Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Damara Dik Dik Family - Kent

A trip of a lifetime - unforgettable

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 1-Aug-2008 and 20-Aug-2008 and I travelled with 5 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


Everywhere we went our expectations were surpassed. The people of all colours and backgrounds were so kind and gentle. We never felt unsafe. We enjoyed driving ourselves around - the landscape of Namibia is so unspoilt and pristine and so open. The space is amazing.

Our Expert Africa team _ Maruska and latterly Gwyneth - were wonderful. Maruska - you organised it all with such thought. It was wonderful to be back in Africa and in a part I didn't know at all. Our three sons, 11, 13 and 15, will never forget this holiday. They proved such keen bird and animal watchers that they put me to shame. Their enthusiasm never faded. They, like my husband and I, were enchanted by talking to the locals. I wanted the boys to meet local people where possible. We talked to waiters and guides and cleaners wherever we could as well as to owners. Each has his tale to tell. OUr guides were so well spoken in English and so keen to get tourism going in the right direction. I pray that it will not become a spoilt country - it has so much to offer. How meals of such delicacy were prepared in such remote locations I will never know - topclass food in back of beyond locatiions with views to die for.

Once back in Windhoek, I would strongly recommend a visit to the Craft Centre. We had our final lunch there and bought things there before driving to the airport. Safe parking there too. The art and crafts are just wonderful - better than anywhere else and all under one roof - you need at least two hours there.

Re Tipping - we found it hard to know how much to give at each lodge intot the Tip Box. Could be that we were overgenerous! Also, it is often hard as one doesn't have any small notes to hand to porters etc. Need to advise travellers to try and change big notes in towns prior to driving out to the back of beyond as we sometimes ended up giving far too much to people as we had nothing small to offer and we didn't want to leave them empty handed. Car guards - good to warn people of them and the need to hand them something each time. Extra advice on the phone would be helfpul prior to departure re this.

Good walking shoes essential!No need to take swimming towels as every lodge had them and just bulks up luggage. Would not take a child younger than our youngest as a lot of driving and he was fine but anyone younger no good. Binoculars essential for each member of the family - we had enough and it made such a difference as there is so much to see at the side of road eg ostriches, oryx, springbok, baboons all seen from normal driving.

It was the most wonderful trip and the selection of lodges were fantastic and we wish we could go back there. Thank-you so much. Expert Africa went beyond all our expectations. We have given our three sons an introduction to Africa, one part of it: Namibia, and we all succumbed to its beauty and we were lucky to travel with Expert Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hilltop House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
2-Aug-2008 review: Great, homely hotel with character
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
3-Aug-2008 review: Wonderful individual lodge in stunning region
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
5-Aug-2008 review: stunning desert lodge
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
7-Aug-2008 review: Sam makes this place special
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
11-Aug-2008 review: Views of such beauty and magnitude
Halali Camp, Namibia
13-Aug-2008 review: Practical, very good chalet and central
Onguma Etosha Aoba, Namibia
15-Aug-2008 review: Superb lodge set deep in wooded area
Frans Indongo Lodge, Namibia
17-Aug-2008 review: Modern lodge - efficient and friendly