2 independent reviews for The Grand Southern Africa safari

Reviews for The Grand Southern Africa safari

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review 31 Dec 2016

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

Flying over the Okavango Delta and fishing for Tigerfish on the Zambezi River. Both of these were options. The one scheduled excursion that stands out to me was visiting the Namibian ranch of Mr. Bushman. He was so knowledgeable about science and natural history.

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

You will have to carry your bags for short distances so travel light. Be prepared for many long distance drives to get from place to place. I think the trip is best suited for retirees and older folks given the top accommodations (often with a pool), a cook, and some unavoidable regimentation. The truck is hard to get in and out of with 17 people so you have to have a lot of patience. I encountered only one testy individual on the whole trip, the proprietor at the Swakopmund bed and breakfast. Most Africans were very friendly and helpful. But yes, you will be pestered by people selling their wares on the street. The temperatures in December in the Namibia desert are extreme (right after the sun comes up), so do not plan on long hikes. Stay indoors. Drink water constantly on the trip or you will get dehydrated. I took too many clothes. Rain jacket, rain pants and warm pullover were not needed. I also took heavy hiking boots which were not needed. A sleeping bag is unnecessary.

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

Yes. We provided employment for many people. We visited rural villages and purchased some of their handicrafts. We also brought one village some staples for cooking: corn meal, cooking oil, sugar. Passengers were instructed about park rules and conservation issues. We were counseled about the conservation plight of some species. We were rigid about not littering and cleaning up our breakfast, lunch and dinner sites. Unfortunately, not everybody has that mindset. We tipped a lot of people who went out of their way for us.

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

The Nomad trip was very good. A little too regimented for me given 17 older passengers who did not wish to "rough it" and were often very happy to lie around the pool. Although there were ample opportunities for photographs, for those who are really into taking pictures, a trip geared specifically for photographers might be a better choice. The staff were outstanding: friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and fun. All of the scheduled excursions were worthwhile, with the optional Orange River canoe trip the one exception. You will spend a lot time in grocery stores buying food and water but that is the unavoidable nature of trips where meals are provided.

review 11 Jun 2014

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

Namib desert including Dune 45 hike and Deadvlei, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Chobe River cruise

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

Be prepared for the rough road travel in Namibia

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?

It was an excellent travel that I will remember for life, with great value.

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