Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R from Berkeley
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What a wonderful country
Namibia between 27 Jul 2010 and 23 Aug 2010
The scenary is just vast, diverse, unspoilt and stunning. Wildlife abounds and offers exceptional viewing. We saw many animals that we hoped to see as well as an amazing variety of birds.
The accomodation was generally of an excellent standard which considering the remoteness of some lodges was a credit to all concerned.
The staff on the whole were friendly and helpful .
The locals were friendly and didn't hassle us - do wave at them as you go by! We did give some people lifts but there is conflicting advice about this. The Bradt guide suggests that it is normal and very much appreciated but written advice from the car hire company suggests that this is a dangerous practice and should not happen.
Don't underestimate distances nor the quality of some of the roads which both can make journeys very tiring.
Internet and mobile phone access was patchy to say the least so don't expect to be able to communicate home etc. We also posted letters etc most of which have yet to arrive home after well over a month!
Our actual itinerary seemed to work well with 2/3 nights at each place, as you need to have some "down" time from driving and to enjoy relaxing at the lodges etc. If we had to do the same again we would have three nights at Canyon Lodge, only two nights in Swakopmund and three nights at Okonjima. We may also have decided to drive from Okonjima to the airport for an afternoon flight - thus missing out Windhoek altogether.
We hope to return.....the Caprivi Strip beckons plus a return visit to Okonjima!
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We have found Expert Africa very professional and very helpful. The website is simply excellent and even this feedback form impressive.
We strongly recommend that Tracey or someone visits Camp Kipwe and Mushara Bush Camp (we don't believe you have been to these places) to see for yourselves how lovely these places are.
Keep up the excellent work and we will highly recommend you to anyone we know wishing to visit Africa. We know who to turn to for our next African trip!
We pride ourselves on the fact we have visited pretty much all lodges that we sell, however sometimes, with new lodges, it can take a bit of time before we have someone travelling through the area.
Chris McIntyre briefly visited Mushara Bush Camp at the end of last year, and agrees that it is a super little lodge. Also two of our Namibia specialists will be staying at Mushara Bush Camp this autumn, one of whom will also be staying at Camp Kipwe.
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"Great introduction to Namibia"
"Impressive lodge design in stunning location"
Desert Horse Inn
"Wild West Movie Set!"
"A Great Base for Sossusvlei"
"Luxury in the desert"
"Beethoven - Public Relations Manager!"
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
8 Aug 2010 • All-day excursion
Kayaking with seals
"A Namibian highlight"
9 Aug 2010 • Morning excursion
"Excellence in the making"
Etendeka Mountain Camp
"The "Boni" show"
Etosha Safari Lodge
"Large hotel/lodge - functional"
Mushara Bush Camp
"Kudu visits in the night"
Okonjima Plains Camp