Holiday review by Mr. Brian Samuel

Name: Mr. Brian Samuel

Date of trip: 05/09/2019

Number of people: 2

Walking sand dunes etc and lunch (from Hoodia Lodge) at Sossusvlei, non-intrusive sea kayaking around seals at Walvis Bay, desert elephant trip at Camp Kipwe, Mushara Lodge game drives in Etosha, leopard tracking at Africat. Accomodation at Hoodia Lodge, Mushara Lodge, Okonjima Lodge (Africat) and especially at Camp Kipwe. We liked the mix of accommodation styles etc incl. the others

  • Swakopmund Guesthouse facade


  • Bedroom and mural at Swakopmund Guesthouse


  • Breakfast at Swakopmund Guesthouse


  • Swakopmund Guesthouse bathroom


  • Camp Kipwe setting


  • Suite at Camp Kipwe


  • Camp Kipwe drinks


  • Room deck at Camp Kipwe


  • Etendeka Mountain Camp guest tent


  • Walking at Etendeka Mountain Camp


  • Leopard near Etendeka


  • Realx at Etendeka Mountain Camp


  • Chalet exterior at Etosha Village, Etosha National Park, Namibia © Xenia ivanoff-erb

    Chalet exterior at Etosha Village, Etosha National Park, Namibia

  • The lounge at Mushara Lodge


  • Mushara Lodge bedroom


  • On safari in Etosha at Mushara Lodge


  • Relax at Mushara Lodge


  • Wildlife tracking at Okonjima, Namibia © Okonjima Plains Camp

    Wildlife tracking at Okonjima, Namibia

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Tribes Overall:

We had a superb holiday. Everything worked really smoothly and according to plan. We loved the variety of accommodation styles and hotel types (four of which we would rate as outstanding). All hotels were very clean with friendly/helpful staff and food all v. good/excellent (with exception of 1 breakfast). The activities were all excellent and all guides friendly & knowledgeable. Roads/driving was better/easier than we expected. We would definitely recommend holidaying in Namibia based upon the schedule Tribes developed for us.

Tribes Service:

Service was great and always very helpful. The choice of accommodation and trips was brilliant.


Trips were great and either met all exceeded expectations. Hoodia Lodge (Sossusvlei incl. lovely lunch), Walvis Bay kayaking, Camp Kipwe (desert elephants , Mushara (Etosha Park) and Africat (separate leopard & cheetah) were exceptionally good with extremely knowledgeable and informative guides.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Above expectations at most - especially strong at Mushara, Africat, Etendeke. It was noticeable that staff at almost every place had been there for many years and were clearly happy in their work (Hoodia strong here) - always a good sign.

The places you stayed

Swakopmund Guesthouse facade

Swakopmund Guest House


Great B&B with lovely breakfast. We liked being able to eat out in Swakop.

Camp Kipwe setting

Camp Kipwe


Everything about Camp Kipwe was excellent in a stunning location and main building. The suite was exceptional and a real treat that we wouldn't have booked ourselves but were really pleased that Tribes did. Excellent desert elephant drive. Best sunset views.

Etendeka Mountain Camp guest tent

Etendeka Mountain Camp


A different (more wilderness) experience to other accommodation which we really enjoyed. Great location miles away from anything.

Chalet exterior at Etosha Village, Etosha National Park, Namibia © Xenia ivanoff-erb

Etosha Village

Etosha National Park

Room was excellent and evening meal great. Fresh cooked eggs/pancakes were great but surprisingly rest of breakfast not quite as good. Larger place than we would usually stay at which meant it was attractive to coach parties/groups. This meant that meals had to be timed to avoid large groups of people queuing at the buffet, which was easily done by being flexible when one eats. We really liked the wildlife around the site.

The lounge at Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge


Everything about Mushara was excellent. Extremely friendly, lovely grounds and stunning main building. High quality throughout with best game steak. We liked the small ildlife/birds around the Lodge

View room at Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia © AronecPhotography,AfriCat

Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima & central highlands

Everything about Okonjima was excellent. Extremely friendly and stunning location. Best flavoured/seasoned meals. We were upgraded to View Room (rather than standard room as per itinerary) and really enjoyed the game views etc. Liked being able to watch the animals as we ate.