Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback
Jan05

Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback

We received such a wonderful report from Mary and Andrew from their Namibia self drive adventure! Here is their full report with some very helpful guidelines to self drive through Namibia! OUR NAMIBIA SELF-DRIVE TRIP We have just returned from our long anticipated holiday to Namibia.  We wanted to see as much of the country as possible and opted to self-drive.  Having used Sun Safaris in the past for trips to South Africa, we asked them to help us plan and book this trip.  We were put in contact with Jako and so started the experience. Jako was up-front with us when he said that he was used to helping people with fly-drive holidays but a completely self-drive holiday was a new experience for him.  He would need to get a good understanding of what we wanted from the trip and would rely on his ground contacts in Namibia to help him satisfy our aspirations. We prefer to stay in places where we can meet local people and use their knowledge when finding out what to do and see rather than staying in luxury accommodation.  Jako took this on board and we experienced different standards from basic to very luxurious but in every case, it was clean and comfortable.  Some places were right off the beaten track which is what we wanted and really appreciated.  We met some great people and the Namibians themselves were friendly and welcoming. Very important was the choice of vehicle.  Most of the roads are gravel or sand and it is easy to underestimate the distances involved and the time required to cover them.  We drove 4,200km or 2600 miles during the 25 days we were there and for the last 10 days we were joined by our daughter and a friend so we needed something which would be robust and take four people and their luggage in comfort.  Jako helped us with this and we hired a Toyota Fortuner which packed a 3 litre engine but was remarkably fuel efficient averaging 9.8km/l.  Bearing in mind some of the roads are sand, four-wheel drive would have been preferable but not essential.  All that driving and no backache!! We were met at the airport and after picking up the car were given a pack of information, maps and vouchers for our accommodation and transfers.  Our itinerary was a bound document which contained information about what to do at each place as well as details of the accommodation and directions to it. We started the trip with a stay at Na’ankuse which is 40km from Windhoek International Airport.  It was the perfect start being a game...

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Top 5 Most Exquisite Lodges in Namibia
Jul25

Top 5 Most Exquisite Lodges in Namibia

The gun-metal grey sky dotted with iridescent stars hover close over the endless deserts, dunes and wild coast of Namibia. Before night falls, the sunsets over a barren and frontier looking land engulf every part of your being. The wild Skeleton Coast, with its smashing waves and prehistoric coastline will beckon you to its ghost like shores. The endless parched Kalahari shoves it’s eerie presence into your existence. The breathtaking landscape of the Fish River Canyon reminds you that survival is paramount. The Caprivi Strip offers the best game viewing and prides itself on the Okavango Delta waters running through its arid landscape. The Etosha National Park will leave you startled with its mirage like setting and big cat predators sprinting through the open plains. Damaraland, with its basalt rock like intrusions and unforgiving rocky landscape will leave you clambering for more of Namibia. The best way to explore Namibia is to try and experience a fraction of each area mentioned above. If you don’t have the time and you’re bound by a ridiculous non-African time schedule, then pick and choose a few destinations from the list below. Without further ado, here are our top 5 most exquisite lodges in Namibia. Etosha National Park Congregations of wildlife flock to the national park, which is a hotspot for big game, cats, plains game and a plethora of birdlife. The vegetation is diverse, providing an array of habitats ideal for a variety of game. There is a huge dried up waterhole in the park, which seems to be a central location point for animals. Floodlit waterholes are dotted throughout Etosha’s white sandy areas and open plains. Animals covered in fine white sand approaching glimmering waterholes create quite the mirage. Expect to be startled by the sheer drama of this pristine landscape. We Chose: Mushara Outpost Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in custom-made tent-like wood and canvas structures which are nestled on the banks of an ancient dry riverbed. Mushara Outpost is all about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, friendly and personalised service. The lodge’s main house is styled like an old farm house with high walls, corrugated iron roof and a large wrap-around veranda. Caprivi Strip The Caprivi Strip is a narrow protrusion of Namibian landscape which appears to jut into Botswana, Angola and Zambia. This narrow strip is prolific with wildlife and offers the best of land and water based game viewing. The Okavango Delta’s panhandle is in the Caprivi strip and the area is surrounded by the Kwando, Chobe, Okavango and Zambezi rivers. It’s an unspoilt paradise offering a complete mix of Kalahari Sands and tropical waterways. We Chose: Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa Located on the banks of...

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Namibia Exceeded high expectations! Client Feedback
Nov25

Namibia Exceeded high expectations! Client Feedback

Namibia exceeded high expecations at the Wilderness Safaris camps of Little Kulala, Damaraland Camp, Serra Cafema and Little Ongava Christine, Detlef, Marzena and Tristram headed back to Africa in October, this time to Namibia. They stayed at the Wilderness Safari’s camps of Little Kulala, Sossusvlei,  Damaraland Camp in Damaraland, Serra Cafema in the north near the Kunene River,  and Little Ongava camp in the Etosha Park. This epic safari was put together by Liselle, and we so enjoyed reading their feedback. Having travelled all over the world, and into Southern Africa a few times as well, Namibia exceeded high expectations and they loved every minute of their safari! ( Note : concerns were raised by Christine about Little Kulala, which were sent to management team at Wilderness Safaris who have already made the changes to improve life at the lodge) Here is an amazing Video that Christine has sent us! Namibia from Christine Bogdanowicz-Bindert on Vimeo. Dear Brett, Liselle and Michelle,   The trip was amazing and well exceeded our high expectations! The itinerary was very well thought out and we really enjoyed staying the extra nights in each place, as we got a good feel for the atmosphere of each location. We were impressed with the diversity of landscapes, which were just stunning. And we certainly did not expect to see as much wildlife as we did. The animal sightings were incredible, not only in Etosha, but especially in the Ongava private reserve. In fact, it topped our two previous trips to Botswana, if you can believe it!   Highlights were (Little Ongava) walking with white rhinos, seeing 12 rhinos, including juveniles at waterhole while in the hide on the very first night, a pride of lions, with juveniles challenging each other and trying to climb a tree, and then to top it all a pride of 14, including 4 cubs, 2 months old, and gay giraffes humping (really!); not to forget young elephants cavorting and playing in Damaraland.   The guides, with the noticeable exception of little Kulala were fantastic (Teek in Damaraland, Stewart in Serra Cafema and Willy in Little Ongava). In little Kulala, the guide, Simon, was totally unmotivated, had poor social skills and was not communicative, nor informative. For example, we asked several times, which way would be best to climb Big Daddy and never understood the alternatives. We climbed (3 of us, as Detlef had a bad knee) by ourselves, as Simon, much to our surprise, told us once we were in Dead Vlei that he could not accompany us, due to his asthma.   Review of individual lodges:   Little Kulala:   Stunning location and beautiful camp...

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