Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms W & Ms B from Alaska

Overall trip review

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 26-Jun-2009 and 16-Jul-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We didn't know what to expect on our trip and what a wonderful experience we had. Maruska did a fantasic job creating an itinerary that matched our interests and our budget. We enjoyed all of our accommodations, tours, etc...throughout our trip. We had the added challenge of a nine hour time difference but this was never an issue.

Maruska always answered any questions we had with a very detailed email response and promptly called whenever we'd set up a time/day to talk by phone. We appreciated the detailed information and the inclusion of the Bradt Namibia guide. The Bradt Namibia guide we found to be even more helpful once we were on our trip, reading it regularly as we made our way from place to place. The descriptions and information was very helpful, the "notes for travelers" were extremely helpful as well.

We felt so well prepared for this trip from all the information Expert Africa provided us, there were no surprises and things unfolded seamlessly.

The reviews on your web site were helpful to us as it provided us with information, insight in regards to what we could expect. We like that they are unfiltered and when Expert Africa would comment/respond to a review that was less than favorable. We really hope our reviews will be helpful to other travelers and are sorry it has taken us so long.

The recommended length of stay was helpful and we felt accurate based on our experiences. The length of stay for most of the places we stayed was 2 nights and we wondered if that would feel too quick, however, we felt very satisfied as we went from place to place. We felt like we'd experienced the activities and seen as much as we could within out stay. While we enjoyed all of our accommodations if we were to highlight some it would be Onguma Tented Camp, Etendka Camp, Khwai Tented Camp, and Mapula Lodge. Onguma and Mapula were definitely luxury experiences were are not necessarily accustomed to, however, we enjoyed them completely - we appreciated the simplicity of Etendka and Khwai.

We are already planning on another visit to Southern Africa and we would readily work with Maruska and Expert Africa again!

Suggestions to help improve trips and service:

The only thing we might do different was a 2WD car with more clearance. Many of the roads we traveled on weren't much different than roads we drive in Alaska, however, in Alaska we have a 4WD vehicle with more clearance than what we had. So, driving on some of the roads in a 2WD vehicle was different for us. We understand that because of our trip budget we pretty much had to go with the car we had and things really did work out well. However, if someone can afford it we believe a 2 wheel drive vehicle is sufficient for the self-drive we did in Namibia but having one with more clearance than an economy sedan would be better.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
26-Jun-2009 review: Olive Grove review
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
27-Jun-2009 review: Okonjima Main Camp review
Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia
29-Jun-2009 review: Onguma Tented Camp review
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
1-Jul-2009 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
3-Jul-2009 review: Etendeka Mountain Camp review
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
5-Jul-2009 review: Mowani Mountain Camp review
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
7-Jul-2009 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
10-Jul-2009 review: Khwai Tented Camp review
Mapula Lodge, Botswana
12-Jul-2009 review: Mapula Lodge review
Excursion Overall rating
Coast and Sandwich Harbour, Namibia
8-Jul-2009 review: Turnstone Tours review
Kayaking with seals, Namibia
9-Jul-2009 review: Kayaking to Pelican Point review