Travel reviews

Travel reviews by 6 from Whangarei

Amazing itinerary, brilliant organisation

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia, South Africa & Zambia between 1-Apr-2011 and 4-May-2011 and I travelled with 6 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


We had an amazing adventure through SA, Namibia and Botswana. Being independent Kiwis, we were keen on arranging our own itinerary and travelling under our own steam, preferably off the beaten tourist track. Namibia appealed, and once I found your amazing website I was hooked. In a former life I was a travel agent here in NZ, but most trips were packaged and rigid, and that was not what we wanted. Having worked out roughly where we wanted to go, I emailed your office, who then referred me to your Namibian expert who (unbelievably!) actually lived in NZ.

Maruska's in depth knowledge of Namibia and her recommendations really made the trip work. Travelling distances were good, and although we travelled over 7,500 km in 5 weeks, it was very do-able. Maruska listened to our preferences and we were delighted with her choice of accom. We enjoyed having the freedom of travelling in the 4WDs to suit ourselves. I fully expected the odd hiccup when we finished with the vehicles and then were reliant on a complicated series of transfers, boats, small planes with no set schedule, more transfers etc, but it all went according to plan and worked like clockwork.

Full marks to Maruska and your agents in Namibia and Botswana for attention to detail and for putting it all together.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Just keep doing what you do so well. Your website is just fantastic, great to read other peoples reviews, which is why I've spent all day putting up all this feedback (Sorry it took so long!).

The Brandt guides to Namibia and Botswana are actually in our local library, and it was from there I picked up the website in the first place. Our copies are well worn from the trip, and there was a bit of a bun fight over who kept them. Maybe one per couple would be good, or at least one per vehicle? The Namibia maps were great and Maruska had highlighted each of our stops which was also great attention to detail. We were very happy with the service we received from Maruska - she's a gem - look after her!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Acorn House, South Africa
1-Apr-2011 review: Lovely home, great location, top breakfast
Ndedema Lodge, South Africa
5-Apr-2011 review: Wonderful hospitality at Ndedema Lodge
Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa, Namibia
6-Apr-2011 review: Ai-Ais Camp a pleasant surprise
Desert Horse Inn, Namibia
8-Apr-2011 review: Desert Horse Inn, Klein Aus Vista
Sossusvlei Lodge, Namibia
10-Apr-2011 review: Great location, interesting rooms
Barkhan Dune Retreat, Namibia
11-Apr-2011 review: Amazing retreat, great hospitality
Intermezzo Guesthouse, Namibia
12-Apr-2011 review: Good place to stay in Swakopmund
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Namibia
14-Apr-2011 review: Brandberg White Lady review
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
15-Apr-2011 review: Amazing place - must stay here
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
16-Apr-2011 review: Good location inside Etosha NP
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
18-Apr-2011 review: Good location inside Etosha NP
Roys Restcamp, Namibia
20-Apr-2011 review: Quirky, cool and rustic
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
21-Apr-2011 review: Okavango River peaks again
Camp Kwando, Namibia
23-Apr-2011 review: Traditional atmosphere at Kwando
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
25-Apr-2011 review: Large resort, excellent location
Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana
27-Apr-2011 review: Great location and game viewing
Private Mobile Camp, Botswana (this camp has since closed)
29-Apr-2011 review: Savute safari - a privilege to experience
Thamalakane River Lodge, Botswana
3-May-2011 review: Stopover in Maun