Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms J & Dr S from London

A & a in Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 3-Oct-2009 and 17-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had sought to cover more than most in a 16 day trip, and the combination of road & flights worked really well, so thank you Maruska for putting together such a workable itinerary. It helped that A loves driving and so was more than happy to cover 450km in a day when needed - and the roads were quite okay. Worst bit was a patch on the C12 to Fish River canyon (very bumpy) but other than that we had some fantastic drives, particularly the C13 from Fish River canyon up to Aus - stunning!

Our route was Windhoek-Bagatelle-Fish River Canyon-Aus-Luderitz-Wolwedans-Little Kulala (by car) and then Doro Nawas-Ongava Lodge-Windhoek by plane. It was a throughly enjoyable mixture of hikes, wildlife, dunes, scenic drives and flights. We consider ourselves immensely privileged to have seen Namibia's nature when it wished to reveal itself - be it lion cub, hyena, scorpion, desert elephant, rainbow, lightening... fabulous!

Suggestions for improvements:

Only thing I would have appreciated was a simple guide to birds & wildlife - just a basic booklet of the most likely suspects. I picked up a check-list (no pictures) at Little Kulala, and bought the Etosha guide booklet - but that was our last stop so it was tricky remembering what we'd seen. Couldn't find anything suitable in any of the lodge shops en route and didn't want or need individual books on birds, mammals, reptiles etc

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Heinitzburg Hotel, Namibia
4-Oct-2009 review: Heinitzburg Hotel review
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
4-Oct-2009 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
5-Oct-2009 review: Canyon Lodge review
Desert Horse Inn, Namibia
7-Oct-2009 review: Desert Horse Inn review
Nest Hotel, Namibia
8-Oct-2009 review: Nest Hotel review
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
9-Oct-2009 review: Wolwedans Dune Lodge review
Little Kulala, Namibia
11-Oct-2009 review: Little Kulala review
Doro Nawas, Namibia
13-Oct-2009 review: Doro Nawas review
Ongava Lodge, Namibia
15-Oct-2009 review: Ongava Lodge review