Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs W from Chipstead
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My October 2014 trip
Tanzania and 1 other country between 5 Oct 2014 and 18 Oct 2014
Sorry Angela is no longer with EA to receive our thanks for her wise and helpful advice."
Lake Manze Adventure Camp
"Lake Manze Adventure Camp review"
Sand Rivers Camp
"Sand Rivers Camp review"
The norm in southern Tanzania is for a single driver who is also a guide to take the game drives. There is sometimes an exception when guides are training up; in which case there will be a driver and a separate guide on the game drive. Equally game activities are shared with other guests at most camps, unless there happens to be a spare vehicle or a private vehicle is specifically requested.
It is possible to arrange for a private vehicle, however it is at an extra cost. Had we known that these guests wanted a private vehicle for their stay at Sand Rivers we would have arranged for one, and the team at Sand Rivers would have been happy to accommodate them. We're sorry that we didn't discuss this option with these travellers in more details before their trip.
"Emerson Spice review"
South Africa between 5 Sep 2010 and 26 Sep 2010
Our second disappointment was Constantia Uitsig and I have tried to explain why in my comments above. I'd be interested to know what your other clients think about this place."
"Vineyard Hotel and Spa review"
"Ndedema Lodge review"
"Annie's Cottage review"
"Farmhouse Hotel review"
"Ocean Eleven review"
Constantia Uitsig, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
"Constantia Uitsig review"
The Constantia Uitsig are in the process of refurbishing all of their rooms and are doing this on a rolling schedule. They are sorry that some of the furnishings were in need of repair in the room these travellers opted for. After being offered one of the newly refurbished rooms, these travellers chose to stay in one of the rooms that is due to be upgraded soon as they decided that they would prefer the slightly older room as the natural light was better and the room therefore felt brighter.
As a gesture of good will the Constantia Uitsig have offer these travellers some compensation for the inconvenience caused.
Expert Africa really like the Constantia Uitsig, however while the refurbishment is taking place will we be using other accommodation in this area. Once this refurbishment is completed in early 2011 we will resume normal business there.
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
My Oct 2008 trip
Namibia between 8 Oct 2008 and 31 Oct 2008
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Erongo Wilderness Lodge review"
"Halali Restcamp review"
"Okaukuejo Restcamp review"
Etendeka Mountain Camp
"Etendeka Mountain Camp review"
"Doro Nawas review"
Eberwein Hotel, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
"Eberwein Hotel review"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Sossus Dune Lodge
"Sossus Dune Lodge review"
This traveller is perfectly correct: Sossusvlei Lodge is much closer to the gate than Sossus Dune Lodge. However, we must also note that Sossus Dune Lodge is inside the national park, and Sossusvlei Lodge is outside the gate. Due to the closing times of the park gate, guests from Sossus Dune Lodge can access the great dunes of Sossusvlei much earlier, and stay much later, than those at Sossusvlei Lodge.
These travellers visited this lodge in late-October, which is Namibia’s hottest period.
Sossus Dune Lodge was designed without air-conditioning to minimise its environmental footprint. Part of the original ‘brief’ to the designer was, we’re told, to design a lodge that would remain comfortable even when it is very windy in this area (sometimes there are high winds and small sand-storms here). He did this by designing solid chalets, and limiting how the windows open. However, it’s now clear that, during the hottest parts of the year, this helps to make the chalets far too enclosed and hot!
We’ve spoken to the NWR team, and they’re actively looking at altering the design to make it more comfortable during these hotter periods, to help cool the chalets down.
Zebra River Lodge