Travel reviews by Dr E from Yorkshire
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Jul 2013 trip
Namibia and 1 other country between 27 Jul 2013 and 16 Aug 2013
Chris/ Sabina - there are some points I have not included on our stay to Nkasa which you might find helpful to know. Particularly re the awful track and bridge that you have to negotiate to get to the lodge!
Re Nhoma and Nkasa - we would be very happy to be contacted by other families/ couples contemplating staying at either of these camps, if that would be helpful."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Haus Sonneneck review"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
The food was very ample and table service efficient. The food perhaps could have been lovingly prepared ie vegetables all over cooked but a minor point."
Mushara Bush Camp
"Mushara Bush Camp review"
The staff sang and danced and presented a cake to my husband as it was it was his 50th birthday and this made for a truly memorable evening.
Fabulous varied gift shop too!"
"Nhoma Camp review"
It was great that everything wall inclusive - and the only place we stayed where this was the case ie we were not presented with a bill of extras, at the end of our stay.
We stayed for three nights and it was worth it - the cooking of the ostrich omelette, the hunting with the men folk and the walk with the lady etc all really interesting.
The only suggestion I would make, would be for a small box with some childrens books or toys eg snakes and ladders would go a a long way, especially as there is no pool etc."
"Nxamaseri Lodge review"
Adam was a great guide for our boat trips.
The only suggestion I would make, would be for a small box with some childrens books or toys eg snakes and ladders would go a long way, expecially as there is no pool etc."
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Ndhovu Safari Lodge review"
The reference books are useful for adults, but a small box with some childrens books or toys eg snakes and ladders would go a long way to improve the experience for them. Horst did kindly tie up one of the launches so the girls could do some pretend play.
The park which is very near the lodge was better in my view than Chobe from a drive and viewing perspective - really personal.
Mosquito spray killer as standard in the rooms would have been good, we asked for some and it was provided but upon entering the tent it was teeming with mossies."
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
"Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review"
For us, the fact that the camp was fully booked and hence seemed very busy was a detractor. ie 20 plus sittng down at one long table to eat in the open each meal on the viewing deck.
The written nfo supplied to us re the place is not correct ie there is no pool, no fans, no mosquito nets and this should be corrected.
The led light in the rooms take some getting used to - ie definitely take a head torch or two!
The fish we were served on our first night should not be tackled without a head torch, as the lighing in the open air dining room is minimal and fish very bony.
Simon who runs the lodge is charming, and worked extremely hard to ensure everyone was welcomed. As you are extremely constrained as to how far you can walk around the camp Simon may wish to think about other board games etc., And for children a box of childrens books and games, and perhaps a bucket and spade in the sandy area. I would definitley not recommend it for young children."
Cresta Mowana Lodge
"Cresta Mowana Lodge review"
The down side for us is that it is big hotel and hence very busy.
On the game drive (poor sightings) they had not supplied enough vehicles so my husband went to sit in the front of the vehicle and I was expected to put my 5 year old on my lap. I did not agree to this
a) because the vehicle was open sided and had no seat belts and
b) she was sleepy as it was 6 am and in fact she did sleep for the whole of the game drive!"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
The accomodation was fine but wasteeming with mosquitoes the whole of our stay. My 5 and 7 year olds were both bitten on face, ears, arms etc whilst in bed. Mosquito killing spray and coils should be provided afor use inside the nets as you cannot 'seal' the chalet. When we arrived the windows were open and the back of the property completely open. (the property has a canvas back which was open.)
Grat location oppostive the Boma and their pool. If you do use this accomodation do go to the Boma in the evening. We all loved it! Go see the witch doctor too at the Boma!"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
family with two children under 4.
Namibia between 22 Apr 2009 and 7 May 2009
Suggestions for improvement:
no your service was excellent - though please see comments re car hire experience"
Arranged By Maruska AdyeRowe
"Hotel Pension Thule review"
"Beach Lodge review"
hotel took some finding though as maps do not seem to have kept pace with how fast Swakoopmund is growing"
"Sossusvlei Lodge review"
we took a sundowner drive one evening which was ok - but apart from the sunset please do not take it to see wildlife of any note."
Zebra River Lodge
"Zebra River Lodge review"
ZRL not necesserily set up to cater for children ie no high chair, cot and a dog that is definitely not child friendly."
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review"
Food very very average, Location outstanding and can recommend the straw bale chalets - fantastic,
Did not have high chairs for our one year old, though were able to provide an earlier supper.
South African guide very knowledgable, if rather naive and opinionated as to what goes on in realitiy in Namibia re Cheetah Conservation - but perhaps I am being rather jaundiced, as sat next to a friend on the plane returning to England who had been staying on a farm where in the past 24 hours they had tracked and shot a lion, and trapped and shot a cheetah."