10 nights in Namibia-advice please!

Old Nov 21st, 2006, 09:44 AM
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In September 2005 my husband and I followed this itinerary in a 4 x 4 self-drive camping vehicle around Namibia. We also love wildlife and game viewing, love scenery, wine and food, we love camping and bbqs as well, and the feeling of 'getting away from it all', but also like to be spoiled in a bit of luxury now and again. Namibia was definitely the most amazing trip of our lives, as it hit all of these points with gold stars. The camping mixed with the luxury lodges was sensational as it gave us the feeling of really getting close to nature, being self-sufficient and independent, and also 'earning' our few nights of being pampered - the contrast of camping and lodging was lovely. Highlights were Okonjima Bush Lodge, Okaukuejo Camp at Etosha, Mowani Mountain Camp, black rhino tracking at Palmwag, Ugab River Camp, Sossusvlei.

Okonjima Lodge (BUSH CAMP) - 1 night
Waterberg Plateau camp site - 1 night
Namutoni Camp site - Etosha - 1 night
Okaukuejo Camp site - Etosha - 1 night
Kavita Lion Lodge - 1 night
Palmwag Lodge campsite - 1 night - black rhino tracking - incredible - saw FIVE AND A BABY!!!
Mowani Mountain Camp - 1 night - the most exquisite and romantic place on earth we've ever been to
Ugab River Camp - 1 night - nearby was shown on TV in the UK recently filming desert elephants - a real hidden gem - run by a community and is supported by Save the Rhino, we really loved this unspoilt treasure - but its miles from anywhere and a real out of the way hike to get there.
Swakopmund - 2 nights - this place was like Skegness on a November morning - it was grey, foggy and cold in September - truly dreadful - reminded us of small towns where you just want to drive through and keep on driving. It is grim and is only on people's tourist maps because Namibians love it (because the climate is a respite from all that lovely hot sunny weather) so they go on holiday there, so it has a lot of tourist activities. But clearly the Namibian idea of a great holiday place isn't why most of us go to Namibia. We spent 2 days there and would never go again.
Sossusvlei - 1 night - stayed on a local wine making farm called Neuras Guest Farm, who make their own wine there - the couple who live there are real characters - he runs a vinyard for his retirement, he used to run Shell Africa. They're about 20 minutes from the dunes - the most remarkable and beautiful landscape we have ever witnessed. It wasn't just what you saw, it was what you heard - complete silence. Truly amazing, wish we'd spent a lot more time there to see the pattern of the whole day on the sands and a sunset, which we didn't get to see.

Self-drive was incredibly easy from the camping/ driving point of view. The only thing we'd do differently is NOT go with Asco Car Hire who were a nightmare and nearly ruined our entire trip. The driving and camping is very, very easy as the campsites in the national parks are FANTASTICALLY well equipped - swimming pools, bars, BBQ pits, the height of camping luxury.The roads are gravel, which is fine, nothing to cause any issues (if your vehuicle is OK). We can't wait to go again - for us we think its a great family-safari place to take the kids, because it is so easy and the camping is so fantastic.

Hope this helps, have a wonderful time.

Kathy
 
Old Nov 21st, 2006, 10:46 AM
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Thanks for your comments, Kathy. Could you elaborate on what happened with Asco?
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Nevermind, I just saw your other post under the Jeeprent thread.
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 12:16 PM
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Gaynor, I only just now found your post above and just wanted to let you know how pleased I am that my South Africa recommendations worked out for you. So many of us here have had such wonderful trips to Africa that a big part of our participation here is to relive them and to research future trips but an equally huge part for me, and I'm sure for many, is to help others to have equally magical trips. It's really nice to hear back now and then that what we have posted has done just that!

To add to the above advice on Wolwedans, please do note that we last visited in 2004 and that the local management has changed since then - the Ops Manager, Conservation/ Guiding Manager and Maintenance Manager have all moved on - nothing sinister about them all leaving at the same time - just worked out that way. I haven't yet read a report from someone who's visited since and await confirmation that the replacement team are continuing just as their predecessors did.
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