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Holiday review by Dr Catherine Turton

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Date of trip: 21/07/2019
Number of people: 5
Country: Namibia

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Overall we had a fabulous time. I will definitely recommend this destination and Tribes to others but there are just a few changes I would make if I was repeating this trip."
 
Tribes Service: "Yes and the Vamoos app was superb. I would have liked a heads up about how cool and misty Swakopmund is in July as weather apps don't make this clear. As result we had hoodies but a light waterproof coat would have been appropriate. My understanding is this was completely typical for Swakop. We flew LHR to JNB then Windhoek. We were advised that 90mins was not a long enough transfer time at JNB and to opt for the 4hr transfer. Infact we could easily have made the earlier flight. The unfortunate knock on effect was that we did not arrive at our first accomodation until 2030 and had to negotiate much of that journey in the dark when exhausted from travel. However, I am grateful to the Tribes team for letting Aloegrove know that we would be delayed."
 
Guides: "Local guides and contact with local people was great everyone so helpful, friendly and eager to talk to us and answer questions. "
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Yes, I felt we were able to make a contribution. We bought souvenirs from road side stands as we felt this was a more direct way to support people and were often asked asked if we had any spare food. We gave what we had but wish we had been better prepared as we had little need to travel with food. Money for goods is helpful but often the men leave the women and children for weeks to find work and the family are stranded in the middle of nowhere without transport or access to shops. "

Accommodation

 
Desert Hills Glamping Camp
Once again, incredible memories of this place. Yes, the accomodation was lovely, the setting beautiful and the food fabulous but it was the people that made this place stand out. The staff were fabulous, so kind, attentive and entertaining. We even learnt some local language and were treated to dance displays after dinner.
 
Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Lovely accomodation. Reception staff incredibly helpful with booking activites, finding restaurants and passing messages to help with our car issue. Would recommend.

customer rating

5/5 from 13 reviews

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

Visas: Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.

Health: Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

 

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