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  1. There is one saying that we have used to describe our family travels: "The three of us are the best couple!". The three of us meant Zvezda, me and our daughter Tanja. That was a perfect traveling team for many years, until Tanja graduated and started to become independent financially; our new love, Africa, did not fit into her budget plans. Until when Qatar Airways has announced a new direct route from Zagreb to Windhoek via Doha. At 550 Eur a trip to Africa was finally feasible. To keep the costs even more within her reach (and anyway it was my secret plan to start traveling this way), part-time camping became part of the upcoming trip. ​April/May is our preferred time, clear blue skies, almost no rain, and decent wildlife sightings. To make the best out of the plane ticket, we opted for a 3 weeks travel. Itinerary was easy to make, usual tourist clockwise route. Also stops along the route were quickly determined, and our travel agent of choice, mrs.Gemma from Discover Namibia did not have too complicated of a job. The route: and the itinerary: Toyota Hilux with two roof top tents, and necessary camping equipment was again hired from Advanced Car Hire. Some needed and useful info has been collected from various sources, and in September 2016 we were all set to go. Why not camping only?! Firstly, to allow the ladies some extra creature's comfort, and inside Etosha, to allow for being at the gate of the camps before they opens. To start with the end: we all have enjoyed the new experience very much! We will camp more often, and we will be back to Namibia.
  2. We're two birders and mammal-watchers planning to go to Namibia this August. Nature Travel Namibia was able to book the following self-drive itinerary for us, modified from a slightly smoother one that we requested. Do you have any suggestions as to how we could improve it, given the difficulty of booking accommodations? (Thanks to those of you who posted in my Etosha-specific thread! After asking my booking agent again, we were able to get two nights booked at Halali. As this is a more general question, I decided to post it in a new thread). In particular: 1. August 1-3 is three nights at three lodges. Is there a better way we could use this time at one location, taking into account the difficulty of booking accommodations? This was originally supposed to be two nights at Namutoni, and one more night at Rustig Toko (for Aardvark and Aardwolf). 2. I think we have too time at Sossusvlei. We're mostly interested in wildlife, and one full day should be enough to enjoy the scenery. Does that make sense? Where should we move the day? Erongo is fully booked, otherwise we'd want one more night there (or at Brandberg). One option with availability would be to add a night at Kunene (it is a very long drive), and do Brandberg after Erongo Wilderness Lodge. 3. Is three nights too much at Walvis Bay? We are planning to drive there from Brandberg via Cape Cross, and spend our time there split between birding (waterbirds and Dune Lark), herping, a boat trip for Heaviside's Dolphin, and searching for Brown Hyena (any tips?). One option would be to provisionally book this itinerary, and try to improve it in a month after possible cancellations. 27-Jul-16 Arrive 14:10, night Windhoek 28-Jul-16 Okaukuejo 29-Jul-16 Okaukuejo 30-Jul-16 Halali-Campsite 31-Jul-16 Halali-Campsite 01-Aug-16 Eldorado 02-Aug-16 Hobatere 03-Aug-16 Oppi Koppi Lodge 04-Aug-16 Rusti Toko Lodge (for Aardvark, Aardwolf) 05-Aug-16 Rusti Toko Lodge 06-Aug-16 Kunene River lodge Campsite 07-Aug-16 Kunene River lodge room 08-Aug-16 Brandberg White Lady Campsite 09-Aug-16 Erongo Wilderness Lodge Double Tent 10-Aug-16 Erongo Wilderness Lodge Double Tent 11-Aug-16 TBA - Walvis Bay 12-Aug-16 TBA - Walvis Bay 13-Aug-16 TBA - Walvis Bay 14-Aug-16 TBA - Sossusvlei 15-Aug-16 TBA - Sossusvlei 16-Aug-16 TBA - Sossusvlei 17-Aug-16 Depart Windhoek 15:00 Thanks, Ben
  3. 1) Name of property and country: Erongo Wilderness Camp, Damaraland, Namibia 2) Website address if known: 3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). Green season, March, 2015 4) Length of stay: 2 nights 5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? I read fantastic reports on TA about this property, their amazing views and their great walks. 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 wilderness/nature version of Mowani 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? I think about 10 rooms 12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? We had views from one of the room’s balcony and the communal area had a breathtaking view over a small valley. 13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? The rooms were large, comfortable, well furnished and clean. We enjoyed our time mainly at the communal area and the outside viewing area enjoying the views, drinks and snacks. 14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. The food was fantastic. 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? Did not take advantage 18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. Open 4WD but we didn’t use it. 19) How many guests per row? Up to 3 in each row but normally 2. 20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Guided walks were offered free of charge and lasted between 2-4 hours. 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? Walks were determined by weather and which track we would take. 22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like? Private and no other guests around. 23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity? 24) Are you able to off-road? yes 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. Very good birding, no large mammal sightings, the area was chosen for its stunning nature and walks. 27) How was the standard of guiding? Brilliant. 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: Friendly, helpful, informative, happy and fun. 30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? The staff were extremely helpful and happy during our stay. 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: Just what we needed after being on the road for 3 weeks. The Erongo Wilderness Lodge is an oasis that provides beautiful large tented accommodation with fantastic bathrooms and huge decks overlooking the surrounding landscape dotted with massive boulders and wildlife. The staff are extra special and always on hand to provide you with whatever you need including yummy meals and refreshing drinks. The guided walks are fantastic and definitely worth waking up early for because the breakfast you get when back in camp is one of the best in Namibia. We were lucky to experience wonderful, refreshing rains during the evening/night which made the sleeping temperatures lovely and allowed us to rejuvenate. Wifi and a lovely pool was an added bonus. We also visited the San Living Museum which was up the road and it was absolutely brilliant! Would definitely recommend.

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