7 independent reviews for Namibia and Botswana camping safari

Reviews for Namibia and Botswana camping safari

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review 30 Oct 2017

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

Dune 45

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

If a single traveler go for the single supplement.

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

Some.

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

High. The guides, Adolph an d Victor were terrific, my fellow travellers fun to be with, and we saw a lot of cool “stuff “. On the down side, a bit too much traveling on most days.

review 30 Oct 2016

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

We went on the Cape Town to Victoria Falls Camping trip. Every destination exceeded my expectations. The scenery and wildlife was fantastic. We saw everything from penguins to black rhinos. Wonderful geology, sand dunes, waterfalls, salt pans and National Parks such as Etosha.

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

Be prepared to get up early and there are some long journeys. Spend a few days in Cape Town before the trip and go to Hermanus to see they Right whales.

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

Local guides were used when visiting the bushmen and the Okavango Delta.

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

Brilliant.

review 27 Oct 2015

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

The huge variety of places, parks and terrains we visited. Camping enabled us to stay in the national parks, so we didn't have as much travelling as the accommodated group on the same tour. The tour guides were superb.

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

You will not regret it! Arrange your own airport transfer directly with the hotel in Livingstone, it's much cheaper than what the holiday providers charge.

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

Yes it supported local people, and we left each campsite and lunch spot without any evidence we'd been there. But using nearly 5000km worth of diesel may not have been good for the environment, but how else can you travel around?

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

It was tremendous!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear John Thank you so much for leaving your review on the Namibia Botswana Desert & Delta tour. I am so pleased you had such a wonderful tour and memorable experience and that you have taken the time to share your experience. I will pass your comments onto the whole team. As you mention, airport transfers can be booked through us or yourself and this is completely up to the discretion of the travelling. Our rate is dictated by the rate the transfer company we use. With regards to the distance travelled on this tour. On average we carry 10 people per tour on this trip which then equates to only 500km per person. This means that group travel has a much smaller environmental impact than a self-drive. This tour really does have a huge amount of variety and is a firm favourite with clients. Once again thank you and we hope you choose to travel with us again. Kind regards Jayne Harley Marketing Manager

review 27 Oct 2013

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

Climbing the Big Daddy dune

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

take earplugs, because the morning birdsong (at 330 sometimes) can be very loud indeed!

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

yes, obvious that lots of money was being spent locally, using local guides for specific trips etc

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

excellent, but very tiring

review 30 Sep 2013

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

We loved the game drives! We loved how close we could get to wildlife and just being able to really observe various animals in their habitats.

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

Do it! Especially if you enjoy wild camping--not the kind with running water and generators at each site but camping in places quite remote with few amenities.

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

Reduced impacts--we used a fraction of the resources travelers on supported safaris use. Supported conservation--national parks need responsible tourists paying park fees to do their work.

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

We loved it! The staff was so knowledgeable and we enjoyed the participation aspect of the trip. The people we met were great and it was really a bonus to meet people from all over the world.

review 23 Aug 2012

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

There were just too many to give just one! Stunning sunsets every night, the clear starry nights, amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery, incredible people, and great company....

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

Take a head torch - it was absolutely invaluable. And believe the brochure when it says take warm clothes: it was absolutely freezing some nights. If you can, squeeze a sleeping bag in to your luggage. I'm not sure what the freezing point of washing up liquid is, but that's how cold it was. My other tip is that if you are a keen photographer, take the best photography equipment you can afford/borrow - the photo opportunities are endless.

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

Yes - but maybe not as much as was advertised. Local people were certainly benefited, although I did wonder if the San Bushmen benefited as much as their translator. The information provided by the company suggested that we could drink the water from a tank on the truck to reduce the use of plastic bottles, but were advised by our guides that we should only drink bottled water.

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

It was the most incredible, wonderful 3 weeks. Not perfect, but pretty close!

Read the operator's response here:

Yes, the truck has a 150ltr water tank which is always filled from a safe drinking source. We do, as company. Generally promote the refillable water bottles. I do not know why the guides would say not to drink that water, and I have a note to ask them about it when they’re next in the office? Obviously the guides comments go against company policy, so I need their input as to why they gave this info (maybe they had had to fill the tank from a bad source). If no good reason, I’ll remind them of the environmental implications of plaster water containers. We visit the Trail Blazers campsite near Ghanzi, where we have a walk led by the San people and Robert as the translator. Robert, although only part San, grew up with the San (but not this family) and speaks 4 different dialects of San. The money that we pay to Trail Blazers for the San guided walk goes to the San themselves. The camping fees we pay to Trail Blazers goes to the owners of the private farm on which the campsite is situated. The distribution of the funds for the San is not something I have a lot of detail on. However, having experienced several of this type of “cultural experience” I felt that the experience provided at Trail Blazers was authentic and respectful. We therefore chose to use Trail Blazers. I have spoken, through Robert, to two of the San elders at Trail Blazers – and they told me they were happy with their arrangement with the owners of the farm. Their main objective is to teach their younger family members some of the skills they have. That is why there are almost always younger San people tagging along on the walk. In the early days, sometimes several of the people at Ghanzi would go “walkabout”, and when we arrived, there would be no San to do the walk. In recent years, this has not been the case. Indicates to me that these San people are satisfied with their arrangement. Please also remember that these San people live on the farm, and although dressed in traditional garb for the walks – many of the younger people wear western clothes in their village, and are attending school in Ghanzi. This is part that the visitors do not see. Support for San families comes from the walks at Trail Blazers, and is definitely uplifting the community as a whole.

review 31 May 2011

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

Sleeping near hippos.

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

Be warned how very very cold it can be at night.

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

Yes.

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

Wonderful in almost all respects.

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