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Ilian Shopov   –  
Bulgaria BG
Visited: May 2022 Reviewed: May 26, 2022

Email Ilian Shopov  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Fabulous trip to Namib, Kalahari and Cape Town

I, along with 8 friends of mine used the services of Bluecrane Safairs, Namibia for a custom-built itinerary on the territory of both Namibia and South Africa. As usual, we did a combination of accommodated and camping overnights, so we could have varied experience and the best possible locations.

Derek, the owner of the company did a great job with planning and all the arrangements for the trip. We used again their very comfortable 4X4 customized safari vehicles. The guides Sedny and Seven were perfect with every aspect and every little detail of their work - driving, wildlife guiding, setting up camp, cooking, communicating with us. We all felt like a family, rather than just beeing offered a service.

We spent 11 days with the guides in the Namib and Kalahari deserts in Namibia and South Africa and after that flew to Cape Town for a couple of nights, where Derek had arranged great tours and accommodation with a local partner company.

We are all very, very happy with the tour and I am looking impatiently forward to our next trip to Namibia and Zimbabwe (different itinerary) with Bluecrane Safaris in August this year.

Once again, thank you very much Derek, Sedny and Seven for your hard work and professional attitude!

Caroline CATHERINE   –  
Australia AU
Visited: May 2022 Reviewed: May 18, 2022

Email Caroline CATHERINE  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris


I could not expect any better!!! I did a 10day camping trip with just my daughter, our Guide & assistant were absolutely brilliant, beautiful people, our guide knowledge about his country was outstanding, We made a great friend! Markus made our trip to Namibia absolutely memorable, we will have never experienced the country like that if we did a self drive experience. The manager Derek from Blue crane safari was so friendly. I can't recommend them enough, We are so grateful!!!! Thank you with all our heart, From Gemma & Caroline

Andrew D & Family   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: April 2022 Reviewed: Apr 24, 2022

Email Andrew D & Family  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

A memorable 11 day family safari around Namibia

My family and I have just completed an amazing 11 day safari showcasing Namibia with Blue Crane Safaris. Having had to postpone our original trip two years ago due to the first Covid lockdown, it has been a spectacular experience, as well as a relief, to have finally got to Namibia and see the wonderful sights on offer.

Derek was always helpful and supportive in his organising of our original trip and subsequently he handled the cancellation and reorganisation in a very professional manner, making the whole booking process seem very straight forward.

We had Me-Gusto as our driver and guide and what a wonderful job he did. Always enthusiastic, he managed to have us ready for early departures and kept us eager for the adventures of the long days ahead. He was knowledgeable, informative and well organised and showed an immense appreciation for his own country and everything it has to offer.

The lodges and camps we stayed at were all of high standard, the food was delicious and the staff were lovely, being delighted that we were having such a great time in their country.

Namibia, with the help of Blue Crane Safaris, has given us many wonderful memories and I have no hesitation in recommending Blue Crane as an excellent local safari operator. In fact, my wife and I are already discussing our next trip to see the sights we missed and to give ourselves extra time to relax in one or two of the lodges we stayed at but didn’t get to make the most of due to early departures. Overall, a fabulous experience!

Donna b   –  
Ireland IE
Visited: February 2022 Reviewed: Mar 1, 2022

Email Donna b  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Blue Crane Safaris was so thorough and reliable and has given me a fabulous safari experience

We have just come back from an amazing 9-day camping safari with Blue crane safaris in Namibia. From beginning to end the service was thorough and consistent. Are guides Sidney and Franz were lovely and friendly and knew all the tricks of the trade. They knew when and where you you’d find the best siting’s and the perfect times to spot the lions. They would do anything to help you and make your trip as enjoyable as possible. The cooking was excellent and especially as we are vegetarians and fussy eaters. Derek had been very helpful with organizing the trip and especially as regards to navigating entry requirements and PCR tests. I was worried that camping would be uncomfortable but the tents were very tall and spacious and the camp beds and matrasses gave me the most wonderful sleep throughout the trip. I would definitely go on another safari with Blue cane safaris and our guides Sidney and Franz and would totally recommend them to anyone else looking for an amazing safari as they will deliver!

Ramunas Kairys   –  
Lithuania LT
Visited: February 2022 Reviewed: Feb 23, 2022

Email Ramunas Kairys  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Professional and reliable.

Easy communication before travel. We ordered tour from airport to airport. Everything was on time. John was a professional and helpful guide. The lodges and hotels were comfortable. The whole tour was very save and the nature was amazing.

Nicole   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2021 Reviewed: Nov 19, 2021

Email Nicole  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very local good tour operator that will cater to you

Derek is wonderful. He really worked hard for me and my requests to come up with what we wanted in a safari. And I was tough. What’s best is that it’s a local company, not one run by a larger company. Therefore you pay reasonable prices and support a local company.

Mauricio and friends   –  
Germany DE
Visited: September 2021 Reviewed: Sep 21, 2021

Email Mauricio and friends  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Blue Crane Safaris: a great tour operator in Namibia!

We found Blue Crane Safaris while searching online for tour operators in Namibia.
Since the very first contact, the communication with Derek (the operator's manager) was extremely efficient.
Particularly during the current pandemic, the travel conditions may be quickly impacted and this requires constant interaction between both parties.
We can recommend the whole process (tour configuration, individual interests, on-site guiding and transport, execution of the planned activities, etc) as outstandingly well done.
Derek and his team always met our expectations, and we are certainly satisfied with our great experience in beautiful Namibia.

Ilian Shopov   –  
Bulgaria BG
Visited: August 2021 Reviewed: Sep 20, 2021

Email Ilian Shopov  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Two Excellent Consecutive Trips (back to back) in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe!

I took two groups of friends and travellers on two consecutive (back to back) safaris in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe with Blue Crane Safaris in August-September 2021. The trips were planned for the same period in 2020, but due to covid pandemic we did them this year. The owner of the company Derek went away out of the ordinary work in order to facilitate these very complex, fully customeized and logistically difficult itineraries during very hard for travel times (different entry requirements for the different countries, change of flights by the airlines, organizing PCR tests etc.)

Derek managed to organize everything in a perfect manner, following us from the office in Windhoek every step of the way and facilitating changes that emerged for one reason or another (some of the groups participants required detours while during the trips). He was also working very patiently for year and a half prior to the beginning of the tours - accommodation bookings, changes, extra tours, payments etc. Lots and lots of hard work, which finally paid off - we had fabulous tours during very difficult to travel times - 12 people total for the first trip (Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe) and 8 people total for the second trip (Zimbabwe - Botswana).

These were mixed accommodated and basic camping trips executed in a highly professional manner. We used two great air-conditioned 4X4 safari vehicles with pop-up roofs, pulling two trailers with baggage and camping equipment - all in excellent condition.

I would like to mention with great pleasure the two guides that we had (Sedney and Gavin), as well as the helper for the camping nights (Francis). They worked really hard - driving long hours, setting up and breaking camps during camping nights, cooking, bying supplies, spotting wildlife during the game drives in the parks and reserves, arranging extra activities, PCR tests, keeping constant tourch with the head office in Windhoek. Thank you, guys for the wonderful job your hard work and your friendship!


1-st tour. Windhoek - Sesriem - Walvis Bay (Sandwich Harbour) - Spitzkoppe - Etosha NP - Bwabwata NP - Nkasa Rupara NP in Namibia plus Chobe National Park in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

2-nd tour. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Chobe National Park - Savuti - Khwai Concession - Moremi Game Reserve - Maun in Botswana (full day Okavango Delta motor boat tour and a scenic flight over the delta while in Maun).

I would strongly recommend Blue Crane Safaris for any type of tour in Namibia and the neighbouring countries without any hesitation and I hope that I will have the privilege to use their services again in the near future.

Nancy   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2021 Reviewed: Sep 20, 2021

Email Nancy  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Excellent trip with Blue Crane Safaris from planning, to vehicle and guide, to Safaris itself.

August 2021 Safaris. Custom itinerary for two couples (1 couple in 60s, 1 couple in 30s) for Northern Namibia and Northern Botswana for 18 days.

Derek at Blue Crane made our custom trip run smoothly from planning to execution. Always a prompt reply from Derek to any of our questions during planning. The pandemic caused us to cancel our trip in 2020 and caused changes for 2021. There were changes in Covid testing requirements during our trip. Derek kept us informed and had a solution for any of the changes that came up.

We were more than pleased with the itinerary Derek developed based on our interests in big game, birds, photography, and culture. He paired our group with his guide Sammy. Sammy had an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge that he was able to share with us on animals, geology, and culture. He always parked so the lighting was best for photography and gave us all the time we wanted for wildlife viewing. He explained about the animals and the interaction with their environment and other species so that we could begin observe and notice these things on our own.

Blue Crane had custom vehicles that were ideal for the trip. Air conditioned, large viewing windows, comfortable seats, and a pop-up top for viewing and photography. Accommodations, food, and locations selected were all good.

We were impressed with the amount of animals we saw and the number of different species. The Safari took us through different habitats, which increased the number of species we saw.

Blue Crane was great company to work with. Responsive to our questions, able to resolve any problems that came up, and good service from picking us up at the airport to dropping us off at the end. It seemed like they had the resources of a large company yet provided the personal attention of a small organization.

We highly recommend Namibia for wildlife and Blue Crane for a trip of a lifetime.

Dr Charles and Nancy

Karen Waltz-Davis   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2021 Reviewed: Jul 7, 2021

Email Karen Waltz-Davis  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

30-Day safari...we couldn't have asked - wow, what a fabulous tour we had!

My husband and I are retired living in the U.S.A but we try to travel the world and decided to visit Namibia. I researched several tour sites and Blue Crane Safaris showed up more than several times. I contacted them and wow, what a schedule we worked out together. Our tour started with a standard 15 day trip and expanded to 30 days by the time we added all the sites my husband and I wanted to visit. Derek at Blue Crane Safaris was professional, prompt, informative, and was totally interactive to all our requests - and there were many. We planned a trip that covered the depth and breath of Namibia. During the process, Covid hit - travel was at a stand-still, reservations were hard to come by, but with Derek, we were able to continue the planning process and although we delayed our trip by 1 month, we experienced no issues....Derek was spot-on with all our trip arrangements. Our guide (Me-Gusto) was fabulous. He was prompt, professional, experienced, and so much fun to be with. When you are with a guide for 30 days, you better like each other. Me-Gusto loves geology, animals, history, plants, trees, and the environment. He was able to provide more information that we could have ever imagined. When we had to alter the schedule slightly because of the closure of locations, Me-Gusto ensured we were informed promptly and had back up plans ready. Without a doubt, Blue Crane Safaris, Derek Jacobs, and Me-Gusto made our trip to Namibia absolutely special. In fact, we were so pleased with their services, we decided to stay an extra month and utilize their self-drive rental vehicles and take a personal trip to a few areas we still wanted to see that were not on the schedule. Again and again, they proved their services were exceptional and we would recommend them should you wish to travel to Namibia with a company that is reliable, reasonably priced, professional, and the nicest people we have met!

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