Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Jacana family from Bristol

Eighteen days without a cloud in the sky

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 18-Jul-2008 and 6-Aug-2008 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The tourist infrastructure in Namibia is outstanding, with the quality of the hotels, courtesy of the people and maintenance of the roads putting much of the UK and Europe to shame.

This was not a cheap holiday, but we felt that it was money well spent and would love to return. We saw and photographed far more than we had expected and this will provide us with many wonderful memories for the future.

We found that we used much more cash on the trip than expected. Fuel is now N$8 to N$9 per litre meaning that refilling tank was around N$400 at each petrol station (6 fills for 3000km). No petrol station we visited accepted cards. Needed more cash for tips, park entry fees etc than anticipated. Had informed our UK bank that we were travelling to Namibia, but they still blocked debit card as soon as it was used in ATM. They left message on UK phone to ring them back -not a lot of help in Namibia!

Fortunately credit card remained functional (had phoned their security dept before leaving rather than relying on website link). Initially took GDP£400 in SA rand, but took out further N$6000 to cover expenses en route. Had to draw this over three days in Swakopmund as ATMs seemed reluctant to give too much in one go. Banks close at 3.30 in afternoon, so not easy to access them if out on trips.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hilltop House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
19-Jul-2008 review: An excellent start
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
20-Jul-2008 review: A walkers paradise
Kulala Wilderness Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
22-Jul-2008 review: Views, dunes & chocaholic mice
The Stiltz, Namibia
24-Jul-2008 review: Luxury in the Villa at Stiltz
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
26-Jul-2008 review: Seas, sand, surf and strolls
Damaraland Camp, Namibia
28-Jul-2008 review: Too short a stay
Doro Nawas, Namibia
29-Jul-2008 review: Great views, forbidding architecture
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
30-Jul-2008 review: Exceeded our expectations in every way
Onguma The Fort, Namibia
1-Aug-2008 review: Onguma Plains Camp review
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
3-Aug-2008 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review