Travel reviews

Travel reviews by J&J from Plockton


Good introduction to Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 4-Oct-2019 and 29-Oct-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had an excellent trip. But, like a previous reviewer, we would have enjoyed it more with a better vehicle. EA recommend a Renault Duster as being 4-wheel drive and adequate for the Namibian roads. While 4-wheel drive is occasionally useful, the Duster has standard tyres and in some places more rubber is definitely needed. The roads round Sesriem and in Damaraland are considerably worse than in other parts we visited and we would recommend anyone visiting these areas to pick a Toyota hi-lux. See our comments on Bidvest for more details.

Our second disappointment was the amount of electric light we experienced. Nearly every lodge had path lights which stayed on all night, ruining the view of the sky, and in some cases our sleep. We were used to little light and Tilley lamps on previous visits to Africa and this came as a shock. Tok Tokkie and Mundulea were a relief from this. In some places the lights were behind the tent/room but at Erongo we had to resort to removing lightbulbs from the path outside to allow us to sleep. At Ongava, the waterhole light shone directly into our room. We are very saddened that lodges feel this amount of light is necessary.

EA often states that when on half board “drinks are extra”. Most of the lodges we stayed on half board included 2 large glasses of house wine per person each night. Sundowners were extra.

We stayed at 3 Wilderness Safaris lodges and got to know their dining style. Everywhere else game was often the meat provided, at Wilderness it was regularly basic beef, pork or chicken which was quite uninteresting. They also had an obsession with hot plates, which at 30C seemed unnecessary.

It was very nice to receive a recent copy of the Namibia guidebook in August. This was hardly opened before our trip and still fell apart before we got to Etosha. A large number of pages fell out somewhere which meant that we didn't have the information about Etosha that we wanted. We also had with us a 30 year old bird book with all its pages intact. It's a shame Bradt can't make their books a little more robust.

We were told that using toilets at petrol stations could not be recommended. We carefully took a trowel and a roll of paper with us. This was completely unnecessary as every toilet we visited was spotless.

Feedback response

We are sorry these travellers felt they would have enjoyed their trip more in a 'better' vehicle. This vehicle group is by far the most popular amongst our travellers to Namibia, but we alway offer upgrade options and would encourage all travellers to fully consider these prior to booking.

We have passed the comments on electrical lighting to the suppliers in Africa. In general the lighting is switched off after the last guests have gone to bed, although there are sometimes exceptions to this.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eningu Clayhouse, Namibia
5-Oct-2019 review: Delightful place to start our Namibian Trip
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, Namibia
6-Oct-2019 review: Pleasant for a stop-over
GoodGood
Tok Tokkie Trails, Namibia
7-Oct-2019 review: Superb nights under the stars
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
9-Oct-2019 review: Excellent “Back Door” to Sossusvlei
GoodGood
Own arrangements at Beach Lodge in Swakopmund
11-Oct-2019 review: Peaceful hotel with great restaurant
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
14-Oct-2019 review: Good Damaraland base
GoodGood
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
16-Oct-2019 review: Remote comfort
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Lodge, Namibia
19-Oct-2019 review: Good Lodge with superb staff
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
21-Oct-2019 review: Surprisingly good
GoodGood
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
22-Oct-2019 review: Africa as we remember it
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
25-Oct-2019 review: Motel with leopards
AverageAverage
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
26-Oct-2019 review: Nice place to wind down
GoodGood
Excursion Overall rating
Coast and Sandwich Harbour, Namibia
12-Oct-2019 review: Adult Roller Coaster
ExcellentExcellent