Travel reviews by J&J from Plockton
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Good introduction to Namibia
Namibia between 4 Oct 2019 and 29 Oct 2019
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."
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.
"Delightful place to start our Namibian Trip"
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
"Pleasant for a stop-over"
Tok Tokkie Trails
"Superb nights under the stars"
Kulala Desert Lodge
"Excellent “Back Door” to Sossusvlei"
Own arrangements at Beach Lodge in Swakopmund
"Peaceful hotel with great restaurant "
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"Adult Roller Coaster"
12 Oct 2019 • All-day excursion
"Good Damaraland base"
Desert Rhino Camp
"Good Lodge with superb staff"
"Africa as we remember it"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Motel with leopards"
Erongo Wilderness Lodge