Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Winchester
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Safari highs and airport lows
Tanzania and 1 other country between 25 Oct 2016 and 7 Nov 2016
Our experiences at Nairobi airport, both with Coastal and Kenyan Airways/immigration sadly tainted a great trip.
I would probably not repeat the mobile camp stays, which in loo and shower terms were not satisfactory.
The quality/experience of guiding in Serengeti and Ngorongoro was not a patch on Selous Impala and Ruaha in Southern Tanzania, nor compared to Robin Pope camps in Zambia.
Our guide at the crater was lazy and not motivated - probably due to lower absolute level of tips from only two clients.
Lamai was a unique setting and well set up.
Pole Pole had a fantastic location, but was let down by poor maintenance of the showers - no hot water in that climate, and at that price is not good news. The staff were friendly, but not nearly as professional as at Kaya Mawa in Malawi. The Dive and watersports centre made our visit to Mafia memorable, in particular the fish BBQ on the sandbar after snorkelling at the reef."
"Convenient for airport"
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
"Presidential welcome at Nomad Serengeti camp"
"Experienced the migration from Lamai "
"New mobile camp at Ngorongoro crater"
Great safari/lakeside chill combination
Zambia and 1 other country between 5 Oct 2014 and 20 Oct 2014
In game viewing terms we saw everything that we could have hoped for, and RPS are an efficient organisation with excellent guides. The 3 camps had very similar game and terrain - the contasts on our last trip between Selous and Ruaha in Tanzania were much greater. Nkwali and Tena Tena we would recommend, but Nsefu was spoilt by mosquito problems.
Kaya Mawa/Likoma Island is not for everyone (e.g.fussy N.Americans) but suited us perfectly with its laid back warm welcome, lack of commercialism, peaceful location and delightful staff - a great stress buster."
"Top marks for management at Nkwali"
"Good team, shame about the mossies at Nsefu"
"Imaginative guiding at Tena Tena"
"Kaya Mawa - stress buster extraordinaire!"
HeavenlyTanzanian contrasts, safari and beach
Tanzania and 1 other country between 4 Oct 2012 and 19 Oct 2012
Everyone should try it once in a lifetime, and we will be back!"
Selous Impala Camp
"Great variety on foot/boat/vehicle"
Mwagusi Safari Camp
"Brilliant guiding ensured fantastic game view"
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
"Chilling in paradise"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
an excellent self drive exploring adventure
Namibia between 3 Oct 2010 and 23 Oct 2010
I think the instructions need to more consistent i.e. if comments are made about some bad roads, then ALL bad roads in the itinerary should be mentioned. Time or distance from the main road to the actual camps would be very useful.
We are not used to package holidays and it is easy to be complacent and think everything has been arranged in advance, all the maps perfect etc when using someone else.! I would have phoned ahead to all the places first to let them know when to expect us and check on directions. I am not sure what would have happened if we had a problem on route and not arrived which left me somewhat anxious especially as the phone did not always connect.
I bought a Namibian phone card which was good value - nb all internal text messages are free - you just pay for the calls.
The Bradt guide book was excellent - we almost left it behind and would have been stuck without it. We met other people using it.
The guide book had a few corrections to be made :
1) no walking tours included at Doro Nawas
2) Otavi - Rugger club was clearly not serving any meals
3) the Meteor Hotel in Otavi is called the Travel Inn on the main road so easy to miss it. A good recommendation and we had tasty pizzas.
4) In Etosha you talk about parking uder a tree in midday but we saw no trees where this can be done - suggest you delete this in next editions.
5) No garden centre restaurant in Okandja
6) Rhinos in Okandja was a simple restaurant run by a friendly family from Madeira and a good stop for a quick lunch.
7) In Okandja one lot of stalls has been burt down recently - only one lot of stalls now at the far end of the town.
8) Uis - beware of people selling crystals quite aggressively at the petrol station
9) If you want to go to the Tug Restaurant at Swakopmund you need to book it well in advance. In the end we got a late cancellation. Considered a touristy place by the locals but quite fun!
10) No ATMs in the Etosha Park - would have been useful to know this.
11) Petrol pump at Windhoek airport is not for the public. Only certain car hire companies can use it - Budget is one of them. Might be a good idea to fill up in Windhoek first to play safe.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
We felt that driving times as described were not always realistic for a small car. As mentioned before, it would be useful to know in advance how long it takes to drive up the private roads or how long they are. 5 or 7 kms is a long way when you think you have arrived!
We are not convinced that Doro Nawas was the best stop for 2 nights and that we could have spent the time doing something else more interesting such as visiting the cheetah or lion conservancies.
Rating the accommodation is difficult as a tent cannot be called excellent and there fore I have given a consistent good throughout the form. ~They were all spacious and airy with comfortable beds."
"perfect for a first night stay."
Kulala Wilderness Camp, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
"a real wilderness location"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
"Sam's secret garden!"
"Great for star gazing!"
"great for both animal and bird watching"
To get to Hobatere from Doro Nawas, I directed them along the C43 & C40 via the Grootberg Pass. We’ve directed our travellers this way for years and, by coincidence, I drove it using a normal 2WD during October this year. I had no problems and the views are really stunning! It’s much more interesting than the main tar road (via Khorixas and Kamanjab) and takes about the same time.
We’re very sad that the local person’s advice, which these travellers listened to, was misinformed – and that they missed one of Namibia’s great scenic drives.
"Take your tea or coffee down to the waterhole"
"watch out for the dik dik and warthogs"
Marc Pampe, Mushara’s owner, was concerned by this, and commented that when arriving at any of the three entrances to the Mushara properties (Mushara Lodge / Mushara Bush Camp / Mushara Outpost), there’s a large sign board at the gate telling guests exactly where they are, and which entrance/road to use for each particular camp/lodge. We’re very sorry that somehow these travellers must have missed this, or not seen it.
"meet the bushmen!"
We do make clear that 2WD cars should not drive up to Nhoma Camp. We include this advice in a detailed written description of how to reach Nhoma Camp which we send to all of our travellers visiting Nhoma - it explains how guests in 2WD cars will be given a lift up to the camp from the parking area.
We’re sorry that these travellers somehow missed this advice that we sent to them.
"experiencing real outdoor life"
Given this, we’re pleased to see that she gave Mundulea such strong marks!
These travellers found the map to Eningu confusing. As a result of their helpful feedback, both we and Eningu Clayhouse Lodge itself have made changes to the map that we’ve both been using for years – in order to avoid any possible confusion in future. We will now issue our visitors with a more precise map for Eningu, and more intricate directions of how to reach it.