Travel reviews by Mrs & Mr F from BC
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Another wonderful holiday
Namibia between 26 Apr 2016 and 8 Jun 2016
If you've noticed a 2 week gap in our accommodations it's because we spent that time after Upington in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which we booked ourselves.
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River Place Guesthouse
"Delightful stay at River Place"
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Kalahari Anib Lodge
"Great start to our Namibia trip"
We arrived mid afternoon and they cheerfully provided us with lunch even though the lunch service time was over. Dinner was a surprisingly good buffet and the staff sang and danced towards the end of the meal. It was a fun evening. The hotel is quite large and there were some tour groups but they could easily handle the food for everyone.
Our only criticism was of the bar lounge area. Although it's large and spacious, there were not enough comfy chairs. We had to perch on uncomfortable backless stools.
We did not have time to go on a drive or walk but the activities here look very interesting."
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Wonderful lodge in the desert"
The main building has great seating areas for a relaxed drink before dinner. Food was very good.
We took the all day tour to the dunes and highly recommend it. Our guide, Jonathan, was very knowledgeable and we had a much more interesting experience than if we had driven ourselves. The tour also included an elegant picnic lunch complete with linen tablecloths and chilled wine.
Our only disappointment was that they were not offering other guided activities so probably 2 nights would have been enough. We were on our own for our second day and went for a great walk so did enjoy our 3 nights there."
Barkhan Dune Retreat
"A lovely retreat"
The cottages are nicely spaced away from each other and are very spacious. Food is excellent, oryx the first night and then springbok the next, plus great starters and dessert. We ate with the owners and there was some great conversation over dinner.
We went on the sundowner drive around the very large farm and I recommend this. We also hiked the trail up the small mountain in the morning and came across a herd of mountain zebra who were very curious about us. This trail is worth doing and a great start to the day."
"Great stay in Swakopmund"
The staff and owners are very friendly and helpful. Excellent breakfasts. We ate dinner at the Tug and the Jetty and can recommend both.
Also had an excellent lunch at the Hansa Hotel."
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Erongo Wilderness Lodge review"
The lodge is run by a pleasant couple who are very helpful. The staff are friendly although a bit inexperienced. Our food and drink orders got lost a few times but this was cheerfully remedied so it was not a problem.
Food was a bit hit or miss. so I did not rate it as highly as at the other places we stayed. We had an excellent pork chop one night but overcooked rather tired fish the next night. You do get a choice between two items for dinner so I'd suggest avoiding the fish. Each meal starts with a lovely fresh salad which was very enjoyable but the vegetables with the main meal were often overcooked.
But these are not major criticisms and we'd gladly stay here again as we enjoyed the walking and the quiet beauty."
"Sleeping under the stars"
Staff are charming and the service was excellent. We had dinner out in the "bush" the first night and it was a delicious buffet. Walking through the desert at night was fun. The next night was table service in the dining area. Food was excellent and the meals were finished with singing from the very good staff choir.
We went on a long morning tour to the desert elephants, rock carvings, and the living museum. Our guide was very good and I recommend the tour. We were fortunate as it was just the two of us on the tour. Many guests chose to drive around by themselves but we saw much more by having a guide. Plus self drivers would not have seen the desert elephants."
"Disappointed with Dolomite"
We had a bad start. It took 1.5 hours to check in and get to our room. When you arrive you unload your luggage in a parking lot at the bottom of a hill and wait for a golf cart to drive you up the hill. We had just missed a golf cart and had to wait over 40 minutes before it returned. The system is to take guests up to reception and wait until they have checked in and then take them to their chalets. The chalets can be a long way from reception so this takes time. Once we got to reception we had to wait to get checked in. Then we had to wait to get driven to the room. It would make more sense if there were two carts: one for the drive from the parking lot up the hill to reception, and another to transport guests from reception to the chalets and to the dining areas.
Walking between the chalets and the dining area is on very uneven paths up and down some steep areas for a long distance. We ended up walking as no cart ever seemed to be around but this would be very difficult for anyone with mobility issues and some older guests were having problems. There is no way to call for a ride so not much choice but to walk.
Rooms are small but quite nice with lovely views but extremely hot as they get the sun all afternoon.
There are two dining rooms. You reserve your time for dinner and you are assigned a table but not told where you are supposed to eat. Whenever we went to a dining room there were no staff there. The waitresses were trying to do a good job but they have to go to separate buildings to get food and beverages so were often away for quite a while. It would be really nice if they had a host in each dining room to greet guests and serve the drinks. The waitresses had too much to do. The first night we were assigned seats at a table beside a large group who were finishing their meal when we arrived. They left and we ate at the end of this large table by ourselves.
Food was adequate. Lunches were good as they were made to order but dinner was poor. Food was over cooked or sometimes vegetables were almost raw.
Service was a mix. Some staff, especially in the dining room, were wonderful and very friendly and helpful. Others just did not seem to want to be there and it showed. This was the only place we stayed on the trip where all the staff did not greet you. The day we left the golf cart driver had to be tracked to the kitchen where he was drinking coffee even though guests were waiting to be driven down to the parking lot. Although we had prepaid for dinner and breakfast the bill included dinner so we had to get that sorted out before we left.
I think with good management this could become an excellent place to stay. The location is great and the far end of Etosha has very few vehicles. Also we had some great viewing at the Jakkalswater water hole. We are glad we stayed here because of the location but compared to all our other accommodation Dolomite was a disappointment."
Ongava Tented Camp
"Lovely camp with active waterhole"
There is a very active water hole by the dining area. We saw kudu, elephant, impala, waterbuck (not native to the area but had been introduced at one time and were thriving), jackals, warthogs, a black rhino and even a caracal. There are many rock hyrax and hornbills around the grounds.
Food and service were excellent. The game drives and walks were very good and our guide, Bono, was excellent. We had an outstanding rhino walk."
"Halali Camp review"
Most of the staff were very pleasant and efficient although there were a few in the dining room that wandered around without doing much. As wine drinkers we were disappointed that they did not have most of the wines on their wine list and we could only get wine by the bottle. The only wine available by the glass was a sweet white which seemed very strange. However our overall experience here was good.
The location is excellent as a base for game drives and the waterhole is good, especially for rhinos and elephants."
Onguma Camp Kala
"Charming small camp"
Food was superb! The best we had on the whole trip. Erasmus, the chef, prepared meals worthy of a high end restaurant.
We only took one activity: a walk one morning which was good. The rest of the time we did our own game drives into Etosha."
"Exceptional walking camp"
The camp is simple but very comfortable. Food was very good and more the style of home cooking which we enjoyed. A bonus was a porcupine who came to visit us at dinner time most nights.
Our stay here was exceptional. Mundulea is a very special place and we feel privileged to have spent 4 days here."
Etango Ranch Guest Farm
"Etango Ranch Guest Farm review"
Etango is a ranch and, although close to the airport, has a very rural feeling which we liked. The rooms are comfortable and very quiet. Food was very good. We had excellent steak (from Etango Ranch) for dinner.
I highly recommend Etango if arriving late or leaving on an early flight."
My Aug 2011 trip
Zambia between 22 Aug 2011 and 18 Sep 2011
All travel arrangements went smoothly. Our itinerary was excellent with a great choice of camps. We liked every camp and everthing went so well that we arrived home feeling completely rested and relaxed. Other guests and guides or managers who saw our itinerary in South Luangwa said we had made very good choices. I'm pleased we chose camps that offered walking as we grew to love starting the day with a walk.
We are already thinking about our next trip and will use Expert Africa again. Thanks Maruska for arranging this wonderful trip.
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None. The trip was perfect."
"Good place to stay on arrival"
Please note that only soap is provided in the bathroom. You need to bring shampoo etc."
Pioneer Camp also wanted us to note that they can offer transport to town and back (about 30 minutes each way), and that they can also offer tours of the city or to a nearby private game farm.
Lufupa Bushcamp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
"Lufupa Bushcamp review"
We had some very good game drives and monkeys, hornbills, bushbuck, and hippo were around the camp. Brent Harris, our guide in Kafue, was excellent. We had a lovely river boat trip one afternoon."
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Musanza Bushcamp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
"Musanza Bushcamp review"
The fish pie and curry chicken dishes at lunch were big hits. We had meals in a number of different locations which was fun.
Unfortunately the boat was not working so we did not get a river trip here. Some good drives and Brent, our guide tracked a leopard and we had an amazing sighting one night."
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"Busanga Bushcamp review"
This was the end of our one week Kafue Rivers and Plains tour with Brent Harris as our guide. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it, especially if Brent is the guide."
"Kuyenda Bushcamp review"
This feels like a real bushcamp with an outdoor bathroom and our hut looking out over the plalin.This camp is very well run with Babette in charge. We especially enjoyed having seats set up for our sundowners in different locations and eating in different areas around camp at dinnertime.
The lions killing an impala in camp added some excitement also!"
"Kapamba Bushcamp review"
A whole family of elephants in camp one afternoon. One young bull came trumpeting and charging towards our cabin. The whole family came and ate right beside our deck. We didn't see as many animals in this area as we did ifrom some of the other camps but I think that's just a matter of luck as we did hear lions and hyenas at night.
The food was good but more basic than the other camps without as large a selection of salads and fruit."
"Bilimungwe Bushcamp review"
This was another one of our favorite camps and we'd have liked to have stayed longer. Good drives and morning walks."
One sugestion to the owners: We would have liked chairs on the deck instead of hammocks as we like to sit outside and write and also to watch the birds through binnoculars and found the hammock quite awkward for this."
"Kaingo Camp review"
The animal viewing in this area was superb. We saw many lions, civet, gennets. Lions were everywhere and we saw a short fight between 2 males, lions mating, and a lion kill. The kill was amazing, 5 lionesses chasing antelope in all directions around our vehicle. We also saw elephants chasing hippos out of the pool at the hippo hide.
Kaingo is a very well run camp with excellent food. We especially anjoyed lunch sitting on our deck over the river. A number of guides work out of this camp and they were all excellent. We had great walks an drives."
"Mwamba Bushcamp review"
We walked from Kaingo camp to Mwamba and saw a number of animals including hyenas. Our morning walks with Kennedy were always interesting. The drives here were great too with many lions and a lovely leopard . We would like to return to both Kaingo and Mwamba camps."
Avani Victoria Falls
"Zambezi Sun review"
Rooms are good and the service was very friendly. Breakfast was good and we had an excellent but expensive buffet dinner one night. The other nights we ate at the Royal Livingstone sister hotel which has an a la carte menu which was very good.
We enjoyed watching the monkeys, zebra, and gireffes that live on the hotel grounds. Went into Livingstone one day and enjoyed the crafts maket and museum."
An added bonus was we were able to have dinner here. It was a delicious 3 course meal. We even had enough leftover grilled pork to take with us for dinner the first night in the park.
We highly recommend River Place as a great place to stay!"