Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs F from St Albans
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Namibia between 24 Jul 2018 and 12 Aug 2018
The recommendations we got for camps were excellent and it was great that each camp was all-inclusive."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Olive Exclusive is outstanding"
"Little Kulala is hard to beat"
We enjoyed the sky bed, though a thicker cover and hot water bottle up there would have made the open-air experience even better. A room nearer the main building would have been preferable because of the soft sand on the paths.
Our guide Manzee was great."
Ballooning in the Namib Desert
"Fantastic balloon trip"
28 Jul 2018 • Morning excursion
The company was very well organised, the pilot (Jerome) was great and the champagne breakfast afterwards was perfect.
"Highly recommended B&B"
It would have been good to be forewarned regarding the difficulty of booking a restaurant for the evening meal. Had we known of this beforehand we would have booked the nearest good restaurant, The Tug, in advance, for at least the first night. My advice to travellers would be to do some research and book restaurants for all evenings in advance.
Cornerstone was only 5 minutes walk from The Tug."
Kayaking with seals
31 Jul 2018 • Morning excursion
Thank-you, Expert Africa, for recommending Jeanne Meintje's' outfit.
Mowani Mountain Camp
"Mowani Mountain Camp review"
We enjoyed the walk they had marked out close to the camp.
The 4-course meals were too pretentious, and we didn't enjoy the meals as much as we did in other places."
Desert Rhino Camp
"Our favourite camp"
Finding black rhinos wasn't easy but it was a marvellous experience when we saw them. Walking up to the rhinos for a short distance made it even better.
Hot water: we found out that there was only enough hot water for one shower a day.
NB The instructions said that the transfer from our car to the camp would take 3-4 hours. This is wrong; it took an hour and a half, but it was still quite hard work. My recommendation would be to fly into this camp, even if the rest of the holiday is self-drive."
Ongava Tented Camp
"Ongava Tented Camp review"
On the reserve we saw lions and white rhino which were spectacular. Again, we could walk a short distance to the rhino, which is not possible in Etosha.
On the best waterholes, with regular visitors, including rhino!"
Onguma The Fort
"Onguma The Fort review"
Meals eaten on a large deck overlooking a waterhole and we were lucky to see three cheetah coming for a drink. There were patio heaters when it was cold.
More young families here than in our other camps."
Okonjima Bush Camp
"Okonjima Bush Camp review"
The game drive was disappointing. Africat is all about cheetahs and leopards, but seeing the cheetahs was a real disappointment.
The cheetahs were collared so they could be found. When we found them, we saw two rather scruffy looking animals, fast asleep in the back yard of a small house. The collars reinforced the impression that they were rather domesticated. Not a patch on the beautiful beasts in Ekosha. We cried off from the next drive which was supposed to be about finding a leopard.
On the same drive we experience the worst "sun downer" of the whole trip. The car stopped in a windy, not-very-special spot, and we were handed a can of drink. A cold and unmemorable experience, best forgotten asap."
"Galton House review"
Being miles away from any restaurants, we had our evening meal at the B&B. Much was promised, but it was over-rated and over-priced. The vegetarian option was good, but the only alternative, meat option, was disappointing.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Nevertheless, we wouldn't go back there. Not a patch on Olive Exclusive."
A really fantastic trip
Botswana and 1 other country between 21 Jul 2011 and 29 Jul 2011
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No suggestions; it was all perfect."
Arranged By Tracy Lederer
We enjoyed all the trips on smaller boats and marvelled at the number of elephants, hippos and crocodiles we saw. A perfect experience.
We had expected the boat to be moving along the river but apparently there was a problem with one of the engines and it stayed moored in the same place. However, in the end it did not matter much because we still had a great time."
"A wonderful place to stay"
The room was excellent and the tea/coffee making facility was a bonus (we could even use tap water for the kettle!). We were glad to be on the ground floor which, we think, provided the best experience. The food was good, though not as good as that on the Zambezi Queen.
They were very helpful organising the helicopter ride and everything went to plan. It was lovely to sit in the outside bar and hear the roar of Victoria Falls in the distance. Equally we loved seeing its "smoke" from our bedroom window."