Recent feedback we have had from our guests:

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, 6 November 2017 6:44 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Dr Michael L x 2
They arrived on: 7-Sep-2017 They left on: 10-Sep-2017
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

We had a wonderful time at Mundulea.

The camp is simple but very relaxing & to spend so much time with Bruno was truly a privilege. He is an amazing person not only for what he is doing at Mundulea but for the way he is doing it based on good scientific evidence a lot of which he has developed himself in conjunction with academic biologists. He is a magnificent host & guide & we were lucky enough to have him to ourselves for most of our visit. He seemed to understand the flora & fauna at a deeper level than any other guide we have met. Walking with him was a rare pleasure.
Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer….

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: KIM B
Sent: Saturday, 4 November 2017 9:19 AM
Subject: Thanks

Dear Kate, Burger and all at Turnstone

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you but we just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing trip that Burger took us on to Sandwich Harbour. He is a top rate guide, knowledgeable, interesting and also very mindful of our safety.
We had an exciting trip, with the tide only just letting us through. As a result our party had Sandwich Harbour all to ourselves which was very special.
Whilst eating lunch we were discussing with Burgher the Turnstone camping trips in search of desert elephants. This is something we would be very interested in for next year…
Best wishes
Kim Blackmore

 

From: Maria K
Sent: Friday, 20 October 2017 12:48 PM
Subject: Ausflug Sandwich Habour am 17.10.2017


Sehr geehrte Dame, sehr geehrter Herr,

ich möchte mich ganz herzlich für den Tipp und für die schöne Tour bedanken!

Burger war unser Fahrer. Es war sehr angenehm, mit ihm den Ausflug zu erleben!
Er ist ein besonnener Fahrer und hat mir Dinge vermittelt, die ich nicht kannte, obwohl ich nicht zum 1. Mal auf dieser Strecke unterwegs war!
Ich kann diese Tour nur bestens empfehlen!
Mit fröhlichen Grüßen
Maria Kettelhake

 

From: Anna P
Sent: Friday, 13 October 2017 2:43 PM
Subject: Many Thanks!


Dear Bruno and Kate,

Myself and my husband recently arranged a trip to Namibia using Sabrina at Expert Africa. Replying to my query about recommended additional trips Sabina recommended yourselves and a day exploring Sandwich Harbour which we subsequently asked her to book for us for Sunday 3rd September.

Now that we have returned, I wanted to drop a line to say that this was one of the highlights of our trip as the content was unexpected, and to ask you to relay our sincere thanks to our guide Berger.

We shared the day with another English couple also booked via Expert Africa who we got along with very well and saw again at Ongava which was lovely. The four of us had a truly fantastic day thanks to Burger and his knowledge, conversation and engaging personality. His chosen lunch spot on top of the dunes was simply perfect and we saw and enjoyed an experience that we had not anticipated in Namibia. Many thanks for some very special memories.

We wish you all continued success,
Very Kind Regards,

Anna & Malcolm

 

From: Expert Africa - Tom Morris
Sent: Friday, 13 October 2017 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: Some feedback for you: Day Tour to Sandwich

Hi Kate,

Here is another one from another couple who travelled with you on 3rd September

Undoubtedly one of the many highlights of our trip. We thoroughly recommend this tour to those who stay in Swakopmund.
Burger took us out to Sandwich Harbour along the shore and then back over the dunes for wonderful views and a picnic on the top.

Thanks,
Tom

 

From: Expert Africa - Tom Morris
Sent: Thursday, 12 October 2017 6:16 PM
Subject: Some feedback for you – Day tour to Sandwich Harbour 19th September 2017


Hi Kate,

Here is some feedback from you from one of my travellers, sound like they had a great time, thanks for looking after them so well.

Picked up promptly by guide who was a laugh from start to finish. Wonderful trip towards Sandwich Bay and treated to the sight of 3 Hump Back whales migrating along the coast, together with seeing a newly born seal pup and mother. Only slight dampener of the trip was one of the other people on the tour was scared of going up and down the high dunes, so we had to remain on the lower slopes and areas (until the end when we got to go down a really steep dune). Fabulous lunch amongst the dune. Would do this tour again and again as you would always get to see something new and different.

Kind regards,
Tom

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Wednesday, 27 September 2017 8:38 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Sir Peter x 4
They arrived on: 14-Sep-2017 They left on: 17-Sep-2017

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They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is pure Africa. It's a bush camp, and you spend all your time walking in the bush, tracking animals, seeing lots of animals, going to their amazing waterhole, sitting round the camp fire, and eating simple delicious food. This is adventure, not luxury. Having said that, the tents are very well equipped, and the beds comfortable. The tents have outdoor bathrooms, which are open to the bush and all the animals.
The leopard in the camp was an extra attraction !

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Jan R
Sent: Tuesday, 5 September 2017 10:32 AM
Subject: 2nd September 2017 - Day tour booking for Sandwich Harbour


Dear Kate,

having finished our little Journey today, I would like to give you a short feedback on our experience with Turnstone Tours. It was definitely a highlight on the trip! The guide, Mr. Burger, was really cool and professional and more than a competent driver. Great appreciation for that. The meal was also great, certainly more than expected, and the vegetarian options were satisfying. The payment has been deducted without complications, despite the inconvenience. We will definitely recommend you further.

Kind regards,

Jan Risser

 

From: Fabienne H
Sent: Thursday, 3 August 2017 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: 3rd August 2017 - Sandwich full day tour


Dear Kate,
Despite the fact that we couldn't reach Sandwich Harbour because of the high tide, our excursion has been a wonderful experience for the whole family, with an unforgettable delicious picnic in the middle of nowhere! We learned a lot with Johann, our excellent guide and driver.
Thank you for this beautiful tour we'll recommend it!
Kind regards
Fabienne

 

From: Expert Africa - Tom Morris
Sent: Tuesday, 1 August 2017 4:32 PM
Subject: Feedback on day tour to Sandwich


Hi Kate,

Thought you'd want to see these comments, thanks for looking after them and well done again to Berger;

Berger was an excellent guide and a lovely man too. Great picnic, and some great fun driving in the dunes, not a lot of birds, but that's nature for you.

Thanks,
Tom

 

From: Franklyn
Sent: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 9:01 PM
Subject: Feedback on Sandwich Harbour tour

Dear Kate

We would like to thank Turnstone Tours for a memorable trip to Sandwich Harbour on 16 July 2017. Our guide, Burger, was superb giving detailed information throughout the tour. The home cooked lunch on the beach was a welcome treat after our climb up the dunes. The dune drive was a great experience and the day came to an end too quickly, but an experience that will not be forgotten.
We are telling all our friends that your company is value for money and highly recommended.
Thank you!
Chris & Trudi Franklyn

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 6:31 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Rosemary x2

They arrived on: 21-Jun-2017 They left on: 24-Jun-2017
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is a must for anybody who has interests in natural history, archaeology, and conservation.
Bruno Nebe is a wonderful host with deep insightful knowledge of the environment.


Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Natacha
Sent: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 4:30 PM
Subject: Re 18th July 2017 - Sandwich


Dear Kate,
We've spent an excellent day with Johann. We discovered marvellous landscapes and had a very good lunch, which is important to us, French people !
Kind regards
Natacha

 

From: Annika M
Sent: Monday, 17 July 2017 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: Private Tour - 7th July 2017 - day tour into the desert


Dear Kate,

we are now back home and I am writing you just to let you know that we were very pleased with the tour you have organized for us.
The landscape was amazing, the picnic very nice and our guide Burger (sorry if I am spelling it wrong) very helpful, accommodating and very good driver!
Unfortunately our daughter was sick, so we decided to stop the tour in advance, but we were happy with it anyhow.

Best regards,
Annika

 

From: Alistair W
Sent: Friday, 14 July 2017 9:00 AM
Subject: A little late ...


Hi Bruno, a bit late in emailing but a quick thanks from Rosi and I for a really enjoyable few days – thanks for making us so welcome . It was great to see you again and a relief to learn of the Tilly hat position : stops the guilt after all this time !
Delighted to see the immense progress you have made with Mundulea , such a difference to 10 years ago…
All the best for the coming years , I am sure things will continue to thrive – given the right blend of hard frost and ''lucky'' lightning strikes.
Kind regards

Ali and Rosi.

 

From: Frances G
Sent: Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:56 AM
Subject: Mundulea


Hi Kate
Hope you are well.
Just thought I would pass on some great feedback from Heufers who stayed at Mundulea recently:
"In the end we went to Mundulea and you did not exaggerate when you praised Bruno. He is indeed an excellent guide, an inspiring conservationist and a really friendly guy. We loved every moment, especially the fact that we walked every day and were really part of Bruno's experience. We could have stayed much longer if we had the time."
Kind regards
Frances

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, 12 June 2017 2:04 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Anthony B x 2
They arrived on: 4-Jun-2017 They left on: 7-Jun-2017

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

For us Mundulea was by far the highlight of our stay in Namibia. But it wouldn't necessarily be the case for everyone.

Mundulea is a private game reserve created by Bruno Nebe. Accommodation is set within a small tented camp, with its own waterhole. There were a total of 6 guests, including the two of us, during our stay. The only activity (other than talking, eating, drinking, and sleeping) is walking in the reserve, expertly guided by Bruno. Tommy stays behind to cook the most delicious meals over an atmospheric open fire, one of many highlights being the daily fresh, home-made bread….

What staying in Mundelea gives its very lucky guests is an intense, in-depth, understanding of how wild game and its environment, the whole integrated chain of life, operates, from the termites, beetles, guinea fowl, snakes, up to the predators.
This was a uniquely powerful experience for us - it might not have the same appeal for others. You may not see a lot of animals or being able to tick boxes on the number of different species seen.

For example, we didn't see leopard, except a hazy dark outline at dusk at our waterhole, but we did hear the leopard call (a distinctive, rasping, sawing sound) all night 5 minutes (or less ) from our tent and the next morning we followed the tracks of the leopard female, and her companions from just outside our camp. Plus we just avoided tripping over a languid black mamba (Obviously Bruno saw it well in time, a few metres ahead of us).

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

De : Brigitte R
Envoyé : dimanche 4 juin 2017 19:08
Objet : Safari Namibie du 20 au 29 Mai 2017


Bonjour Monsieur,

Une fois de plus, nous vous remercions pour ce merveilleux voyage que vous nous avez fait vivre.
La Namibie est un pays époustouflant par la beauté de ses paysages et tout spécialement de ses déserts (correspondants au circuit choisi)
Nous avons été subjugués par les couleurs qui se sont déployées devant nos yeux.

SANDWICH HARBOUR DRIVE
Quel chance et bonheur d'avoir connu BRUNO.
Bruno, personne adorable, riche d'une vie Extraordinaire qu'est la sienne, nous a fait vivre avec son 4x4 une journée D' EXCEPTION.
Merci de lui transmettre notre sincère gratitude et amitié.

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Tuesday, 30 May 2017 3:44 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Ruth M x 2
They arrived on: 28-Apr-2017 They left on: 2-May-2017
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This place is for anyone who loves wildlife and wants to see Africa as it could be. Lots of walking with Bruno who remains the best guide we've ever spent time with. You learn so much from him. Mundelea is special.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Imogen H
Sent: Monday, 17 April 2017 7:51 AM
Subject: Re: Hall family camping tour to Sossusvlei


Hi Kate
Just a little note to let you know we all absolutely loved our time with Burger and obviously need not have worried at all about the heat side of things!

Burger is a fantastic guide, as I am sure you guys know. We learnt so much but in such a relaxed informal way and while having an amazing adventure at the same time. But equally we didn't have to worry about a thing with delicious food, excellent driving, ideas about how best to see and do everything and so on. It was perfect! I know the kids will remember camping in the desert with Burger forever. Our eldest was scoring all the places we had stayed and desert camping with Burger got the full 30 out of 30 which nowhere else got so that's praise for you! Please tell Burger that Winnie cried all the way to Windhoek on the plane that she 'missed Burger' and her two little friends from home, so he has clearly become one of her friends.

I don't know if Chris told you that Tom and I are both long established at Lonely Planet (18 years). I now work on the kids/family travel side and will definitely be recommending you guys to anyone who asks about taking the kids to Namibia. As will Tom on more general (non-family) questions.

All the very best
Imogen

 

From: Kit B
Sent: Thursday, 23 March 2017 7:46 PM
Subject: For Bruno, about Mundulea

Dear Bruno,

We are now home and readjusting to everyday life.
The purpose of this email is simply to say that our days with you were the highlight of our trip; we both thought Mundelea was marvellous and Sandwich was good fun.
Of it all, the very simple moment when the warthog family snuffled their way upwind towards us is perhaps my favourite photo of my memory: a real bit of Africa. The scrambles up the outcrops were good too, but the truth is that we will have to return when the weather is right. We hope to do so.

Wonderful things have and are happening at Mundulea…. Anyway, I just wanted you to know we loved it. It was easily the best camp we visited.
With our warmest greetings,
Kit

 

From: Expert Africa - Tom Morris
Sent: Monday, 20 March 2017 4:06 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback – Mr B


Hi Kate
I thought that you might want to see the feedback that Mr B left us after his recent trip:

A really well worthwhile trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it, though the place isn't as interesting since the sea destroyed the fresh water lagoon. Our guide was very good and showed us a good deal of the wildlife on the dunes.

Many thanks for looking after him so well,
Tom

 

From: Silke - Charlys Desert Tours
Sent: 27 February 2017 09:24
Subject: Thank you, thank you


Dear Turnstone Team,

What a memorable day it was yesterday! Thank you for making it possible to experience Sandwich Harbour with your excellent guide / veteran, Achim. Everything was in our favour – the weather, the tides and excellent company of the fellow passengers, who were quite clued up on Namibia. Our lunch was delicious and filled the empty spot just so! The outing was a re-confirmation that Turnstone Tours is just the Best!

Once again, thank you so much,
Silke

 

From: Silke - Charlys Desert Tours
Sent: Thursday, 2 March 2017 8:29 AM
Subject: Thank you


Dear Kate & Bruno,

Mrs Adam came into the office yesterday and raved about the outing with Bruno on Sunday. His driving skills on the beach, the ability to spend equal time with the English-speaking clients (the birders) as well as with them, being German-speaking, as well as the delicious lunch.
Even the puncture was an adventure!
It is always good to have clients making the effort to pop into the office to give us feed-back on their excursions – both on the positive and the negative sides are welcome!

Have a super day,
Silke

 

From: Expert Africa - Maruska Adye
Sent: Monday, 27 February 2017 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: 1st and 2nd February 2017 - Sandwich and Namib Desert


Dear Turnstone team,

I received some feedback from these clients that I really wanted to share with you.
Thanks for making their experience so memorable! Of the Sandwich Harbour day tour, Amita B said:
One of the best days of my life! Burger took us to see the salt pans with flamingos, pelicans and other birds and then the lagoons between the ocean and the dunes. Sandwich Harbour is fabulous and we had the place to ourselves, soaking in the sun and the wind and sea, enjoying the strange plants up close and glorying in that vast serene expanse…An extraordinary glimpse into the desert!

I can't recommend this trip highly enough. Through the dunes, the dolerite dykes and the dry riverbed, Bruno was a brilliant guide. He opened up the desert for us: exciting and unusual sights followed one another in quick succession as we saw rare plants and animals, looked at strange rocks, learned about the geology and current threats to the environment. The picnic lunch was delicious and we came away feeling that we'd had our fill of memorable experiences.

Thanks again!
Maruska

 

From: Expert Africa - Tom Morris
Sent: Monday, 27 February 2017 12:37 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour Tour Review

Dear Kate,

I hope you are well and that you had a good weekend. I recently received the following feedback and thought you might like to read it. Thanks for taking such good care of Mr and Mrs K.

Title: What a ride

A truly great tour, off-roading across sand dunes and through waves on the beach. An extremely knowledgeably guide who knew all the birds and animals. Gave us a great picnic half way through. Another part of Namibia not to be missed…
The main reason to stay here was the day out with Turnstone Tours which was a mind-blowing drive over the biggest sand dunes in the world and some excellent bird spotting.

Kind regards,
Tom

 

From: David
Sent: Monday, 6 February 2017 4:14 PM
Subject: RE: 19-20 January 2017 - camping in the Namib desert


Dear Kate,
We had a fantastic time with Burger last month. He is an incredibly hard worker and the clients were entranced by his rich experiences.
Could you please pass on my thanks to him, on behalf of all the group.
Best wishes
David

 

From: Jim
Sent: Monday, 6 February 2017 3:20 PM

Subject: RE: 2 x Murphy - 29th January-1st February 2017 - 3 night-4 day camping tour to Sossusvlei

Dear Kate,
Just a short word of thanks to you all for the wonderful few days we had with Burger in the desert and he was a great guy and knowledgeable in so many ways. We had a brilliant time and look forward to another trip with you some time.
Thanks so much
Jim

 

From: Nicholas B
Sent: Thursday, 2 February 2017 12:39 AM
Subject: Re: 19 January 2017 - Sandwich Harbour Tour

Hi Bruno & Kate

We are now back in Australia and just reminiscing on our trip to Namibia, and as expected our favourite day, the trip to Sandwich Harbour. It was just so interesting and your passion and love for Namibia and protecting the wildlife is truly inspirational. We wish you all the best in the future and there is no doubt that Turnstone Tours will continue to be a huge success…
Cheers
Nick

 

From: Christa Faber
Sent: Sunday, 5 February 2017 9:24 PM
Subject: Tour to Sandwich Harbour in November 2016 with Burger


Hello,

We were in Namibia in November 2016 and booked a tour at your company from Swakopmund to Sandwich Harbour one day with your colleague Burger, and would not miss the chance to give you our feedback.
It was a great day for us, we will never forget.
Burger was very professional and friendly and we enjoyed the tour with him very much. Sandwich Harbour is a very special location, which impressed us, and we attach a picture of the cormorant colony at the beach and from ourselves.

Kind regards to you and especially to Burger
from Christa and Frank
Berlin/Germany

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Wednesday, 1 February 2017 8:16 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Juliet G x
They arrived on: 21-Jan-2017 They left on: 24-Jan-2017
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

I loved this place! It was a magical wilderness experience (but not for anyone who doesn't like bugs!), Bruno was a fascinating guide and the walks twice a day were fabulous. I will never forget this place and would love to go back.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Janis T
Sent: Monday, 30 January 2017 3:59 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour Tour


Hi there

In October 2013, my partner and I had the pleasure of joining one of your Sandwich Harbour tours. The memories certainly stayed with us and since our trip to Namibia we have set up a travel blog website.
I have written articles about our trip to Namibia and I thought you may be interested to know that I wrote a post on the Sandwich Harbour Tour.
I hope you like it and would appreciate any feedback you have on it, just in case I was factually incorrect in places. The photos were all taken by us.

Link to the Sandwich Harbour Tour: http://ourworldforyou.com/sandwich-harbour-tour-namibia/

Once again thanks for the tour.
Janis & Gary

 

From: Colleen - ULTIMATE SAFARIS
Sent: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:25 AM
Subject: FW: 2 x Colleen Bleach - 7th January 2017 - Sandwich


Hi there Kate, Nicole, & Bruno,

I trust my email finds you well and that you had a great festive season. It's my first day back at work..… I had a brilliant time at the coast - now it's back to reality!

I just wanted to send a quick mail to say a huge THANK YOU for a wonderful Sandwich Bay tour on the 7th! It was absolutely fantastic – guiding, vehicle and delicious lunch (the lasagne was yummy!)

Thank you Bruno for your patience and for all the incredible information. It really was superb and extremely enlightening… I think every guest should experience it (as a full day tour)… It was a perfect way to spend a day and an awesome activity that I will certainly strongly promote!

Wishing you a successful 2017 …

Many Thanks,
Colleen

 

From: Emma R
Sent: Tuesday, 3 January 2017 9:09 PM
Subject: Thank you!

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know how much my friends and I enjoyed our tour of Sandwich Bay this past week. We only had one full day in Swakopmund and we all agreed that we spent it the best way possible. Our fellow travelers Monica and Krisof (Christophe?) were delightful company and Cai was a fantastic guide - let him know if he's ever in NYC to look us up! Of course we can't promise dune driving, but perhaps a crazy cab driver.

Again, we really appreciated everything and will absolutely recommend your tours to others. I think we're all hoping for a chance to be back to Namibia in the near future. Happy New Year!
Emma
P.S. Thank you for the homemade lunch :) It was delicious!

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Thursday, 29 December 2016 9:34 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Turnstone Camping trip

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently went on a Turnstone Camping trip to Damaraland
Ms Hilary D x 2 They arrived on: 24-Aug-2016 They left on: 26-Aug-2016
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This was excellent, as was our guide. This was one of the highlights of our trip, with aspects that will stay with us always. We cannot thank our guide enough. We learnt a lot about the desert and its plants ( including amazing Welwitchias) & wildlife. Stunning scenery and atmosphere in Messum Crater, especially as the sun set and we were alone under the stars. There was a lot of interest there such as archaeological remains, including hut rock circles and rock paintings. Although we didn't get to see any cheetah we did find the remains of two cheetah kills. The second night was camping in the fog and it was fascinating to see its effect on the desert landscape especially the lichens and the small rock pools of condensed water.

We stayed in small bell tents and as it was wild camping the facilities went with the conditions. We loved it.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Chutinun M
Sent: Friday, 2 December 2016 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: Payment- Private Tour - 8 pax - 1st December 2016 - Sandwich

Hi Kate,

We had a really great time yesterday. Burger is a perfect guy for the job. We really enjoyed his knowledge about everything very much.
Definitely going to recommend anyone who come here to use your service.
Thanks again.
Best,
Mean

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Thursday, 10 November 2016 1:17 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Mr Kevin D x 2 They arrived on: 1-Oct-2016 They left on: 5-Oct-2016
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This is where we had a proper safari experience. I love Bruno, he is the coolest man I have ever met. If his philosophy for conservation could be taken up across Africa , we would see the conservation issues being resolved. We walked and walked, we clambered, duck and dived. We sat on top of rocky outcrops watching the sun go down and giraffe moving across the landscape. This is a little piece of heaven.

You need to do your own washing or go smelly, you have salad for lunch and meat and veg for dinner, and thankfully there is no dreaded WIFI, but I would go back in a heartbeat. The bed is comfortable, this was where I slept the best, the shower is powerful and hot and plentiful. The chat is constant , interesting , challenging and yes educational.

I loved loved loved Mundulea.


Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Friday, 28 October 2016 4:10 PM
Subject: Sandwich Bay Day Tour - 15th October 2016 – David W


We were collected from our guesthouse by Burger, we were advised that we needed to hurry as there was a long journey to make before the tide turned. The route to Sandwich Harbour took us along the beach where we saw sea lions of all ages, wonderful pelicans and both greater and lesser flamingos. The desert dunes end here and are washed into vertical banks by the tide. We passed the deserted and sand filled former whaling station and reached the lagoon where we were given time to explore or climb one of the dunes.

The return journey turned out to be quite a race against the incoming tide. The beach had all but disappeared and there were hair raising moments when Burger had to time our progress with the advancing waves. We made it unscathed and stormed up and down the dunes to reach a viewpoint where a delicious homemade lunch with soft drinks emerged from the back of the truck…

David and Marianne

 

From: Miles
Sent: 10 October 2016 20:54
Subject: Our visit


Dear Bruno

.... Very many thanks for giving us such a wonderful time whilst we were with you – your breadth of knowledge added immeasurably to our enjoyment. We will have many happy memories including that terrific, and sometimes distinctly hairy, trip to Sandwich Bay for our private performances from the terns and the dune lark; the welwitschia drive into Damaraland; Mundulea of course with our walks and poo lectures and Tommy's cooking; and eight rhinos at one time in Etosha.

So thank you so much for making us feel so welcome, for looking after us so well, and for giving us so much fun – the last few days just didn't feel the same. We wish you every success with the Reserve and hope that this year's rains do not disappoint.

With our very best wishes

Miles

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Friday, 7 October 2016 5:48 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Mr Martin P x 2 They arrived on: 22-Sep-2016 They left on: 25-Sep-2016
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

We have been on many safaris and cannot count how many guides we have had, but no one nearly as knowledgeable as Bruno. It is a special experience to walk with him.

Mundulea is a place for nature lovers. The hides in front of one's tents allow one to get very close to the game. Accommodation in tents is suitably rustic and perfectly comfortable with luxurious-feeling duvets and an attached bathroom with flush toilet, shower, sink, horns for hanging one's towel over and a piece of stone to act as counter space.

Food is quite good with outstanding nutty bread cooked over a bush fire. Be aware that, although Mundulea is expensive, it is not a luxury lodge but a wonderful experience for people who want an extremely knowledgeable guide and really love being "in the bush."


Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Erwin and Hanalie
Sent: Monday, 12 September 2016 10:49 AM
Subject: Our day trip to Cape Cross and the Messum Crater


Dear Nicole, Kate and Bruno

Thank You so much for a most wonderful, enjoyable and educational Day Excursion to the Messum Crater this past Saturday.

We enjoyed every moment and learned a lot of new things. Bruno your knowledge of everything is exceptional J

We would love to join you some day at the camp up north at Mundulea which also sounds very interesting.

Thank You again Turnstone Tours.

Kind regards

Erwin and Hanlie

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 1:49 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Penny F x 2
They arrived on: 3-Jun-2016 They left on: 7-Jun-2016
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is private game reserve owned and run by Bruno Nebe. Bruno Is perhaps the best guide we've had in Africa. At the end of our 4 days we felt we'd just had a fascinating course in Namibian ecology, geology, and wildlife. We had the great fortune of being the only guests for our 4 nights here. This is a walking camp and we really enjoyed our walks. One morning we walked to another waterhole which was very busy with a good variety of animals and birds. There is also a waterhole at the camp with hides and we saw quite a variety of animals there too.

The camp is simple but very comfortable. Food was very good and more the style of home cooking which we enjoyed. A bonus was a porcupine who came to visit us at dinner time most nights.

Our stay here was exceptional. Mundulea is a very special place and we feel privileged to have spent 4 days here.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Alexi A
Sent: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 6:14 PM
Subject: Thank you


Dear Bruno and Kate,

I want to thank you both for my family's wonderful experience at Mundulea with Bruno, Tommy, and the plant and wild life. It was very moving to see the animals close up and luxurious to stay in the relaxed bush camp with so much personal attention, such good food, pleasing spaces and objects, and hot water(!). Our morning at Mundulea's large waterhole, with the great variety of animals, was one of our best experiences in Africa, and I loved my several hours alone watching the animals at the camp's water trough from the hide while my son and husband were out walking with Bruno one afternoon. We all enjoyed getting out of the car and walking and all we learned from Bruno.


We very much enjoyed our stay in Etosha following Mundulea. Seeing three rhinos communing, one mother and child and another adult at Halali's waterhole our first night, was a deep and new experience. The slowness of their motions and what seemed their affectionate communication was unexpected for me.

The Okakeujo waterhole was amazing. We saw a herd of breeding elephants there just an hour after we arrived, with the baby elephants playing under their mother's huge bodies. Also plenty of rhinos. We also managed to see three adult lions --- after waiting and watching at Rjietfontein --- we learned they had been seen there in the siting book (thank you for the tip Bruno). But we missed Bruno, and not having knowledgeable rangers on the spot to answer our questions, as we do in U.S. national parks. …
I will write a review of Mundulea on Trip Advisor, perhaps not until I return home to my computer. Please feel free to quote from my email on your websites.

Best regards,
Alexi

 

From: Raymond F
Sent: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 2:39 PM
Subject: Four day, three night Damarland camping tour with Wayne Huchison


Dear Bruno,

My wife and I just wanted to tell you how much fun we had this month on our camping tour with Wayne Huchison. He is a fabulous guide – so knowledgeable, and such a fun person to be with! … Wayne's expertise and love for Namibian wildlife, geology, biology, culture and conservancy was obvious… He even found desert elephants for us! I also wanted to thank Kate for her concern about us as vegetarians. We spent 6 weeks in Africa, and I can tell you that the best vegetarian food we had on our entire trip was during our 4 day camping tour.

Best regards, Ray and Judi (New Jersey, USA).

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 4:43 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Sarah M 4
They arrived on: 8-Jul-2016 They left on: 11-Jul-2016

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Definite highlight of our trip: whisked straight off into the bush as soon as we drove up to farmhouse for a fantastic 4 days walking with Bruno and learning about everything from geology to animal skulls, and how he is trying to recreate bush from farm. He is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what he is doing. Learned lots about the land, tracking animals etc. Saw plenty of antelope at the water hole, but not a place to go if you just want to see animals.

Bruno isn't a guide, he is a conservationist, and you are privileged to see a tiny bit of his work.

Basic bush camp, shared by porcupine! Excellent food cooked over open fire.
We were the only guests at first, joined by another couple for 2 days.
We loved it (2 parents, 20+ year old daughters).


Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Sunday, 7 August 2016 8:15 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Dr James A x 2.
They arrived on: 31-Jul-2016 They left on: 3-Aug-2016 and wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This is a totally different experience than the other posher camps. The accommodations were rougher but still quite nice. This is all walking, so may not be for everyone. We loved it. We did a 10km and the 6km walk the first day. One does not see many animals on the walks - the blinds are best for this - but Bruno uses the Socratic method to great advantage asking us to elucidate some particular scat, track, or signs of some event. The only suggestion would be to take a five to ten minute sit down break every hour or so.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Patrick H
Sent: 09 July 2016 23:25
Subject: On tour with Wayne


Hello,

We had a wonderful day in June with Wayne Hutchinson - informative, knowledgeable, opinionated. We loved him. Here's my blog that you can link to on Turnstone's web site if you so wish.

cheers,
Patrick & Hettie Holian
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Namibian Tales #4-The Day of the Jackal

 

From: Nicole C
Sent: 19 June 2016 10:19
Subject: Thanks


Dear Nicole,
we want to let you know that Wayne gave us a great tour and we absolutely love it. Thanks so much for arranging this tour for us. We have travelled over 25 countries and this is one of the most memorable tours we have ever had!
Best, Nicole and Markus

 

From: evron mc
Sent: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 8:47 PM
Subject: Day Tour on 13 May


Kate

I accidentally deleted your email which you sent on 12 May but I guess you were confirming the details for our excursion with Achim. This is the first time since our excursion with Achim that we have had internet. We had a great time with Achim and thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with him. It is a pity that our plane didn't arrive earlier in the day ….
Thanks again for your help in organising our tour. Please also pass on our thanks to Achim. We both enjoyed talking to him.

Regards
Evron

 

From: Esmee F
Sent: Monday, 16 May 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: Re: Private Tour 5 - 16th May 2016 - Sandwich Bay


Dear Kate

We had the most wonderful tour with Burger today. It was a day to remember, fantastic impressions, an impressive scenery and a fabulous guide.
Many thanks and kind regards
Esmée

 

From: Dianne C
Sent: Friday, 13 May 2016 9:42 PM
Subject: Thank you


Hi Bruno,

We loved our time at Mundulea: such a privilege to share it with you. Here are a few photos. We particularly like the one of the kudu looking in the hide!



Best regards, Michael and Diane

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, 16 May 2016 9:04 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Michael C x 2 They arrived on: 3-May-2016 They left on: 6-May-2016
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This was very different to all our other accommodation on the trip as it is a basic bush camp with open-fire kitchen. It is a walking camp run and guided by the owner Bruno. Stayed three nights during which time we were the only guests in the camp with him and his helper Tommy. From the moment we arrived we did not get in a vehicle until the day we left. This is all about the reserve Bruno has set up for endangered species and his encyclopaedic knowledge. He was the most informative and knowledgeable guide of the trip. The weather was unseasonably hot which led to some steamy bush walks as the sun rose in the sky. There are hides by the tents which are rewarding. Best of all was a full early morning walk to a large water hole attracting all manner of visitors. Despite the basic facilities the vegetarian food was better than most of the other camps. It is an intensely personal experience and it is a privilege to share in Bruno's vision.


Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

 

From: Peter M. Chapman
Sent: 30 September 2015 01:30 AM
Subject: First of three photos


Hi Bruno, we had such a wonderful time with you, Cai, and the two Tommies at the Bush Camp. Thanks again. Here is the first of three photos as promised.
To Cai - many, many thanks for all you have shown and taught us. We were very lucky to have you as our guide and mentor…
Best, Peter

Peter M. Chapman, PhD, Fellow SETAC

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 25 September 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve



A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr James F x 3 They arrived on: 8-Aug-2015 They left on: 11-Aug-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

A truly special and unique place. Clearly reflecting the character and interests of its creator the camp was full of fascinating improvisation from the fire extinguisher bread oven (We want one!) to the lead wood baboon proof chairs!

We learnt so much and it was an absolute delight and privilege to share for a brief while Bruno's interests and experience. Is there anyone in Africa he doesn't know? From guides we had in Zambia five years ago, to canoeists in Swakopmund, to someone I last met in Swaziland 49 years ago! A slightly less luxurious camp than some of the true glamping affairs but perfectly thought through to provide a very comfortable stay.

Probably the best food we had in a trip full of fabulous meals - thank you Tommy (and Tommy 2 for the campfire entertainment)!

One small word of warning - it was the only place where it was really quite cold at nights (being slightly higher than elsewhere). Be prepared and have a magical time!

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: lars Heurgren
Sent: 19 September 2015
Subject: Fantastic!


Dear Kate and Bruno,

We had lovely days with Burger and are very very satisfied. The camping tour was our top experience during our stay in Namibia. Thank you so much and please say hello from us to Burger. We hope that we can return to your beautiful country in some years...

All the best to all of you,

Lars, Mona, Peter and Catherine

 

From: Dave Patterson
Sent: 11 September 2015
Subject: thanks…


Hello Bruno,

We have been back home for a couple of weeks now and are reminiscing about the wonderful trip we had to Africa. …

Thank you again Bruno for the wonderful time we had at Mundulea. It was a great introduction to Namibia and Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed the hikes and conversations. You have a very special place and project at Mundulea. …

Cheers,

Dave

 

From: Mathews, Stuart
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015
Subject: Many thanks


Hi Bruno

Belated thanks for a very special few days at Mundulea. Everyone really enjoyed it, not only the wilderness, but also the lively conversations and thought-provoking views. You have some interesting choices to make (and keep making), none of which seem straightforward. If you know of any books which deal well with these issues please let me know…

Best wishes
Stuart

 

From: Thierry Colin
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Subject: Thanks


Hello Bruno,
We made it back to New York City. Hard to believe that 1 week ago, we were rambling through the bush with you and camping by negative temperatures.
Another kind of jungle and game here!

Thank you again for a wonderful experience and a great discovery of your beautiful country.

Danke sehr!

Jean & Thierry

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 07 September 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Ms Fiona L x 4 They arrived on: 26-Aug-2015 They left on: 29-Aug-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Loved this place, we were the only people staying here and it was heavenly. Walking instead of being in a jeep.

The incredibly knowledgeable Bruno walked us around spotting tracks and animals. Morning walk followed by great lunch, another afternoon walk so quite energetic. Great feel for the surroundings. Camp perfect, hot shower, hot water bottles.

Watched animals at the waterhole in a hide for ages, it was a privilege to be here. Good meals too, supper punctuated by Tommy the porcupine making an entrance.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

Below is a long response (with lots of descriptions and photos) posted earlier this year by one happy traveller

http://sharalynlovesanimals.com/2015/01/03/sandwich-harbor-4x4-tour/

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 20 August 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Aashish D x 2 They arrived on: 31-Jul-2015 They left on: 3-Aug-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

After staying in ultra-luxurious lodges for a week, we were a little worried about heading to Bruno's back-to-basics camp. However we realized shortly after arriving that it was going to be an unforgettable 3 days.

Bruno is the key here - he is so passionate about his work that it's contagious. We were so happy to get out and move after 1 week of eating and sitting that our days at Mundulea were a perfect way to stretch our legs in the middle of our trip.

This place is exactly as advertised and I would highly recommend!! (our cave exploring adventure is one of the best memories from the entire trip!!)

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Selina Luchsinger
Sent: 09 August 2015
Subject: greetings from Switzerland


Dear Kate
Just wanted to let you know, that we enjoyed our trip to the dunes with Mike tremendously!
And yes, the four days at the bush camp were a highlight of our trip.
Best wishes (we just got home this morning - and I'm still more there than here…),
Selina

 

From: Jason Howell
Sent: 22 July 2015
Subject: RE: 4 x Howell - 6th July 2015 - Sandwich


Hi Nicole and Bruno

We are safely back in RSA after a long trip home.

I wanted to give you some feedback on our trip. We had a truly amazing trip with Achim. It was fascinating to spend a day with someone as knowledgeable on the desert as he is. His passion for nature conservation is not something that one finds easily in this day and age. He shared some of his personal experiences and history with us and showed us photographs of his life near Sandwich Harbour. It was a very personal touch that made the trip all the more interesting. On our trip home, I asked my kids over dinner what the highlight of the trip was. They were unanimous that it was the day they spent with Achim in the desert.

Please convey our thanks and appreciation to him for making our day a very special one.

Best wishes
Jason Howell

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 20 July 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Mr Mark S x 2 They arrived on: 26-Jun-2015 They left on: 29-Jun-2015

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They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

It was a real privilege to be able to stay here. For those who are interested in or already know something about ecology, geology and/or natural systems, a visit to Mundulea is wonderful. It is an opportunity to see a unique attempt to restore an ecological system, and to discuss the processes and interactions both large and small. We valued the opportunity to learn from Bruno, whose mix of knowledge and experience makes for very interesting discussions on a range of topics, not just on the things we could see around us. Mundulea would not be everybody's cup of tea - for example, whilst Mundulea is perfectly comfortable, for the money it would be possible to have a more luxurious or opulent stay in a lodge or hotel elsewhere.

The tents we stayed in were comfortable and we liked that the fixtures and fittings had been ingeniously made from recycled materials. The tent and outdoor bathrooms did get extremely cold (it was unusually cold when we were visiting - well below freezing - but it is a fairly good bet that it will get cold here and other places at night at this time of year)- hot water bottles were provided but still visitors should ensure they pack thermals for evenings and nights. We were colder here than anywhere else. The food we were served was really tasty and all the more impressive because we could see how it was being ingeniously cooked over one fire.

We visited Mundulea early in our trip, which meant that we hadn't seen much of the wild plants or animals that we would have had we already visited Etosha or other areas. However, Bruno did a good job of not making us feel too ignorant (well.. most of the time!). The way he challenged us to interpret what we found on our walks was really stimulating, it's a really good way to learn. Although we did see lots of interesting 'big' animals, it was nice to be able to discuss and explore less obvious but equally interesting flora and fauna. We also had quite a lot interesting discussions about geology, reflecting our interests.

Compared to other places we found it refreshing to be able to walk and explore, rather than sitting in a car or following a prescribed route (as was necessary for other places we visited in central - north Namibia).

The private road within the reserve up to the farm house was a little rough with some vegetation between the wheel tracks which was a little too much for our Toyota Corolla hire car. Indeed, when leaving the reserve we damaged the undercarriage of our car despite driving at close to a snail's pace. We would recommend to prospective guests at Mundulea that a standard saloon car is not suitable to access the reserve.
(Note from Bruno: we are sorry that this happened. We graded the farm road carefully the following day and now it is fine to drive even a saloon car along the way)

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

Sent: 15 July 2015
Subject: Re: 2 x Flannery - 19 June 2015 - Sandwich Harbour) feedback


Dear Kate and Nicole,
I hope my email finds you all very well.
I wanted to share this wonderful feedback with you.

Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbour – Start Date: 20-Jun-2015 – Overall comment: Excellent

Cai - our guide and driver for the day was a fount of knowledge and very good company. He dealt with a flat tyre with ease and added just enough danger to an exhilarating drive through the dunes on our way back. He was absolutely brilliant!

We were lucky in our wild life sightings too - with terns of many kinds, hawks, pelicans and of course flamingos being just a few.
The carcass of a whale - before it had begun to smell was also an amazing sight.

I would really recommend this trip to anyone with a spare day in Swakopmund.

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 29 June 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Nick F x 2 They arrived on: 15-May-2015 They left on: 18-May-2015.

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This camp is very different and exciting. Location is magical: a proper camp set right in the bush. No contact with the outside world except satellite phone. Walking only guided by Bruno who has a huge amount of knowledge of the surroundings and wildlife. Cooking is over an open fire. Tents have solar powered lighting and an open shower-hot water in the evening and luke warm in the morning.

The "basic" feel about this accommodation may not suit everyone but for us this was a wonderful experience which we will remember with great affection forever. The combination of walking, being actually in the bush, excellent guiding and the waterholes were fantastic.
One suggestion: we think it would be a good idea to have a charging point if that were possible.
 
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Daniel Hopkins
Sent: 13 May 2015
Subject: 1 x Hopkins - 6th May 2015 - Sandwich

 
Hi Nicole
Just wanted to say I enjoyed my recent trip to Sandwich Harbour with Burger.
It was a fun and informative day with great food and a great guide.
 
Thanks again,
Dan Hopkins

 

From: David De Clercq
Date: 27. January 2015

David De Clercq went to Sandwich Bay with Turnstone on 27th January 2015 – please see the link (below) to his comprehensive review. His trip to Sandwich is featured on his round-world travel blog.

(David is founder and writer at World-Adventurer.com He is on a mission to travel to every country in the world and recently surpassed 100 countries! He loves new adventures, unique cultures, historic landmarks, and luxurious hotels. Follow along as David shares a journey of a lifetime!)

http://world-adventurer.com/sandwich-harbour-an-unforgettable-experience/
“…The Sandwich Harbour tour was unique and exciting. As I stood on the top of the dunes watching the sea crashing into the mountains of sand, I couldn’t help but feel humbled by the grandeur and beauty of our planet. This was an experience I would never forget.”

 

From: Vinicius Dall'Armellina
Sent: 08 April 2015
Subject: Thank note Dall'Armellina - 8th April 2015 - sandwich harbor tour

 
Kate, Nicole
 
We have just arrived from Sandwich Harbour. I wanted to write to you just after, to thank you for an amazing day.
We had a lot of fun, dunes, jackals, dolphins, etc. nice lunch and a great guide.
Burger was fantastic. Funny, smart, knowing a lot of environment, history, etc. Great guy. We really enjoyed to have him with us.
I will highly recommend you and him to my friends.

Thank you
Vini

Ps: Burger took some pictures when I was playing with the dolphins. Could you please ask him to send them to me? Thanks

 

From: Vivien Morris
Sent: 04 February 2015
Subject: Re: Private tour - Morris - 4 February 2015 - Day tour

 
Thank you Kate very much - we've just returned from an excellent trip having learnt an enormous amount none of us knew about Namibia from a very well informed jolly driver! An expert @ driving over the dunes too & a lovely lunch on the top of a dune overlooking the ocean-apart from the mist which wouldn't clear-an excellent day.
Many thanks, Viv

 

From: Vadim Pestun
Sent: 16 January 2015
Subject: Re: Private Sossusvlei Safari: 2 x Pestun - January 4th-6th 2015 - 3 days 2 nights desert tour

 
Dear Kate, hello from snow covered Moscow!
We returned back from our miracle Namibian journey and would like to thank you and Burger for excellent program and perfect guiding, driving, cooking and entertaining us in the heard of desert. These few days are so fresh in our memory and I will stay with us as the most exciting and extraordinary part of our trip.

I and Olga are charmed by Burger's professionalism and his ability to make some small things and facts bright and impressing. Our delicious and simple breakfasts, lunches, dinners  near the fire were the most mouth-watering food we had for this trip... And long barefooted walks across the red sands still stay alive in our memory.

We hope that we can stay in touch and wish you all (Kate, Bruno and Burger) good luck, strong health and prosperous future.
Cordially yours,
Vadim and Olga

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 08 January 2015
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Hilary D x 2 They arrived on: 10-Oct-2014 They left on: 14-Oct-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
As ever we had a wonderful few days with Bruno learning more about the whole ecosystem, and the progress of all Bruno's hard work trying to restore the area to what it had once been, before it was a cattle farm.  We managed plenty of walking while Bruno taught us much about what we saw along the way.  And although,  as is the nature of these things,  you are not guaranteed to have game sightings, we drew the lucky straw on this occasion and saw plenty.  Including an eland calf just a few days old.  Whilst  we were there on one afternoon and evening we listened to and watched a lightning storm, which brought with it some early rain which was torrential and which lasted several hours.

The food was excellent (Soya Milk was provided) and much time was enjoyed in the evening round the fire & dinner table discussing Bruno's plans for Mundulea and learning more about Namibian life and the country.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

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From: Expert Africa
Sent: 13 November 2014
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Martyn R x2 They arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 They left on: 7-Oct-2014.

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
We spent three night here at the end of our Namibian trip and had a marvellous time.  Bruno is an impressive  and entertaining interpreter of the landscape and wildlife - and not as restricted in walking as he ought to have been given that he had broken a bone in his foot days before we arrived.
After a lot of driving and viewing big game earlier in our trip, it was good to get more walking and to focus on the smaller birds, animals, plant life and landscape in a setting which is changing so significantly as part of Bruno’s “re-wilding” process.

The camp itself is fun - with leadwood {baboon proof} furniture and an incredible array of recycled equipment in the open kitchen and boma. The lively and educational conversations over dinner and around the fire were as good as the walks and helped make the stay memorable.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Wendy & Eric
Sent: 06 November 2014
Subject: QUESTION re' Sandwich harbour

 
Morning
We had a fantastic trip on 25 Sept !!!
I took some pics, and want to put them together as an AV
With thanks, and best wishes to all
Eric  (Thorburn)

 

From: Benedikte Alkjærsig Bjerge
Sent: 08 October 2014 02:50 PM
Subject: RE: 4 x Bjerge - 4th October 2014 - Namib Desert

 
Dear Kate,
Thank you for an amazing experience in the Namib Desert on Saturday Oct. 4. We really enjoyed the guided tour as well as the wonderful lunch.
Cheers,
Benedikte

 

From: Admin Swakop Vet. Clinic
Sent: 01 October 2014
Subject: RE: 2 x Rodenwoldt - 23rd September 2014 - Sandwich Bay

 
Dear Kate and Bruno!
What a fantastic tour Dr Neil Forbes and Diethardt could experience.
They could not stop talking, found it very interesting, educational and surely the whole day was a very good way of exchanging ideas, thoughts and knowledge on a higher level .
Thanks so much for giving Diethardt the chance to go with – so very much appreciated.
Regards
Ulrike

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 04 September 2014
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Mrs Tracy W x2 They arrived on: 11-Aug-2014 They left on: 14-Aug-2014.

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
A great experience and very special place to stay.
No luxuries but we didn't expect them however the beds were comfy and the en-suite, fitted with animal skulls and a turtle shell for a soap dish was great.
Food was some of the best we had with Bruno and Tommy creating miracles with a camp fire.
We were so lucky that no other people had booked while we were there so had Bruno all to ourselves. His knowledge and enthusiasm is unrivalled and for anyone interested in the whole ecology of Namibia and not just the 'big five' it is a wonderful, educational three days.
Need to be hardy as five hours walking in the heat during the morning was quite tough but it was worth it. The evening walk of two or three hours was easier though avoiding the acacia trees was a full time event!
 
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

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From: Carlos Christiaens
Sent: 11 August 2014 01:25 PM
Subject: For Bruno

 
Dear Bruno,
 
I wanted to thank you for our wonderful stay in Mundulea.
We really enjoyed , thought a lot about our talks and walks afterwards.
We learned a lot of new things about Namibia, the animals , geology.
And we definitely want to come back, one day
Maybe we can plan our next trip already !

Bye bye, we wish you much succes with your wonderfull project and hope to meet you again !
Carlos, Katrien and Mattijs from Belgium

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 04 August 2014 04:25 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Richard B x 2 They arrived on: 19-Jun-2014. They left on: 22-Jun-2014.

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
It was a real treat to spend time in the bush with Bruno. When we arrived we were whisked off to observe the rescue, tagging and release of a very rare pangolin, an animal we would never otherwise have seen. This was followed by 3 nights in bush camp with Bruno and Tommy (who looked after the camp and cooking), walking and learning about anything and everything to do with Namibia. Although we did not see many animals while walking, there were many tracks and traces.
 
Bruno’s knowledge of plants, animals, geology and politics is exemplary and he takes obvious pleasure in sharing this.
The only slight criticism is that the walks sometimes seemed to be rather lacking in objective. The vegetation at this time of year can be rather uninspiring. Perhaps a little more discussion and briefing before each walk might have helped.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

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From: Expert Africa
Sent: 01 August 2014 12:53 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Derek H x 2 They arrived on: 28-Jun-2014 They left on: 1-Jul-2014.

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
What a very different experience from anything else we have done in Southern Africa before, but an amazing few days amidst an extraordinary project to create a reserve as it would have been before it had been farmed.
 
Bruno’s knowledge is second to none - breakfast, lunch and dinner time was a feast of simple but delicious food as well as an opportunity to hear more of the story of Mundulea, as well as understanding so much more about conservation, poaching and other subjects relevant to Namibia and its neighbours.
Not for the faint hearted given all the walking in the bush and essential to take good walking shoes or boots, but so rewarding for the effort that goes in.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

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From: Ken Kitson
Sent: 08 July 2014 09:41 PM
Subject: Thanks for wonderful Namib Desert Tour


Dear Turnstone Tours,
just wanted to thank you, and especially Aachim, for the fantastically informative tour of the moonscape area we had today. We never expected to see so many fascinating plants, animals and geology. We would thoroughly recommend your tours.

Best wishes,
Holly, Sophie, Mary and Ken Kitson

 

From: James Abbott
Sent: 09 June 2014 12:18 AM
Subject: Re: Namib Desert


Hi Kate

We are back home reflecting on a great great holiday in Namibia. And we just wanted to feedback that we both had a great day out last Sunday.
Everything went wonderfully well and our guide gave us such a great time. It was one of the very best days… a very memorable trip and a key experience of an overall wonderful holiday in Namibia.

With best wishes
James & Peta

 

From: Kate Pirie
Sent: 20 May 2014 02:20 PM
Subject: Pickford family feedback


feedback from the Pickford family re Mundulea Bush Camp and Walking Trails


''Didn't arrive until after dark. Bruno is amazing. Needed another day here. So stimulating… walking was wonderful learning about the small things, footprints, discovering slowly just what Bruno has there and what he does. Didn't get to the caves, but we radio tracked a pangolin, so exciting, and saw the fresh rhino prints whilst on foot, worrying, hoped to see them from the truck but secretive. Talked about so many things. Rhino work amazing. Lovely tents, magnificent food and setting Rave, rave, rave. I don't think it would suit everyone, but it was us.''

 

From: Julia Likeman
Sent: 12 May 2014 11:21 AM


Just a quick note to thank you most sincerely for a fabulous day yesterday. We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip into the desert… Your guide's love of 'the bush' comes across so clearly and you are able to convey this so well. The lunch was quite delicious and just perfect in those surroundings - Picnic at Hanging Rock! Keep up the home cooking! There is nothing like homemade food when you are travelling!

Kind regards
The Likemans and The McCulloghs

 

Sent: 04 April 2014 09:20 PM
Subject: Re: Swakopmund and Walvis Bay Harbour


We would like to thank Turnstone for giving us one big, busy, and beautiful day of touring around the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay areas. Howard and I enjoyed our guide, and we were most impressed by his detailed knowledge of the plant and geological world of your part of Namibia! In addition to sharing his knowledge, anecdotes and love of the beautiful area there, he kept us on track, and covered absolutely everything we had requested to see!!! Although, he probably found our interests a little unusual (townships and cemeteries), he obliged to give us time at each of them, without a pause!

So, we just want to give a shout out of personal thanks to Ernst for doing such a good job of introducing us to his country and its many wonders. We would also like to compliment the "chef" who put our great lunch together. Everything was so good; so fresh! And our "picnic stop" was perfect as we enjoyed some quiet time listening to the birds….

 

From: Alan Porter
Sent: 21 April 2014 12:36 PM
Subject: Desert Tour


Kate,
Just a brief note to say thank you for an excellent tour. Your driver has to be congratulated on making the tour so interesting. His knowledge and explanation of the regions flora and fauna made for an unforgettable experience.
Alan

 

From: Ting So
Sent: 17 April 2014 07:03 PM
Subject: Today's Sandwich Harbor Trip


Hi Bruno,

Thanks for the Sandwich Harbor trip today, we had a great time and the drive was very "Exciting". And the lasagna was really good with the game meat.
Hope to hear from you soon
Ting

 

From: Ann Bazos
Sent: 03 April 2014 09:51 PM
Subject: feedback on recent tour taken with Turnstone


Dear Bruno and Kate,

Our family did a day tour of Sandwich Harbour on March 20th and I wanted to let you know how very much we enjoyed it. We spent 2 weeks in Botswana, Zambia and Namibia and that day was one of our favourites with one of our very best guides. The scenery was beautiful and our guide was so fantastic - very enthusiastic, informative, always giving great info instead of us having to ask. We also really appreciate that you got the sand boards per our request as it gave us an opportunity to do that which we otherwise wouldn't have had.
We loved Namibia and will surely call you when we hopefully return some day!
Kind regards,
Ann Bazos and family

 

From: Michael Newell
Sent: March 31, 2014 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: 2 X Newell - 31 March 2014 - Sandwich Bay [Crystal Serenity]


My wife and I just returned to our ship after having spent an unbelievably wonderful day visiting Sandwich Harbour, the Kuiseb Delta, and the Sossusvlei dunes. We could never have imagined how spectacular this tour would be. More importantly, our guide was terrific; he is one of the most knowledgeable and competent guides we've ever worked with…
Thanks again.
Mike Newell/Judy Koehler

 

From: Gretchen Beyer
Sent: 25 March 2014 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: 1 x Beyer - 18 March 2014 - Sandwich


Hi there,
I am back in London and wanted to send a note to say how much I enjoyed the Sandwich Harbour tour! I had a brilliant guide...I left with an entirely new appreciation for your beautiful and fascinating country. Thanks so much!
Gretchen Beyer

 

Sent: 24 March 2014 03:58 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Martin K x 4
They arrived on: 12-Mar-2014 They left on: 15-Mar-2014
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Loved catching up with Bruno - it was a total delight. He still remains to me one of the best guides in Africa. Sadly it poured down with rain for 2 days but it did not in any way dampen the experience - we thought it was great...

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Joshua
Sent: 11 March 2014 03:36 PM
Subject: Great tour...thanks!


Dear Turnstone Team,
My wife and I took your tour on Feb 12 and I felt compelled to write and express what a great experience we had. Our guide was one of the best (if not the best) guide we have ever had and made it an amazing day. He not only showed us the harbor, lagoon and wildlife but went out of his way to help us with photos and share his insights on the history of the area and the country. We cannot thank him enough for a perfect day!!!!
Warm regards,
Josh and Ilene Frankel

 

Sent: 27 February 2014 02:04 PM
From: Expert Africa
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Kathryn M x 2
They arrived on: 5-Feb-2014 They left on: 8-Feb-2014
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This was a very special place: a bush camp, not luxurious (it doesn't set out to be luxurious) but comfortable.
Bruno is an outstanding guide and what he is doing on the reserve is fascinating. It was lovely eating food cooked by Tommy over an open fire.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Ann Coia
Sent: 12 February 2014 12:01 PM
Subject: thank you

Hello Kate,

Here we are back in soggy UK. This is just a note to say "Thank You" for our wonderful tour
in Namibia. Your admin and personal contact was very much appreciated. The trip itself
was the high point of the whole holiday. What can I say about our wonderful guide?
Just that he was a perfect host and a very knowledgeable guide, the picnic was
splendid. I have let Trip Adviser know my feelings and see that I am not the only one
to do so! Once again, thank you

Best regards
Edmond & Ann Coia

 

From: Pillay, Pria (RTE)
Sent: 10 January 2014 04:28 AM
Subject: FW: 10 x Pillay - 15 December 2013 - Sandwich Harbour

Hi Kate

Just a quick note to say thanks for a lovely trip out to Sandwich Harbour during our holiday in Namibia. Our guides were both fantastic.
Our family holiday to Namibia was very enjoyable and memorable.
Thank you!

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 17 December 2013 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: S x 2 - 30.10.2013 - Sandwich Harbo and Namib Desert Half-Day Tour feedback


I wanted to share this wonderful feedback:

Sandwich Harbor Tour:
"This is a tour with everything - scenery, wildlife, thrills and education. Our excellent guide provided a perfectly balanced day in one of the unique coastal dune areas of the world. Very good lunch. Highly recommended."

Half day Namib Desert Tour:

"After the excellent Sandwich Harbour tour the day before, we went with the same guide on this lower-key but equally fascinating half-day tour.
His passion for the flora of the desert conveyed itself to us and he was extraordinarily knowledgeable. Seeing thousand-year old welwitschia plants was a highlight."

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 06 December 2013 07:09 PM
Subject: Re: Hansen x 4 - 29.10.2013 - Sandwich

Dear Kate & Bruno

Please find below these clients wonderful feedback after their full day activity with you.

"This turned out to be one of the highlights during our trip, highly recommended.
Our guide shared his knowledge and showed us a lot of facinating and interresting things in and around Sandwich harbour. We even got a bit of sunshine when we headed back.
We also enjoyed the driving on the sand dunes and along the coast almost in the waves.
An exciting day we will never forget, thanks a lot."

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Barbara Sparkman
Sent: 03 November 2013 10:32 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour

We got back to the UK on Tuesday this week after a 3 week trip in Namibia and Botswana. On the 11th Oct we were lucky to have arranged with you a visit to Sandwich Harbour. We were late starting off for whatever reason but...it turned out to be one of the highlights - if not the highlight of the trip…
Lying on the sand dunes watching Southern Wright Whales was something we will never forget.

Chris and Barbara Sparkman

 

From: Ellen Jens
Sent: 21 October 2013 06:53 PM
Subject: Our day today


This is to tell you what a wonderful day we had in the desert. We have learned so much, as we were ignorant about the hidden lives of every small moss or plant - and everything we heard was interesting! So thanks to our great guide, we wish we had had more time to do the harbour tour with him as well..
Greetings, Ellen and Adriaan

 

From: olivier Mireux
Sent: 16 October 2013 01:38 PM
Subject: Re: 2 x Mireux - 10th October 2013 -Sandwich Harbour Day Tour


Hi Kate,

The sandwich harbour tour was amazing !!!!
It was a perfect day !

Thanks a lot

Olivier

 

From: Leah Mahoney
Sent: 04 October 2013 09:37 AM
Subject: 4 x Mahoney - 20.08.2013 - Sandwich Harbour Day Tour

Dear Kate,

I just wanted to let you know how happy we were with the tour to Sandwich Harbour. Ernst was a fabulous guide and his attention to detail made the trip the best tour we had ever been on. I will be definitely recommend Turnstone Tours to those traveling to Namibia.
Thank you again for making our day perfect!

Sincerely,

Leah Mahoney

 

Sent: 23 September 2013 03:46 PM
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Alastair N x 2
They arrived on: 14-Sep-2013
They left on: 18-Sep-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is a private reserve where the owner, Bruno, is looking to restore the environment to its pre-cattle farming state. This is not a short-term project as over-grazing has caused significant bush-encroachment. But Bruno is very dedicated to the cause, which is well worth supporting - not least because this sort of private project may ultimately (and sadly) prove to be the best hope for Africa's megafauna in particular in the medium- to long-term.

Bruno himself is a true (latter-day) 'renaissance man';. Sculptor, film-maker, photographer, birding guide and bush expert, he has a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics and is genuinely curious about many others. Over the four nights we were there our conversations ranged across, inter alia, the origins of multi-cell life (based on local fossils), the eating habits of porcupines (more complex than you might think), the genetics of the zebra (and kite) family, undoing the damage of over-intensive farming, local politics, the Chinese in Africa, and human dietary issues.

Mundulea is a true bush camp. But the accommodation is very comfortable - and we commend in particular the shower which is as good as any we have found on our numerous trips to Africa. Much of the fittings have been made by Bruno and his team from locally available materials (including scrap metal from the area's farming days). Bruno produces amazingly good meals on an open fire, which would do credit to many a modern kitchen.

The waterhole right outside the camp attracts a good range of mammals day and night and, although we were a few weeks early for the peak period, we also saw a wide range of birds.

Best of all, no trucks! Mundulea is all about walking and we enjoyed some excellent rambles through the bush morning and evening.

In short, highly recommended.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Grahame A x 4
They arrived on: 23-Jul-2013
They left on: 27-Jul-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Brilliant as ever. Our time with Bruno was amazing. We would like to find a way of helping Bruno with his work there and spoke to him about it.

We would like to talk to Chris about it sometime.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Suzanne Black
Sent: 25 August 2013 07:23 PM
Subject: Info and questions for Ernst!


Dear Turnstone Tours:

Hello! In mid-July we were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Namibia. Africa Travel Resources planned our life-changing trip and set us up with a tour with you. Even though we experienced a serious car accident that delayed us for a day (but in which, miraculously, no one was hurt), you were willing to work with us and gave us an abbreviated day tour. We appreciated your company's flexibility and professionalism! We were especially grateful for the expertise and caring of our guide, Ernst Ritter. His combination of knowledge and heart was unbeatable!! He went far out of his way to show us as much of the wildlife of Walvis Bay as we could possibly squeeze into one afternoon!

Many, many thanks for an enormously memorable tour! We will recommend you and Turnstone to everyone we know!! Keep inspiring guests to care of Namibia until we can return.

Your friends,
Sue Black and Bill Zagotta

 

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mrs Ina Y x 8
They arrived on: 16-Jul-2013
They left on: 19-Jul-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Bruno and Cai took excellent care of us. The children really enjoyed the trip and were fully engaged in the things Bruno explained to them. The food was great, I think they were surprised how much we (including the kids) can eat!

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: P. Burton
Sent: 11 August 2013 10:38 PM
Subject: Sandwich Bay Tour



Dear Kate
Today has been a wonderful day in Swakopmund. The flamingos were amazing as were the sand dunes complete with ostriches, jackals - one feasting on a dead seal, and a great dune- top lunch of delicious food. But the essential ingredient was our driver and guide Ernst Ritter who shared his knowledge and love of the area, the dunes and the wildlife with such enthusiasm and depth of information that I have gained an enormous appreciation of this unique area.
Two friends are coming to Namibia in May next year and I shall certainly recommend that they add this day trip to their planned safari.

Yours sincerely
Penelope Burton

 

From: Andre Vallet
Sent: 10 August 2013 08:35 AM
Subject: Voyage en Namibie/Merci !


Bonjour,

De retour de notre superbe voyage en Namibie, nous vous envoyons ce petit mot pour vous remercier de la magnifique journée que nous avons passée, le 2 août, lors de l'excursion vers Sandwich Harbour assurée par Turnstone.

Le jeune guide de 22 ans nous a époustouflés par sa maturité, ses connaissances et sa passion pour pour cet environnement extraordinaire. Nous avons également beaucoup apprécié ses efforts pour nous expliquer en français le maximum de choses.

Cette journée a été inoubliable. Encore un grand MERCI à lui !

Cordialement,

Nadia, Nora et André VALLET

P.S. : la salade était délicieuse, avec une vinaigrette dont nous aimerions bien connaître le secret. Félicitations au Chef !

 

From: Ann & Steve Toon
Sent: 05 June 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: hi and email contacts


Bruno

Hi again.

We're back home again now after a fantastic trip to Namibia and just wanted to say a huge thanks once again for hosting us at Mundulea and making our time there so memorable and informative. Going slowly on foot and putting together the jigsaw pieces from the signs and clues we found was brilliant as was sitting silently in the hide while the eland herd plucked up courage to drink (we'd love to come back some day and photograph them) before 'Odetta' the rhino ( is that the right spelling?) finally came out of the shadows to drink was magical. We had great fun and learned a huge amount; not least your recipe for Molotov Cocktails which we tried out at Halali with great success!!

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 22 May 2013 04:48 PM
Subject: Deegan and Ray x 2 - 12.03.2013 - Sandwich Harbor

Hi Kate and Bruno 

I trust that you are all keeping well.

We are finally enjoying warm days and sunshine, it is nearly as nice as being home :-)

I wanted to forward you these clients feedback and to say thank you for offering such an excellent activity.

They clients rated the tour as EXCELLENT 

A marvellous day with driver and guide  Ernest who was unbelievably knowledgeable and so obviously passionate about the geology, birds, flora and fauna of this beautiful area. We were taken on a 3 hour walk through the (muddy) lagoon and dunes and  the drive to Sandwich along the beach and back through the dunes (necessitated by high tide) was simply stunning. Whilst the excellent picnic lunch had to be taken in a wind-sheltered hollow rather than  on top of a dune which Ernest would have preferred in less windy conditions, it was still a memorable meal.

Whilst the trip appears to be relatively expensive, the personal nature of it, attention to detail and the wonderful location make it unmissable if staying in Swakopmund for a few days.

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip
  

 

From: Grace Powell
Sent: 12 March 2013 05:30 PM
Subject: Thank you

Hello Kate,
The images of our night in the dunes remain vivid with their astonishing beauty.
Ernst, as always, was the perfect guide. His skill & care in driving through the dunes is always appreciated, especially as I’m a nervous passenger; with his in depth knowledge of the flora and fauna he still manages to share new information even after our very many tours with him over the past seven years. Everything was perfect – the food was delicious, the tents and bedding comfortable and his human touch always makes the tours very special.

Thanks to you & Bruno for providing the opportunity to explore this forbidding, yet extraordinary, part of our planet with such a competent and special guide.
Grace & Ossie

 

From: Birtwhistle
Sent: 29 January 2013 11:15 AM
Subject: Thanks to Turnstone

Dear Kate,

My wife and I would like to congratulate and thank you for a lovely day with Ernst on 22nd January. It was very pleasant to spend so long out walking, between days of driving. The weather was clear, the coast beautiful and fascinating. We found Ernst exceptionally sensitive and interesting about the wild life and environment as a whole. He was very informative and generous with his time. The food you provided was also very attractive, and just right. These are precious things we shall always remember.

With very best wishes,

John
(Birtwhistle, and for my wife Mireille)

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 15 January 2013 06:21 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Michael  W x 2 They arrived on: 19-Sep-2012 They left on: 22-Sep-2012

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Spent 3 nights here, and could have spent longer. 

It was fascinating and learned so much from Bruno about the bio diversity on Mundulea and surrounding area.  Bruno is an excellent host and a first class guide.  A wonderful insight into Namibia. 

Would love to go back and see how Bruno's vision develops.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Dugo
Sent: 30 October 2012 04:29 PM
Subject: Just to say THANK YOU!!!

Dear Kate,
some time has passed since we came back home, but daily routine can put under pressure!

However, no matter how many weeks have passed, we would like to thank all of you for the beautiful gift: our day at Sandwich Harbour.

It has been a beautiful experience for all of us and we wanted to let you know about it.

Thank you so much for giving us this great chance, we'll be back one day :-)
I wish you a great day
Paola Bertarelli/Dugoni

 

From: Domratchev
Sent: 26 October 2012 06:27 AM
Subject: RE: 2 x Domratchev/a - 27.09.2012 - Sandwich Harbour excursion

Hello Kate,

I hope all’s well your side. I just wanted to send through some feedback we received from our clients Domratchev/a who went on a Sandwich Harbour tour with you on the 27th September 2012. Here’s what they said:

Excellent.
The tour to experience Sandwich Harbour was an EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE! This place is beautiful & Turnstone goes out of their way to make this a memorable visit. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to get up early in the morning to be able to get into Sandwich Harbour before high tide cuts out access... Sea level changes & Turnstone called us the night before saying they will pick us up at 6:30am rather than 8am next morning. But then again, the best time of day in Namibia IS  early morning & late evening so you get used to getting up early.

 

From: Heide Hemminga
Sent: 30 September 2012 07:42 PM
Subject: Please forward to ERNST

Good evening Ernst,

I enjoyed Namibia very much and particularly the excursions in Swakopmund. You
obviously are able to answer profoundly all questions about the followed trail anybody
could ever ask. Many thanks!
In my opinion you live in an amazing country in which, as I hope, all the various 
inhabitants can feel free, safe and at home.  

I wish you and your family - especially your son - all the best!

Good bye,

Heide Hemminga

 

From: Dugo
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 9:21 PM
Subject: Greetings from Italy 1/5

Dear Ernst,
we hope you are all well and enjoy your spring and incoming summer in Namibia.

Our holiday has been really fantastic, all of us enjoyed so much your country that we are almost sure to come back one day.

What you don't know is that the day passed with you has been one of our highlights and we have to sincerely thank you for this.
It was not only a matter of places and landscapes, it had to do with your way of accepting new persons and treating everybody warmly and friendly and this made the difference.

Good night
Paola Stefano Matilde Federico

 

From: faverolles
Sent: 10 September 2012 10:18 AM
Subject: Australia calling


Hello Kate,

Should describe ourselves as ex-tourists for the time being because we arrived home late last Wednesday and we're already back into the routine of everything!

We'd like to thank you, Bruno and staff for our wonderful whirlwind romance with some of the best Namibia has to offer.

Ernst Ritter deserves special mention. His passion for his job and the environment and his knowledge is astonishing. We're sorry we kept him out late on a couple of occasions. That last dune, that glorious sunset and birds tardy to the roost are to blame!

We had such a fabulous time. I've wanted to see Sossusvlei for a long time and wasn't disappointed and even in central Australia I have never seen a night sky like that on our first camping night. Leigh climbed "Big Daddy" and his photos are unbelievable. Sandwich Harbour is also stunning. We loved the camping even though it's been a while since we've pitched a tent and slept on the ground etc.. The expanses of grass and the colours of land and sky will be vivid in our memories for quite awhile.

We read about Turnstone Tours via a Lonely Planet guide. Few people in Australia know much about Namibia and even less about its amazing environment.
I bought a NAM bumper stick for my car. We'd certainly recommend Turnstone to anyone else who wanted a similar experience.

Good luck with the studies we heard you are taking,

Best regards to you all,

Kathleen O'Connor and Leigh Hart

 

From: My Private Guide
Sent: 05 August 2012 12:14 PM
Subject: RE: 1 x Van Hoogstraten - 24.07.2012 - Sandwich

Dear Kate,

My tour with Ernest was amazing.  The most enjoyable day I have ever had on a tour.  Fun, interesting, delicious food and amazing scenery.

I did a review on Tripadvisor (“TouristGuide”) and there is a picture of Ernest setting the table.  He will remember me – just mention I was with the family from Seattle (Washington State).

Might do it again next year should I visit Swakopmund again, with my sister.

Kindest,

Sorella

 

From: Elena Bordigoni
Sent: 01 August 2012 09:09 PM
Subject: 4 x Bordigoni - 01.08.2012 - sandwich harbour day trip

Hello!

We would like to thank you very much for the marvellous day trip today to Sandwich Harbour.
Our guide was very kind, knowledgeable and professional, very friendly and extremely nice to our children. Truly above expectations.
Please thank him again for making our day.
Please let him also know that we will email him picture of the cars  driving right on the lagoon at Sandwich Harbour as soon as we get back home.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Elena.

 

From: Mike & Sue Clark
Sent: 27 July 2012 07:03 PM
Subject: Thanks

Previous guests have expounded on the wonders of Mundulea, and we can only add our admiration for what Bruno is succeeding in doing on this vast reserve.

Yes, the tents are simple, but not basic, the beds are very comfortable, the night-sky view from the loo extraordinary, and the wake up calls of the francolins and the babblers something to be experienced. We even had a leopard calling metres from our tent in the night. Bruno's home cooking was the best food we had on the whole trip (and that is saying something). We were the only guests so we had two days of gentle trailing with Bruno and his son, during which we learnt so much about the animals, plants and the exceptional geology of the area, not to mention history and politics! Like many other guests, we have become "poo" experts and we now have to find a use for all our knowledge in rural Sussex!

This is a true bush-camp but with enough of the creature-comforts to make it a wonderful experience for all ages. We could not recommend it too highly.

For Bruno
A belated thank you for our fantastic stay at Mundulea, which was definitely the highlight of our Namibian trip. We both feel that we have learnt so much about the bush, its plants and animals and we thank you for stretching our brains rather than just feeding us information!

We wish you every success with Mundulea. We really enjoyed meeting Cai and spending time with you both. Sunset picture attached.

With kind regards,

Mike and Sue Clark
Chichester UK

 

From: Saskia Sijben
Sent: 09 May 2012 12:27 PM
Subject: feedback Saskia and new booking clients Bos

Dear Kate, Bruno and Ernst,

In the meantime I am already 2 weeks back in the office. Wow time flies when you are back in the office. Anyway, finally I found time to give sent you an email.

Again, thank you very much for offering this tour for us at a special rate. My husband Roger and I had a wonderful time with Ernst as our guide as I also told to Bruno on the phone the next day. The knowledge of Ernst is unbelievable from geology to flora and fauna and so on. And besides that he is a very nice person to be with as well. He took so much time for us, we were only back in Swakopmund at 19h00! Bruno already phoned Ernst a couple of times if something went wrong, ha ha or if we got stuck in the sand or something. No no no, nothing went wrong at all. We were just enjoying our time at Sandwich Harbour and in the lagoon in Walvis Bay. For lots of people the Sandwich Harbour Tour is one of the highlights of their trip to Namibia and now I can only endorse this. Sandwich Harbour is beautiful especially the view from the dunes, but what makes this tour even more interesting to me is the knowledge of Ernst. This is why I will not forget about it. THANKS A LOT!!! Please sent my kind regards to Ernst and thanks to him again.

 

From: MARIA CACERES
Sent: 02 May 2012 06:35 PM
Subject: Re: 4 x Caceres (Private Tour) - 02.05.2012 - Sandwich Bay

Hi Kate,

We had an AMAZING day, enjoyed and learnt so much with Ernest. He was so great with our kids too...

We will back for sure!
Thanks.
Regards,
Maria.

 

From: Anne Fletcher
Sent: 07 March 2012 12:05 PM
Subject: Thanks

One could not hope for a better or more well-informed guide than Bruno. We were the only guests so everything was catered to our interests. We had a dramatic first night with violent thunderstorms which made the outdoor dining and bathroom experiences ones to remember.

Everything was provided by Bruno and Tommy, Bruno cooking over a fire after a full day out with us walking which was no mean feat. We learned a lot and had close sightings of a variety of animals, some very close to camp. The access road was difficult after prolonged rainfall, maybe at some point it will have to be addressed.

A welcome experience and a change from luxurious lodges, an adventure really.

Dear Bruno,

Thanks once again for a superb experience at your lovely Bush Camp and for looking after us so well; we consider ourselves extremely fortunate for being there on our own.
Best wishes Anne & Fred

 

From: Craig Austin Shipman
Sent: 02 February 2012 06:34 PM
Subject: Re: Shipman x 4 - 01.02.2012 and 02.02.2012 (Feedback)

Hi Kate...
I thought you'd like a bit of feedback of our two days of tours: SPECTACULAR.
Our guide was extremely knowledgable and obviously very proud of his country...as he well should be. Namibia is a beautiful country.
Thanks for helping making our voyage even better than expected.
-Craig

 

From: Kondwanie Chirembo
Sent: 29 December 2011 06:26 PM
Subject: Re: 4 x Chirembo - 23.12.11 - Sandwich Bay

Afternoon Kate and Bruno

We are back in Gaborone after a 6 day stay in Swakopmund one of which day was spent with your Ernst Ritter at the Sandwich habour. We had such a wonderful time with him taking us through the habour and the dunes adjacent to it. We did communicate our appreciation direct to Ernst but knowing he does his work under your supervision we believe it appropriate to express our sppreciation to the Turnstone company/family. Our holiday was a success in part due to the part your tour made. If we ever come (or plan to come) back we will definitely give you a call and see where else you can take us in your beautiful country. By the way we have several pictures we took on the day if you are interested to have any do advise and we will forward you copies.

All the best in the new year!
Kondwa

From: Mark Holden PLS
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:05 PM
Subject: Extended contact

Bruno,
We spent a very wonderful day with you this past August out at Sandwich Harbor. Both Mary and myself can't thank you enough, it was one of the highlights of you trip, and Mary's "I've got a stabilizing lens" still gets a laugh or two.

We don't watch much TV particularly American prime time news, but on a recent trip to the Oregon coast at the small motel we were at, we happen to see a program called the Today Show that was highlighting Namibia. You can imagine our surprise when we saw that the Matt Lauer and the NBC crews had chosen Turnstone and you for their guide service.

It brought back many delightful memories and a bit of travel longing for Namibia.
Best of luck to you and thank you again for a memorable time.

Mark Holden P.L.S.
Geodetic RTN Administrator
Tacoma WA

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 25 November 2011 12:39
Subject: RE: B & B x 4 - 27.10.2011 - Sandwich Harbor

Hi Kate & Bruno

I trust that you are both keeping well.
I just wanted to pass on this wonderful feedback from these travelers, wow!
We organised a Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbor for these travellers. They commented:
Life in the sand dunes of the skeleton coast: Excellent.
“This was like being with David Attenborough on tour! We had a beautiful and amazing day. I wouldn't have missed this for anything.”

 

From: Neil Iosson
Sent: 01 October 2011 09:53
Subject: Fwd: Trip Sandwich harbour

Hi,

I just thought I'd write to say how much we enjoyed our trip yesterday. Our guide was excellent and showed a real in depth knowledge of the area and its history and biology and conveyed real warmth for the subject. It has been a highlight of our trip so far and a really special opportunity to get to understand the ecology of the area.

Maybe next time we are back we'll try one of your longer tours!

Best wishes,

Neil and Victoria

 

From: Pamela Pasquin
Sent: 21 August 2011 18:08
Subject: R: 4 x Pasquin - 09.08.2011 - Sandwich

Good afternoon,
We have returned to Italy; this email just to thank you for the wonderful excursion.
A beautiful day that we have recommended to 4 other friends who came a few days after us and thanked us for advice.

Thank you
Pamela Pasquin

 

From: ian walton
Sent: 14 August 2011 13:01
Subject:

Dear Kate and Bruno,
Just to say many thanks for a great stay at Mundulea.You have a fantastic place and we thoroughly enjoyed the walks, especially all the information that Bruno supplied
Even to our untrained eye we can see how much time, energy and effort you have put into this reserve. As one of our group said " If only we could remember half of what he told us."
We would love to see Mundulea in summer and Bruno says late March is a good time, so you haven’t seen the last of us!

Regards to you both,
Ian

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 27 July 2011 12:09
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Michael K x 2
They arrived on: 18-Jul-2011
They left on: 21-Jul-2011

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is fantastic.

After being in the car for much of our trip it was great to get out and walk. Bruno is a fantastic guide and host - we learned so much about the animals at the reserve and saw some animals we had not seen before. The food was amazing.

Mundulea was definitely a highlight of our trip and we really wished we could stay longer

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From:  Expert Africa
Sent: 09 August 2011 21:32
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Leen DR x 4
They arrived on: 9-Jul-2011
They left on: 12-Jul-2011

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Bruno is trying to make the world a better place and we were privileged to witness this for several days. We received a warm welcome and were impressed with the amazing hospitality. Bruno is a fountain of knowledge, an inspired guide, and an enthusiastic teacher. Mundulea lodge is the perfect start to a Namibia tou as it provides a broad and fascinating base of knowledge in terms of wildlife, geology, ecology, vegetation etc etc.
The atmosphere in the lodge is warm and personal, the food was marvelous, and the evening discussions around the campfire fascinating.
Highly recommended !!!!

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 25 July 2011 16:38
Subject: RE: Feedback : Mr. H 09.07.2011 - Sandwich Harbour

Hi Kate & Bruno

I hope that you both had a lovely weekend,
I just wanted to email you this family’s feedback after their Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbor.

They rated the overall experience as “EXCELLENT!”

Please see their feedback below:

“We had great expectations and were not disappointed. Our driver and guide Ernst, was very knowledgeable and easy-going.We passes the guano islands and salt mines, saw masses of flamingoes and pelicans and decided to have lunch amid the dunes, as it seemed too windy at the ocean. The picnic lunch provided by Ernst was delicious and the location superb. We then waited for low tide in order to continue our trip to sandwich harbor, left the car and continued barefoot on top of a dune in order to enjoy the view over the mouth of the Swakop river and enjoyed hearing the dunes "sing" as we run down again. On our return the fogs moved in, we could hardly see a thing, but enormous flocks of cormorans overtaking us. The day was one of our highlights and I would highly recommend it to anyone!”

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Candida Janson
Sent: 27 June 2011 16:22
Subject: RE: 2 x Janson 16.06.11 - Sandwich (or Namib Desert)

Dear Kate and Bruno

I just wanted to say what a wonderful day we spent with Ernst at Sandwich Harbour on our recent trip – he’s a fantastic guide and we both felt we learnt so much about the area in a very short space of time, but all at a relaxed pace that was incredibly enjoyable. Thank you so much for getting us there this time!

Lunch in the dunes was really special and we’ll remember the day for a very long time.

We’re already planning our next trip back and hope to include a few days at Mundulea next time.

All the best
Candida Janson

 

From: Kate Graham
Sent: 27 May 2011 19:10
Subject: Feedback

Hello my name is Kate Graham and I recently visited Namibia with a group of friends. We went on the day tour of Sandwich Harbour with Earnst as our tour guide. This trip was amazing and Earnst did a great job showing us the sites as well as the scares going down the dunes. The only down side was our two friends are vegetarians and we informed the tour that we had two vegi's beforehand. Unfortunately they didn't prepare vegetarian meals for them and they were only able to eat the salad and bread. Otherwise we had an amazing time and really enjoyed the tour.

Thanks so much,

Kate Graham

 

From: Mary Barry
Sent: 11 May 2011 16:04
Subject: A sincere Thank you

Dear Bruno and Kate,

Bruno, there are no words to express our appreciation and gratitude for THEE most wonderful time and adventure with you at Mundulea. I have traveled quite a bit through my lifetime, and I can honestly say that that the time with you in Mundulea was one of my peak life experiences. To share with Megan made it even better. I only wish my husband could have come as well. Your dedication, brillance, patience, love of life and living, fabulous cooking skills, support of your staff, choice of accommodation in the bush and teacher of it all...was just PERFECT. Let's stay in touch! Sincere thanks to you Bruno. Mary Barry

Please say hello to Wonder Wayne!

 

From: Megan Barry
Sent: 03 May 2011 17:44
Subject: Dear Bruno

Hi Bruno,
I am so sorry to be getting this email to you so late. I have been meaning to write you since the DAY we got back. I just wanted to personally thank you for the BEST trip. We had an absolutlu incredible time at your camp and although Kaitlin and I can be a bit silly we learned so much from you. I will always remember and continue to think about our wonderful conversations over your DELICIOUS meals. I have been trying to re-create you chick pea dish (with no success) :)
Anyway, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so luckily to have spent time with you on your farm!!!!

I will send you an email if I make it down to Cape Town on of these days!

Best,
Megan Barry

 

From: Meera MacDonald
Sent: 01 May 2011 07:09
Subject: Sandwich Harbour Tour

Hiya.

My friends and I went on a day-long tour with Ernst on Easter and it was fantastic. Ernst is extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about what he does and he made the experience quite pleasurable. Thanks Ernst!

Meera

 

From: Perry Stamp
Sent: 28 April 2011 17:54
Subject: Ernst

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the wonderful
Sandwich Harbour tour we had with Ernst couple of days ago.

Ernst's fun and engaging style kept us captivated for the entire day.
His vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna and his genuine love
of Namibia were admirable and impressive and served only to enhance
what we were able to take away from this already amazing experience.

I could not recommend Ernst and the Turnstone-Tours team any higher.

Thanks again for the wonderful day!

Perry Stamp and our group.

 

From: Pat Lucas
Sent: 16 April 2011 10:45
Subject: Re: our trip

Hi Kate,

Just wanted to let you know that we all very much enjoyed our tour yesterday. Ernest and Craig were wonderful and it was a great day.

Lunch was wonderful as well. We will definitely recommend your cojmapny.

Thanks, Pat Lucas

 

From: Emma Newey
Sent: 12 March 2011 15:18
Subject: Re: 2 x Newy - 08.02.2011 - Namib Desert Tour

Hi,

I have been meaning to email you ever since we got back from holiday to say thank you! We had such a fantastic day with Ernest and loved every minute of it. This is the review that I wrote on TA if you are interested. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g298357-d1837102-r97190923-Turnstone_Tours-Swakopmund.html
Thanks again!

Emma


From: Grace Powell
Sent: 03 March 2011 16:56
Subject: Thank you

Hello Kate,
I’m back in Canada now – and haunted by the landscapes seen on our trip to Soussosvlei.
Both my husband and I are business people and know that the success of an enterprise depends on the quality of its staff. I hope you & Bruno know the treasure you have in Ernst. He really is amazing. His love and knowledge of Namibia is extraordinary – he knows where to find the most stunning places away from other people so that the isolation of Namibia can truly be enjoyed; his people skills are exceptional and he knows how to connect with differing personalities and to cater to different capacities among his group in a sensitive and caring manner. His knowledge of the flora and fauna always adds interest to the tour and his driving skills under all kinds of conditions inspires total confidence even in a nervous passenger like me. And he knew us well enough to know that seeing Soussosvlei with water was well worth changing our plans at the last minute.

And thanks to the organization at Turnstone for comfortable sleeping arrangements when camping and all the many little things that have to be right for a trip to go smoothly.
How lucky I am to have found your organization on the ‘net so many years ago and to have benefitted so often from the extraordinary tours you offer.
Thank you.

Grace

 

From: Søren Kristensen
Sent: 20 February 2011 10:48
Subject: Kristensen x 4

Dear Kate,
I want to express our great satisfaction with the Sandwich Harbour trip we had together with Ernst February 15th. I especially enjoyed seeing the Damara terns at the Swakopmund river mouth. Ernst showed us a lot in the landscapes that we would not have spotted ourselves. He seems to be a true lover of your unique and beautiful Namibia. The lunch you had prepared for us was very good! Ernst would be a perfect companion for an extended Namibia excursion.

Warm regards from clear and cold winter day in Denmark
Søren Kristensen

PS. Tell Ernst that we has some good Dune Larks in Sossuvlei

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 23 December 2010 18:09
Subject: RE: Few pics from my educational

Hi Kate & Bruno

Time just went by so quickly and I was sad to leave.
I really had the best time at Mundulea, the company was wonderful, the reserve was beautiful, Bruno was extremely entertaining and very, very knowledgeable
about everything – I was really amazed and I loved learning new things.
I especially enjoyed all Bruno’s stories.

Of all the educational trips I have ever done in all my years in the industry, my visit to Mundulea stands out as my absolute favorite.
More people need to experience Mundulea and have Bruno for a guide as there is not another guide like him.

Thank you for your good wishes for the festive season and the New Year.

With very warm regards

Sabina

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 15 December 2010 19:17
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Martin S x 2
They arrived on: 6-Nov-2010
They left on: 10-Nov-2010

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

The clear highlight of our holiday - loved every minute of it. Bruno Nebe is a wonderful host and inspirational guide. He has also built a camp with the best showers we found in Namibia. The camp has everything except mains electricity, which we did not need. We left Mundulea on a high, much better informed and keen to return.

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: J D COOPER
Sent: 10 December 2010 16:53
Subject: Re: Cooper party x 12 - 07.12.2010 and 08.12.2010

Hello, Kate,
Sorry that I did not get back ro you before our tour. It was absolutely a hightlight of our journey. Both Wayne and Paul were super hosts and great ambassadors for Namibia.


Thanks again.

Grace Cooper
(from Capetown)

 

From: Ed Cohen
Sent: 08 December 2010 16:17
Subject: Thank You

Dear Kate,

I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our 2 days. Ernst was a wonderful guide, he is very knowledgeable, helpful and enjoyable to be with. We had a terrific day at Sandwich Bay on the dunes, and today in the desert was a totally different experience - yet still amazing.
So we thank you and please let Ernst know we had a great time.

Regards,
Ed Cohen and our group.

 

From: Bill Radock
Sent: 09 December 2010 08:25
Subject: RE: Private tours - 4 x Radock - 07.12.2010 - Sandwich Bay; 4 x Raddock - 08.12.2010 - Namib Desert

Hello Kate,

Isie and I and our friends had a wonderful time on our tours in Walvis Bay.  John and Axel were terrific guides, providing us with lots of information about geology, wildlife, native culture, history and life in Namibia. The lunches were delicious and generous.  Although our visit was short, we felt our time was very well spent on the two tours you recommended.  We hope to return to Namibia some day to visit the northern area of the country.

Thank you for your wonderful assistance over the last several months.  I appreciate the prompt correspondence you provided that helped us choose the perfect tours and have a great time. 

Best wishes for the holiday season.

Bill & Isie Radock

 

From: J D COOPER
Sent: 10 December 2010 16:53
Subject: Re: Cooper party x 12 - 07.12.2010 and 08.12.2010

Hello, Kate,
Sorry that I did not get back to you before our tour.  It was absolutely a highlight of our journey.  Both Wayne and Paul were super hosts and great ambassadors for Namibia …

Thanks again.

Grace Cooper
(from Capetown)

 

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Martin S x 2 They arrived on: 6-Nov-2010 They left on: 10-Nov-2010

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

The clear highlight of our holiday - loved every minute of it.  Bruno Nebe is a wonderful host and inspirational guide.  He has also built a camp with the best showers we found in Namibia.  The camp has everything except mains electricity, which we did not need.  We left Mundulea on a high, much better informed and keen to return.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Paul Ryan
Sent: 19 November 2010 18:20
Subject: Excellent Tour

Hi,
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Sandwich Harbour tour from Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
 
It was the best day of our cruise and your guide was a wonderful and knowledgeable host. He went out of his way to find interesting animals and sites to visit. The lunch on the beach was also top quality and our compliments to whoever prepared the food.
 
Many thanks to you all and may you enjoy many more profitable and prosperous years.
 
Kind Regards,
Paul Ryan 

 

From: T&P Mantel
Sent: 09 November 2010 16:46
Subject: Re: Accomm details for Mantel x 2 - Monday 11 October 2010

Hi Kate
Thank you once again for a truly amazing day at Sandwich.
Ernst was an incredible guide and went out of his way to make our day special.
We had a fantastic trip through Namibia for 5 weeks and this was one of the highlights
Thank you so much.

Kind regards
Piet and Tisch Mantel

 

From: Christopher Woodley
Sent: 18 October 2010 12:56
Subject: Re: Private our for 4 x Woodley - 10.10.2010 - Sandwich

Dear Kate

Hard to believe that we're already back in grey and gloomy England, but we have great memories (and a million photos) of Namibia - and of Sandwich Harbour in particular. All four of us reckon that the day was one of the biggest highlights of our whole trip. It was also the perfect way for me to forget about (almost) being a mere 60 years old. The location was brilliant, Wayne was brilliant, the weather was brilliant, the champagne lunch was brilliant. So I just wanted to thank you: Turnstone Tours is a great operation (and I'll be sure to tell our friends, and to give you glowing feedback when I get round to posting some kind of report on Tripadvisor).

Best regards,
Christopher

 

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Stephen C x 2 They arrived on: 18-Sep-2010 They left on: 21-Sep-2010

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

The best place we visited. Bruno is a fantastic extremely knowledgable host/guide.
We've been to Southern Africa on quite a few occasions, but still learned a lot.
Walks are very good and (mostly) were adapted to our very low fitness levels!
Couldn't recommend it more highly.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Grahame A x 5 They arrived on: 2-Aug-2010 They left on: 6-Aug-2010

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Bruno was amazing again. This place really gets under your skin. A must to go back.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

From: Patrick Garson
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: 2 x Garson - 30.07.2010 - 02.08.2010 - Mundulea

Hi Kate, well we're back in cold Sydney now and settling back into our mundane workdays and starless nights, but everyone has been thinking about Namibia since we left. I just wanted to thank you and Bruno - Khanh and I both had an incredible time at Mundulea, and I really wish my partner Lynn had been able to make it. Bruno's encyclopaedic knowledge made for fabulous learning, but his open and inquiring attitude, meditative and thoughtful approach, and inspiring committed worldview made the for a truly unique experience, and connection - for us at any rate!

Even more than the hours spent at the waterhole, revelling in the quiet and the reserve of the animals, I will treasure the many conversations we had each night, about cooking, Namibia's history, politics, National Geographic, cooking (Bruno and I both got heaps of ideas, I think) anything and everything! I would really love to come back, and spend some more time, it was certainly the apex of an amazing trip. If you and the family should ever find yourselves in Australia, do please feel free to get in touch - it would be a real treat to return some of the hospitality we received in our time at Mundulea....

 

From: Expert Africa
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 10:28 PM
Subject: RE: M x 5 - 03.08.2010 - Sandwich

Hi Kate,
Just wanted to let you know that we got some great feedback on the Sandwich Harbour tour from the Miller family. Here’s what they said:

Ernst was the BEST! we cant stop talking about our day with Ernst! he was not only informative, enthusiastic but comfortable to be around. our kids loved him especially when he told them to take off their shoes! the dune rides were exciting! loved seeing all the wild life! great great day! didnt want it to end! highly recommend! especially Ernst! good man!

 

From: "Moira Thomson"
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:54 PM
Subject: Sandwich harbour

Just a quick e mail to say a big thank you to Ernst for sharing his obvious passion for all things. He was knowledgable and gave us great information about the flora and fauna.
We had a fabulous day out and came back the richer for it.
Moira and Peter

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----- Original Message -----
From: <webmaster@expertafrica.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:10 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Geoffrey P x 3
They arrived on: 15-Aug-2010
They left on: 18-Aug-2010
 

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
Wow, we visited Mundulea as the first stop on our trip to Namibia and the visit changed our lives.  Visiting Mundulea first turned out to be a good thing (because we were able to absorb all the details about the country's history, geology, flora and fauna and politics at the start of our trip) and also a bad thing, because as my 13 year old son commented "after talking to Bruno for three days pretty much everything anyone else had to say was repetitive"!    Bruno's vision at Mundulea is to recreate the natural environment of Namibia's Central Highlands, including the animal and plant species endemic to the area.  This remarkable project is now well advanced and the property has established herds of Eland, Kudu, Giraffe, Warthog, Blackfaced Impala, Roan Antelope, Zebra, Ostrich as well as many other ungulates and carnivores all the way up to Leopard.  While the accomodations at Mundulea are not as luxurious as others. our kids voted Bruno's open-fire cooked meals the best of our destinations in Namibia.  More importantly the passion, depth of knowledge and experience he brings to the task of guiding his clients around the property are infectious and result in an extraordinary educational, environmental and scientific experience for the young and the young at heart.  If your preference is to see your game from the back of a land rover with half a dozen others then this is not the destination for you; if however you prefer the surprise of a truly wild animal crossing your path as you walk through their territory, then you will find Mundulea a dream come true.

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

----- Original Message -----
From: TDY3, WA (WINDHOEK/Anne Shinn)
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 3:15 PM
Subject: RE: 1 x R - 21.08.2010 - Sandwich Harbor tour

Kate,

I'd like to reiterate Kristen's comments below - we really enjoyed the tour.  Personally, I am very glad that I decided to participate!  Seeing such a landscape is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Thank you for your encouragement and for your assistance getting us booked!  And please thank Wayne as well for his superb tour guiding and for making it unforgettable.

Best wishes,
Anne

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Ruckstuhl, Kristen
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 2:15 PM
Subject: RE: 1 x Ruckstuhl - 21.08.2010 - Sandwich Harbor tour

Hi Kate,

I just wanted to follow-up with you and say what an amazing time Anne and I had on Saturday's tour.   It was quite fantastic, our guide, Wayne was extremely knowledgeable, personable and really helped make the trip an amazing and unforgettable time.  I have seen a lot of amazing things in my life (Temples at Luxor, Petra, Angkor Wat, many safaris, Vic Falls, etc.) and really the dunes of the Namib desert and the combination of the ocean and desert converging is truly mind boggling and unique.

In any event, please do thank Wayne for us again and thanks for the flexibility to accommodate us at the last minute. 

please take care
Kristen Ruckstuhl

 

----- Original Message -----
From: P F Cloete
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 8:58 AM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour Tour

Dear Kate and Bruno,

On behalf of myself, Judy and Kent, our sincere thanks for the Sandwich Harbour trip which turned out to be one of the highlights of our recent holiday in Namibia.
Kate, thanks for imposing on your and Bruno’s holidays on our behalf in order to make it possible, and also for the wonderful picnic lunch (including the tasty pumpkin bread). Bruno, it was very special to visit such a unique place with such a knowledgable guide .We followed your advice and visited the Sam Cohen library in Swakop where we found some interesting information on the erstwhile inhabitants of Sandwich Harbour.
We appreciate it very much, and will now have to start saving to visit Mundalea or to go on one of your other tours.
Kind regards,
Pierre Cloete.

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Cheryl le Roux
Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 2:05 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour - thanks!

Hi Bruno

I just wanted to say a big thank you for a fantastic day spent on the Sandwich Harbour tour last week Wednesday with Rajesh and Jason (or was it two weeks ago now??).   It was definitely a highlight of my trip to Namibia, I learned so much that day it seemed like I was a real part of it all - hard to tear myself away!

Well, Namibia has gotten under my skin and I'm dreaming of my next trip already ...

Regards,
Cheryl

Dear Bruno and Kate,
I just wanted to pass on some feedback from these clients about their trip with you - they had a fantastic time!
'From Swakopmund we did the Sandwich Harbour trip with Wayne; which was fantastic. The lunch in the desert was brilliant and driving up the dunes was a real adrenaline thrill! We also saw much wildlife including a 'fly-over' of pelicans which was fantastic.
AN EXCELLENT TRIP. WE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED ALL THE WILDLIFE- FLAMINGOS, PELICANS AND SEA BIRDS. WAYNE THE GUIDE WAS GREAT COMPANY AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. WE SAW THE CARAPACE OF A SADLY LONG DEAD TURTLE, DISCOVERED THE ARCHEOLOGICAL REMAINS LEFT BY  LONG AGO INHABITANTS, THE SHOVEL SNOUTED LIZARD AND LEARNED MUCH ABOUT THE DIFFERENT DUNES. THE LUNCH WAS EXCELLENT AND THE WHOLE DAY WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY. Thank you Wayne.'
Best wishes,

EXPERT AFRICA - Specialists to Southern Africa
Wild About Africa - Specialist small group trips to Namibia

 

----- Original Message -----
From: John Allan
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 5:30 PM
Subject: Thanks to Ernst Ritter

Dear Bruno.
On behalf of the Beningfield, McIntosh and Allan party who went on tour with you to Sandwich Harbour on Saturday 8th May, we wish to record how extremely impressed we were with our guide, Ernst Ritter.  His deep knowledge of the fauna, flora and environment was highly impressive enhanced by the eloquent manner in which he expressed himself.  Not only is he knowledgeable but also passionate about the environment and it was interesting to see him challenging other Namibians who were transgressing park regulations. We all had a wonderful and memorable day which was the highlight of our trip to Namibia ...

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Trevor and Vicky
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 5:59 PM
Subject: Our tour in April

Dear Bruno and Kate

First on behalf of my duaghter, Lyn, my husband Trevor and myself we want to say thank you to Ernst for an excellent tour to Sandwich Harbour via the desert on Wed 21 April. Ernst was an outstanding guide and taught us so much. We really enjoyed everything about the day and my husband's comment was that it was worth every penny we paid.

Many thanks

Vicky Ireland

 

----- Original Message -----
From: mette caton
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 6:03 PM
Subject: our stay with you

Dear Bruno and Kate,

We have only just returned home from South Africa as we were grounded due to the vulcano ashes over Europe ... Our trip to Namibia was amazing and we all feel it has changed us lots. Our visit to Mundulea was amazing, it put our visit to this planet in a whole different perspective and our amazement and reverence for nature have gone through the roof. Thanks so much for a great 3/4 days, Bruno, and for all your wise lessons ...

Love,

Mette, Gijsbert, Carmen, Thierry and Emiel

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From: gtolmiep@aol.com
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 12:36 PM
Subject: Thanks

Dear Bruno,

There is no doubt that the highlight of our tour of Namibia was the two days out with you. Anne enjoyed them as much as me. Thank you so much for taking us out to see the desert, Welwitschia and much more. It was most enjoyable to meet you and to learn from your extensive knowledge about an area about which I knew so little.
Our whole tour of Namibia went well and we had absolutely no problems on the rest of the tour. We really enjoyed Hobatere and Erongo as well.

Many thanks and very best wishes,
Iain and Anne

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Erin Conway-Smith
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 6:20 PM
Subject: Re: Thanks

Hi Kate - just want to say that we (a group of three Canadians) had a
great tour of Sandwich Harbour with Ernst on Nov 19 ...  Ernst was a terrific
guide, we were impressed by his knowledge of the environment, history,
politics, as well as his driving skills, and the lunch was lovely. Our
compliments!

Erin

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Hara
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: 6 x Hara - 14th October 2009 - Sandwich Harbour - CONFIRMED

Hi Kate,
Belatedly I thank you for the great time we had in Namibia.  The whole  
day was fantastic and then suddenly it was time to board the ship!!!!
 
We will highly recommend your company to the next group of tours that  
come through here either by cruise ship or on their own!
 
thanks again
Valerie Hara

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Andrew Stroud
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2009 9:16 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour tour, 13 October

Dear Kate,
I wanted to let you know how much the four of us enjoyed the Sandwich Harbour day out with Ernst on the 13th;  it really was one of the best days we had in Namibia.  Ernst was a mine of information imparted with passion – to find oneself gripped by a guano platform is quite something !  It was great to cover so many different aspects of the area, from the salt pans to settlements drowned by sanddunes, from huge flocks of cormorants to a drive along the sand at the edge of the dunes that was interesting to say the least !  He was great company, very mindful certainly of my limitations which I appreciated, and couldn’t have been a better host for the day.  We were also dead lucky with the other three Brits on the tour, who were great company.

And as for the picnic … I understand that it was all prepared by the company housekeeper, I think her name is Paulina ?  We asked Ernest to pass on our compliments to the chef, and perhaps you would reiterate how much we enjoyed her delicious food.   If there is ever a Turnstone cookbook I would like a copy please !
Sarah

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Harrison
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: 2 x Harrison - 19.09.2009 - Sandwich Harbour Tour

Dear Kate
 
We have returned to the UK now and are just catching up with e-mails  etc after our fantastic trip to Namibia.
 
Just a word of thanks for a memorable trip down to Sandwich Harbour.  Wayne was a superb guide and was sensitive to the needs of all his  guests. Although our main interest is in birds, Wayne's commentary on  all the aspects of the dunes, including the geology and archeology,  was truly fascinating. The drive back along the beach between tide and  
dunes was exhilarating!
 
Best wishes
Brian and Doreen

 

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From: Steve Brynes
Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2009 5:23 AM
Subject: Feedback

Hi
Now that I'm back home, I just wanted to tell you what a great job Wayne did on my recent Sandwich Harbour tour.  Clearly he knows his stuff (including how to handle the vehicle!) and he was excellent at sharing his knowledge and experience.

Thanks for a first rate time.
Best
Steve

 

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From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:47 AM
Subject: RE: L x 2 (Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbor 26 July 2009)

This was so good,and Ernest our guide excellent. Weather intervened again here and he rang early morning to say cause of the really bad winds we could not go till lunch time. He picked us up plus 2 others and we had a wonderful trip along the coast, his knowledge of everything was good. We had a good lunch did some bird watching and walking and some riding up and down on the dunes in the landrover, digging for water , watching jackels. And because we had missed the morning he continued on until it was dark and then looked for Brown Hyenas, cause we had mentioned we would like to see them, we didn't, but none the less he really put himself out.

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Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:00 PM
Subject: 4 x M - 16.07.2009 - Sandwich Harbour Tour

The Sandwich Harbour tour will definitely remain one of our best memories. The guide (Ernst) was extremely competent (he seems to know every single bird in the region) and gave us a lot of explanations (historical background, econocmic and environmental issues, etc.). He really likes showing his clients around, we appreciated his enthusiasm. Great lunch, too (a full homemade meal which was delicious).

 

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From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 5:10 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Stuart S x 2
They arrived on: 6-Jun-2009
They left on: 9-Jun-2009


They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Our stay at Mundulea was the 'jewel in the crown' of our wonderful stay in Namibia.  It is hard to find words that do full justice to the truly unique experience of spending time there with Bruno Nebe whose deep and wide-ranging knowledge of so many aspects of Namibian culture and every aspect of wildlife preservation and conservation was astonishing.  The newly built camp  has a wonderfully rustic charm in complete harmony with its beautiful surroundings and lacked for nothing in necessary facilities.  Particulary impressive was the environmentally sustainable  showers whiich Bruno had constructed using former gas cylinders which enabled the shower water to be heated by burning wood 'harvested' from scrub clearance.  We were particularly fortunate that we were the sole guests at the camp during our stay so had lot of quality time to discuss a whole range of subjects.  The two walks we did were full of fascinating insights into so many different elements of the behaviour of game in a natural setting and was a massive contrast from Etosha where the game have become immune to the presence of humans.  Relatively close encounters with kudu, a family of warthogs  and wild cattle were electrifying.  Breakfast and evening meals were a delight with excellent and interesting meals cooked over a wood fire.  Sundowners with our host at a hide overlooking a waterhole were also a delight.  Our only regret was that our stay had to come to an end but, hopefully we will get to return one day.

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

  ----- Original Message -----
From: Lize Stassen
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: 4 x S - 03.07.2009 - Sandwich Bay tour

Dear Kate,

 We have returned from the most wonderful holiday in Namibia, and I just wanted to say thank you for the absolutely wonderful trip to Sandwich Harbour on the 3rd. It was an experience to remember for a lifetime – please convey our thanks to Ernest for his totally professional and expert guidance during the day. My boys especially enjoyed his expert driving on the dunes, and for me and my husband the scenery was absolutely spectacular.

Thanks also for the wonderful lunch!

 Kind regards, Lize Stassen

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Virginia Spradlin
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 7:17 AM
Subject: Gratitude

Dear Kate and Bruno,

We have been slowly settling back into life in Montana, but also trying to keep our Namibian experience fresh in our minds.  The word "Bruno" is said at least once a day by one of us in reference to one thing or another, and I have noticed that when our friends ask the kids about their African memories, their answers include, without fail, a recollection from our time with you.  Be it armoured crickets or termites (Henry is still concerned about the one balloonish fellow who is relegated to spitting water all day), the newborn giraffe, the Southern Cross, or "Bruno tickling us when we honked his horn," they remember all of it fondly.  I appreciate you sharing your insight and wisdom about the animals, the land and the culture with me.
But most of all, thank you a million times over for taking a risk and saying yes to allowing Ben and me and our two young children on such a wonderful adventure.

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Courtenay Barber
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 1:14 PM
Subject: Nanub Desert Tour, June 28 2009

Hello!
We just wanted to thank you for a wonderful day in the desert.  We had
just spent 38 days at sea from Fortaleza, Brazil to Walvis Bay and it was
great to get away from the water.

Our special thanks to Ernst Ritter who is a super guide and a great travel
companion.  He sets a great table too!  We are sorry he was not able to
get down with his sons to see the R/V Endeavor.

Best wishes to all,

Courtenay Barber, III
Bruce Bannick
Jeff Avery

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Saltys
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:06 PM

Hello my wife and I had the pleasure of being on the full day version of the Sandwich Harbor Tour on 3 May 2009. The guide was Ernest. The tour was fantastic and Ernest was a great guide. He was a wealth of knowledge, interesting to listen and talk with, very personable and tailored the tour to our interests. We rate him as one of the best  and invaluable guides.  Please extend a warm hello our thanks to him. Thank-you.

Dennis Saltys and Cindy Vranizan-Saltys

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Expert Africa
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 5:01 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Sandra  M x 2
They arrived on: 28-May-2009
They left on: 31-May-2009

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

I don't know how to describe the wonderful time we had a Mundulea. We went expecting basic camping facilities; & how we were we surprised! We did not expect such luxury -  some of the furniture was built by Bruno. Take note of the chandelier over the dining table!

We had hot water for the shower (no bucket shower here), if taken during daylight hours; totally unexpected. Bruno has such imagination to have built this camp.

The walking was wonderful & it was such a change to see the animals from on foot rather than in a vehicle. Bruno's knowledge of the area is vast. It amazed me how he finds his way around. 

The food cooked over the open fire was excellent with lots of it.

We would not hesitate to return - only next time, if going at this time of year, I think we would take hot water bottles & thermals; it got very cold in the night.

Click here to read more about of this traveller's review of Mundulea, and their whole trip

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Loomer, Anne-Lise Lucretia
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 6:08 PM
Subject: RE: Sandwich Bay tour tomorrow

Dear Kate,
 
I meant to send this email a long time ago, but I wanted to give you some feedback on our day trip with Ernst. My husband and I had one of the most memorable days we've had in years and Ernst was a top notch guide who proved to be tremendously knowledgeable, professional, competent and caring. We truly enjoyed meeting him and spending the day with him. I hope you can pass on our best wishes to him and thank him again for a very special day.
 
Best regards,
 
Anne-Lise

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----- Original Message -----
From: Kaeleigh Farrish - On Semester At Sea
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 1:49 PM
Subject: RE: 4 x Kaeleigh Farrish party - 14-15 Feb 2009 - One night/two day camping in the Desert with Turnstone Tours

We had the MOST amazing time with Ernst. We really can't say enough about your company, the tour or Ernst... we are so grateful and so sad to had to have said goodbye to Namibia so soon, but can't wait to be back again! Thank you again for all your patience, cooperation and effort in coordinating with us and helping to give us one of the most life changing and inspiring experiences of our lives.

 

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From: Georgia Grant
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: 5 x Grant - 14-15 February 2009 - Two day camping in the Desert

Hello Kate, I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time on our tour with Wayne.  He was a terrific guide and I believe all the biologists were very appreciative of his knowledge about the various ecosystems.  We were all impressed with his kindness and respect for the environment and the people who live on the land.  And we were quite impressed with Namibia.  It seeems like your country is getting off to a good start, especially in the area of environmental protection and sustainability.  The US could learn something from Namibia.

Your country is so beautiful.  We all want to come back.

Best wishes to you and your endeavours. 
Georgia

 

----- Original Message -----
From: ROBERT STONEHEWER-SMITHT
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 11:39 AM
Subject: feedback from Stonehewer-Smith family

Dear Bruno and Kate,
 
Unfortunately for us, we never made it to your wonderful looking and sounding reserve.  We did, however, have a magical camping trip through Damaraland with Ernst, and wished to give you some of our feedback.
 
Ernst Ritter was the most brilliant guide and became a great friend to us.

Due to the Christmas break, we had to take our trip with him as soon as we arrived in Namibia, between 19th and 22nd December.  He did a quite Herculean amount of driving to drop us off at Etosha prior to haring back to SWakop and on to his farm for Christmas, picking up some bees on the way.

We knew it was likely to be the highlight and would have wished to have kept  it till last.  Never mind, it really was the highlight and has remained it. We learnt so much of the country, its history and geology as well as its people, flora and fauna.  We enjoyed looking at the "little things" as Ernst
kept encouraging us to do.  The boys loved the beetles, Agamas and lizards  (including the feeling of holding a dung beetle in the palm of your closed  hand), we all enjoyed the immense variety of birds, I was  constantly amazed at the colours in the desert landscape and the plants that managed to grow
there.
  
We had a great adventure with elephants visiting our tents, including at 3am on 22nd December.  The bull  (is it Voortrekker?) most definitely "in must"  and highly excited by our two little tents and the landrover.  We let them  be and they left us alone.  We did not take any photographs either, but just  enjoyed the privilege of being in such company and have some spectacular  memories.  Just what we had hoped for our sons' first introduction into  Africa.
  
Ernst also guided us on our day trip to SAndwich Harbour on 29th December.  Again, plenty of birdwatching, lots of history, and a bit of dune-driving  made it a good day for all.
  
Do thank Ernst from us.  We shall be writing to him separately as well,  possibly enclosing a book on card games to teach him the proper rules of  Canasta!
  
 With kind regards,  
 Robert, Johanna, William and Richard Stonehewer-Smith

 

Hallo Ernst,

wir sind mittlerweile zurück in unserer Heimat auf der Schwäbischen Alb.
Der Alltag hat uns wieder.
Wir leben von vielen tollen Fotos und schönen Erinnerungen an unseren Urlaub in Namibia.
Eine großen Beitrag dazu hast Du mit der Tour nach Sandwich Harbour geleistet.
Wir (Jürgen, Andrea, Doris und ich) waren total begeistert, wie Du uns diesen fast "magischen" Ort
auf so sensible Weise nahe gebracht hast. Diese Fahrt nach Sandwich Harbour war
ein besonderes Highlight der gesamten Reise.
Die Brummdrüne war sehr, sehr aufregend!!!!
Die Versorgung war ebenfalls Spitze, der Bananenkuchen ein Hit.&nbsp;Würdest Du mir bitte das
Rezept erfragen? Vielen herzlichen Dank für alles - schön, dass es Dich gibt!
Wir werden Dich in jedem Fall weiter empfehlen.
Liebe Grße von allen
Barbara Elsner

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Caroline Helbig
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 10:46 PM
Subject: Merry Christmas!

Hi Kate and Bruno,

We were on your Sandwich Harbour trip with Ernest way back in July and had an absolutely spectacular time. I'm sending along a few photos of the day. Could you please pass on the message below to Ernest. I do some travel writing and had promised to send the article I wrote about our adventures in Namibia. Thanks!
By the way, the liver pate you packed for lunch was the best I've ever eaten! Munching liver pate amidst that splendid scenery -hard to beat!
Hope you have a happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.

Caroline

Hi Ernst,

Our family was on your Sandwich Harbour tour back in July. I've been meaning to send you a note for some time and just got too busy. We all agree that the amazing Namibian landscape was one of the top highlights of our 9 weeks in southern Africa. Walking along the coastal dunes at Sandwich Harbour was an unforgettable experience! Our son Alex often talks about the fun he had in the dunes- walking, driving and especially listening to the sand. I think he also ate more than his fair share of that yummy lasagne. Thank you so much for making it such a great day!

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Colton, Mervyn
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 12:52 PM
Subject: Thanks for a great day!

Hi Bruno,
Just to say thanks for the super day tour you brought us on. We were the Irish couple you collected for a day trip to sandwich harbour, and we talked cameras, photos and landrovers all day long! It was super!
Merv & Sarah Colton

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Hazel's Footprints Trust
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: Confirmation: 2 x Scott-Aiton - 11th-14th November 2008 - Mundulea

Dear Bruno and Kate

What can we say other than thanks for another memorable few days in the (almost original!) Namibian bush.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Mundulea to see first hand what you are trying to re-create there.  The camp site was just the right atmosphere for such surroundings and Bruno's patter was its usual fascinating and enthralling self - our rhino meeting and the python story have been re-told several times already!!

 

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Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 3:32 PM
Subject: Sandwich harbour tour...29/10/2008


Its taken awhile to sort out the pictures from the trip....4957 in total!!.....but have now got it down to 250 ish.

12 from our day with you are enclosed......WHAT A DAY IT WAS!
(see pics on our photo page)

Ernst.....you are a magician......constantly producing rabbits out of a hat......and then producing the final rabbit.....or flamingoe at the death.....FAB day out.....top man, top country....we will be back!

All the best

Alan & Nicci


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Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:23 PM
Subject: Re: from Corsica

Hello Kate,
We are now back home in our island of Corsica.
I wanted to contact and thank you for the tour we did on October 15th guided by Ernest. Maybe you remember we were 5 people together - and all those people say thank you to Turnstone and to Ernst (and to the lady who prepared the meal for lunch). We appreciated a lot this day tour to Sandwich Harbour. The weather was cloudy and windy sometimes but we know the coast is often not sunny or calm.
Ernst is a very interesting driver/ guide and it was a real pleasure to spend this day with him. You know my English is too poor to explain what I want, but I appreciated having the chance to speak and listen to him ...
I should be happy to come again (for a fourth time) to Namibia and if this happens we shall try to do another tour with Turnstone and with Ernst if possible ..

Thank you and best wishes to all Turnstone Tour Team

Alain et Joëlle LAPUJADE
Lieu dit Lestinchi
20167 PERI (South Corsica)
France

 

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Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 10:24 AM
Subject: RE: 2 x Prichard & Reid -14 September 2008 (Feedback)

Dear Kate & Bruno
I just received the following great feedback from these guests and wanted to pass it on.
They rated overall experience: EXCELLENT: “Worthwhile trip. Due to tidal conditions, our 4x4 couldn't get that close to the harbour, so we walked along the beach for quite some time each way. As keen walkers, this was great, and we got to see a whale which we wouldn't have done had we been driving. We were caught short by the tide on the way back, so played 'dodge the waves' by jumping onto the dunes. Lunch was much appreciated after our long walk, and was tasty to boot! “


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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:46 AM
Subject: RE: Borthwick x 2 - 12.09.2008 - Sandwich (so sorry another change)

Dear Kate & Bruno
I just wanted to share some of the recent feedback that I got from our travellers who went on the Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbour.
Mr Alastair & Mrs Amanda Borthwick – on the 12 September wrote.
Rate trip as: Excellent
 “One of the trip highlights. A great guide, knowledgeable on any subject and willing to change the tour to suit us. Topped by a superb lunch on top of the dunes I would recommend this for anyone with any interest in natural history, or Namibia in general.”

 

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Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 10:41 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Angela P x2
They arrived on: 20-Sep-2008
They left on: 23-Sep-2008

We thoroughly enjoyed being in the company of Bruno Nebe. What an amazing person! His knowledge of any subject we talked about, be it the wildlife, the country, or politics was incredible.  Being here with Bruno was the highlight of our trip to Namibia.

Don't change anything!  The small and personal approach helps make the experience special.

Tell Bruno that we are pleased he found his sunglasses!!

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

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Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:17 PM
Subject: Dank an Ernst

Hallo Ernst,

auf diesem Wege nach Rückkehr von unserem wunderbaren Urlaub in Namibia ein herzliches Dankeschön an dich, mit dem wir am 31. Juli eine Tour nach Sandwich Harbour unternommen haben. Leider kamen wir an diesem Tag nicht bis Sandwich Harbour - die Route war wohl vom Atlantik weggewaschen. Dennoch war die Tour alles andere als enttäuschend, sondern ein echtes Highlight unseres Urlaubs. (Vielleicht erinnerst du dich an uns - wir waren die deutsch-irische Familie mit 2 Kindern, von denen dich unsere Tochter Tess, die kleine "Chatterbox" besonders neugierig ausgefragt hat ;-) und bei denen die beiden Kinder beim Lunch-Auf- und Abbau tatkräftig mit angepackt haben. Außer uns war noch eine dreiköpfige englische Familie mit von der Partie ) Die Tour war absolut fantastisch - die kleine Wanderung in den Dünen hat mich besonders beeindruckt, das "Leben" in der Wüste und dann der summende Sand.

In der Zwischenzeit sind bereits weitere Bekannte nach Namibia aufgebrochen, denen ich ans Herz gelegt habe, in Swakopmund eine Tour mit euch zu unternehmen - die fachkundige ornithologische Führung und die geduldige Art von dir haben die Tour zu einem ganz besonderen Erlebnis gemacht. Und das Essen war lecker und ein Erlebnis mit Safari-Feel. Auch die Tatsache, dass wir nur mit 7 Gästen unterwegs waren und auf individuelle Interessen eingegangen wurde, war ein besonders großes Vergnügen.

Vielen Dank für das Schaffen wunderbarer Urlaubserinnerungen und ganz herzliche Grüße aus dem fernen (und feuchten ;-(   ) Irland!

Sonja Kroll

 

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Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: 4 x Hofman - 14-15.08.2008 - Camping in the Desert

Hi Kate:

Just a quick word of thanks- the four of us had a most amazing 2 days with Bruno  a couple of weeks ago - his encyclopedic knowledge on almost everything from geography to history and politics to plant and animal life in the desert made it  an unforgettable tri ---  thanks for arranging this for us. 
best
Karen

 

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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 10:24 AM
Subject: RE: 2 x Latzel & Tee - 01.06.2008 (feedback)

Dear Kate and Bruno
We had some very good feedback from these guests about their Turnstone Tour and I wanted to share it with you.
Mr Latzel wrote: “The day trip to Sandwich harbour with Turnstone Tours was one of the highlights of our entire Namibia trip with hundreds of pelicans and comorants by their thousands near the shore.”
We will post it on our website too for future travellers to read as well. Thanks for all your great work.
With very best regards

Sabina

 

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Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 12:21 AM
Subject: Trip to Namibia

Dear Kate and Bruno,

I would first like to congratulate you on your ten year anniversary of leading tours in Namibia.  I can certainly understand why you are considered to be at the top of the eco-tourism pile! 

Thank you, Kate for all your kindness and encouragement when I was making the reservations.  As I said to Ernst in an email---I wondered how a company who didn't know us and a guide we hadn't met could do such an exceptional job of fulfilling all those dreams you have when you are thinking of making such a trip.  Needless to say, we had an unforgettable 8 days!  The knowledge and passion for the geology, flora and fauna of our ever patient guide were so outstanding.  I can't think of anything more that we could have asked for -----

The fact that we were in an area that seemed to have no-one else around;  to see such changes and beauty around each corner;  the herds of springbok in the tall yellow grasses,  beautiful Mountain Zebra and  then to sleep under the sky filled with so many stars  after a delicious dinner ---- - fabulous!  Climbing the dunes as the sun comes up will stick with me as  a wonderful memory.

Thank you again, Kate.  I hope that we will be able to make another tour with Turnstone in the future.

Kind regards,

Liz Bulkley

PS  The coffee was delicious!!!


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Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:32 AM
Subject: Thanks so much

Dear Bruno, Kate, Cai and Jack

Thanks so much for our lovely time on your farm. It was very special for all of us and my dad loved it. It really made his heart so glad to see what you are doing, Bruno, and the camp was fab. Just too short! I could easily have had another three days. You were all very generous with your time and the food was delicious....

Love Margie


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Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 4:48 PM
Subject: Thank you

Dear Bruno,
 
I just wanted to say a huge big thank you for all your input into the most amazing holiday.  It was a fantastic two weeks and I enjoyed every minute of my time with you in Namibia.  You were a great guide/host and I learnt loads during our stay.
 
It was such fun seeing the black faced impala and seeing what you have done to the farm.  It was all very impressive and you obviously work extremely hard ...
 
Harriet/Hayho xx 

 

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Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 5:37 PM
Subject: Ostergrüße aus Brandenburg an Ernst

Hallo Lieber Ernst,
Frohe Ostern wünschen Dir Matthias, Rudi, Ernst und Lars.
Wir sind nun schon wieder fast 3 Wochen im kalten Deutschland und ich speziell ich vermisse Namibia ziemlich. Hier in Deutschland ist alles laut und mit Menschen überfüllt. Das geht mir auf die Nerven und da sehnt man sich nach der Ruhe Namibias. Nochmals vielen Dank für den großartigen Tag am Meer. Nach Abschluss des Urlaubs kann ich sagen, dass es der beste Tag war. Ich habe noch 2 Fotos zur Erinnerung beigefügt.

Beste Grüsse
Matthias

 

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Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:51 PM
Subject: Thanks

Dear Bruno,
We are now back in rather cold England after a really fantastic trip - thank you so much for everything.  The itinerary worked out marvellously well and it was so exciting to see all the changes and improvements at Mundulea - we will spread the word among our friends!!  The cooking, wine, rock shandy, gin and tonic (with home grown lemon) and the sundowner moths will all be remembered with great enjoyment and the walks and scrambles have kept us nice and fit - I fear we still will not pass the "tracks and spoor" tests next time we see you! 
 
With love to you all.
Deborah.

 

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----- Original Message -----

Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:07 PM
Subject: Thank you

Hello Kate,

Please thank Ernst for memories of our Nambian trip that will last all of us a lifetime - including our children with whom my husband and I had the absolute pleasure of sharing my birth country in the care of your very special tour guide.

Ernst really is remarkable - his wide and varied skill set as well as his obvious comfort, love and knowledge of the harsh & remote places, where he knows the most off the beaten dramatic places to enhance the solitude and beauty of the land - even in Soussusvlei which has become a tourist destination.
The dune experience was a real highlight - even for our son who under normal circumstances doesn't like sand.

Thank you too Kate, for your consideration of our dietary needs - the kabeljou was an unexpected delicacy and the farm made boerewors provided by Ernst was much appreciated too.
The bedding was very comfortably set up ( thank you) and our nights were adventurous.

The landscape still haunts me with its beauty and the off the beaten track places Ernst took us to. His energy, caring, knowledge and sensitivity to our different personalities and needs made our trip very special. 

Thank you,

Grace

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2007 1:56 PM
Subject: FAO Ernst Ritter 

Dear Ernst

I hope this has finally reached you. We have tried e mail with and without photographs from our home pc but nothing gets through so this is my work address.

Here in the UK it is a mild winter but looking out over the London skyline it seems a long way from our camping trip with you in Damaraland. It was definitely the highlight of the trip, the beauty of the place, the solitude, the elephants and we enjoyed your company!

Hope all is well with you and your family.

Best wishes
Sarah and Cliff Dixon

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 8:36 PM
Subject: thank you

We just want to say thank you for a most wonderful day we spent visiting Sandwich Harbour two weeks ago, on Friday 16th November.
Ernest (apologies if the spelling is wrong) was a wonderful guide and it was a most magical day - one of the highlights of our trip to Namibia.
The lunch was fantastic too - quite delicious - we only wish we could have eaten more.

With very best wishes

Steve and Cindy Haynes

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 9:02 AM
Subject: ThanksGood morning from a chilly Pretoria.

Just a few words of thanks for a wonderful and exhillerating tour, very ably led by Ernst Ritter, to Sandwich Harbour on the 20th. It turned out to be one of the highlihts of our extensive tour through Namibia and the Kalahari. Our Swiss friends, pretty seasoned world travellers, were most impressed. The oohs and ahs expressed our surprise and delight when Ernst laid the table for a superb lunch amongst the dunes!
You do have a world-class product which I will recommend whenever possible.

Bi, Werner Wenhold

 

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Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 12:02 PM
Subject: Mundulea
Dear Bruno,

Just a note to say thank you so very much for the fantastic trip to Mundulea.  It was a highlight of our trip.  The project at Mundulea is an excellent, and fascinating, one - I haven't learnt so much in a very long time.  I will try to email some photos if I work out the technology needed!

Thank you also for the delicious food - I shall be trying to repeat your
chicken recipe...

Please could you keep us posted on Mundulea as we certainly hope to come
back on our fifth trip to Namibia.

Best wishes,
 
 Emily, Bob and Sue

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 1:17 PM
Subject: Sandwich Harbour Tour

Please relay this message to Ernest, our guide for 12 Sept. Tour. 

Ernst, your tour was truly one of the highlights of our entire trip.  We returned on Thursday and I know it will take a couple of weeks to process all of our adventures but when talking with people about our trip one of the first things I describe in our tour of Sandwich Harbour with you.  Thank you so much for sharing  your knowledge and  infectious enthusiasm with us.  The lunch was fantastic also...such a presentation.   I did ask about the flamingos returning to the Makgadikgadi Pans and  YES, they said they did when the rains come. I hope there will be more rain this year.  We did see many beautiful birds and animals.  A trip of a lifetime.  Thanks for your part in making it so.

Best Regards,
Brenda Ward
Port St. Joe, FL
USA 

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 11:51 PM
Subject: Our trip to Sandwich Harbour 02/08/07

This is a very belated thank you to your company and your guide Ernst, who took us to Sandwich Harbour for the day on 2 August 2007.  We spent three weeks in Namibia and this day was one of our high spots.  Ernst was such a wonderful host and so full of knowledge in all respects - bird life, plant life, animals, insects, reptiles, geology, etc.  From the moment we got into the jeep he was a joy to have as a guide. 

We were a party of five (the Hopes family), myself Jenny and my husband Richard and our three children Sam (18), Matthew (17) and Amy (12).  Ernst immediately put us at our ease and we all felt comfortable asking questions and we were always given a good explanation to our questions whatever they might have been.  He was so knowledgeable, always ready to offer some interesting piece of information and stop and point out interesting things whether it be to do with the landscape/geology or the wildlife/birdlife/plantlife.  We all had such a great day and it is always a bonus when the children feel as much part of the activity as the adults because the guide takes the trouble to talk to them and include them and do things that they appreciate and enjoy as well.   The trip over the dunes was great and all the stops along the way to look at the birds, plants, insects and the sand dunes/formations, etc were so interesting.  Ernst was such a mine of information.

The lunch was a super spread and very enjoyable too.  It was so nice to have such an interesting and enjoyable trip, with a perfect host and who was good company too. Ernst was also able to advise us on a good place to sand board, although unfortunately we ran out of time the next day to do this as we had to get a part for our hire car before we moved on towards Etosha on the following day.

Thank you again for such a good day and please pass on our thanks, compliments and best wishes to Ernst.

Jenny, Richard, Sam, Matthew and Amy Hopes

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Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: 4 x Alexander - 28.08.2007 - Sandwich harbour day trip

Kate and Bruno hello,

Just back in Rome after our wonderful trip in Namibia of which the day tour to Sandwich harbor will remain an highlight. We where impressed by the beauty of the area and the delicate balances that threaten its survival. We would like in particular to say a warm hello to our guide Ernst. He is one of those rare people that you meet as strangers but leave as friends after feeling how much he really cares for his environment and the passion he has to communicate. Communicating so well implies not only being so knowledgeable but also taking a real interest in the people you talk to and the desire to involve them in your visions.

Take care,
Bob, Angelica, Ricky and Erica.

 

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Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: 22.08.2007-26.08.07

Dear Bruno,Thank you very much for such a wonderful time. The Kudu horn arrived back safely! We have already sorted out how to make a musical instrument from it and this will be a scouting project. Joseph ahs already been round to one of the scout leaders to discuss this. We are all p[lanning the next visit but it is likely to be some time unfortunately. However, this was truly a lnadmark holiday for us and we have already reccomended you to several friends.Eleanor is looking forward to her next experience of caving!

All the very best

Jonathan

 

From:   Clarke, Mike 
Sent:   13 August 2007 18:20
Subject: Mundulea Reserve and other things
Dear Bruno
Firstly, can I say thank you for the marvellous time you and Ernst gave us - the two camping trips were the highlights of the holiday for all the family. Ernst was excellent and I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks again to him. He is a great guy for you, who has deep understanding and concern.
We planned this trip to give our children memories, and I am truly grateful that you have done that and more.
with best wishes
Mike

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:38 PM
Subject: RE: 4 x Evans - 21.04.2007 - Sandwich HarbourDear Kate and Bruno

Just a short note on behalf of my friends and myself to say thanks for a wonderful day out at Sandwich Harbour.

Ernest was on time and full of information about the environment and the problems facing Walvis Bay and its RAMSAR designations.

Personally I saw some wonderful bird species  and his depth of knowledge on all thing ecological were really something to be admired. I think I could have spent a week out there and still be having fun. I also have to thank him for scaring the death out of me on the dunes - he knows what I mean!! Its an experience I shall never forget and I have the photographs to help pass on my wonderful day to others.
I must admit , when I booked the tour  I was being a bit selfish , in that I was the only one in our group who was interested in birds and increasing my "tick list". However on returning to the hotel I was very relieved to find that my friends also thoroughly enjoyed themselves also.
Congratulations to the chef also for preparing a wonderful meal.

Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to Ernest  - as I know he is a technophobe  and who can blame him when he has such a wonderful job! 

Anyway thanks once again
Best wishes
Richard

 

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Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 5:37 PM
Subject: Thanks so much for a great day in Namibia

Dear Kate and Bruno,
We have been looking at our pictures and Bonnie's from our day with Jono which you organized so beautifully.   We were delighted with everything about our tour- the itinerary, the perspective which Jono added to the mix, and, of course, the delicious luncheon at the dunes which was the envy of all of the tourists who suddenly showed up while we were dining!   Thank you so very much for being available on the day when so many other tourists from the QE2 were in Walvis Bay.    We hope to return to Namibia and South Africa in the not too distant future and will contact you for your help when we are making our plans.Please thank Jono for us.  I have not been able to send him an e-mail- it is always sent back to us. I must have made a mistake on his address.

Best regards from Madison, Georgia USA
Beth and Jim Unger

 

 ----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2006 10:13 PM
Subject: Feedback


Dear Kate,
I am finally getting around to contacting you for a number of reasons following our tour in July.
Firstly, we asked our guide Ernest if we could swap our Namib Desert tour for the Sandwich Harbour tour in the end.  I hope that we didn’t get him into trouble for being so obliging.

Secondly, the three of us (my mother, my boyfriend and I) had a wonderful time.  It was clear that Ernest was very passionate about the things he taught us about, and he passed that passion onto us.  We have some very fond memories of our day with him.  Please pass on our repeated thanks.

With thanks to you also for running such excellent tours.  We hope to return some day to experience more of your fascinating country’s wonders.  All the best.
Yours sincerely,
Naomi Hirst

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 3:56 PM
Subject: Ein herzliches Dankeschön an unseren Führer Ernst

Hallo Ernst,du erinnerst dich noch an Monika und Peter Möbius aus Friedrichshafen/Deutschland? Harald vom Intermezzo hat uns Ende Oktober an dich vermittelt.

Inzwischen sind wir wieder zu hause. Der Alltag versucht sich schon wieder mit gierigen Klauen an uns festzuklammern. Noch halten uns die Namibia-Erinnerungen resistent dagegen.Vor allem die Fahrt mit dir zur Sandwich Bay wird uns unvergesslich bleiben. Ebenso die Strand-Wanderung und die anschließende Dünenfahrt.

Herzlichen Dank noch mal, dass du dir soviel Zeit für uns genommen hast. Es war der Tag mit dem höchsten Erlebniswert der ganzen Reise. Nirgendwo haben wir vergleichbar eindrückliches in Namibia erlebt. Nirgendwo konnten wir auf ähnlich anschauliche und sympathische Art Informationen über Land, Leute und Natur erhalten. Beeindruckt hat uns vor allem deine Kenntnis über die komplexen Zusammenhänge der Wüsten-Biologie und Geologie. Und überhaupt: deine philosophisch gefestigten Ansichten des ganzen globalen Lebens. Ganz abgesehen davon: es hat einfach irre Spaß gemacht.Bleib dieser Linie als Tourenführer treu, lieber Ernst, und du wirst noch vielen Leuten glückliche Erinnerungen verschaffen. Gibt es darunter doch mal die einen oder anderen Nörgler, nimm sie hin wie einen kurzen Sandsturm. Sie sind eben unvermeidlich.

Weiterhin alles Gute für dich und viel Saß an der Arbeit wünschen dir
Monika und Peter Möbius

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Pick up point for your Sandwich Bay tour on November 5th

Dear Kate,I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Sandwich Bay tour on 5 Nov.  The day was beautiful, the guide was excellent, and the lunch provided was exceptional.  This tour was all we imagined it would be and more!  So wonderful to be amongst the dunes with no one else around except our little party.  With many thanks,
Connie

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 11:46 PM
Subject: Re: Baytson (x3) Private Tour to Sandwich Harbour - 18.10.2006

Dear Kate

I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our day with Ernst.  He 
made a great impression on Malachy, who is still talking about him!  Booking 
the private trip was definitely the right thing to do; we went at our own 
pace and Ernest kept Malachy entertained and interested throughout the day 
(and us too!).  It was one of the highlights of our trip.
 
Many thanks and best regards
 
Philly

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:48 PM

Dear Bruno,
 
Thanks for a fantastic time, it was great to see you again and make our first visit to Mundulea.  Kids now addicted to caves so we got dragged down another one at Gauss - tame by comparison but Edward and I still bottled before the rest.  Cape Town a bit of a culture shock - we had to hit the shops to tidy Edward up and he is now the proud owner of a 10 x pair of binos, in case we spy whales on our trip along the coast.
Best wishes,
 
Isabel

 


Sent: 04 November 2006 06:31 PM
Subject: Stander - Desert overnight tour 2&3 October

Dear Kate and Bruno,
Can’t believe its already a month since our desert trip. I wanted to let you know we had an absolutely wonderful time. Its difficult getting back to earth. Ernst was a great guide and his decision not to drive into Sandwich Harbour meant we had a truly unforgettable walk over the dunes which for me, was a highlight.

Thank you.  Regards
Marina Stander

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 5:22 PM
Subject: Thank you

Dear Kate and Bruno,I have been meaning to drop you a line for ages, but the recent death of my father has rather overtaken me.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to both of you, Kate for your sensible advice about how the children would cope with the trip and for the lunch (was it your fabulous cooking?) and Bruno for the care you took of myself and particularly the children on the tour (23rd July - Bruno will probably remember rescuing the children from the rising tide).  If you ask the children now, months later, which was their favourite bit of their Namibian adventure, they will both independently tell you that it was the trip to Sandwich Harbour.  In a holiday of so many memorable and new experiences for them, I think that just about says it all.  Keep up the good work.With kind regards

Sorrel, Maia and Conor Dixon

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:33 PM
Subject: Message for Mr Ernst Ritter

Dear Ernst,Maybe you remember us, we were the franco-mexican family with a small kid and a baby-girl whom you took to Sandwich Harbour. We wanted to send you our regards and most sincere thanks for this wonderful day: we admired your knowledge and love of nature and were truly thankful for your patience and kindness.Kind regards,Maresquier family

Claudia, François, Fabien and Kyra

 

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From: Expert Africa -
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 10:28 AM
Subject: Feedback - Will G

Dear Bruno and Kate,
Hope you are both keeping well.
I know it is a while since Will G and his family visited Sandwich Harbour, courtesy of you, but I just wanted to give you a few words of thanks and a brief update from us and Will. We have received an email from him, and the articles that he is writing for the Sunday Times are in progress at the moment.
He also gave us a short run down of the accommodations and activities in Namibia and I though you would like to read what he said about Turnstone Tours:
‘Turnstone Tours – one of our best days. Ernst was great with the kids - catching lizards and beetles for them, making the dunes ‘sing’, sticking Joe in quicksand... All great stuff!’

Thanks again for all of your help in making his trip such a great success.
Tracy

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 7:32 PM
Subject: Damaraland

Dear BrunoA big thank you that comes fully loaded with all the things one wants to say but sound a bit phoney. The journey surpassed all expectations we had, and they were high to start with. You present people the oportunity to immerse themselves in the environment you take them to, and it is up to them to grab it. That is quite unique. Thank you very much!!

Charl and Jan

 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 9:11 PM
Subject: 04.07.06 - Sandwich Harbour

 Dear Kate

 Phil & I have just returned from a wonderful week in Namibia and wish to
 convey our warmest wishes and thanks to Ernst for making our trip to
 Sandwich Harbour so memorable.  He really is THE best guide and truly
 dedicated to the conservation of your amazing country.
 
 We both enjoyed the home made lunch that you provided.  That day was
 definitely the high spot of our trip and our photos will enable us to
 "go back" any time we wish.
 
 With very best wishes
 
 Jan

 

From: David and Carol Cross
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 10:11 AM
Subject: Our Namibian Holiday

My wife and I would like to thank Turnstone for providing the highlight of our recent trip to Namibia and South Africa. We learned so much about the geology and biology of your beautiful country and had lots of fun in the process. And on top of that, the food was delicious ...

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From: Petra Kuchler
Sent:
Monday, May 08, 2006 10:04 PM
Subject:
Sandwich Harbour

Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland, da wir immer noch, auch noch nach vielen anderen Eindrücken in Namibia, ganz begeistert von der Sandwich Harbour Tour waren und sind, wollten wir uns einfach über das Internet melden und uns nochmals bei Ihnen ganz ganz herzlich für diesen wunderbaren Tag bedanken. Sie haben uns beim Brigadoon abgeholt und wir fuhren nach Walvisbay um dort 2 amerikanische Ehepaare mitzunehmen. Diese vielen Informationen und Tipps die wir an diesem Tag bekommen haben, werden wir nicht mehr so schnell vergessen. Das war super  !!!! Falls wir also nochmals nach Swakop kommen sollten, machen wir auf jeden Fall nochmals diese Tour, aber natürlich nur mit Ihnen . Die Spuren der Hyaene bzw. des Schakals, lebt die Robbe noch oder ist sie tot. Die Wanderung zu den Pelikanen. Und immer wieder Ihre Erklärungen zu allem, sowie auch zur Geschichte Namibias um das eine oder andere für uns begreiflich zu machen. Und Sie wussten wirklich zu allen Fragen eine Antwort. Nochmals herzlichen Dank für diesen wunderschönen Tag !!!! Er wird uns immer in Erinnerung bleiben.

Petra Kuchler und Heiner Frank
aus Süddeutschland

 

From: Grace Powell
To:
Turnstone
Sent:
Thursday, March 02, 2006 4:49 PM
Subject:
Tour to Sandwich

Hello Kate, I just want to let you know how much we all enjoyed our tours with Ernst. He really is a remarkable guide. His knowledge & love of the fragile & beautiful desert, his courteous manner and his competence in all aspects, made our days very special. I am a nervous passenger at the best of times - but his competence, knowledge and experience meant that I could thoroughly enjoy our dune ride. H e's a very special ambassador for Turnstone and Nambia.  

Grace, Helmut & Ossie

 

From: Roger Balsom
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:11 AM
Subject: A fantastic day 5 oct 05

Hello Ernst,  Just returned to Cambridge and feel we had a good intro to Namibia.  The highlight of the route was our day with you and we would like to say thankyou again.  Also in good company of Stephan & Dagmar. I have your leaflets and will pass to anyone visiting your area or requiring a guide for something special.

 

From: Wacker
To: Kate &Bruno Nebe
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:45 AM
Subject: WHAT A SUPER DAY !!!


Dear Kate and Bruno!

This is to thank you very very much for this special treat. We really appreciated this -  it was a great day , great guiding and great company, great cooking. A definite must for all tourists and locals. The picture shows you how  we enjoy being spoiled.

Best regards from
Dagmar and Stephan

 

From: "Mandy Vorster"
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: SANDWICH HARBOUR


Dear Bruno

Last month you took Percy, Malcolm, Daphne and myself (Mandy) on a day  tour to Sandwich Harbour which we all enjoyed immensely ... Many thanks for a wonderful experience and you can rest assured that should any of our friends make a trip to Walvis Bay we will definitely
encourage them to use Turnstone Tours.
Kind Regards, Mandy Vorster

 

From: levasseurf
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 6:45 AM
Subject: thank you !


Thank you very very much for this marvellous journey. We really enjoyed the time we've spend with our guide and the fantastic scenery.

 

From: sandy
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 11:24 AM
Subject: FAO: Bruno Nebe


Dear Bruno,

We recently visited Swakopmund and as part of our holiday we went on one of your half day excursions into the Namib.  Ernst acted as our guide en may I take this opportunity to convey our deepest thanks to him and your company. Ernst is an absolutely superb guide and this was by far the most interesting and rewarding thing we have done whilst visiting your beautiful country.
Ernst's sincere love for, and knowledge of the desert inspired us and on reflection we can only describe our outing as magical.   As soon as we have the opportunity to return to Swakop we will definitely do the Sandwich Harbour tour - you are indeed a superb operator.

Hoping to visit soon.  Best wishes and regards

Sandy Pretorius

South Africa



From: John Williamson
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2004 1:06 AM
Subject: Getting Stuck


Hi Bruno,

Thought you might like to use the attached photo's of us getting stuck int
he dunes for your next brochure! Seriously though, thanks for a lovely day
on the trip to Sandwich Harbour which Rosemary and I enjoyed very much.

Thanks again & Regards,

John & Rosemary Williamson.

 

From: Steve Howson
Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 6:37 PM
Subject: Seal rescue!


... We had a wonderful time in Namibia , and afterwards in Botswana - and we
have some unforgettable memories of our time in Africa . One of the
highlights was certainly the day we spent with you, Ernst, at Sandwich
Harbour - and our dramatic seal rescue. We both wanted to thank you for making our day so enjoyable. Your knowledge and enthusiasm was
inspirationaI - I think we learned more in that one day than we did during
the rest of the trip.

 

From: SandAToon@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:43 PM
Subject: thankyou turnstone plus message for doug


Hi
Just a quick message from frosty old England to say a very big thankyou for a fascinating day's outing to Sandwich Harbour including roller coaster dune drive and yummy lunch. Don't suppose there's any chance of getting Kate's
salad dressing recipe or is it a family secret?  Thanks again for a thoroughly enjoyable trip - despite the fact the birds weren't playing ball.


From: "nellwyatt"
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2004 5:16 PM
Subject: holidays

Dear Kate and Bruno,

This is just a brief note to say a huge THANKYOU to you both for organising such a wonderful trip.  It was a really fantastic 2 weeks.

A letter is following this, but I just wanted to say a big big THANKYOU now in case the mail takes a long time to get to you.

 

From: Anne
To: turnstone@iafrica ; Tooley
Cc: Craig Cullingworth
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 7:02 AM

Subject: Thank You

Dear Kate

 Just a quick note to thank you for everything that you organised for us while we were in Swakopmund.  Please also thank Doug for the day we spent with him ... we had a very interesting day and loved the lunch in the dunes - your pate was superb.  Thank you for everything and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.Kind regards from us all

Anne & Clive Read / Craig & Gill Cullingworth

 

From: Gavin Blair Safaris
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 8:00 AM

Dear Kate

Both our clients and ourselves had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Bruno last week - the sand dunes were great fun! 

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Fom: Anders Fogelberg
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2003 12:56 PM
Subject: Thanks for a very nice tour on 5 August 2003!

Dear Bruno

Thank you for a very nice, beautiful, interesting and fun (the dune drive) tour to the Sandwhich harbour on 5 August. I almost forgot the delicious food (thank you Kate!). We really enjoyed it and it remains one of our best memories from your wonderful country......

 

From: Meiring, M (Mechthild)
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 1:19 PM
Subject: Sandwich Habour/Desert Trip with CBON

Dear Kate & Bruno

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to once again thank you for having been able to take us on the above mentioned trips.  We can assure you that everybody was extremely impressed by the professional way in which the trips were offered to them. To all of us it was an unforgettable experience and in particular our foreign directors regarded Sandwich Habour to be like "paradise". 

 

From: Peter Wright
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 11:20 PM
Subject: Camping -August

Dear Bruno
A very belated thank you for an amazing camping trip. We saw and learned so much in those 3 days. Things that do stand out are, the elehants, rock carvings, meercats. sand grouse chicks, We could go on. We have some wonderful memories. We enjoyed Cai's company as well. Thanks again for making it such a great 3 days.

 

From: Graham McMillan
Cc: Catherine McMillan
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 10:58 AM

Subject: Rough Skin Gecko

Hi Bruno,

As promised attached is the picture of the rough skin gecko that you
found.

Catherine and I would like to thank you once again for a fantastic trip
that was the highlight of our two weeks in Namibia.


From: Amy Schoeman
To: Kate Nebe
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 2:42 PM

Subject: Turnstone Tours article for Travel News Namibia

Dear Kate -

Firstly a big thank you to you both for the really great tour we did with Bruno, I think it gave our guests an insightful (and certainly more energetic than they'd bargained for) Namib experience, especially as this was their first visit to Namibia. Bruno is incredibly well-informed and conveys his enthusiasm and concern for the Sandwich area really well. Your lunch was wonderful too, I loved having it served with proper crockery, cutlery and glasses and it looked so good too, other tour operators could learn a thing or two from you.


From: paul.rankin
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 1:27 PM

Subject: 4 Pictures for Bruno from Paul and Debbie

Hi Bruno,
Thanks for a wonderful time exploring Mundulea, all the gourmet braais, fascinating information, wonderful campfire stories and counting all your kudu to try get to sleep. We REALLY enjoyed it and would love another unusual off-the beaten track adventure with you sometime!

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Hello Bruno and Kate.

We are finally back after our safari.We had a great
time,and the highlight was of course our trip with you in the desert.It was
wonderful and I just hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. We shall never forget watching the satellites as we sipped "Lychee Sunsets"!

Peter and Prue Heathcote

 

... You made the animals, birds, trees and plants, and geology all so special for us. There is very little I shall forget, but perhaps the most abiding memories will be coming round the corner to find the desert elephants you and Douw had tracked for over an hour through the incomparable Damaraland country; sitting with you in the shamaan’s cave by the bushman engravings; those two majestic lions marking out their territory by the water-hole; that first black rhinoceros appearing as if to order as we drove by; and the richness and colour of so many of the birds. Gastronomically and for sheer style the picnic on the dunes above Sandwich Bay stands out alone – I would return for Kate’s apple pie alone!

David Quayle

 

I just loved the whole trip, but it was made a hundred times better by being with you. What a wonderful country you have, and one we now feel we know so much about

Sue Quale

 

Just a quick mail to thankyou for taking us into the Sandwich Bay area on Sunday, with your organisation.

It was a wonderful experience, and your knowledge of the area and the birdlife was excellent. You should really think of a birding tour of the area as I saw 18 new birds, taking my life total to 465.....

From: Steve Radley

 

First of all I would like to give you a big compliment for the tour you organised. Very well done.

Jacqueline and myself really enjoyed the few days we spend with you. I must say that travelling through
those wide plains of the Namib, it s easy to put things that happen in my life in the right perspective.

From: Johan de Rooy

 

We returned safely to London, in time to witness on the television the horrific events in New York.  Our peaceful moments in Namibia with you now seem even more like another world We both would like you to know that  you made our first trip to Namibia particularly exciting and memorable.  We are grateful to you for your patience and professionalism.  We long to return, and I think you will be hearing from us very soon.

From: RAJASPRES@aol.com

 

Please thank Bruno once again for an experience to be cherished .. one of the highlights of a tremendous holiday.

From Tisch Mantel

 

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From: Jim Tober
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2000

Dear Bruno,  I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for
the extraordinary day we spent with you last month--enormously informative
and enjoyable. 

 

From: Stephen C. Day

Sent: Friday, November 10, 2000 12:42 AM

First and foremost we want to thank you for a wonderful excursion to Sandwich Harbor. It was by far one of our favorite days while visiting Namibia. We were overwhelmed at the vastness and the beauty of the desert landscapes we traveled from Fish River to the Kunene.


From: R and J Scott Aiton
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 2:12 PM
Subject: Thank you

Dear Bruno

It is not often that I get pleasure from admitting I was wrong, but that was certainly the case after our 4 day trip to Damaraland. To think I argued long and hard against spending quite so much money on four days in the outback in tents and ended up  coming home from 3 weeks in Namibia claiming it was the best part, even though for the first two days I was dying from a foul cold!!, and we never even saw the tents!! Iam sure we were very lucky with our guide!! and other trips would not have been quite so packed with  information, excellent food and wonderful surroundings ... very many thanks from all three of us, for a fabulous 4 days when we all learnt lots, as well as seeing Namibia at its best with a guide who obviously loved his country.

Yours sincerely

Joan Scott Aiton


From: Tricia Hayne
Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 7:17 PM

Dear Bruno & Kate

This is partly by way of a VERY belated thank you for so much help while we were in Swakopmund, and in particular for a day out that proved to be very much the highlight of our trip.  Quite simply, unbeatable. 

 

From: Southern Destinations
To: Turnstone Tours
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 2:47 AM

Dear Bruno

Mr and Mrs Taylor, Mrs North and Mr Brookstone thoroughly enjoyed their tour with you. They spoke very highly of you and your wonderful and informative tour. Thank You so much for looking after them so well and we hope to send you more clients in the future.Kind Regards,Vanessa and Fiona.

 

From: Russ Jones
To: Bruno Nebe
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 8:39 PM
Subject: Many thanks

Sylvia and I really enjoyed the tour of Sandwich Bay today.
In fact, it is probably the peak highlight of a really wonderful holiday.

We will not hestitate to recommend your services to any of our friends.

Thanks again.

 

From: Butler, Michelle
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2000 2:55 PM Bruno,

In early June this year, you took my parents and me on a trip to Sandwich
Harbour.  It was an excellent trip - one of the highlights of our holiday.


From: Kostecki, Tracey
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2000 4:11 PM 

Hi Kate,

Just thought I'd let you know that we really enjoyed the day.  Had a great
time and the food was excellent. I'll have to do it again when I get my
parents over.

Thank you

Tracey

 

Guide-book-references:NAMIBIA
The Bradt Travel Guide 1998 - Chris McIntyre (Referral Page 266 & 283) Footprints
Namibia Handbook 2nd edition - S. Ballard N. Santcross (Referral Page 217)NAMIBIA
entdecken & erleben  - Dieter Kreutzkamp (Referral Page115)NAMIBIA
genussreise & rezepte - Barbara Boudon (Referral Page 40,41,42,43)Birding
in Namibia - Eckart Demasius Christine Marais (Acknowledgements & Referral) 

 

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