We have just come back from an amazing trip to Namibia in September. The holiday had been a long time in the planning, and was every bit as wonderful as we had hoped. We did a self-drive with another couple and tried to limit the driving to no more than 4 hours or each journey, which worked out well for us. Each destination had something different to offer, from kayaking with hundreds of baby seals in Swakopmund, to walking in the Erongo mountains, getting up-close and personal with two herds of desert elephants in Damaraland, being dazzled by zebra in Etosha, and seeing our first leopard, in Okonjima. We couldn't fault anything on the trip - the accommodation was wonderful throughout, and all went seamlessly.
Mari was excellent, offering good advice and help with the planning of the itinerary and also being in regular and prompt communication throughout. She met us for the briefing when we picked up our vehicle and was very thorough with all the arrangements. She had even organised for a driver/car to lead us to our first lodge, as it was getting dark and the lodge was rather remote - which was extremely welcome as it was quite a hairy drive. We were very impressed that she also gave up time on a Sunday to meet us at our last hotel in Windhoek, to make sure our trip had gone well, which it certainly had. Everything went perfectly and we felt in safe hands - thank you.
Clients really need to know well in advance (well before booking) about the difficulties in confirming the accommodation in Namibia. It is very difficult to have spent weeks sorting out an itinerary, and to have booked your flights, only to find right up until the last minute, that it all might have to change because the lodges you had carefully selected might not have availability. Mari pulled out all the stops to sort out our accommodation issues in Damaraland, which was to be the highlight of our trip, and we are very grateful for that. It really made our trip special. However, without that, it would have cast a bit of a cloud over the holiday.
All guides and drivers were exceptional and very knowledgeable. Possibly in Etosha slightly less so - however we understand this is a publically owned park and that is probably to be expected. We still found it useful though, for helping us with our route for our self-drive the next day.
The journeys are long and the road conditions can be difficult, so try to limit the driving distances and stay a couple of nights in places if you can. Take plenty of warm clothes for Swakopmund and the mountains - it was freezing!
So many to choose from... Kayaking with baby seals in Swakopmund Staying in the Erongo mountains Damaraland - staying at the Mowani Lodge was fabulous, but spending 2 hours with 11 desert elephants was amazing Etosha - our self-drive day, seeing so much wildlife at the waterholes. Okonjima - another fabulous place. The walk to find the cheetah, and then the leopard drive were wonderful.