoon Lodge

"Lagoon Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 10 Sep 2008
"Good value, friendly, great breakfast (homemade jams and decent coffee!), convienient for sea kayaking (Jeanne picked us up at the lodge), clean and very helpful."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
The Stiltz

The Stiltz

"The Stiltz review"

2 nights Arrived 11 Sep 2008
"Well designed rooms and friendly staff, but no views.

The premium you pay to stay here does not seem worth it, especially given the number of B&B's in Swakopmund. It is also a little out-of-the-way. Not far from town as such, but further than most accomodation which may be an issue if you feel nervous walking around after dark.

Also there is no pool or bar on site. In short, a decent place to stay, but over-priced."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Good
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Kayaking with seals

Kayaking with seals

"Pelican Point Kayaking"

11 Sep 2008 • Morning excursion

Great morning out with a very knowledgeable guide. The dolphins and seals were very playful and there was an interesting look at the birds on the lagoon.

Also, sandwiches and coffee are included which was a nice surprise and we were sent some digital photos afterwards.
Excellent
Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Coast and Sandwich Harbour

"Turnstone Tours"

12 Sep 2008 • All-day excursion

One of the trip highlights. A great guide, knowledgeable on any subject and willing to change the tour to suit us. Topped by a superb lunch on top of the dunes I would reccommend this for anyone with any interest in natural history, or Namibia in general.
Excellent
Cape Cross Lodge

Cape Cross Lodge

"Cape Cross Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 13 Sep 2008
"Nicely designed, light rooms, great open-fire in the lounge and friendly staff. Also liked the wine-cellar. There are also some interesting historic photos and relics from Cape Cross' past. Good lunch menu, which makes it worth stopping en route to the Skeleton Coast, but evening meal more ordinary (still ok though).

Only 90 mins from Swakopmund and is a great place to start a trip through the Skeleton coast, but there is not a lot to do here apart from the seal colony, so don't arrive to early! Best idea may be to arrive mid-afternoon.

A general point is that if you have a big fuel tank (and/or a diesel) you could easily drive from Henties Bay to Damaraland through the Skeleton coast in one go (approx 6 hours) without staying anywhere en route."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas

"Doro Nawas review"

2 nights Arrived 14 Sep 2008
"Good views, and closest location for elephant tracking.

Staff courteous but management not very helpful at solving problems. We had no hot water for 2 days and they were not able to fix this before we left, but implied that the problem would be solved quickly. On check-out it transpired that they were unable to do this (resulting in another cold shower) but management implied that we were at fault for not complaining earlier. We appreciate that the lack of water may have been unavoidable, but we should have been offered an alternative.

Accomodation is showing it's age (tired looking bedding and sinks) and the food was cooked well but a poorly thought-out menu (i.e. too much European food, no local game, some very stodgy combinations).

Overall, not bad but very pricey for what you get. It is probably worth looking at alternatives in the area."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Average
Food
Average
Facilities
Good
Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo Camp

"Okaukuejo Restcamp review"

1 night Arrived 16 Sep 2008
"Fantastic waterhole and great value. The rooms were clean, air-conditioned, great value and the standard was as high as some of the private lodges.

The food was good when we were there (especially for a buffet) and was certainly good value, although veggies may struggle for choice.

It is a busy site but well worth it to be inside the camp and for the waterhole."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Halali Camp

Halali Camp

"Halali Restcamp review"

2 nights Arrived 17 Sep 2008
"Accomodation more dated than Okaukuejo but still clean and good value and quieter.

The restaurant lacked atmosphere and food was not as good as Okaukuejo while the waterhole lacked much of interest (though this may have just been down to luck as to what turned up when) and is not as comfortable to sit around and wait."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Facilities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Average
Onguma Tented Camp

Onguma Tented Camp

"Onguma Tented Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 19 Sep 2008
"Luxurious, but a slightly confined atmosphere due to remoteness. Possibly 1 night here is enough.

The tents overlook the waterfall which can give some amazing night-viewings, but can also mean you don't get much sleep!

Well appointed rooms and helpful staff, although no fridge was a bit of a shame.

Excellent food and the bar area and dining room are beautiful (and the small pool very "refreshing"!)."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp

"Okonjima Main Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 21 Sep 2008
"Lived up to expectations. Very well organised, excellent guiding (succesful leopard tracking and very knowledgeable) and great atmosphere.

New bungalows are probably more modern than the garden rooms (no AC or fridge) and there is an ongoing plan of rennovations to the older parts of the lodge.

Well worth visiting for 1 night or 2. 2 are probably needed to take part in all the activities. Facilities include a pool and also self-guided walking trails which means you avoid the "cabin-fever" of some lodges."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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