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Traveller Reviews

June 2015
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife Safari
We just wanted to report that we had an incredibly enjoyable 6 Day Dune and Wildlife Tour in Namibia and are still wishing that we were on the trip. We also wanted to note that our guide Gabriel was spectacular-- how he was able to calmly manage our group and achieve all the things we did blew our minds. He is truly a gem of a guide and was a huge part of making our trip as special as it was-- cooking, narration, keeping us organized and being able to bring us together in the way he did. Our trip would not have been the same without him.Thank you for a fantastic holiday!
Best,
Adrienne & Yen

March 2015
7 Day Namibian Highlights
I want to say a HUGE thank you to you both and everyone at Chameleon Backpackers and Safaris. I can not even begin to express how wonderful our trip was, but I will try….
Everything about our trip was amazing! From the moment I found out I was going on this trip through the Travel Massive event, to emailing with Jackie and Selma to arrange it all, to our arrival & stay at Chameleon Backpackers in Windhoek, to our actual 7 day Namibian Highlight Safari, I was happy and felt taken care of each step of the way. The care, politeness and efficiency of every person I came in contact with who works with you at Chameleon is astounding. I would be very happy if I had all the people who work for you, working for me! I know as a business owner how important it is to know your staff take the utmost care of your clients as if they were friends or family.
Our trip was wonderful and it kept surprising us each day how nice the facilities at each of the lodges/camps were everywhere we went, the food was awesome and plentiful, the guides were so knowledgable and friendly. We couldn’t believe how much energy they had as they drove for us, guided us, cooked for us, and made sure we were all happy and understood the itinerary at all times. They were forever smiling and making us laugh along the way.Everyone who was on the tour got along great. And we all said we are not typically ‘group tour’ type people. But the age ranges and variety of people made for a really fun trip. We even loved having the kids on the trip! I was so sad when it was time to say goodbye for a few reasons. I had such a special time with my mom-thank you for creating the space for that; I had such a nice time with the guides and people on our trip; and also Namibia as a country-one of the MOST beautiful, natural and wide open places I have ever been-I was sad to leave as I connected with the place for sure. I cried my eyes out when it was time to leave. I wanted to give Selma a big hug when we saw her on the last day and thank her so much then, but I couldn’t handle it. I was too emotional to even attempt that! But please know the only reason I didn’t express my sincere thanks then, was because I was sad to leave. That is why I am writing you now instead.
Lauren

October 2014
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
Johann and I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for the wonderful time we had with you. ALL the staff that we got in touch with, were incredibly friendly and made us feel at home. You made our anniversary very special. We felt so spoilt when we arrived at Chameleon and was put into the “honeymoon suite” – and on top of that the lovely bottle of sparkling wine on ice! For the rest of our 6 day safari, we felt special. The Lion bungalow in Etosha was amazing and the tented accommodation in Taleni was wonderful. Please also give a big thank you to Abel and Francois who did not only act very professionally, made nice food, made sure the truck was always very clean, for whom nothing was too much effort, but they also created a lovely vibe on the whole tour. The two of them shared an enormous amount of knowledge with us and this left us feeling enriched. You can be very proud of having two guys like them associated with Chameleon!
We shall certainly recommend you to any of our friends wanting to do a safari in Namibia.
Kindest regards
Irene du Toit

September 2014
4 Day Swakopmund & SossusvleiAdventure
The tour was amazing. I really had a good time there.
I enjoyed everything and especially the sand dune climbing was my favorite part.The crew, Abel and Philipe, were really working hard behind us and they were so nice and Abel cooks very well and I already miss his food.Well, it would have been much better if I had more time for sand boarding (optional activity) in Swakopmund. I had to leave earlier than the actual finishing time of the activity.In general, I enjoyed so much and I really want to join their different tour if I have a chance.
Thank you for arranging this amazing tour, Claire.
Kind regards,
Mami

May 2014
7 Day Namibian Highlights
Dear Selma,
The reason for this “late “ response is because my computer started “playing up” on my return to Bloemfontein and was “off-line” till yesterday. On behalf of Ilze and myself a Huge “ THANK YOU” for everything you did for us to make our Safari a very memorable one. In this respect we experienced Helpfulness and Friendliness from the “Team” on arrival at Windhoek Airport till the day of our departure. The fact that we were briefed and “Welcomed Back” on our return at Chameleon Guesthouse by your Operations Manager (BEENE), is testament of the interest displayed in your clients. The actual Safari was a huge success and definitely one for a “Bucket List”. The Tour Guide ABEL, knows his subject well and made our excursion very much worthwhile. Our Driver, PHILLIP was excellent and handled his vehicle extremely well. Considering the distances and condition of the roads that we had to travel we all had a very Safe Journey. He is a very safe driver. Abel and Phillip made an excellent Team and their combined efforts contributed to the success of and our comfort on the Safari. The meals they provided and prepared was of a very high standard can be definitely recommended. They both don’t HAVE to keep their “day jobs” and can go into the catering “game” any day, if necessary!? Thank you also to the ADMIN STAFF for all the arrangements and “paperwork” behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of operations. All your efforts did not go by unnoticed. I have not been able to download any of my photos and hope to get there soon. Will let you have some. Sorry we could not meet Claire who was in our country at the time. Maybe someday? In closing let me once again say thank for a very worthwhile “package”. Pity we could not spend more time at Swakopmund as we were very impressed with the town and would have liked to explore more “on foot”. I have done some PRO for Chameleon at our local Flight Centre Travel Agency and left some bookmarks/info cards for their interest. Good Luck with your future Safaris and may all your clients experience the same as we did.

Yours truly,
LES

April 2014
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
A big, big thank you and compliment to your tour guide, Morne, for taking care of a group of 10 people in total on the 6 day Wildlife & Dunes safari.
I really did not know what to expect (even though I read through the itinerary, etc.) - but felt assured with the explanation from the owner of Chameleon Safaris of how our trip will unfold and leaving us in the extremely capable hands of Morne.

It was a trip that I will highly recommend to anybody interested in getting to experience Etosha, Sossusvlei and Namibia. I wish you all the best for Chameleon Backpackers, Chameleon Safaris and of course the very capable and friendly staff.

Best regards
Valerie Deelman

April 2014
3 Day Etosha Express
I just want to say a BIG thank you for making my 10 day holiday a memorable one. I had a fantastic time and commend the team for a job well done.
Our guide Morne was the best, his knowledge on all the sights we passed along the way was very informative. His friendliness and professionalism is fantastic. He is truly a HUGE asset to Chameleon.
I would definitely recommend friends to use your company in the future.

It’s the little things that count:
Curtains on the bus to keep us cool
Extra windows above the main ones, a huge plus for manual air conditioning as Jackie put it.
Intercom between Morne and us, the tourists at the back
The lunch boxes, delicious
Quality of the lodge amazing

I am happy to add this review to Tripadvisor

Thank you once again
Jacquie

March 2014
3 Day Etosha Express
I was so happy with the whole initerary so well planned and Abel & Philip were amazing. I rate the meals on safari as 10/10 the buffet was my favourite meal although all the meals were good. I absolutley recommend Chameleon Safaris it was such a varied and an amazing experience.
Regards,
Jamieson

February 2014
4 Day Etosha & Swakopmund Adventure
My three friends and I had an AMAZING time with Chameleon Safaris despite our robbed episode the day before the beginning of our adventure at the Safari. Each and every person made our trip worth everything. The staff being, the guide; Fancois, the driver; Franc, and most importantly our life saver; Jackie! They all made us feel safe among nature - witch after a such traumatic episode, might’ve seemed impossible. And for that, we’d like to thank each and every person who made it happen; Francois and Franc, thank you guys for cheering us up! Last but not least, thank you Jackie, for "pushing us" into the quard bike adventure, despite our people/namibiphobia lol. It was a beautiful beautiful morning, so was the trip back from Swarkopmund to Windhoek. Thanks!
Best Regards,
The four Danes!

January 2014
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife Safari
Thank you and your team for an amazing trip! Hylton and I had the most wonderful time in Namibia! (Philip & Abel)were the best guides we could have asked for!
Amanda & Hylton

November 2013
4 day Etosha & Swakopmund Adventure
I enjoyed everything from start to finish and all the meals were wonderful, mostly the braai(BBQ). He(Francois - guide) is very knowledgable about everything pertaining to the trip, animals etc. and interactted with everyone, it was a joy having them as guide & driver. I would definitely recommend Chameleon to all my friends, already started and I would have Chameleon as my first option whenever I decide to return to Namibia in the near future. The service, friendly smiles and helpfulness of everyone(staff & management) was great. Was a pleasure staying at Chameleon, my first time at a backpackers and it was wonderful. Thank you so much for making my stay comfortable & welcome. All the way from Cape Town, SA.
Gloria Perterson

September 2013
3 day Etosha Express
"Just a word of thanks and appreciation for the way in which you handled my booking, taken the risk for letting me do the payment at the lodge and not as expected, before the time, the hospitality at the lodge and above ALL the exceptionally talented driver: Phillip... yea you are outstanding driver and wonderful person!!!!! ... then the guide, Able... whow, what a guy!!! He kept the tour running smoothly, shared interesting information, cooks like a Jammy Oliver and went out of his way to make us feel comfortable.
Then the sleeping accommodation... whow, maybe we were only five and it allowed all of us to have single accommodation, that was great. The tented accommodation at Etosha lodge was an experience not to be missed. I was however looking forward to the shared space but, who am I to complain!!!
The weather probably also added to my experience... it was cold and windy in Cape Town and I had the opportunity to swim, the whole suntan thing with suntan lotion and sunglasses!!! As I am sitting in my office now, I look at a cloud covered Table Mountain, it is cold, raining....how I miss Namibia!!!
I will surely recommend your company as a superb services provider."
Thanks again.
Robert Koopman

August 2013
3 Day Sossusvlei Express
I just returned from a desert safari with your company originating in Swakopmund touring Sosessvlei/Sesriem, a cheetah preserve, and ending in Windhoek. I had a fabulous time and it lived up to all my expectations and more. Before offering sincere gratitude and praise to your guide Abel,and driver Beanie, I would like to share how much I loved the lodging at the Desert Camp! Such a magnificent place. I could have spend a week or more here. This was my first time to Southern Africa, and I felt safe and well informed during this journey. There were transcendent and inspiration moments plus some physical challenges, which were welcome after sitting in the car for extended times.
Abel was an excellent guide; he was knowledgeable, friendly, witty, and responsive to the needs and personalities of the varied members of our group ranging from a Canadian family to a Japanese computer programmer, two extroverted teachers, etc. Abel and Beanie tried their best to offer me food excluding my food sensitivities, and I thought they were an effective team. Abel taught up a great deal about the history, environment, etc. and Beanie was a safe driver.
It is clear Abel is a very intelligent and effective guide. He is an asset to your company.
My only criticism was that I would have preferred a bit more time to enjoy the Desert Camp and Cheetah reserve, and less time waiting for the other group members to sand board. I also think the tour would have been better if the group was filled with adults rather than include a family. I imagine it is hard to group people, but this combo did not add to my pleasure, but rather detracted somewhat.
Jenna Lynch

August 2013
6 day Dunes & WildlifeSafari
Thanks for all your help in coordinating the last minute detail in ensuring I get on the bus! Much appreciated. Please pass this message onto Abel and Bossie(Guide+Driver)
I would like to thank them for an amazing experience in your stunning country. I hope for me it was the first of many – fish river canyon beckons. Please thank Jackie(Big Boss) for holding the ‘magic bus’ so that could join the safari from the very beginning enabling me spending more time with some phenomenal people.
Take care and I am looking forward to my next excursion into Namibia. PS: I promise less drama next time: no illness nor overbooked flights.
Suzi Naidoo

July 2013
6 day Dunes & Wildlife Safari
Great itinerary, enjoyed it all, especially wildlife at Etosha. I would have liked to spend another night at Taleni Etosha Village, more time in Etosha National Park and time to relax at the lodge. Morne was outstanding in all aspects. He went out of his way to give extra help to a disabled guest and to accommodate all our various dietary request. He was always cheerful and enthusiastic. Chameleon was very help in arranging pre-tour accommodation. Appreciated the help in arranging a birding tours in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable tour!
Maggie Ball

June 2013
4 day Etosha & Swakopmund Adventure
What I enjoyed the most was the early morning game drive through Etosha, Etosha Village(Permanent Tents) and Morne’s(guide) overall enthusiasm. The food was great and there was heaps of it. Overall praise for Morne and Phillip(Driver), they definitely added to the enjoyment of the safari.
Ashleigh Chetcuti
I thoroughly enjoyed the safari! Morne is an excellent guide, great personality. I also enjoyed travelling with Phillip. He was helpful and also fun.
Sandra Chetcuti

May 2013
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
I really did enjoy all of it! It was an excellent introduction to all the famous site of Namibia. I really don’t think how Francois can improve his service. He was an excellent guide and truly made the tour. He is obviously very outgoing and friendly but also has a passion for Namibia and it’s people and it really shows. I would suggest that you find more guides like Francois and that you keep you groups small(12) like you have done because it makes it more personal and overall keep doing what you are doing.
Jenny Hoffman

March 2013
4 Day Swakopmund & SossusvleiAdventure
I can’t not even put to words how much I loved my trip both to South Africa and Namibia.... I’m still dreaming with the beautiful African sunset, the warm weather and the smell of the rain on the Namib desert, I felt blessed and the happiest I’ve been in a long time! Everything was just perfect, the group, the guide, the accommodation... and Africa! Next year I’ll be back.... Botswana and North Namibia! And obviously a few days in Cape Town also a must! Thank you for everything. Regards.
Paula Pereira

March 2013
4 Day Etosha-Swakopmund
Dear Chameleon Tours, I am just writing a brief note to thank you for a wonderful safari last week. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide Francois and driver Philip were fantastic and really made the trip interesting as well preparing delicious meals for us all, and it was a great group of people as well. And of course the wild life was amazing. We were also very impressed with the standard of the accommodation in the lodges. In short we cannot rate this tour highly enough and will be sure to recommend your company to anyone we know considering a safari in Africa. Kind regards
David and Susan Coppin

March 2013
4 Day Swakopmund-Sossusvlei
What I liked the most was that we got to explore the desert landscape by car, on quad bikes and also on foot. Watching the night sky at Sossusvlei, the cheetah and other wildlife. Great work!! Excellent guides, well planned itinerary, breath taking scenery and amazing hospitality.
Rohit Singh

February 2013
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
Hi Gelle(Our Travel Agent) I am back at work in NZ today and just wanted to say thank you for all your help in organising our Namibian holiday. It was an absolutely magical week, the country is beautiful, we meet some great people and chameleon were extremely well organised. The accommodation was also beautiful and we stayed in some amazing places. We couldn’t have had a better trip! Thanks again,
Emma Bolwell

February 2013
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife - Getaway Show Competition winners Erica and Deon, you can watch their feedback on our YouTube channel by following this link: Interview with Deon & Erica

October 2012
4 Day Swakopmund & Sossusvlei Adventure
Special thanks to the reservations team especially Selma who was very helpful, very responsive to my emails and questions. Morne(guide) was great! Very knowlegeable and friendly and his food was excellent! He should be a professional chef! We loved Desert Camp (Lodge) and will recommend this safari to friends.
Michelle Holiday

September 2012
7 Day Taste of Namibia
We enjoyed everything of this journey, even all the good information and talks. We, the whole Swiss-crew were just happy. We will be coming back to Chameleon Safaris, Thank you!
Stefanie, Juttu, Nicole & Myrta

July 2012
Etosha & Swakopmund Adventure
It was an unforgettable tour which I enjoyed from the moment it was described. You are doing a great job guys! Really hope to meet you again. Thank you for the outstanding experience! My first visit to Africa could not have been more perfect!
Olga Prokhorchuk

July 2012
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife
Great Safaris, the guides were excellent and were enjoyed Etosha Nationa Park and seeing the wildlife there. We will recommend this tour to our friends! Thank you very much.
Hennie & Elmarie Nel

March 2012
Dunes & Wildlife
“I took part in the 6 Day Wildlife & Dunes trip and had a fantastic time. It was a truly unique & unforgettable experience – a real adventure both on safari at Etosha & at Sossusvlei climbing up sand dunes & running all the way to the bottom! Our tour guide Beanie was great..she really knew her stuff and made the trip both fun & educational – I also met some awesome people from all over the world who I have already connected with on Facebook…thanks Chameleon, I will be making recommendations to my friends & family.”
Liz Carter, London, UK

October 2011
Dunes & Wildlife Safari
Hi dear chameleon! Thanks for our amazing days in Africa. We experienced a fabulous journey. In particular we’d like you to thank Beanie again and again for her efficiency, humanity, energy, sympathy and excellent cooking art :-) You have a great guide, indeed. Thanks for your support, organization, kindness, we really enjoyed every moment. Have a splendid rain season!
Alessandra

February 2011
Dunes & Wildlife Safari
’I really just want to commend Beanie (our guide). She made the tour, her knowledge, patience, endless energy and stamina just made the whole week such great fun. She was extremely professional on all levels and I would happily recommend Chameleon to others as a result. Many thanks again for a superb trip.’
Fiona

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