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Reviews for Namibia flying safari


review 17 Apr 2018

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

Our visit to the Namib Desert, the wildlife, some of the local people we met and two lodges in particular, Doro Nawas and Okonjima.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure that your agent books a proper 4 wheel drive vehicle, the roads are mainly gravel and can be treacherous after rain. Avoid the Fort at Onguma, incredibly over-priced. Do not be persuaded to book by your travel agent, who may pressure you because they get commission on the huge cost for one night of 700!! They served us fried bananas with salad dressing as a veggie option, and to be honest the staff seemed tense probably because of the price the guests were paying and they were scared to make mistakes.

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

Not sure. I believe that Namibia does try to conserve its wildlife and as tourists spending lots of money on lodges, I guess we do underline the importance of this approach. We did drive everywhere so this is probably not very environmentally friendly, but how else to get around? I don't know whether the staff/guides are well-paid in the lodges. If so, then we probably did benefit local people.

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

A real adventure, but a lot of driving! We covered 3000 kilometers in 15 days, that's 200 a day, and on gravel roads that's a lot of time spent in a car. We saw some spectacular things, the desert, the stars in clear, clear skies, lots of birds and animals, and even a chameleon crossing the road in the desert, but it is a long, long way between lodges, and it is very tiring. I'm not sure I would want to do another self-drive unless it was around a smaller country like say Luxembourg!

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