Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs S from Inverness

Absolutely excellent trip to Namibia!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 21-Sep-2009 and 8-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had a wonderful trip in a really attractive country with so many different types of scenery and a good mix of observing and physical activity.

The accommodation was of a uniformly high standard while allowing for a variety of styles. Food varied from the excellent, through the generally very good, to the indifferent, although this latter was unusual. The outings were well organised and enjoyable.

With the exception of some initial problems with car hire, all arrangements made by Expert Africa were faultless and the local knowledge they have and their advice on how to structure the trip were invaluable. We were very impressed with all aspects of the arrangements and have already recommended Expert Africa to others. We all hope to return to this fascinating country at some point.

In retrospect, there are a few changes which we would have made to the itinerary. While it appeared to be a good idea to have two nights in Swakopmund as we had a long drive on either side of our stay there, the driving conditions were less arduous than anticipated, and the charms of the town such that one night would have sufficed. The Tug restaurant is a must while in the town, though.

Although the Olive Grove guest house is perfectly reasonable, the change to spending a night in a town/small city after weeks out in the country was a bit of an anti-climax at the end of the trip. Windhoek seemed altogether more enclosed and oppressive than the smaller Swakopmund. The time to reach the airport from the excellent Erongo Wilderness Lodge was such that it would not have been problematic to go directly there from the lodge and miss out Windhoek. Alternatively, a night at one of the rural lodges to the south west of the town might be a more pleasant option.

Finally, the choice of a clock-wise route round the country was well chosen. To face days of travel on the gravel roads of the west after their relative absence in the east might have been a bit of a surprise and the varying landscapes of the country somehow seem to lend themselves to this direction.

Well done, Expert Africa! Oh, and Chris McIntyre's guide book was one of the best we have come across!

Suggestions for improvements:

Keep doing what you do now!!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
21-Sep-2009 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
BullsPort Lodge & Farm, Namibia
23-Sep-2009 review: Bullsport Guest Farm review
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
25-Sep-2009 review: Kulala Desert Lodge review
Villa Margherita, Namibia
27-Sep-2009 review: Villa Margherita review
Doro Nawas, Namibia
29-Sep-2009 review: Doro Nawas review
Ongava Lodge, Namibia
1-Oct-2009 review: Ongava Lodge review
Onguma Etosha Aoba, Namibia
2-Oct-2009 review: Etosha Aoba Lodge review
Onguma The Fort, Namibia
3-Oct-2009 review: Onguma Plains - The Fort
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
4-Oct-2009 review: Okonjima Main Camp review
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
5-Oct-2009 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
Olive Grove, Namibia
7-Oct-2009 review: Olive Grove review