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Namib Lodge Safari NL

Visiting: Namibia
Tour Duration 12 Days
 
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Namib Lodge SafariScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Richard

Preston , Lancashire
We chose this trip primarily for the wildlife and landscapes and neither disappointed. After leaving Windhoek, the first two nights at Zebra Lodge were fantastic, especially the clear starry nights and the mysterious nocturnal sounds including zebra hoofs past the lodge in the middle of the night. If you are fit enough, the 2.5 hour trail walk is recommended, the panoramic views are stunning with a good chance of seeing the magnificent Verraux`s Eagles.

An early start was needed for the visit to Naukluft/Namib National Park and the breathtaking views of the dunes at Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei. An unexpected sighting in Sesriem Canyon was a meter long sand snake, we gave it respectful distance not knowing whether it was venomous.
Swakopmund was almost European in style and architecture rather than African and was particularly cooler after the dry desert heat. For birders the lagoon off the beach is probably the best place to visit on the whole trip. We enjoyed close views of Eastern White Pelican, Greater & Lesser Flamingo, White Winged Stilt, Little Stint, Pied Avocet, three species of Tern and five species of Plover amongst numerous wetland birds.
We had hoped to go on the dolphin watching trip but this was not available due a block booking by a cruise ship operator, the alternative was a desert safari which far exceeded expectations with the expert local guides finding Sidewinder Adders, Geckoes, Spiders, Lizards and an entertaining Chameleon.
The visit to the Cross Bay Cape Fur Seal colony was memorable with extremely close up views of recently born pups , albeit some had fallen victim to marauding Black Backed Jackals and Kelp Gulls. The coastal waters supported massive numbers of Black and other Tern species.
The stay at Brandenburg White Lady Lodge was rather too short lived as it was a place for total relaxation, helped by the playful tame Meerkat. most unusual to see wanding around the Pool grounds and bar area! Sadly we did not see the expected Desert Elephants there, although a walk around the area allowed frequent sightings of various Hornbill species and a pair of Ruppells` Parrots.
After visiting the Twylfontein Bushmen Rock engravings and the Himba Tribe people we finally arrived at Etosha National Park. At both camps where we stayed the awterhole sightings were memorable with several Lion, night and day close up views of Elephants with many young, Black Rhino and many Giraffe and various Antelope species. The game drives allowed us to see four Cheetahs with a recent kill, a somewhat fortuitous sighting of a Leopard and a rare daytime sighting of a Honey Badger. It is also worth going on the optional Night Safaris where we saw Bat Eared and Cape Foxes, but large and small cats and even Pangolin can be seen. Bird life is extensive in the Park and the Lodge grounds with several Vulture species, Marabou Storks, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Secretary Birds, Wood Hoopoes and various Hornbills quite easy to see along with beautiful Purple and Lilac Breasted Rollers and Scarlet Chested Shrikes.
After leaving the Park, we enjoyed an educational visit to the Cheetah Conservation Fund project where we learned how they are working with the local farmers to prevent them killing the beautiful animals by providing them with dogs to guard their animal flocks. Do not expect to see young Cheetahs here as captive breeding is illegal in Namibia.
Before returning to Windhoek we stayed at the beautiful Waterburg Plateau with stunning mountain scenery and surprisingly lush grounds with attractive walking trails. Expect to see many diminutive Damara Dik-diks, the smallest Antelpoe species along with Baboon and Warthog. Again the bird life is stunning with many species of Sun Bird, Warbler, and Love birds.
All in all it is a wonderful tour, days can be tiring with the travelling but the views from the tour vehicle are often changing and stunning. For the sharp eyed many bird and animal species can be seen from the vehicle, Raptors in particular are common on the telegraph posts. Nick and Vjorn had excellent knowledge about the mammals particularly in Etosha but a Namibian bird guide would be beneficial for anyone wishing to identify the bird species. On our tour we identified over 150 bird species, although many would be overlooked without some field skills.

In relation to advice do bring a good torch as it can be dark at times and it can be cool at Swakopmund. Prices were very cheap with the exchange rate so you do not require too much cash for the trip unless you like the shopping in Swakopmund!
For anyone remotely interested in wildlife, photography or stunning landscapes then you will thoroughly enjoy this tour, you do require a degree of travelling stamina, but the lodges are in stunning locations and the effort will be well rewarded.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Be prepared for a very hectic schedule, often not arriving at the accommodation until 6pm and leaving again the following morning at 7am.
Confirmed traveller: 26 November 2014
Published on: 07 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Susan

Ruislip
Lots of wildlife sightings
Great scenery, especially at Sossusvlei
Confirmed traveller: 18 September 2015
Published on: 13 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Olwen

Quorn
Sights seen were great and Louis' wildlife knowledge was superb. You do need to be ok getting up early nearly every day eg 5am; you do need to be able to carry your own bag which will get very dusty in truck so don't bring new luggage. It will get very hot and uncomfortable on the truck at times- and ladies bring a sports bra if you don't want to sit at the back of truck with arms clamped to chest! Do be prepared to swop around seats in truck some are definitely better than others and "need to sit at front as get motion sickness" is not an excuse- take precautions or don't come on trip that involves 4-500 km on largely dirt roads most days.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 26 September 2015
Published on: 08 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Christopher

Namibia is a wonderful country from the sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the great white pan of Etosha National Park. The itinerary covers a lot of ground, necessitating some long journeys, usually on dusty, bumpy roads,however, this is all part of the experience and the rewards are worth it.
The highlight was spending the evening sitting by the waterhole bordering the lodge watching Black Rhino gather, drink, bathe and play fight.
The accommodation was very good throughout, but particularly mention Zebra River Lodge set in a canyon on the way towards Sossusvlei.
Manuel, was a superb guide, driver, cook and calmly dealt with any problem.
Confirmed traveller: 18 July 2015
Published on: 07 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Susan

London
Very busy itinerary, but great to see so much of this wonderful country. The leader had an answer to every question and he and our driver prepared amazing lunches every day. Really good standard of food everywhere we stayed too. The wildlife was the highlight of my trip - we saw leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant, more types of antelope than I'll ever remember! Best adventure of my life.
Confirmed traveller: 21 February 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Claire

I have traveled quite a bit with Explore and always recommend them

It is worthy mentioning that early in this trip our tour guide became very ill with appendicitis. However our driver coped excellently and looked after us really well. I have always found that Explore are excellent with dealing with an issues that come up on the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 01 August 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015