Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G from N London
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My May 2014 trip
Namibia and 1 other country between 9 May 2014 and 1 Jun 2014
Special thanks to Sabina for organising our trip so well and with such patience."
"Great Overnight Stop"
Wolwedans Desert Lodge
"One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth!"
The guiding is very good, but on arrival we could have benefited from more dialogue about tailoring the activities to our particular interests."
Ballooning in the Namib Desert
"Wonderful Balloon Trip in Namibrand Reserve"
12 May 2014 • Morning excursion
Sossus Dune Lodge
"Very Good Stay Inside Namib-Naukluft Park"
We stayed here six years ago and returned because it is the only lodge inside the park gates, but based on our previous visit our expectations of the food and service were low. So we were very pleasantly surprised to find that the Sossus Dune Lodge has really got its act together and our stay was very enjoyable."
Barkhan Dune Retreat
"Great overnight stop at Barchan"
"Excellent B&B in a Great Location"
The owners are very pleasant and helpful, and their son owns the outstanding Lyon des Sables restaurant which we highly recommend for dinner."
Mowani Mountain Camp
Wonderful sun-downer with a great view, excellent service and food."
"Nice idea, shame about the lodge..."
We love Etosha, but unfortunately we can't recommend Dolomite Camp. The idea is good, but the execution is poor. There is a long and steep walk to most of the rooms, with no certainty of assistance carrying your bags.
The staff seem rather uninterested and don't really understand what their guests need from them."
"Best camp in Etosha"
We have stayed at Okaukuejo twice before and they've really got their act together compared to our previous visits, especially the food, which is vastly improved. Overall our expectations were exceeded."
Onguma Bush Camp
"Great overnight stop at Onguma"
If you're driving to Onguma from Etosha close to sunset, watch out for the speed camera on the road that leads to the gate."
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Nice lodge on the Kavango River"
The drive from the main road to the lodge was a bit tricky, the main track was flooded and we had to ring the lodge to send someone out to guide us along an alternative route."
"Wildlife encounters at Lianshulu!"
Plenty of wildlife, elephants roam the camp at night and monkeys will be after your breakfast in the morning!"
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge
"Remote lodge on Impalila Island"
The lodge was very pleasant and relaxing and the food was outstanding."
"Peaceful cruising on the Chobe River"
The trips on the small tender boats were good, but watching the world go by from the viewing deck of the houseboat was even better."
Trip to Tanzania by Mr & Mrs G from London
Tanzania and 1 other country between 20 Aug 2011 and 4 Sep 2011
Very well organised, very happy to travel with Expert Africa in the future."
"Oliver's Camp review"
Really appreciated being able to do a walk as well as the game drives."
"Lemala Ngorongoro review"
We enjoyed the slightly simpler accommodation, which gives more of a feeling of being in the wilderness. The service was very friendly and helpful, but didn't quite have the smooth efficiency of some of the other lodges."
"Sayari Mara Camp review"
A special mention for Tanya for being so welcoming and running things with such tremendous efficiency and enthusiasm."
"Greystoke Camp review"
Greystoke exceeded our expectations because as well as seeing the chimpanzees, it's also a very lovely and relaxing place to stay."
"Matemwe Bungalows review"
We were slightly disappointed that the beach is not really ideal for swimming or snorkelling. Even at high tide the sea was a seaweed soup and you have to watch out for a sharp reef and spiny sea urchins. Good activities, snorkelling near a local island, reef walking and sailing in a dhow.
Enjoyed being closer to the local population than while on safari."
Namibia Sep 08
Namibia between 4 Sep 2008 and 22 Sep 2008
Suggestions for improvement:
Just one - the travel notes say that an adaptor for South Africa and Namibia is hard to find, and it may be better to take a UK power lead and re-wire it to a local plug. This isn't very helpful, because most power leads for battery chargers and shavers have sealed plugs, so you can't disconnect them without damaging them. However, I think the adaptors are becoming more widely available - I found them at Nomad Travel shops, at Selfridges, on Amazon, at Heathrow and at Johannesburg Airport, and if I'd kept looking no doubt I would have found them in lots of other places."
"Heinitzburg Hotel review"
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
"Schoeman's Skeleton Coast safaris review"
Andre Schoeman was an outstanding guide & pilot, the flying route and camp locations were superb.
The camps were just right - simple but comfortable.
An unforgettable experience."
"Heinitzburg Hotel review"
Wolwedans Dune Camp
"Wolwedans Dune Camp review"
Sossus Dune Lodge
"Sossus Dune Lodge review"
We did not make use of the guiding here, since it seemed rather over-priced for what is really just a drive to the dunes, so we drove ourselves instead."
"The Stiltz review"
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"Sandwich Harbour Tour"
14 Sep 2008 • All-day excursion
The next problem was that the tide was very high at the time of our trip, so we were only able to drive half way along the beach. And then it turned out that the substitute vehicle wasn't powerful enough to take an alternative route across the dunes. So we walked, for more than 4 hours in total, wet sand, steep dunes, quite tiring. And even after that, we didn't get to Sandwich Harbour, just a distant 10-minute view from the top of a sand dune. Not that there was much to see anyway, some pelicans and cormorants a long way away. Most of the migratory birds hadn't arrived yet, and the flamingoes that should have been there were still in Botswana.
And then, walking back, the tide had covered the beach by then, so we ended up being drenched, after which we had to climb a dune that was just a bit too steep in order to get back to the car.
So, to summarise, 4 hours walking, exhausted, wet and nothing much to see. It's a shame we weren't given the facts before we set out, so we could have made an informed decision and perhaps adapted the tour to make the best of the situation.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Erongo Wilderness Lodge review"
Kayaking with seals
"Walvis Bay Kayaking"
15 Sep 2008 • Morning excursion
Ongava Tented Camp
"Ongava Tented Camp review"
"Okaukuejo Restcamp review"
Onguma Tented Camp
"Onguma Tented Camp review"
Okonjima Bush Camp
"Okonjima Bush Camp review"