The best decision in 2021: Going on our Namibia trip in September 2021 despite Covid and instead of postponing it a third time! The country was deserted and the risk of infection low, as long as you stick to the general hygiene measures. The locals expressed that they were very very grateful for our coming. The whole organisation of our trip required a lot of efforts from our Travel Expert Marlene Tritschler, especially since we had to postpone the trip. She managed it excellently. She answered each question promptly and responded to our wishes and ideas. If it was theoretically possible, it would be done. Marlene advised us excellently and had great recommendations.
On site in Namibia, we were lucky to have Hartmut Grensing as our very savvy Guide for the whole duration of the trip. We shared a comfortable and newly converted 4×4 vehicle with only three respectively four people while it has space for eight people. We could totally relax since Hartmut took care of everything and anything that needed to be organised. He also organised a walk with the San and a visit to the Living Museum for us. On route, Hartmut shared a lot about the flora and fauna, the way of life in Namibia, history as well as geology. We only used our guidebook to re-read what Hartmut had already told us. He also found a herd of elephants in Damaraland and knew the best waterholes for wildlife sightings in Etosha National Park.
The standard of our lodges ranged from good to very good. Dinner was always delicious with wonderful African ambience. Two of the lodges were rather bad. However, we had been informed about this beforehand. One of the lodges was state-run. On the upside, we were able to experience impressive sightings including lion roaring and a rhino baby at the flood-lit waterhole. Sundowner game drives, elephant and rhino tracking were organised by the lodges directly. Fantastic experiences!
We booked a few additional days to relax. You should make sure to book a lodge which offers some activities during the day or alternatively has a very good swimming pool. It’s not necessarily advisable to go on hikes and walks by yourself. One recommendation is to visit the Africat Foundation in Otjiwarongo, an organisation which helps in cheetah and leopard conservation.
We recommend booking with Namibia-Experience without hesitation.