User Reviews – Namibia

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Etosha provided an amazing experience. Our guide from Wild Wind Safaris (Rambo) was excellent and taught us about the animals and their behavior. We would have missed 90% of what we saw if not for his keen eyes. The scenery, accommodations, food and transportation was top notch. The trip was beyond my expectations.

Awesome wildlife in Etosha
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Very good three days - two night tour in Etosha with Wild Cherry Adventures, during the dry season. Lots of tours in the park with a very good guide. We actually spent our days and night in the park, with lots of wildlife sightings. Please note it is true camping (two-men tents), but they provide everything is necessary, including clean bedding. Just bring with you a flashlight and warm clothing, they are necessary during night and in the early morning. The tents are in a fenced campsite with bar, minimarket, toilets, very close to a waterhole where it is possible to see any species a few steps from the tents. During night we heard lions roaring! During day a very expert guide brougth us to different waterholes (every day one tour in the early morning and one in the afternoon): we saw practically everything, even lions preying on wildebeests! Simply wonderful

Excellent trip, great company
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Namibia was an awesome experience. Partly due to the setting, partly the wildlife but all of it possible due to Gaynor, Previous and the folks at Nature Tours Namibia. They put together an awesome trip with hands down the best guide I’ve traveled with in any nation.

Unforgettable trip in namibia
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At the beginning of August 2019 together with my family (wife and two children aged 18 and 15) we organized a 12-days self drive tour in Namibia with the local agency Cardboard Box. Our journey started from the capital Windhoek where we rented the car and spent the first night. From here through initially paved and later gravel but still easy roads we entered the Kalahari desert, we crossed the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei and we reached the nice city of Swakopmund, on the cold coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. After crossing the Damaraland region we reached the Etosha park where we could observe most of the animals in their natural habitat. We have been fascinated by splendid landscapes; the breathtaking sunsets and the star-studded sky will remain forever in our memories. The entire trip developed without any problem; the hotels and lodges booked through the agency were excellent as well as food and reception of staff. We would like to recommend to visit Namibia expecially the travel experience in self drive.

Great trip to the oldest desert
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Location was good, accommodation is nice, guide was professional. Good place to calm my mind.

Astonishing scenery, a well-organised burgeoning tourist industry, and lovely, LOVELY people.
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The wildlife and scenery was amazing. There are so many miles of absolutely nothing. Elsewhere in Africa, if you need to go behind a bush, you will find 50 children waiting for you. In Namibia, you'll be lucky to find a bush! But if you do, there will not be 50 children. There won't be anyone. You can stand on top of a hill and see the road for 200 miles, in an almost straight line - with nothing. No village, hut, pylon. Nothing!

We did compact game drives with knowledgeable guides. The scenery from desert to dunes to game park with pans and rock art thrown in - is incredible.

As reasonably experienced travellers in East and West Africa, this was our first trip to southern Africa. I had expected to feel quite intrepid.
Far from it: we stayed almost entirely in Gondwana group hotels, with other B&B in Windhoek and one non-Gondwana tented camp on our itinerary. All were amazing - so varied and interesting, each in their own right. This is not chain-hotel experience. We don't normally do 5*, so perhaps I don't really know how to rate this, but it was way above what we would normally expect to do elsewhere in either Europe or Africa.
By way of example: I wished that I had started a "view from the loo" photo collection early on. From quirky bathroom fittings at Kalahari Anib Lodge (towel rail and loo roll holder all made of copper pipe) to an al fresco toilet experience at the Spitzkoppe tented camp, with the loo roll tucked into the stonewall; to sand dunes, passing rhino and oryx, viewed over our own private plunge pool and a pink fridge at the Desert Grace near Sossusvlei. (Please, PLEASE - if you go to Desert Grace, stop at the view point on the road in. It is well worth clamber up the rock!) ... Elsewhere - towel origami in shape of elephants; chocolates on the pillows ... I could go on.

Special mention: our game driver, Ronald, at Etosha, said we would be out for about 6 hours - but he knew where the animals might be, found them, spent the extra time, and delivered us home after 12 hours. He must have been exhausted, and had it all to do again the next day. But we were happy. And Etosha Safari Camp is just lovely, with its live music, idiosyncratic furniture, and relaxed atmosphere.

Above all, we never felt threatened anywhere. Wandering round Windhoek and Swakopmund was the closest we came to normal life - we didn't see local village life at all, I'm afraid. But everybody we met and talked to, even in the towns, was so very, very friendly and welcoming.

A small point: we would have appreciated better guidance on tyre pressures for different roads - the car hire company simply gave us the wrong figures!

Thank you, Namibia.

Beautiful scenery but specific tour was a disaster
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Scenery of dunes was amazing
Weather was not that cold for desert and for wintertime , warm during the day
We didn't receive lunch on first day, other days the food was very little, others bought food .The vegetarians and vegans had much more limited options too for barbeque
Guide was not informative and we hardly received any info about sights we visited.
Transportation was a broken down game drive vehicle , some bumping there heads on the roof when we visited Deadvlei .Our specific vehicle broke down in middle of the desert without a spare tyre .
Camping facilities basic and okay

Majestic sand dunes,hundreds of thousands of sea lions,diverse game viewing in Etosha and lots more
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We loved our Oshili Tour and Travel trip.Our guide,Granville, was very attentive to our needs.Food and accommodations were excellent!!
We saw an amazing diversity of wildlife especially in Etosha,and our son was ecstatic about quading amongst the dunes.The desert landscapes were stunning and we got some exposure to a some of the tribal cultures in the North. We were overwhelmed by the numbersof sea lions along the Skeleton Coast ..I could go on and on about our adventures!! Truly awesome!!!

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A beautiful country with spectacular vistas, wildlife, and especially birds! Weather was dry and pleasant in May/June 2017, and I suspect it is similar in many other years. Etosha NP is the largest NP in Africa, and is a prime location for viewing and photographing wildlife!

Amazing time in Namibia with a wide variety of activities - sand dunes, safari, World Heritage sites
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I was able to see 44 different species, not including the various birds. Elvis, my tour guide, was able to find animals everywhere! I was amazed by his skill. The dunes were amazing between the expanse and the colors. Food was good - just a few things I didn't enjoy. I was in awe of the many kilometers of dirt roads that were in good shape. The MOST beautiful sunrises and sunsets! However, the dryness of Namibia was intriguing - everything from how the animals and people survive to how thirsty I was. I would enjoy another trip back.

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