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  1. 1) Name of property and country: Klein Aus Vista 2) Website address if known: 3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). Low/Green season, March, 2015 4) Length of stay: 3 nights 5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? I read about this property on TA and saw it offered a stay 3, pay for 2. I thought it would be a good place to relax whilst seeing Luderitz, Kolmanskop and Aus. 6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? I did the initial research and then contacted Discover Namibia who arranged everything. 7) How many times have you been on Safari? 4 times 8) To which countries? South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia. 9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? A cabin desert version of Sossus Dune Lodge. 10) Was the camp/lodge fenced? No, but there wasn’t too much around to be worried about. 11) How many rooms/tents does it have? 6 desert self contained cabins. 12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? We had views from Eagle’s Nest cabin. 13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? The rooms were large, comfortable, well furnished and clean. Unfortunately the rooms were extremely hot with the afternoon sun making it impossible to sit outside. The cabin was self contained which was great. Breakfast was offered in the main communal area which was a 15 minute drive near the entrance. 14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. The food was ok. We had breakfast included, which was more European continental buffet due to the busloads of German tourists that were staying in the Desert Lodge. We decided to eat mainly at the Aus Hotel which offered excellent meals and drinks. 15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Yes there were different things on offer. 16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes? Single tables, no hosting. 17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? N/A 18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. N/A 19) How many guests per row? 20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Self guided walks, bike riding and horse riding were offered which lasted between 1 – 5 hours or more. 21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? N/A 22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like? Very little cars, very quiet and remote. 23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity? 24) Are you able to off-road? No 25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting. N/A 26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings. We saw wild horses, baboons, birds. 27) How was the standard of guiding? N/A 28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? N/A 29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: 30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? The staff were not very happy and helpful. 31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known. Not sure. 32) Safaritalk trip report link: 33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add: Beautiful self-contained remote chalets, on the edge of the desert with fantastic views. The main hotel offers a delivery service for bbq items and drinks so you can self cater without having to leave the chalets which are about 15 minutes from the main entrance/lodge. The property is very hot during the summer so be prepared during the warmer months. The breakfast offered by the lodge was nothing to rave about and was more suited to large tourist groups (buffet and not inviting) and no a la carte. We ended up visiting the local hotel/pub in Aus for our meals instead of eating at the Desert Horse Inn. The location was ideal for visiting Luderitz, Kolsmankop and the wild horses. 34) Please add your photographs of the property below, with headings.
  2. Namibia has such variety that it is hard to narrow down the choices. For this first trip I was pleased with where I ended up going and with Wild Dog Safaris, who took me there. A solo, privately guided safari is not real common in Namibia because it is easy to self drive and because there are lots of group departures, including several by Wild Dog. But I wanted more time at the various locations than any of the group trips offered and did not want to self drive. WHAT I HOPED TO SEE 1. Animals at waterholes both day and night. Chodup Waterhole, Namutoni area Okaukeujo Waterhole at Lodge Okaukeujo Waterhole at Lodge Okaukeujo Waterhole at Lodge 2. Big red sand dunes in nice light. 3. Dead trees on a cracked white surface in front of a sand dune. Me in the tree All of these photos except the top left were taken in the morning at Sossusvlei, the area 60 kms down the road from Sossus Dune Lodge. Top Left is near Dune 45, which is 45 Kms down the road from Sossus Dune Lodge and the entrance to the park. 4. Desert horses of Aus. (The only “wild” feral horses on the African continent are in Namibia). Garub Waterhole, 20 kms from Aus 5. Meerkats. Meerkats at Rostock Ritz 6. Rhino, and with luck maybe even rhino at a waterhole. Luck was with me at Moringa Waterhole, about a 10 minute walk from Halali Campground. Black rhino. 7. Nice scenery (Southern landscapes have the edge in scenery over Etosha region.) Near Rostock Ritz Lodge in Southern Namibia 8. Desert environments (Kalahari, Namtib Desert, Dunes) Oryx in Namtib Desert Red Hartebeest in Kalahari (Bagatelle) Oryx in Kalahari (Bagatelle) Black backed jackal behind small dune at Sossusvlei in sandstorm 9. In Okonjima tracking a cheetah on foot. (Morning and afternoon cheetah trackings were offered when I was there. Cheetah and leopard outings may alternate, so check in advance.) Very pregnant cheetah viewed on foot in Okonjima. She had just killed a kudu in a wooded area, in anticipation of eating before giving birth in this area protected by brush and trees. 10. Also in Okonjima, it is possible to see a porcupine at night, viewed from a blind next to a waterhole, which I was hoping to see. Mr. Porcupine showed up! Okonjima Hide After getting to Etosha, Guide Ian informed me that another goal had to be finding a white elephant. We found several. They are white due to the light color of the sand from the pans. "White Elephants" Near Okerfontein Waterhole in Namutoni "White Elephants" Near Okerfontein Waterhole in Namutoni These Top 10 are relatively easy, especially in the dry season--with the exception of the porcupine, which is seen on about half of the night hide visits. Rhino (Etosha population is about 30% White, 70% Black) are usually seen if a couple of days are spent in Etosha. Waterhole sightings of rhino at night at Okaukeujo (j is y sound like in Spanish) are fairly common and I saw about 6 rhinos and even witnessed interactions between them. Daytime waterhole sightings of rhino are not as common but I saw one at Moringa Waterhole at Halai Lodge and one at a distance at Nebrownii Waterhole in the Okaukeujo area. Meerkats can prove to be elusive, which was the case this trip. Black rhino near Nebrownii Waterhole in Okaukeujo area To be continued

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