Victoria Falls Hotel
This is an actual tour booked by Edward Taylor for a private client. It is a variation of the Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls 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 are starting their holiday in Victoria Falls then will fly in light aircraft to Chobe and Okavango Delta. From there they will fly to Windhoek then hire a 4x4 to explore the desert area and Swakopmund.
"I can't imagine having planned this on my own and know that it wouldn't have been such a remarkable trip without your help!"
I just wanted to touch base with you since we've returned home. Other than our rough start in Namibia we had an absolutely wonderful time! Botswana and Vic Falls were both fantastic, we saw a ton of wildlife and were even lucky enough to see a leopard. The safari camps were both outstanding. We actually had Camp Savuti all to ourselves which made for a really unique experience and game drives tailored entirely to us. Once we got through the first 36 hours in Namibia it was wonderful as well. The dunes were spectacular (though the hot air balloon ride kept getting cancelled because of weather) and our excursions in Swakopmund were a ton of fun. We wanted to stop by your office while in Swakopmund but were so busy we never had the chance. I got an email to fill our an evaluation on trip advisor, which I will definitely do, but I did want to make a couple of recommendations to pass on for future travellers (especially from the US).
-First and foremost would be to avoid ever checking any luggage and be incredibly mindful of not leaving electronics in the bag. Getting things stolen by airport workers doesn't happen much in the US and while we were aware of the possibility we were taken off guard by the sudden and unexpected need to check bags in Maun and let our guard down (probably because up to that point we'd had such a good experience).
-If anybody wants to drive the road from Windhoek to Sossusvlei I would recommend at least a hilux size car. By American standards that was a pretty intimidating road (we met a family from South Africa who had 3 flat tires from that one drive). I would also recommend renting the satellite phone (if they work well). We easily went 2 hours without seeing another human being on that road and if we'd had any car problems it would have been a big issue. By the way, we were greatly appreciative of your recommendation not to drive in Botswana after we saw their roads!
-Don't plan on doing the hot air balloon rides in winter. Despite offering them it doesn't sound like they actually get to do them much because of the east winds. It's not a big deal and we understand there is no controlling weather but just as a warning to people that it seems rare in the winter for the rides to actually happen.
-Would warn people about the noisy tents at Sossusvlei Lodge during the winter weather. The location, grounds and food there were all great but the first night we truly thought the tent was going to come down on our heads. Also, the staff there was not very helpful or friendly (especially compared to all the other great service we received throughout the trip).
I don't mean at all to focus on the negative as we really did have an absolutely amazing time, I just wanted to pass these few things on as things to warn people of. There were so many great things that it's hard to keep track of all of them! I would say some of our favorites included:
-The Victoria Falls Hotel, the grounds, the view and the location were just spectacular.
-The bush planes, we were both so pleasantly surprised by how punctual, efficient and well timed those flights were. It made travel around Botswana really enjoyable.
-Camp Savuti and Moremi Crossing were sensational (though Moremi Crossing desperately needs an in-house boat mechanic as the motor boats were constantly breaking down...the mokoro were great though!).
-Hoodia Desert Lodge, Thomas and Henreza were amazing hosts, the lodge is beautiful and the food was the best of the entire trip.
-The boat trip in Swakopmund was a pleasant surprise. Usually on boat trips you see things from so far away but to have seals and pelicans on the boat and dolphins swimming along next to it along with the excellent oysters and champagne, it all made for a fantastic experience.
I know this was a really long email but more than anything I just want to say that we had the time of our lives and are really grateful for all our help. I can't imagine having planned this on my own and know that it wouldn't have been such a remarkable trip without your help! Thank you and best wishes!
Private Client, USA