Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Family P from Belgium

Self-drive Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 6-Aug-2009 and 27-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


Namibia is certainly an interesting and beautiful country to visit. Highlights were driving through the dramatic desert scenery, climbing the dunes, seeing the seals at Cape Cross, watching a rhino family drink at Okaukuejo's waterhole, seeing crocodiles on the Angolan bank of the Okavango river, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Ghaub guest farm. Having travelled fairly widely in Africa, the thing that perhaps surprised us most was how few people there are in Namibia (2.2/km2) - even the towns seemed empty!

It was interesting that none of the lodges (except Ghaub) offered child portions for their meals, even for very young children, which unfortunately resulted in food being wasted.

Cash was easier to find than expected with ATMs in even the smallest towns and at many petrol stations, which was good as food and supplies seemed generally quite expensive.

Expert Africa certainly organised the trip well - Tracy was always happy to answer queries, replied rapidly to my emails, and kept us posted with any changes. We had originally asked for self-catering as much as possible and I realise that in many places this is not possible, but where we were quoted only bed and breakfast we sort of assumed there would be facilities for catering for ourselves which was not always the case - this was perhaps our fault for not clarifying this before leaving. Otherwise, the voucher system worked well and everything was booked as expected (except for the family room at Haus Sonneneck). The route was clearly marked and lodges were easy to find.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Anib Lodge, Namibia
7-Aug-2009 review: Kalahari Anib Lodge review
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
8-Aug-2009 review: Kulala Desert Lodge review
Brigadoon, Namibia
10-Aug-2009 review: Brigadoon review
Brandberg Restcamp, Namibia
13-Aug-2009 review: Brandberg Restcamp review
Doro Nawas, Namibia
14-Aug-2009 review: Doro Nawas review
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
15-Aug-2009 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
Mushara Lodge, Namibia
17-Aug-2009 review: Mushara Lodge review
Hakusembe River Lodge, Namibia
18-Aug-2009 review: Hakusembe Lodge review
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
20-Aug-2009 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
Ghaub Guest Farm, Namibia
23-Aug-2009 review: What a wonderful place!
Waterberg Camp, Namibia
24-Aug-2009 review: Waterberg Camp review
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
25-Aug-2009 review: Haus Sonneneck review