5 independent reviews for Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation

Reviews for Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation

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review 16 Mar 2017

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

The whole vacation was amazing though for me the desert dunes at Sossusvlei take some beating. Namibia holds a secret round every corner, the wide open roads, the scenery, the vibrant colours and most of all the friendly people.

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

Don't try to see too much, make the most of the road trips and enjoy the journey, the scenery along the way is part of the vacation and discovering small villages and what they have to offer is sometimes a joy. Choose your destinations carefully and spend more time in each location.

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

Namibia relies on tourism and many local people are employed in the industry. Tourism in Namibia is very discreet and certainly the places we visited worked alongside the environment and embraced it, with advice being given at most camps and lodges to conserve the water and respect the environment.

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

The vacation was put together by the vacation provider who knows Africa. They really listened to what we liked and prepared a wonderful itinerary. I cannot praise Simon enough for all the help he gave both before and during the vacation. Next time I visit Africa I will have no hesitation in using them again and would certainly recommend them to anyone considering a hassle free trip!

review 1 Nov 2016

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

The views from all of the accommodations was amazing, also nothing can beat spotting a rhino when driving through Etosha!!

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

Try to stretch out the vacation as much as you can, the driving is intense, and a couple of rest days can make a big difference!

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

Yes, many local people are forging new careers in hospitality. Tourism is helping Namibians appreciate that it's wildlife is worth more alive than dead!!

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

Amazing!! The space, the colours, the diverse landscapes, from desert to seaside to safari!

review 18 Oct 2016

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

The lodges and safari trips were excellent. We enjoyed the independence of driving ourselves but it was great to have experienced guides especially in Sossusvlei and tracking desert elephants in Damaraland and and in Okonjima looking for leopards.

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

Drives are quite long so two drivers I think are essential. Take the guided safaris at the lodges but Etosha is very easy to do independently. Plenty of music for the long drives. If you go to Okonjima make sure you have time for a morning and an afternoon game drive...they do separate drives to look for leopards and cheetahs.

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

Yes. Lodges provided lots of local employment and support for the two game reserves we went to, Etosha and Okonjima. Every where we went that had good water conservation measures....but they did use some unnecessary resources, replacing towels for example when not necessary.

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

Excellent really good organisation, excellent briefings and advice. The lodges were super. Personally we didn't like Swakopmund and would have stayed just one night there with an extra night at Okonjima.

review 21 May 2013

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

Being in Hidden Vlei, all alone and surrounded by the peace and quiet and with the most amazing view. An able bodied person who goes to Soussevlei and doesn't make the walk is missing out on one of the world's most amazing places.

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

Go with the flow and enjoy.

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

Most places we stayed were run by local people, the best being the community lodge at Grootberg which was one of our favourite places.

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

Excellently organised with great places to stay and awesome sights.

review 17 Jul 2011

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

Grootberg Lodge and desert elephant tracking.

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

Stay two nights where you can at Grootberg Lodge - fantastic place.

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

Yes.

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

Brilliant.

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