User Reviews – Namibia
Email Julia | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Astonishing scenery, a well-organised burgeoning tourist industry, and lovely, LOVELY people.
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.
Email Donna | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Majestic sand dunes,hundreds of thousands of sea lions,diverse game viewing in Etosha and lots more
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!!!
Email dennis.zaebst | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
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!
Email Barbara | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing time in Namibia with a wide variety of activities - sand dunes, safari, World Heritage sites
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.
Email Donna And Larry Kaplan | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
our 8 days in etosha were fantastic!
we are donna and larry kaplan, adventure travelers since the late 60s, who are reaping what we sowed by living very simply for many years. we now have the cash to book these pricey tours.
safaribookings.com was a great site to find. we wanted a week in etosha and nothing more. wild wind safaris was the only one doing a week in etosha so i reached out to them. david at wild wind handled our correspondence and booking and monitored our tour the entire week. you could not ask for a better person to do that for you. he was efficient, knowledgeable, professional and prompt with his responses. he tweaked wild wind's tour to provide us with our week in etosha. david delivered in everything he promised including providing a 40 gallon water tank to refill our reusable liters.
come on people. stop using single use plastic water bottles. it is immoral.
a tour organizer is crucial but the guide/driver is the main part of the tour. a great guide means a tour could be great. a so-so guide can really dim the luster. i hope namibians continue to pursue the guiding profession. i hope tour organizers compensate them well.
our guide was abel kuyonisa and we could not have asked for more. all the adjectives i used for david apply to abel. he was efficient, knowledgeable, and professional. abel was always early and always courteous to all we encountered. abel truly cares about his clients. he is personable and a good story teller. we highly recommend abel to guide you anywhere in namibia and beyond.
Loved to see some of Namibia. From desert and canyon-areas, via small coastal cities to safari and wildlife. Really fascinating.
Email Bliss | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Magnificent wildlife and easy traveling
I can’t say enough good things about this country. Okonjima and Africats, Etosha, Palmwag, and the Namib desert were all beautiful. Our self drive tour felt safe and flexible. I will say that our trip might have been better done over three weeks than two due to the distances. Vegetarians well accommodated, vegans advised to bring protein snacks and shop for beans in the town supermarkets, as even the higher end camps and lodges were baffled (but they sure tried to help!).
Email Debbie Payne | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Dream come true!
We would happily recommend indigo safaris to organise your holiday found through Safari Bookings. We had a few ideas on what we would like to do, the accommodation type and travelling we were happy with, but were struggling to put it all together. Ines responded quickly to our request, and sent us ideas on how to collate our trip to Namibia, Victoria falls and Botswanna. We exchanged a few e mails, and, everything fell into place very easily. Payment was simple through a gb account.
Our trip to Namibia turned out to be be far better than we imagined. Everything went smoothly apart from an onward delayed flight with Namibian Airways. Our guide Rudy was a star throughout our tour of Namibia. He had a passion for his country and its peoples and wild life which he shared with us throughout our trip. We always felt safe in his care, and he went out of his way to help us enjoy our first visit to Africa. His knowledge of his country was extensive and we were sad to see our trip come to an end. Rudy kept our mini bus clean and we always had plenty of water on board. He drove safely, even when the days were long and the drive was hard. We had plenty of room in the bus as we chose to have a small group, so we shared with three other people. Expect very bumpy roads and long days, with early starts but it was worth every bump to experience such diversity. The landscape is stunning and so diverse.
Th accommodation was spot on. We decided we didn't want to use tented accommodation, and so the lodges we stayed in were very clean and comfortable. The food was delicious with lots of choice at the evening buffet. It was good to try Springbok, Kudu, Oryx, Impala and Zebra! Most of which were very tasty. Breakfast was also plentiful, with fresh cooked eggs etc if you wanted it.
We were so lucky to come across the Desert adapted elephant on our trip, and to see lions, zebra, impala, springbox, rhino, giraffe and water buffalo. Couldn't ask for anything more!
Thank you Ines, from Indigo Safaris who organised our extended trip to include Victoria Falls and Botswana. ITs been an amazing Trip. Your help and guidance made it happen?
Email Silvana Guzman | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Uwe | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great round trip through Namibia
We had a great time during our two weeks journey through the country. Namibia makes it easy for the tourists to explore this beautiful country, meeting nice and very friendly people and of course many animals in their native environment.
Namibia offers a large variety of unique landscapes, high quality lodges with scenic accommodations and good service. Please do not forget, that this country has not many people. So if you meet locals, get in touch, say hello and they will welcome you warm heartedly.
We learned a lot while talking to them about the country and Africa itself. Dear Namibians, please take care a little bit more for your great Etosha park. The surrounding infrastructures require a little bit more care to make the visit a great experience. Private reserves and lodges show very nicely what is possible and I assume tourist are also willing to pay a little bit more to enter the park.
In summary I can only suggest to go to Namibia, together with your family and explore this beautiful country.