4 independent reviews for Namibia safari

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review 28 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Climbing Dune 45 at sunrise. Watching animals visiting waterholes in Etosha. Landscapes and sunsets.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for very hot, sandy walks! Don't believe everything you read in the operators itinerary.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Very little. It provided employment opportunities and excess food was passed to local people. However we were forced to buy water in plastic bottles from shops throughout our trip. There was a visit to a 'cheetah sanctuary' included in the trip, which was not the conservation project advertised and was extremely distasteful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Namibia was a fascinating country and I would like to visit again. But I would not go on this trip or use this tour company again, given the poor service I received.

Read the operator's response here:

We were pleased that Michael found Namibia to be a fascinating country and enjoyed watching animals visiting waterholes in Etosha, although we regret that he was disappointed with aspects of the trip. The usual process on this tour is for clients to bring a water bottle with them and to fill it up at each campsite, lodge, or from the water tank in the tour vehicle. We were concerned to learn of Michael's experience and so have asked our local operations manager to ensure that all tour leaders are advising clients correctly regarding this matter, so that single-use plastic bottles are not being bought and used unnecessarily. The enclosure for a number of rescued cheetahs at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre used to be much bigger, approximately 500 hectares, but earlier this year the size was, regrettably, significantly reduced as one of the fences did not meet Ministry of Environment and Tourism standards. Whilst we feel it is a project worth supporting, and we are of the understanding that the conservation centre will be able to re-upgrade to a larger enclosure again in March 2019, we have asked our local operations manager to ensure that tour leaders clearly explain the situation regarding the smaller enclosure to groups in the interim. Should we continue to receive similar feedback, we will remove the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre from the itinerary until the situation improves.

review 1 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sossusfly and the waterhole at Okaukuejo

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Although theoretically available in many places (lodges, hotels and coffee shops - at a charge in Namibian Wildlife Resorts), wi-fi is often "down". Expect long driving times and bumpy roads - we did over 3100 km, including game drives.The weather is much cooler in Swakopmund than elsewhere.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. Our leader (Ronney) did much, far beyond the call of duty.

review 16 Dec 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing a leopard "in the wild" for the first time. I have been trying for over 35 years! The group, including the tour guide and camp assistants, became like a family. The guys were magnificent, always having our interests and comfort in mind, sometimes in the most adverse conditions.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for the cold and the wind in the desert.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes I did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

In the top three of the vacations I have been on.

review 10 Dec 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The leader - Obi - knew his stuff. He could answer most questions so that we came away with a greatly enriched knowledge of wildlife & the country. He also had very sharp eyes. Wildlife is always a problem because there is no guarantee that the animals will turn up. However, Obi was constantly pointing out animals that I would have missed. The most memorable part of the vacation was spotting the leopard. We would have missed it & driven on, but the leaders saw it & we went back. We had to be patient because the leopard hid in a culvert, but eventually came out. Another tour group got inpatient & left without seeing it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Not much because the trip notes covered most things. The only minor quibble is that during the last day we were supposed to stop at Okahandja for 2 hours to see the craft market. None of us were interested so Obi agreed to push on to Windhoek instead. Future travelers could be forewarned about this so they could choose to go to the craft markets, or somewhere en route instead.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I think so, we were able to tip individual guides etc & we were able to give a tip to the crew.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent!!!

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