trekgreatamerican Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
October 4th, 2016 Augrabies Falls NP

Great stop in SA as we have always wanted to come here. Camping was unfortunately fully booked so we got a cabin for R1170 for the night. Staff are friendly, facilities are clean and well kept. Each place has a braai, fridge and cooking. Hot water. Great views, pool. You also need to pay park entry per day. R40 pppd for South Africans. Shop at reception sells wood, meat and most basics, but no vegetables or fruit. You can drive your vehicle to the cabins or campsite. Watch for baboons. The have a small fuel station on site.

October 4th, 2016 Sunset Chalets + Camping

Great stop. Would have stayed longer. Self catering chalets for 400pppn. Kitchen in each unit and braai. Fridge too. The views at sunset are spectacular. Owners are super friendly. Had a pet meetkat when I stopped by. Rooms are clean and beds are comfy. There are no TV's here, but you hardly need it. Recommended highly for a stop on route.

October 1st, 2016 bastion farmyard

We stopped here for one night and could have stayed longer. Great stop! A lot of effort has gone into both the guest house and the camp sites. Each site has a basin, ablutions, washing line and braai. The shop is also great and sells wood, meat and great gifts. We loved it here! R550 for the double room for 2 people.

September 25th, 2016 Quiver Tree Forest

We were recommended to stay here in our way north. It was a bit out of town, but town is not much so was better. Stars are phenomenal out here. Each camp site has water and electricity and a braai. Wash up available and great hot showers. There were 4 cheetah when we were here and we enjoyed watching the feeding, though I am not sure I believe everything the owner said. Also a pet warthog who is such a character. Wood and drinks available at the reception. Not so busy so you have a lot to yourself! Love the spot

September 24th, 2016 Canyon Roadhouse Campground

We stayed here a night on route to FRC. The stars are spectacular! You cannot see such good stars at Ai-Ais as there are too many lights. The food at the restaurant was very good, I recommend the game wrap. Bathrooms were clean and we had a jackal walk through our camp. Wifi in the restaurant but I never tried it. Worthwhile place to stop, even if just to eat. Showers are great and hot, braai at every camp with electricity and water.

September 23rd, 2016 Ai Ais Hot Spring Resort

We visited this spot after numerous recommendations. The hot spring was awesome! Unfortunately a bit resorty, and so often there are people making a noise in the camp. I also got a bad feeling about theft and leaving stuff out here. Otherwise the camp spots are clean and the ablutions fine. The area in general could do with a good clean up and is a bit run down. Watch for the baboons!

September 18th, 2016 Sandrose Apartments

Staying here for a few nights to rest up - after being blasted by a sand storm in Sesriem. Found this stunning little guest house, we are renting a room for 650N$ per night for both of us. The room is clean, very nicely done and small details are included like soap, fridge, stove, sink, safe etc. It is self catering. Parking on the street, but there is a security guard 24hrs a day. Hot showers, laundry for 50 per load. Wifi is the best in Namibia so far.

September 16th, 2016 Gecko Camp

We stayed here after the place across the road said we were not allowed to camp unless we also bought a scenic flight. Such greed. Se we decided to try Gecko camp and it was exactly what I was looking for. We stayed in a safari tent for 800 per night, hot water is by a donkey and you have to make the fire yourself. The rooms are clean, comfortable and private. The views are astounding. You can get here in a 2x4 vehicle or motorcycle. Beautiful place in a stunning area. Wild , but if you are looking for 5 star this is not the place for you. Camp site available, areas for braai and drinking water from the taps. Flush loos. No electricity at sites. Wifi at reception. Great! Camping is 150ppn for on top of hill. They have a wild camp spot on the farm too- 5km away but 4x4 needed

September 14th, 2016 Spitzkoppe Campsite

Wow what a spot! We stayed two nights. It was like wild camping as the spaces are very far apart. Wild area. You buy wood at the reception, and a few drinks. There is no water, electricity or luxuries at the spots so take your own. Pit loos are ok. Watch the roads in and out have sandy patches

September 12th, 2016 Strauss Holiday Flats

We stayed here for 2 nights as I needed reasonable accommodation near the medi clinic. Room was big with a kitchen, fridge, stove and tv. Nice hot showers. Clean and free breakfast. Free wifi, but slow to average. We paid $N 880 per night for 2 people. Close to food lovers market, some fast food restaurants and the beach.

August 25th, 2016 Gweta Lodge

Stayed here one night on route into the pans, the road from here to Kubu island is better than the one from Nata - allegedly. It is 170km from here to the island and only fuel in Nata, or on the Mopipi road south. You can buy fuel here from a local guy off the main road if you really need ( we will put a pin up and his name is Tony). The lodge is basic but fairly priced, the rooms are clean with open aired bathrooms. Campsite is ok with ablutions etc. Restaurant available and nice bar. Wifi available free. Shop in town only sells basics so bring food from francistown or maon. Owners are very friendly and will help you with route advice, petrol and so on. Staff are also great! Great big pool too.

August 24th, 2016 Planet Baobab

Stayed here a night outside gweta as it was highly recommended. Great stop and campsite. Clean with beautiful ablutions, braai at each site with grid. Electric fence around place so no crazy animals. Big pool, wifi available for a price. Restaurant food is great. Recommended as a stop or for a few days stay. Again no shops around so bring your food and meat from maon or francistown.

August 23rd, 2016 Elephant Sands Lodge & Camp

One of our favourite spots- there is a drought so there were plenty of elephants walking around. You camp among the ellies. Tame bushbaby in the camp too. Nice ablutions, restaurant is ok and great bar. We ended up staying 3 nights. Wifi was available but not working and the elephants regularly dig into the water supply so be prepared to go without a shower. Camping was 90p pppn. Owners are friendly and we lived this spot. loins and leopard passed through the camp too.

August 22nd, 2016 Chobe Safari Lodge

Great campsite on the chobe river, each site has a fire pit (no grids) and it is very clean. Can get busy and noisy. Wifi available at the main lodge. Basically in the chobe reserve so you can hear the animals, there is an electric fence around. Lots of warthog, mongese, nyala and monkeys in the camp. Watch your food!

July 25th, 2016 The waterfront lodge

Camped here for a night, it was a great campsite! Popular with tour groups too, but the trees and layout make you feel secluded. Electric fence around the area to keep the large animals out. Lots of aggressive monkeys:) ablutions were clean with hot water, great view from the bar over the river. The area is wild and great! Highly recommend it. Electricity, braai and wash area in each campsite.

July 23rd, 2016 Sandy Beach Safari Lodge

We came here on a recommendation for 2 nights, a stunning spot on the lake. There are rooms available and also camping for 75 Zk pppn. There is a restaurant and bar and they will bring you a braai and charcoal if you want it. The owners and staff are very helpful and friendly. The road here is 4 km of gravel and bits of sand with beautiful baobabs. Great spot to relax for a bit. There is wifi available- we have not tried it yet.

July 21st, 2016 Eureka Camping Park

We stayed overnight here, nice camp spots with braai facilities and electricity points. Watch the monkeys! Zebra and giraffe regular the site, there is a bar, and chalets if you like. But on the prices side- at 150 Zkw pppn for camping.

July 20th, 2016 Pioneer Camp

Great campsite, with well kept facilities. But if a dirt road ride to get here but not too bad. Well signposted. Nice restaurant and bar, wifi available in a small area but relatively fast. Great staff and friendly. Close to some malls with supermarkets a few km down the road. Price was $10 pppn or 100 Zkw pppn for camping. Great hot showers!!

July 19th, 2016 Bridge Camp

The reviews didn't do this place justice, it is a stunning spot! Cute lodge on the river overlooking Mozambique on the other bank. Restaurant available but the food was average for the phenomenal prices. I found this place stunning, but too expensive. Camping was ok at $10 pppn. Facilities are not run down, they are not good enough. We stayed in a chalet as there were a few of us, and most of the Windows did not have curtains, and the ones that did were covered with an old sheet, mattresses were poor and mosquito nets were cheap. The staff also had to kneel to talk to the owner!?!? Something I never thought I would witness in our modern world. Good spot for overnight but not sure I like how it is run.

July 15th, 2016 Wildlife Camp

We loved this spot! What a gem. Camping on the river, the elephants walked past the camp every day, we even had lion in the camp one night. Real bush experience. You can order firewood from the bar, lots of braai spots. Kitchen for communal use. Great facilities and great staff. Short gravel ride here, easy just watch for animals. Cost was 100 Zkw pppn for camping. Chalets are 45 USD pppn. Internet between 12 and 14:00 every day, but only around reception. Speed is ok. Not for big work.

July 5th, 2016 Bongo Camping

We stayed here one night on route to the border. Very nice grassy area for camping, there is space for Overlanders vehicles. They will cook you food if you ask. African dishes, nothing fancy, homemade food. They also offer tours. The bathroom is basic and not great, but the place is a nice camp spot in the middle of a community. Costs 6000shillings pp to camp and 8000 pp for dinner. Friendly staff and loads of local kids - but they will not bother you if you do not invite them.

June 24th, 2016 Warere House

If you are coming to Zanzibar without your vehicle, this hotel is a great stop. We stayed here two nights and got more than we expected. The staff are very friendly and will help you with anything. There is a big included breakfast and the showers are amazing. Air conditioned rooms with clean beds and mosquito nets. Roof terrace with an honesty bar and it is close to town. We paid $45 for a double room. There is wifi included too. No secure parking at most places in stone town.

June 18th, 2016 Buffalo Hotel

We stayed here two nights, one before riding to lake natron and one after. The rooms are clean, there is hot water, flush looks and some rooms look out over Kilimanjaro. Breakfast is included too. All for about 30 000 shillings for a double room. There is wifi but it needs to be bought next door. Great curry restaurant across the road and small parking area for a car or a few bikes.

June 17th, 2016 Maasai Giraffe Camp

We stayed here 3 nights and went out of our way to get here. The landscape is Savannah and different to that around Moshi and Arusha. It is in Maasai Tribal lands, peaceful site under an active volcano. Friendly and helpful staff. Fire pit. $10 pppn camping under acacia trees on grass. European toilets, can buy a little water here. 140km of bad dirt road to get here, it took us over 6 hours. Great scenery and awesome locals. If you can ride motorcycle off-road then you will enjoy this. Gravel roads, sand patches and patches of rock. There are trucks and buses driving the roads so fine for 4x4. Wild animals next to the roads. Lake Natron has flamingoes. Come to spend a few days. You need to brig water, cash and enough fuel to get out again. Wifi avalaible at $2.50 per hour. No cell reception. There are three gates to pass on route at costs of $10pp, $10pp and $15pp with a vehicle fee for cars. To visit the lake costs $20pp with your own vehicle for the guide. They can provide food for $28 for full board or you can cook yourself. Three dogs on site and a kitten. The costs add up, but it is a great spot away from the tourist hoards and you can really relax here. Owner is Belgium and was not here during our visit.

June 14th, 2016 Buffalo Hotel

We stayed here after not finding parking at the hotel nearby. The have a small parking area behind a locked gate that will fit at least 10 bikes, but only 2 cars. The small but clean hotel room costs $15 for a double and includes breakfast. Wifi must be bought next door. There are some rooms with a view that includes the mountain, currently fully booked. Staff are very nice and there looks to be a good Indian place across the road! Sold. I still need to try if the showers are hot. Flush toilets on suite

June 11th, 2016 Panorama Safari Camp

We stayed here after checking out a few other places. We were not keen to stay in a overrun middle of town campsite. We loved it here. The staff were friendly and because the place was not full they let us pitch our tent on the viewpoint. The views are breathtaking and you would be paying so much anywhere else! Camping. Costs $12pppn and includes wifi which is great when the guests leave. Other guests are usually here to do tours so they leave after breakfast and return in the evening- if you stay the place is nice and quiet. The food is also very good and there is a small shop. Electric showers( it is hot if you turn the pressure down) and flush toilets. The tents are very run down, but the place has a new manager and he is working hard to fix it up. Watch for the baboons that pass through twice a day and do not leave any food in or by your tent! View is over the national park so you can see the animals far below. Take binoculars! Road in is a little rocky.

June 8th, 2016 Masai Camp

Good, clean, well-run campsite on the edge of town. Camping is 10USD pp, rooms are also available, but not sure of the price. Amenities are also great, and there are shaded areas with tables, chairs and plug points. There is some traffic noise, no wifi we could find and their 'restaurant' is more of a club/shebeen where guys play pool with occasionally loud DJing and gangster-rap, luckily this all stops at 10pm sharp anyway. Good experience and friendly staff--

June 5th, 2016 Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

The hostel has made some flat spots for tents now, flat space for about one vehicle to camp too. Good spot, breakfast included with camping at $9 per person. Was really good, but became overcrowded and very loud once the overland tours arrived. They serve meals for about 5000RWF and have a good bar too. Very near to restaurants, the new Yamaha dealership and to the genocide museum. Cold water showers only

June 4th, 2016 Royal Garden

I think this is the best curry I have ever had. Great little Indian run place a short walk from the hostel - try their butter chicken and butter naan bread! Wow.

June 1st, 2016 Paradis Malahide Cottages And Campsite

We stopped here after trying la belle camping first - it was too expensive( see the review). We came for dinner but they said we could camp too. Using our own or their tents. They let us camp on the grass right on the lake. Stunning spot, wifi is fastest we have had in a long time, and they are super relaxed. Use the restaurant bathrooms which are ok. Flush toilet. I did not use the shower. Cost $20 for the two of us. Food was very good, staff friendly and place secure. I recommend it.


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