Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Hampshire
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Best holiday destination in the world
Namibia and 1 other country between 6 Jun 2017 and 26 Jun 2017
It has everything, beautiful scenery, wildlife, friendly people. The roads are quiet and tourism is still relatively low key. It also feels so much safer than some other African countries.
With Expert Africa our trip was well organised and everything went seamlessly. We would use this company again."
Arranged By Maruska AdyeRowe
Victoria Falls Hotel
"Victoria Falls Hotel review"
"River Crossing review"
Waterberg Guest Farm
"Waterberg Guest Farm review"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Anderssons Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
"Anderssons Camp review"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Mowani Mountain Camp
"Mowani Mountain Camp review"
"Camp Kipwe review"
Ai Aiba Lodge
"Ai Aiba Lodge review"
Slightly disappointed with the meal - set menu/price which wasn't cheap, most other places we stayed at least gave you a choice of two meals."
"Rostock Ritz paradise"
Various well marked walking trails."
"Eningu Clayhouse review"
It is noticeable that the owner is not about during the day - needs to get a proactive manager"
Namibia and 1 other country between 20 Sep 2013 and 12 Oct 2013
It was brilliant seeing the wildlife at the waterholes in Etosha from our car and also at the waterholes in the various lodges we stayed in. The service everywhere in Namibia was excellent and very friendly.
No wonder Namibia has featured strongly for a number of years in the world's top ten countries to visit by readers of the Wanderlust travel magazine.
The garden route in South Africa, following Namibia, was a little tame and too touristy in comparison although it was great seeing whales in the bay at Hermanus. The food and wine in S.A. is extremely good and cheap in comparison to the UK.
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My husband thinks I should be paid for completing this feedback! It was a bit time consuming due to the number of lodges we stayed in over a three week period - it becomes a job to remember them all clearly.
Having said that the trip was brilliantly organised by Gwynneth and we will be contacting her again for our next trip in a couple of years time."
Frans Indongo Lodge
"Peaceful and relaxing"
Friendly and helpful service. Lovely decking area for sundowners overlooking a water hole."
"Great BBQ at Mushara Lodge"
Lovely evening under the stars with mountains of good food at the BBQ.
Friendly, helpful service and very relaxing.
Some insect spray in the room would be useful."
"Excellent waterhole at Halali"
The three main camps in Etosha are more basic than the private lodges but we expected that. Rooms at Halali were clean and well equipped and despite the number of rooms it was quiet in the evenings. The waterhole is set away from the accommodation so was quiet and we saw elephants, giraffe, zebra and various antelope each evening.
A coffee table in the room by the armchairs would have been useful, there being plenty of space for this."
"Big and busy Okaukuejo"
The biggest camp was busy with traffic, campers and people walking to and from the waterhole past our room. The patio area was not at all private. The waterhole is close to the rooms so distracting noise but the animals seemed to take no notice. We saw some lions at night but as the whole waterhole is not well lit these were indistinct."
"Palmwag is a little gem"
Saw elephants right next to our room which was very exciting. The surrounding area excellent for walks.
This lodge was a pleasant surprise after being described as one of the oldest, we would have been happy to spend longer than the one night there."
Mowani Mountain Camp
"Pure luxury at Mowani"
Despite being more expensive and luxurious than other lodges we stayed in, it remained relaxing and very friendly.
Loved the outside shower next to our room (actually a large luxury tent) and we left the curtains open at night so we could wake to the fantastic view. The room, patio and of course the outside shower were completely private.
Great sundowner a few yards away on the top of a hill giving lovely views and photographic opportunities.
I can't praise this place enough - worth the money - and we are definitely going back."
Cape Cross Lodge
"Mysterious Cape Cross"
After walk along the beach, which was completely deserted, I turned round to look at the lodge through the coming mist, making it look very eerie (but in a good way!)
Lovely to wake to the noise of the crashing waves.
The seal sanctuary is worth a visit but take a peg for your nose."
"Heavenly Rostock Ritz"
My husband describes this lodge as paradise on earth and for once I wouldn't disagree with him.
Following a swim in the pool, I spent a lazy afternoon in a hammock looking at the fabulous view.
The rescued meerkats that live here were fun to watch with their almost human mannerisms.
Great to dine in a restaurant where you have a good choice of dishes after several days of set menus consisting of grilled springbok, kudu, etc.
Good to see owner of lodge mixing with the guests and pleasant to have the staff come and chat to you in the evening after dinner.
The lodge is ideally placed for breaking up a trip between Sossusvlei and the coast but please stay longer than the one night. This lodge is definitely on the list for our next visit.
Our only suggestion for improvement would be to have tea/coffee facilities in the room."
"Peace and quiet near to Windhoek and airport"
We only stayed one night on our way to the airport early next morning but this lodge is worth a longer stay.
Very welcoming and friendly staff who were on hand to help us when we left at 5.30am.
Good room with private patio and views of the Khomas hills."
"Breakfast feast at Ocean Eleven"
Large well equipped rooms and a nice touch on arriving back after a night out was the heater turned on and the curtains drawn.
Wonderful breakfast that kept us going all day."
"Hideaway is small but perfect"
Stephen and Jackie were very welcoming and put a lot of effort into providing your every need, even washing your car for you in the morning. We were invited to join them for drinks before going out for the evening which was a nice touch. They are also proud of their locally sourced gourmet breakfast and with good reason.
Despite the fact this English couple only emigrated a couple of years ago, they have done a lot of research and are a fount of local knowledge. Beware, Stephen is a good organiser (ex-army) and asks for your next destination so he can draw up a scenic route for you.
It was a shame the weather was awful and we were only staying one night - we would definitely recommend this place."
Southern Cross Beach House
"Laid back Southern Cross"
Johanna? was very welcoming and is an asset to this B&B. We didn't see anything of the owners.
This is a place to relax, it is so laid back as to be almost horizontal. Breakfast is served 8.30 to 10 literally, because even if you arrive at 8.30 you probably wont get it until 10! The breakfast menu is also more limited than some places.
The rooms are smaller than most places we have stayed but there was a sitting/dining room for the guests sole use. Lovely to lie in bed and hear the crashing waves on the beach which is a few yards away across some boardwalks. Nice grounds with lots of Old World charm to sit in and look at the sea."
Rosenhof Country House
"Old fashioned Rosenhof"
The style of this place is in the name - country house - but even so the room seemed a little dowdy although the bathroom was modern.
Good welcome and excellent breakfast."
The Last Word Franschhoek
"The Last Word Franschoek review"
On arriving we were rather bombarded with information about the facilities and room - the basics would have been enough - we can always ask if we have a problem. The location on the main street, whilst close to shops and restaurants, meant a fair bit of noise if you were sitting on your patio. Parking space is a little tight.
Excellent breakfast, so much to choose from and I can't say no even when I'm full."
"Quiet formal Vineyard Hotel"
Quiet location very close to Kirstenbosch and if the weather had been better I'm sure there are good views of Table Mountain.
Wonderful garden alongside the river although due to it's very nature it is not accessible to the disabled, apart from the patio area.
At dinner the starter whilst very nice was not what I ordered. The waiter said he would query it with the kitchen but we never got any feedback.
This place is too big and a little formal for us after having spent three weeks at lodges and B&B's."
A top destination
Namibia between 4 Jun 2009 and 20 Jun 2009
The top experiences for us were the Kalahari desert Sundowner Drive from Anib and the desert horses near Klein Aus Vista. The walking for me was excellent, especially from Canon Roadhouse and Rostock Ritz and I felt perfectly safe on my own.
Well done Gwynneth for helping to chose the accommodation and making it as easy as possible for John to access."
Kalahari Anib Lodge
"Kalahari Anib Lodge review"
The only possible criticism would be a bit of pressure to buy alcohol in the evenings but it was done in the most friendly & inoffensive manner - just need to be careful not to overstep the mark."
"Central Lodge review"
The refridgeration unit backed on to the room and was very noisy during the night. We didn't get to see the newer rooms but certainly from the outside they looked far superior and were just as easily accessible and if we were staying longer I would have asked to move rooms."
"Canon Roadhouse review"
Desert Horse Inn
"Desert Horse Inn review"
In this respect the chalets were more accessible (I appreciate these were more expensive) as the stairs to the reception/dining room had handrails."
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
"Sinclair Guest Farm review"
I would have loved to stay longer."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Kulala Desert Lodge
"Kulala Desert Lodge review"
The evening nature drive with N'gway (sorry for the spelling) was very infomative and he assisted John in and out of the vehicle in a very helpful and friendly manner.
The tour was expensive (compared to Anib Lodge which was a third of the price) although perhaps that is fairly standard in the Sesreim area."
"Rostock Ritz review"
The igloo was the best room we stayed in and the restaurant and waiters were excellent. Fantastic walking but unfortunately I only had time for one the next morning before breakfast.
In hindsight we would have swopped Swakopmund for three days here."
"Sam's Giardino review"
Sam's hotel was plastered with For Sale signs and he was away for a few days. The place had no atmosphere and it felt like the restaurant staff were going through the motions of service but with no enjoyment - I expect morale was low due to uncertainty over the sale.
It was a big disappointment as we had been looking forward to what the brochures inferred would be a quirky and fun experience."
Apparently the ‘House for Sale’ boards apply to his neighbour’s house, not the Giardino. Sam’s Giardino is not for sale!
Sam commented: “For the next 10 years I will still stay here because this is my house and my castle. I like Swakopmund and I'm very proud of my guesthouse. My age is only 52 too early to get retired.”
We’re obviously sorry that these travellers didn’t enjoy their stay here, but we’re very pleased to note that Sam’s normal service has now been resumed!
"Haus Sonneneck review"
The long tables which you share with other English speaking people was a great idea (providing you are of a sociable nature) and later you could sit close to the huge fire in the middle of the circle of tables and reflect on your holiday experiences."