Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr A & Mrs L from Notts

First time in Africa - Namibia is perfect

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 21-Jul-2009 and 7-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Having never been to Africa, we were apprehensive about taking off on our own into a huge country, with gravel roads, wild animals and potential problems. We need never have worried.

It was an amazing experience - wonderful landscapes, animals everywhere, lovely helpful people and the space, peace and freedom to do what we wanted, backed up by a superbly organised trip courtesy of Sabina. She had gently taken my initial plans - totally unrealistic! - and guided us to something manageable and fitting the sort of holiday we wanted. The walking, horseriding, lodges that benefitted the community directly, Africat, Etosha's waterhole - everything on the wish list was there, and more. Her suggestion of Erongo has ended up as my favourite place on the trip - wish I was back there now!

The issues with the car hire were something everyone was having to deal with - it was not an Expert Africa issue, just down to a lack of roadworthy vehicles in Namibia, and having seen at least 2 crashes where hire cars were written off, we can understand they have problems keeping cars on the road. People we met who had an accident couldn't speak highly enough of Sabina's helpfulness about getting them a replacement and their holiday back on track.

Namibia was a very special place - we learnt so much about a very different way of life and our 2 week trip felt as if we had been there for months - time seemed to stand still and itwas dfficult to know even what day it was! Three words to sum up Namibia for us - Space, Silence, Smiles.O

Oh, and animals of course - everywhere.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Terra Africa, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
22-Jul-2009 review: Terra Africa review
BullsPort Lodge & Farm, Namibia
23-Jul-2009 review: Bullsport Guest Farm review
Kulala Wilderness Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
25-Jul-2009 review: Kulala Wilderness Camp review
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
27-Jul-2009 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
Doro Nawas, Namibia
29-Jul-2009 review: Doro Nawas review
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
31-Jul-2009 review: Grootberg Lodge review
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
2-Aug-2009 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
4-Aug-2009 review: Okonjima Main Camp review