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Namib Lodge Safari NL

Visiting: Namibia
Trip Duration 12 Days

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Namib Lodge SafariScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
(8 out of 10)


This trip is very varied and well thought out but ideally it could be a day longer (I’d have happily stayed an extra night at Waterberg Plateau).

Explore Leader
Our Explore Leader was a great guy; very organised and enthusiastic about making our trip enjoyable and his ability to produce interesting and varied lunches at the roadside (within 10 minutes of stopping) was admirable. However, he did lack knowledge about Namibia and it was apparent that this was the first time he had led this trip and in some cases had visited some of the locations. As a result we often had to resort to guide books and the internet (when available) to get information about Namibia.

• Cycle tour of Swakopmund Township– organised locally via the hotel. We spent 3 hours in the township with a local guide who told and showed us so much about the history, structure and life in the township. This tour should be added to the Explore Itinerary as an optional extra.
• Waterberg Plateau: attempt the Mountain View walk, the view from the top is spectacular.

• Be prepared for some very long days sitting on the bus.
• Bring layers; it can be cold on the coast and on the early morning/evening game drives.
Confirmed traveller: 17 September 2016
Published on: 25 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


Highlight was seeing the leopard in Etosha. Great lunches by tour leader Jean. Be prepared for how cold it is in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Lots of driving on very bumpy roads.
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


London, UK
Superb itinerary, fine tuned with attention to details. Despite Namibia being a vast country with long distances to drive, this trip successfully covers the country's highlights in an well organised way: the spectacular climbing of Sossusvlei sand dunes ,the eerie Deadvlei pan, the Siesriem Canyon, the abundant wildlife sightings (flamingoes at Walvis Bay, seals at Cape Cross on the skeleton coast) and Etosha National Park (we saw the Big Five) are impressive. The luxurious rest camps inside Etosha with their lighted waterholes at night provided a unique animal viewing experience. The accomodation was mostly in comfortable lodges with a good selection of food in the evening. A superbly knowledgeable guide accompanied us. This well- planned trip provided me with the most memorable experience and was great value for money.
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2016
Published on: 23 August 2016
(9 out of 10)


Tour leader was amazing

Etosha national park the highlight

Sand dunes and desert awesome

Lodges very comfortable and food great

Very full on tour maybe 1 day in one location to relax

Overall amazing trip
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2016
Published on: 15 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


Los Angeles
Excellent tour - only recommendations - change the hotel in Swakopmund. It was freezing and the staff were rude and unpleasant. I would recommend including the boat tour - which was superb and cut the trip to the seal colony.
Confirmed traveller: 15 July 2016
Published on: 21 July 2016
(8 out of 10)


Overall we had a fantastic trip.
The many faces of the desert, particularly the amazing sand dunes
Atlantic coast, oh so different but very interesting
The national park, simply magnificent, nature at its best
Expect Long bumpy journeys
Extremely busy, not much down time
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Although there is a lot of travelling including very bumpy roads the views and experiences are well worth it. The £ exchange rate makes for a very cheap holiday. Saw far more animals than expected. The accommodation was far better than expected ( compared to trip adviser reviews). As vegetarians there were no problems with food-- meat eaters really enjoyed experiencing the varied local game on offer.
It would have been helpful to have a more comprehensive list and content of optional excursions to ponder on. The optional flight we took were half the price as suggested in the trip notes ( due to £/rand exchange rates)- well worth it to get an idea of the extensiveness of the sand dunes/ Namib desert/Skeleton coast.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 11 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

The tour involves some long drives, however, the main roads are good and the truck was comfortable with the changing scenery, and roadside wildlife sightings for the sharp eyed, making the journey special. Other than at Swakopmund , the lodges were often off the beaten track but in beautiful locations, particularly Zebra Lodge, Brandburg and Waterberg. The night skies are breathtaking and the opportunities for wildlife watching endless.
At Sossusvlei you will see probably the most spectacular sand dune desert in the world with awe inspiring landscapes.The wildlife sightings particularly at the waterholes in Etosha are wonderful, the highlight probably being a family group of Elephants staying drinking and bathing for over two hours with close up views, but more unusual sightings included Leopard, Cheetahs, Honey Badger and Bat Eared Fox.Various Antelope species, Baboon, Giraffe, Warthog and Zebra are all abundant throughout the tour.
Confirmed traveller: 27 November 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015