370 Reviews of Birding Tours
Discover Namibia (AZN) - Camping Trip August 20165.0
The highlights of the trip for me were Etosha National Park, Carnivore Cheetah reserve and climbing Dune 45. The first camp in Etosha had a fabulous watering hole which attracted a variety of animals. It was very addictive watching the coming and goings of the animals!! At the Cheetah reserve we managed to get within a distance of 20ft from the Cheetahs what a fabulous experience.
Our group leader was Ronney, he was a very experienced guide and full of enthusiasm. The cook Jonah prepared a variety of great food for every meal and of course not to forget Ruben who erected/dismantled our tents every time we moved to another site. All great guys. Jonah even managed to cook a lovely meal one evening during a thunder storm on the Waterburg Plateau.
Take high factor sun cream and even higher factor for face and neck. I only took South African Rand as it is widely accepted in Namibia. If you are a vegetarian then there is not much choice on the menu when eating out. Bring some mixed nuts/seeds as I did. The electricity is unique to Sth Africa/Namibia but our truck had a variety of extension leads including once with an English plug. I'd no problems charging batteries/phone.
I was very impressed by Namibia. Campers are certainly very well catered for. Almost all of the camp sites had hot water, flush toilets, toilet rolls and even public toilets on the whole were very clean. Supermarkets were well stocked. The night game in Etosha was fab as the moon was shining and we saw a lot of drama at one watering hole. It is definitely the place to buy tanzanite jewellery. Hiking boots are not a necessity; a pair of trainers & a pair of sandals are all the foot ware you need. I took a 3/4 season sleeping bag and most nights ended up sleeping in the liner instead. A couple of evenings did need to wear a fleece. If planning on taking a Dolphin cruise out of Walvis Bay wrap up well as it is freezing!!
It was a fabulous trip and enjoyed every minute of it. Don't hesitate - go for it!!
Operator Exodus Travels
A trip to remember July 20165.0
Operator Alaitol Safaris
Fit for a Queen! November 20155.0
Operator Ker & Downey Africa
Wonderful and very special June 20165.0
I loved the zodiac trips, landings, guides and there was a wedding as well! I enjoyed it very much from beginning to end and if the opportunity arises I will definitely join the MV Plancius again! Thanks to all! Read more
Operator Oceanwide Expeditions
Namibia -The best of Africa August 20164.0
The animals are abundant and everywhere - watching at the camp waterholes is just brilliant - not knowing what might arrive next. Everyday is different and everything spectacular.
Seeing 2 rhino bringing there young to the waterhole one was still suckling.
Watching & listening to a lion lap water whilst a rhino slurped at the other side of a waterhole - then getting a full blown lion roaring session.
The cessna flight back over the areas just visited is well worth the cost - it puts the vastness of everything in perspective and shows just how little is not sand!
Washing can be done for you at the lodge in Swakopmond - fixed price for a basket load.
All the toilets were good with paper - but it is single ply and rough...keep all your N$1 coins as you need these for the service station loos.
Take a water bottle as the water is drinkable everywhere - although a bit yucky at Brandberg.
Good binoculars make a huge difference to seeing all the extra creatures at the waterholes.
Camping mats provided are good thick ones - nothing extra needed.
It is VERY cold after dark in July so take lots of layers.
The Cessna flight from Swakopmond is brilliant but you will need to book it asap as they only take out 5 people at a go. Also the restaurants need booking - we were lucky and got tables but it was only for 2 people.
Even if you think you've 'done Africa' book it.
Operator Exodus Travels
WHALES & BEARS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA August 20163.0
I don't know about inspirational, but the highlights for me were snorkelling near the harbour seal haul-out and being joined by a pup in the water, and also an unexpected sighting of a family North American river otters when we got back to the harbour in Nanaimo. Also seeing a mother and cub grizzly bear at Orford River and the sightings of orcas and lots of pacific white-sided dolphins on the boat journey to and from the bears. And encountering a mother raccoon and three kits in Stanley Park, Vancouver city.
The stay at the Canadian Princess resort at Ucluelet was lovely - relaxing and a home from home.
Jo was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a good fixer. She is extremely communicative and chatty.
Be prepared to help with lifting your luggage on and off the roof rack of the minibus each time the group moves hotels, and pack a bit lighter to make this job easier.
Canada is very expensive, so budget plenty for eating out/buying food (no meals are included in this trip). In British Columbia you need to add on a sales tax of 12% and (if eating out) a tip of 18% which is in practice mandatory and often goes straight on the bill, so everything is effectively 30% more than the menu price.If you're veggie, choice is pretty limited when eating out, so consider doing some food shopping once there so some of your meals can be 'DIY' in your hotel room.We were blessed with beautiful weather and Jo had the idea of collecting money for a kitty to buy picnic food which worked really well (but wouldn't if it rained a lot!), so we got 6 picnic lunches for CAD40 which was good value.
Apart from the lovely Canadian Princess resort the hotels were a disappointment with a couple of them quite poor, but this was the first time this trip had run and I'm sure this will be resolved for next time.
Customer service from the Exodus staff has been good throughout.