Travel reviews

Travel reviews by The M family - Hampshire


Another lovely Namibian holiday

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 2-Jul-2016 and 16-Jul-2016 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second self-drive holiday in Namibia, so we were all looking forward to the beautiful scenery, wonderful friendly welcomes, and very high standard of accommodation even in the bush, which we had enjoyed previously and we were not disappointed anywhere!
Very well organised, all meetings, border crossings etc worked.
Manageable driving distances each day (more tarmac than the West part of Namibia).

We mostly did our own drives in the reserves and did not see leopard and cheetah this time. Etosha is fantastic but it is so vast it is difficult to do it justice: you may need a lot of time to go from one waterhole to another if you arrive at a deserted one.

Some slightly odd details: e.g. suggesting laundry possible at Mundulea (it isn't), note Ndhovu runs on Botswana time.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Thamalakane River Lodge, Botswana
2-Jul-2016 review: Convenient for airport
GoodGood
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
3-Jul-2016 review: Beautiful peaceful setting, lovely
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
5-Jul-2016 review: Excellent setting right on river
GoodGood
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
7-Jul-2016 review: Lovely gardens overlooking river.
ExcellentExcellent
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
8-Jul-2016 review: Fascinating insight into conservation effort
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Lodge, Namibia
11-Jul-2016 review: Mushara Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
13-Jul-2016 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
14-Jul-2016 review: Return visit, still excellent
ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 12-Jul-2013 and 27-Jul-2013 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This trip exceeded all our expectations. The country was stunning, we saw far more animals than we expected, everyone was very friendly and very happy to answer many questions etc. We had fewer incidental expenses than we expected, fuel, food and drink being relatively cheap. This obviously helped to make the holiday good value.

Travel was easier, health issues were straightforward: everywhere was very clean, we could drink the borehole water, we didn't need antimalarials and sustained no insect bites.

The advice to take warm clothing was appreciated. A fleece and woolly hat are very useful. Breakfast/evening meals are often quite cool as they are in open rooms.

We did not appreciate how very dry it would be: lots of moisturisers and vaseline essential. Chris' guide is invaluable: a mine of useful and interesting information (especially about shops etc).

It might be useful to warn people about the veterinary fence, and the fact that they cannot bring meat products south through the fence (although we were not stopped as we left Etosha at Anderson Gate driving south, but we should have been). We were stopped both ways at Palmwag.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, Namibia
12-Jul-2013 review: Lovely welcome at Kalahari Red Dunes
ExcellentExcellent
Tok Tokkie Trails, Namibia
13-Jul-2013 review: Fantastic experience
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
15-Jul-2013 review: Hoodia Desert Lodge review
GoodGood
Corona Guest Farm, Namibia
16-Jul-2013 review: Corona: a wonderful eccentric home
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
17-Jul-2013 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Damaraland Camp, Namibia
19-Jul-2013 review: Damaraland Camp review
GoodGood
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
20-Jul-2013 review: Etendeka a real camp
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
22-Jul-2013 review: Dolomite - lovely setting, lots to see
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
23-Jul-2013 review: Ongava great lions and rhino
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
25-Jul-2013 review: Okonjima great for cats
ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic holiday

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 18-Jul-2009 and 2-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic holiday, and very well organised. Everywhere we went we were met by people who were expecting us and knew where we should be! This obviously meant we could relax and enjoy the experience. Everyone was very friendly and helpful

I think we were well advised and the combination of lodges worked very well. The animals we saw at both exceeded my expectations, and we weren't surrounded by lots of humans! Often we could have been the only people for miles (and probably were).

Suggestions for improvements:

can't think of anything.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
19-Jul-2009 review: Fantastic experieince at Impala
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala fly-camp, Tanzania
23-Jul-2009 review: Camping, but not as we know it!
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
24-Jul-2009 review: Mdonya felt like a real camp
ExcellentExcellent
Shooting Star Lodge, Zanzibar
27-Jul-2009 review: relaxing time at Shooting Star
GoodGood
Zanzibar Coffee House, Zanzibar
31-Jul-2009 review: Wonderfully exotic
ExcellentExcellent