Travel reviews by M family from Hampshire
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Another lovely Namibian holiday
Namibia and 1 other country between 2 Jul 2016 and 16 Jul 2016
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."
Thamalakane River Lodge
"Convenient for airport"
"Beautiful peaceful setting, lovely"
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Excellent setting right on river"
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Lovely gardens overlooking river."
"Fascinating insight into conservation effort"
"Mushara Lodge review"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Return visit, still excellent"
Namibia between 12 Jul 2013 and 27 Jul 2013
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."
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
"Lovely welcome at Kalahari Red Dunes"
Tok Tokkie Trails
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Hoodia Desert Lodge review"
Corona Guest Farm
"Corona: a wonderful eccentric home"
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Erongo Wilderness Lodge review"
"Damaraland Camp review"
Etendeka Mountain Camp
"Etendeka a real camp"
"Dolomite - lovely setting, lots to see"
Ongava Tented Camp
"Ongava great lions and rhino"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Okonjima great for cats"
Tanzania and 1 other country between 18 Jul 2009 and 2 Aug 2009
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."
"Fantastic experieince at Impala"
"Camping, but not as we know it!"
Mdonya Old River Camp
"Mdonya felt like a real camp"
Shooting Star Lodge
"relaxing time at Shooting Star"
Zanzibar Coffee House