Blue Crane Safaris Namibia
- Office In:
- 10-20 employees (Founded in 2010)
- Member Of:
- NTB & TOSCO
- Tour Types:
- Mid-range & luxury tours with set start dates and a fixed itinerary
- Price Range:
- $81 to $1,086 ppper person per day (USD, excl. int'l flights)
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Email Patti | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Blue Crane was able to engage both parents and teens in a fun, educational way.
Our family of four travelled on a 20 day private tour of Namibia with Blue Crane. I originally sent out a request to multiple tour companies with all of the activities we wanted to experience. Blue Crane was the most prompt and reliable in communication and were willing to work with all of my unique ideas. From the time we were picked up at the airport, until we were waiting online for the return flight, Blue Crane was there to take care of us. They made it seem effortless! Our guide provided us with so much insight into the geology, birds, animal behavior, history and culture of Namibia. Our guide and Blue Crane blew away our expectations!
Email Christèle Stanislas | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We would definitely recommend travelling with Blue Crane Safaris Namibia!
We are just back from a family 12 nights tour in Namibia, which we liked a lot. From the start, the communication with Derek was smooth, quick and clear. The description of the itinerary on their interactive website is very user-friendly and pleasant to go through, and accurate: while there, we thought that indeed the descriptions reflected well reality.
We appreciated our guide Sammy a lot, very nice person, helpful, resourceful, flexible, smiling, knowledgeable about Namibia, the places, nature, animals. He is a very good and careful driver as well. We felt fully confident and relaxed every minute of the trip.
We found most accommodations fantastic and very charming - actually all of them but Okaukuejo which we were a bit disappointed with: very large place and no direct view on the waterhole from our small bedrooms-waterhole chalets, contrary to our expectations.
Small recommendations: in Etosha, we stayed for two nights in the East (beautiful Mushara Bush Camp) and two nights in the south (Okaukuejo), and went on to Twyfelfontein where we stayed for one night. We would rather recommend two nights in Mushara, one in Okaukuejo and two nights in Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. Two reasons: three nights altogether in Etosha seems enough for us and Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is absolutely stunning, in the middle of the desert - in particular those rooms with the wide view on the desert rather than those looking to the rocks behind the hotel. Also, we would recommend considering walking or cycling wherever it is possible, just great.
The driving was well balanced during the trip.
To summarise, we enjoyed every minute of the trip and would definitely recommend Blue Crane and Sammy.
Email Nuala Riordan | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Well looked after
Were not impressed with Etosha, the accommodation and food. We had upgraded quite expensively to have a waterhole lodges, but despite this expense, we were not advised that not all waterhole lodges were adjacent to the waterhole, even those that were adjacent there was no vantage point to see the animals if the throng of others in the camp were there with their cameras - very disappointing. The lodges/cabins were very small and if you are a vegetarian as we were (and they knew in advance of our dietary requirements), having a diet of soggy Butternut squash, shrivelled carrots and Greek salad for lunch and dinner were no fun for 3 days. Me-Gusto our super guide did everything he could to sort it for us. As it was a national reserve there was no off roading and we had to stick to the roads. I would not ever re-visit this reserve. The next resort we went to was Mt Etjo, the food was divine as was the setting, the game drive was great, but as we knew we would not encounter the lions it didn't reach our ultimate. Our heart felt disappointment that caused us to curtail our four night stay here to 2 nights was the fact that the lions were confined in a separate reserve adjacent and were not free to hunt for themselves and were fed by the reserve. As a result we moved to Erindi nearby. This was a larger camp and had fantastic rooms/cabins overlooking the bush and a super pool. The food was good and the game drives were great - enhanced by the sun uppers and sun downers.
Email Mr King | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A super fantastic tour - THE BEST ONE WE EVER HAVE !
We, a group of nine persons, have just finished our 3-week trip in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. All of us have the same conclusion about the trip : Far exceed our expectation !
Thousand thanks go to Derek who is extremely responsive, patient, helpful and knowledgeable. He gave us the best advice on the design of itinerary, selection of accommodation, and suggestions of perfect places for our photo-taking (this is our main purpose coming to visit these countries). We started the planning of this trip in late last year, and have exchanged probably more than a hundred emails with Derek. He never failed to reply within 24 hours, and most of all, always tried his best to address our concerns though we knew that some of our issues raised were pretty minor. No doubt, he is a super fantastic travel consultant we have every met !
The whole trip went extremely well - smooth like silk. We counted ourselves very lucky again for having Sammy and Saari as our guides / drivers. Their driving skills and knowledge about the places we visited are impeccable. This is particular true for Sammy who knows every corner and hidden places in the Etosha National Park as he had been working here for almost a decade before. Both of them are very pleasant, and wear smiles all the times. We were all impressed by their super fantastic services which made our whole journey a very comfortable and cheerful one.
The only thing we “complain” about this trip is that a traveling period of 3 weeks was still too short as, apparently, we had not enjoyed enough. The accommodations, the meals, the itinerary … actually everything in the trip were exceptionally good. In short, far exceed our expectation !
Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our profound appreciation to Derek, Sammy and Saari (indeed everyone in the Blue Crane) for giving us a super fantastic Africa experience which we would treasure forever.
All of us have no hesitation to recommend Blue Crane (in particular the three gentlemen) to our friends and relatives if any of them shows interest in travelling in Namibia. To us, Blue Crane is the best choice of tour operator (not one of) for any one coming to visit this country.
Email Margaret Mckenna | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Friendly and professional service all the way!
Thanks to Derek and his team at Blue Crane Safaris who planned and organised a perfectly executed itinerary for our first Self-Drive in Namibia. What a beautiful country to experience with changes in the landscape around almost every corner!
Derek was always available to assist or advise, and went over and above our expectations to ensure our safety, comfort and overall enjoyment for a memorable journey.
We will be back for another trip and plan to travel with Blue Crane again!
Email Thais | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
My boyfriend and I did two tours with the Blue Crane Safaris and it was all wonderful. We went in a small group and had all the attention and care needed. Our guide Sammy made our experience even better by informing us of the local flora and fauna and catering to our every need.
Email Leticia Mendes | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The communication with the agency was done by email and they were very quick to respond and give all the informations.
My expectations were exceeded, the guides were very professional and helpful.
Namibia is a beautiful country.
I highly recommend Blue Crane.
Wonderful 3-day desert tour!
I had a great time on the Blue Crane Safari Tour to the Namib desert. Eventhough we only had 3 days, we saw so many beatiful things: breathtaking nightskys, wild animals, beautiful sunrise on the top of sand dunes... Blue Crane organised everything - camping equipment, food, entertainment ;) Sammy was a great guide!
Email Lisa Fisher | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Trip of a lifetime. Served all our needs beyond expectations and tour guide was best ever!
Blue Crane was a pleasure to work with arranging a tour that fit our needs, they were very accommodating. We were a family of 5 on a tight schedule over the Christmas holiday and luckily starting booking in April. We did the six night tour (2 nights in the desert, 2 Swakopmund and 2 in Etosha.) The desert lodge, was wonderful, an oasis in the desert with lovely warm and welcoming staff and great food.(we had 2 vegetarians and a vegan and they were plenty of options) We upgraded to the Strand hotel in Swakopmund, which was a real treat and worth the splurge. Traudy (Blue Crane)was wonderful and even made our dinner reservations in Swakopmund at Jetty 1904 and The Tug, both were amazing. The Etosha park lodges, were clean and nicer than I expected. I must say the best part of the trip was our tour guide, Sammy. Sammy is an amazing person, who exudes kindness, it felt like he was part of our family. He picked us up at the airport with a huge smile and was with us to the end, never missing a thing. He was so knowledgeable about everything; the history, the animals, the birds, the fauna and flora, the mountains and the stars (we received a great astronomy lesson in the desert). He knew all the great spots to go to and when to go to avoid crowds and the heat. He really made this a trip of a lifetime for our family. My only regret was that we did not have more time to spend. I would have enjoyed an extra day in each spot. I guess we will have to visit again. We saw loads of animals and birds. The landscapes were also breath taking. Blue Crane didn't miss a beat. Highly recommend this company and Sammy!
Email Jenny | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
wonderful tour in namibia
i would like to highly recommend Bluecrane safari , which provide us a perfect tour in Namibia.
Our guide and driver Sammy, is professional and have experience. we enjoy wonderful tour in desert and deadvlei.
Sammy also brings us surprise when we just start tour at 1st day, a free wifi is available in our car! amazing!
Derek Jacobs, arranges whole tour for us with caring, selects good location lodge, Great!
it’s real a wonderful tour, the only regrettable thing is tooo short.
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