Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Beds
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
A family adventure
Namibia between 12 Aug 2010 and 29 Aug 2010
Weather was unseasonably warm which we all enjoyed and a wonderful holiday enjoyed by all especially as Ben was able to use all the swimming pools which added to his enjoyment."
Corona Guest Farm
"A superb guest farm"
"A hotel with a fantastic view"
The owners have always made us welcome especially when taking an 11 year old grandson who enjoyed the pool and their dogs.
Revisited The Raft restaurant and was disappointed, nothing like 4 years ago - maybe new owners. Menu quite limited and not much choice of seafood for which they were famous for. Went to Crazy Mama's very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend the French restaurant Lyon des Sables run by the hotel owners son - an absolutely fantastic meal.
We organised a day-trip to Sandwich Harbour for these travellers. They commented:
Very good day trip to Sandwich Bay - enjoyed by all. Excellent lunch and weather was warm almost too hot after our previous trip which I found very cold
Our previous trip had been with Bruno but he's too busy doing other things now, but our guide was excellent and informative and answered all of the 100 questions Ben asked him."
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"Exciting trip over the dunes"
15 Aug 2010 • All-day excursion
Our previous trip had been with Bruno but he's too busy doing other things now, but our guide was excellent and informative and answered all of the 100 questions Ben asked him.
"One look and we were off"
We did not feel safe as some of the windows and doors appeared to be broken or tampered with, and at that point I made a phone call to Brandberg White Lady Lodge to request if they had vacancies. Luckily they had so the car was repacked, John took the key back to reception and told the lady we were not staying. She asked why and he said it was not up to the standard we required.
Should have gone to White Lady when it was offered but did not realise the vast difference between the two places. It was a costly mistake but well worth the move."
"Good as always"
Nowhere to eat outside the accom. the building is there but no furniture to go in it
The shop was poorly stocked and the service was dreadful but apparently all the parks had new computer systems which didn't work so it was painfully slow to buy anything. The icecreams were melted before they were paid for. Luckily we had bought a few tins of food before arriving so we could enjoy a couple of braais. The restaurant food at night was quite basic and although the service was good we thought it was quite expensive."
Taleni Etosha Village
"The best of the trip"
The tents were very cold at night so had to close window and door flaps with difficulty in the dark, something I would have expected the staff to do while we had dinner. Also they were quite close together especially with a noisy family next door.
The pool area was lovely complete with resident zebra."
"A good halfway stop"
Difficult finding way back in the dark from waterhole and walk over rocks to reach it were a problem for young and old.
Everything in Etosha is very regimented from entry to departure and nothing makes one feel relaxed.
The signposts throughout the park are worn or non existant except down the Namatoni end."
Mushara Bush Camp
Food was good well presented but small portions and no choice. 2nd night we ate in the Boma where they had really gone to town - an enjoyable evening with entertainment.
Pity about having to travel back to Etosha and sort out park fees yet again ."
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Upgraded to bush camp"
Should have gone full board as this would have included all activities for which we had to pay separately and were more expensive.
Kirsty and Ben were in Bush Chalet and we were upgraded also to the Honeymoon Suite!
Paul our game driver was very good and very helpful."
Capetown and the Garden Route
South Africa between 6 Nov 2009 and 24 Nov 2009
This trip was a part of Africa we wanted to see although we had been to Capetown 20 years before but would not repeat as we prefer to see more wildlife and this is not the right area. It was our choice but enjoyable nevertheless.
We would have preferred more details in advance on the accomodation in SANParks as we took more equipment than necessary.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Impressed with receiving our final documents earlier than normal due to postal strikes"
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
Constantia Uitsig, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
"Pleasant hotel in peaceful surroundingsl"
24 hours of rain on First full day together with cool temperature making cottage cold and damp. Requested heating which was promptly provided but caused a power cut making us late for dinner at La Colombe.
This did not go down too well with restaurant who were stuffy and very unfriendly. Apart from the food I'm not sure why its so popular with locals. Reception staff were very helpful and efficient.
Their other restaurant Uitsig was much more relaxed and friendly excellent food and dined there twice out of the 3 nights"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
"Drafty Hotel in good location"
Hotel room adequate had parking for the car and the restaurant across the road was so good we ate there both nights.
Just around the corner from Walker Bay with fantastic views of the whales."
Bontebok National Park
"Chalet in the park"
Map given at reception re walks not very clear and although a river runs through the park access was impossible. Eventually found the viewing deck and watched 2 porcupines in cave opposite during the daytime."
Ebb and Flow Rest Camp
"House on stilts"
Several walks for birdwatching once we found them. Beaches across the busy N2 beautiful if the weather had been favourable."
Point Lodge, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
"The Honeymoon Suite"
However as the weather was not good we looked forward to a nice warm room within a hotel building but the Oyster Suite was outdoors again and as the wind rarely abated proved to be drafty and cool. The room was pleasant but needed some updating.The breakfasts were beautifully presented with fresh flowers and service very pleasant.
The hotel had a fantastic view of the lagoon and overall would have been great but for the weather which prevented any boat trips."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Storms River Restcamp
"Storms River Restcamp - a very apt name"
Semi detached chalet with inter-connecting door Ok if you were a family but apart from having to speak quietly it did'nt present a problem.
Great area for walking but you need to be fit. Very well equipped and clean chalet. Restaurant served good food and shop well supplied. Popular with coaches every day for lunch and shopping."
"Little thatched cottage in Addo"
All the accomodation in SAParks was described as basic but this was not true. The kitchens contained everything needed including full cookers in most and all had microwaves."
Addo Main Camp
"Great place to view the elephants"
Good restaurant and shop mainly for day trippers. Nice bird hide and waterhole lit at night. Underground waterhole badly designed - the viewing hide was too low - a comment made by many people."
Namibia and 1 other country between 21 Sep 2007 and 10 Oct 2007
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Leopards & wild dog interesting exp"
All comment s below refer to Bush Camp"
"OK accom newly decorated & refurbished"
Disliked having to wait for accom to be checked before departure although appreciate with new equip etc this would stop damage & pilfering. Very little in shop for supplies. Waterhole bungalow had no braai or cooking facilities so made to use restaurant although not too much of a problem.
Much preferred the old camp more authentic although can understand them wishing to become more upmarket."
"Lovely quiet restcamp in centre of Etosha"
Although things in the camps were taking place that week for 100 year celebrations no reason for shops to be virtually empty and toilets closed in Namutoni"
Ghaub Guest Farm
"Great place to stay"
Checked on arrival if meal that night was ok with us - not suitable for Mrs B so they changed the meal to suit which appeared to be no trouble. Accom, grounds, everything was excellent.
The next day we drove off in what we thought was the right direction but it turned out to be a longer route and the manager followed us to put us on the right road."
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Floating tent at Ndhovu"
Bank to platform rather steep could have done with better steps - sighted close to swimming pool filter and pump noisy at times."
"Good place for 40th wedding anniversary"
Pleasant and well run lodge - good sundowner boat trips - loads of elephant hippo crocs"
"First trip to Botswana and Wild Dogs"
We were collected by vehicle from river and taken within minutes to see whole pack of wild dog they had found early morning. Nice tented accom loads of room and everything well organised. Drivers allocated to us were excellent - found dogs again the following evening after tracking for hours. Very well looked after and interested in everything you wanted to see."
"What a place to see Carmine Bee-eaters"
Accom strange at first all open fronted but you get used to it. Boat trips as required by us with Small both mokoro and small boat. Ten S Africans in a group were other guests and keen birdwatchers/fishermen.
6 of us went to see the carmine-bee-eaters at the Red Cliffs took around 1hour each way by boat but well worth the trip."
Kalahari Arms Hotel
"A useful Stop over hotel"
Disappointed with the town itself expecting more of a place to walk around but didn't feel safe. Accom was adequate in grassed grounds and restaurant was good."
Kalahari Bush Breaks
"An oasis in the desert"
Morning dawned wonderful blue sky but windy and - 3 degrees - freezing. Unfortunately we had to eat breakfast outdoors as repairs were taking place to their home roof so could not offer indoor facilities but not their fault.
Thought this lodge was brilliant and wished we could have stayed 2 nights then continued on to airport. Safari vehicle had puncture so we were unable to do game drive - pity."
"Last day in Namibia"
The other guests were all Germans who had been on a trip and this was their rest for 2/3 days so they were quite miserable - not much fun lying round the pool in scarves and fleeces.
The food was probably the worst of the trip. We left at 10am and went to Daan Viljoen Game Park which turned out to be a nice end to the holiday. On reflection we would have missed out on Eningu."
She commented that the cold weather was unexpected, but the southerly wind brought rain that the country sorely needed at that time of the year. The lodge made a cozy fire indoors, and offered warm drinks throughout the day. Fortunately the cold was mainly in the morning, so walks around Eningu in the afternoon were still usually pleasant.
Kate is personally involved at the lodge, often even helping with the service of meals and drinks, and she commented that the menu that particular evening was:
* Springbok & wild honey pastry served with oven baked parmesan & garlic
* Hartebeest fillet with smoked springbok, served with a white onion gravy &
potato croquettes and vegetables from the garden.
* Homemade Italian fresh banana ice-cream served with a homemade cognac
She comments that she has taken this feedback very seriously, and remains committed to trying to deliver the highest standards possible.
3 out of the 4 of us suffered mossi bites overnight although it was not the malaria type or the area!! Would advice using repellent at night.
Should have stayed for 2 nights."