Suricate Kalahari Tented Lodge
This is an actual tour booked by Edward Taylor for a private client. It is a variation of the Namibia Highlights Safari. If you like the sound of it you can book this exact trip using the enquiry form below or use the itinerary as a starting point and make any changes you want.
My clients have booked this 11 day Namibia Highlights self-drive tour. They will arrive in Windhoek where they will collect their car before starting their safari. There are many additional optional excursions along the way such as balloon flights, nature drives, boat and harbour cruises in Walvis Bay, Himba village excursions and guided walking tours in Damaraland.
"Overall the accommodation and trip overall was great"
Q1. How would you rate your African holiday?
4/5 - Amazing
Q2. What were your most memorable experiences on your African holiday?
Namibian Landscape, especially the dunes; quality of the accommodation and overall service (including from ATS/Edward); balloon flight.
Q3. If you were to do this holiday again, what changes would you make?
Do a (plane) flight over the dunes. Make it longer!
Q4. Do you have any general comments about your holiday? For example, accommodation, activities, guides, vehicles, transfers, value for money or suggestions.
Overall the accommodation and trip overall was great, and possibly deserves the best holiday every title! I have the following specific comments: 1) Ojitotongwe Lodge / Cheetah Farm: the accommodation here is quite rustic and dated (it could do with some minor refurbishment- such as painting and changes to decor), and there are a number of (literal) signs which create a bad impression- e.g. fines for various infringements perhaps based on bad experience with previous guests. However, the owners are very friendly and charming, and the additional activitiy of the cheetah farm was great. Nevertheless, it was a very different class of accommodation to the others- I do however recognise that this addition to the itinerary, at a late stage, was at our request and it may have been the only available at the time. 2) The Himba village: again this was a request we made, rather than your suggestion. I am not sure that i would recommend this to visitors- it is a rather objectifying experience and not as well put together as similar activities (e.g. the cultural village in Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland). We had concerns that the fees of the visit were not necessarily being shared with the villagers / it was just a "white man" benefitting from a commercial operation. It was interesting, however, but felt a little exploitative. 3) The Organic Square Guesthouse is pleasant, although I am not entirely sure how organic it is! 4) Please note that there is no fuel available at Mile 108 on the route from Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein. It says there is on the map (the one received from the car company- see below), but it no longers offers this. Last fuel is available at Henties Bay. 5) From Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein we did not follow the ATS directions and instead we went through the Skeleton Coast Park (as we had always planned to do). We were not aware until arriving at the gate (at 3.20pm) that it closes at 3pm- it would be good to note the opening/closing times of the park on the itinerary.
Q5. How would you rate Edward’s service and our service overall?
Excellent- the welcome pack, including (especially) the CD was a great touch. The quality of the service leading up to confirming the booking was exceptional. The map provided was good although the maps provided by the car hire company (these are the regional maps for Southern, Northern, Coastal and Windhoek areas, produced by Namibian Tourist Board / with adverts for accommodation and activities on the back) were actually more useful or certainly more used by us. The exception was the issue with Mile108 showing a petrol station when in actual fact there is no fuel after Henties Bay. There were a couple of errors in the information in the pack / itinerary (for example there was a misdirection in the directions to Sossusvlei- it said to turn right onto the B1 from Intu Afrika when it should have been left to go towards Mariental; the Cheetah Farm no longer offers lunch; an F road was labeled P) and other parts were a little confusing, but overall it was good. In fact the itinerary was so good / complete that we didn't take our Lonely Planet (although we probably shoudl have!).
Q6. What other places in Africa do you want to visit?
Private Client, Mozambique