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Fish River CanyonFish River Canyon"... Danke für die perfekte Ausarbeitung und Organisation unserer mit vielen Aktivitäten geschmückten Reise in den Süden Namibias und in den Kgagaladi Transfrontier Park. Es war alles Bestens und wir werden so eine ähnliche Reise garantiert noch mal machen. Wir werden allen von Namibia vorschwärmen und gerne Namibian Life Travel weiterempfehlen. ..."
Party Ernst - 8 Personen / 10.02.2012 / Vienna – Austria

"... Wir sind gestern gut und wohlbehalten kurz vor Mitternacht in Wien angekommen. Alles bestens - wenn es auch etwas unwirklich ist, wieder in Wien zu sein. Heute haben wir einen kleinen Stadtspaziergang gemacht; der Kontrast war schon bemerkenswert! Euch aber, und vor allem Dir, Ernst, sind wir sehr, sehr dankbar dafür, dass Du uns eine Woche lang Eure neue Heimat gezeigt hast - es waren viele neue, sehr unterschiedliche Eindrücke und Erfahrungen und für uns sicher die beste Einführung, die wir in Namibia haben konnten.  Danke Dir dafür und für Deine Geduld mit Deinen nicht immer ganz einfachen Gästen! Jedenfalls: alles ist bestens, wir sind froh über das Erlebnis Namibia ..."
Elena und Erwin Schmidl / März 2012 / Vienna - Austria

"... Eine perfekt organisierte und durchgeführte Reise im südlichen Afrika. Teil 1 war ein Besuch in einem privaten Tierreservat nahe Johanneburg, wo uns unser Guide Dorfmar ausgezeichnet betreute. Danach der 2. Teil an der Garden Route. Dort wurden wir bis Kapstadt von Gerd  gefahren und geführt. Alle bei dieser Reise bewohnten Unterkünfte waren TOP und die Erlebnisse werden wir sicherlich nicht vergessen. Eingroßer Dank an Ernst Wallner von Namibian Life Travel, der dies alles für uns „Big Five“ möglich gemacht hat. ..."
Norbert und Christine Hajek, Christian und Edith Böhm und Helga Kautz / März 2012 / Vienna - Austria

Familie JeschGerda-und-Wolfgang-Jesch"... Wir bedanken und bei Ernst und Elisabeth Wallner von Namibian Life Travel in Windhoek für die professionelle und zuverlässliche Abwicklung unserer ERSTEN Namibia Reise. Ob Selbfahrer mit einem perfekt gewarteten Mietwagen, ob Fly In Safari mit Silvia Blaurock zu den Himbas, das alles war PERFEKT. Dazu kam noch, dass wir uns kurz vor der Reise entschlossen während dieser in Namibia zu heiraten. Obwohl die Zeit sehr kurz war, stellte Ernst alles auf die Beine und das Hochzeitsfest fand am 13.06.2012 auf Onguma Game Reserve im BUSH statt. Gerne werden wir Namibian Life Travel in meinem Bekanntenkreis weiterempfehlen ..."
Gerda und Wolfgang Jesch / 18.06.2012 / Vienna - Austria

"... Wir sind gerade aus Namibia zurück und möchten uns bei Ernst Wallner von Namibian Life Travel bedanken. Beginnend mit der Zusammenstellung der Route und der Unterlagen bis hin zur Betreuung vor Ort (persönliche Abholung vom/zum Flughafen, Transfer von/bis zum Hotel, Übernahme/Rückgabe des Mietautos inkl. ausführlicher Stadtrundfahrt durch Windhuk durch Ernst Wallner) hat alles – noch viel besser als erwartet – geklappt. ..."
Liebe Grüße  Christian Wimmer und Waltraud Zirker / August 2012 / Vienna - Austria

"... Flug nach Namibia ohne Vorreservierung von Unterkünften getätigt. Gott sei Dank gab es Ernst von Namibian Live Travel, der in 24 Stunden das Unmögliche doch für uns arrangieren konnte. Über 3 Wochen das südliche, nördliche Namibia und dann noch ein Abstecher nach Botswana an den Okavango, war sicher kein leichtes Spiel diese notwendigen Unterkünfte auf dieser Route zu finden und auch trotz „High Season“ zu bekommen. Besten Dank für das schnelle reagieren und die Durchführung. ..."
Liese Piotr / August 2012 / Vienna/Austria – Warschau/Poland

"... Unsere Reise hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Sie haben die Etappen ideal ausgewählt, und die vorgesehenen Pausen waren für uns dringend notwendig. Wir waren mit allen Unterkünften hoch zufrieden und es gab unzähliche beeindruckende Erlebnisse – z.B in Etosha: Wasserloch in Okaukuejo sahen wir Elefanten, Zebras, Giraffen, ein Nashorn und auf unseren täglichen Pirschfahrten fast alle anderen Tiere (außer Leopard) aber Löwen in Rudeln, ebenso Elefanten, es war unglaublich. Ich möchte mich nochmals im Namen meiner Freundesgruppe bei Ihnen für Ihre Reisezusammenstellung bedanken! Gerne werde ich Namibian Live Travel in meinem Bekanntenkreis weiterempfehlen. ..."
Party Franz – 7 Personen / 05.12.2012 / Vienna – Austria

"... Wir bedanken uns bei unserem Mitglied Ernst Wallner von Namibian Life Travel, der unsere heurige ÖNG-Studienreise professionell gestaltet und vorzüglich organisert hat. ..."
ÖNG – Österreichische Namibia-Gesellschaft – Dr. Walter Sauer / März 2013 Vienna - Austria

MIKE GRENBY - Contributing Writer
Staying in a tent or cave with an en-suite bathroom, getting up close and personal with the wild animals — you can expect the unexpected when you go on a luxury safari in southern Africa.
Namibia
Wolwedans Dune Camp/Lodge: This desert area features stark scenery — golden grass savannah, purple mountain ranges, spectacularly clear star-gazing, and creatures small and large, from white dancing spider to oryx.
Little Kulala: Here in the Namib Desert each beautifully curved red sand dune invites you to climb up its sharply defined ridge where sunlight meets shadow.
Botswana
San Camp: A meerkat might climb on to your lap, to gain some height for that famous lookaround pose as you sit on the ground near their burrows. Then you meet the Bushmen, who chatter away happily in their click language as they introduce you to their traditional way of life.
Vumbura Plains: Lions, leopards, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, kudu, painted dogs, baboons — all the animals roam free. You see them during the day, you hear them at night.
Zimbabwe
Elephant Camp: "Walking with Sylvester" literally means walking with and patting a three-year-old cheetah, who has been raised as an orphan. With your face inches away from his head, you feel privileged to be allowed to be so close to him.
Somalisa: You walk out of your luxury tented camp — and look directly into an elephant's eyes, barely a metre away. Is this when you are supposed to blow the emergency airhorn? Well, no. This is just another one of those amazing, unexpected on-safari moments.
Amalinda: Hike half an hour up to a cave in the Matapos area to see wellpreserved and amazingly realistic rock art. Amalinda also supports several local community initiatives you can visit, including an orphanage and a school. Of course, the true test of a well-planned trip — especially to a remote area — is what happens when something goes wrong.
"As long as the travellers have done their preparation properly — taken out travel
insurance, filled out the predeparture health form — then the travel agent and camps should be able to react immediately," says Monika Korn of The Safari Source.
Notified of my chipped tooth and cracked eyeglass lens when we were staying at Little Kulala camp, Korn contacted fellow travel agent Ernst Wallner, of Namibian Life Travel, in Windhoek, Namibia's capital, where we had a brief stopover the next day. Little Kulala invoked its medical emergency insurance to make sure the bush plane picked us up first thing in the morning rather than at the scheduled afternoon time. So when Wallner met us at the Windhoek airport, he had already made appointments for me to see a dentist and optometrist.
"It's so important to deal with an agent who has on-the-ground experience, resources and local contacts, and who has chosen camps that really take care of their guests," Korn said. At Vumbura Plains, where we realized we'd left behind a camera charger, concession manager Roger Carloni arranged for a replacement to be flown out on the next day's bush plane — without cost to us.
Editor's note: Coast Reporter personal finance columnist and travel writer Mike Grenby teaches journalism at Bond University on Australia's Gold Coast

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Lieber Ernst,

An elderly couple (80, 73) driving a rental car on their own five weeks and 5,600 km across Namibia, from the Orange River in the south to the Kuene River in the north, from the Atlantic Coast to the Kalahari/Etoscha. The whole trip planned and organized for us by Namibian Life Travel - and we didn't have a single glitch, not even a flat tyre! Better it could not have been!

But what we liked the most about Namibian Life Travel was the fact that they tailored the trip to our particular interests and wishes. It wasn't just another safari off the tourist assembly line, but a very personal, and therefore very fascinating trip for us. Thanks to Namibian Life Travel we were able to "do it our way."

With many thanks
Lisl & Jerry O'Dell, Vienna Austria, Oktober 2013

Namibia
All the internal flights (Botswana/Namibia) were met and on time. Planes were all of a good standard and the pilots friendly making sure we ended up in the right place.
We were met by Elizabeth from Namibian Life Travel in Windhoek and she took us in her own car to the hire depot where she made sure our car was correctly sorted. We were given sufficient maps and details of our itinerary and shown the way out of the city.

Goche Ganas Lodge
An excellent destination where Anju made use of the Wellness Centre and I went on a game drive. Both these activities were of a very good quality, as was the room and food. We were able to get a packed lunch to take with us the next morning. We followed the route suggested by Ernst - He is very good at doing this, though the translation from German to English was, sometimes, amusing. We were pleased to have the park permit as it saved us time at the park gate.

Sossus Dune Lodge
We arrived in time to take a trip to the dunes supplied by the Lodge. The driver was brilliant, though the rest of the staff were not helpful at all. Room was good, but food ordinary. We had ordered packed lunches for the following day, one standard and one vegetarian. However, the veg lunch included chicken and other items we specifically stated we could not eat. Also, they had forgotten to charge us for the dune drive even though I had asked if there were any outstanding debts and remembered as we were preparing to leave demanding payment in a public place in front of other guests. The only reason for staying there is the access to the dunes, so perhaps the manager feels they do not have to make much of an effort to be polite, or efficient. We made use of our 4X4 the next morning going back to the dunes - great fun!

Rostock Ritz Lodge
It would have been better to have had longer here as we did not have enough time to do any of the walks. But there is always another time. Comfortable rooms, though small, and food excellent.

Swakopmund - Hansa Hotel
An interesting and rewarding drive to the town. The Hansa is like stepping through a timewharp, though in a good way. It is a very well run establishment with excellent service and rooms. The restaurant was the best place we ate in during the whole trip - though rather expensive. We made use of the private parking, which was most convenient. The car was collected from the hotel, though the driver arrived early before we had got up.
The assistant manager drove us to the airport and introduced us to Sylvia, our pilot. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Namibia and intend to come back. When we do, we will ask for the same pilot as she really was the very best. The scenic flight over the dunes was great fun and we would recommend this to anyone.

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
The welcome and the rooms were very good, as were the game drives. Our driver was very knowledgeable and keen to find as much to see as possible - including the Desert Elephants.
Sylvia collected us and delivered us to Windhoek in plenty of time to catch our flight to Cape Town.
Anju and Roger Still, November 2013

Happy new year to you too and thanks for your greetings ! We had a good trip and Ernst was very helpful, both at our arrival and on our way back to Windhoek. Namibia is a beautiful country, we regret not to have taken more days to visit the desert !!May be later this year. And the lodges booked were all very nice (except Etosha Safari Camp that I would not recommend !! But I understood that Ernst had not much choice in term of accommodation). Ongoma and Alternative Space were the best and we very much enjoyed our stay there.

All my best wishes from a rainy an rather cold also Harare ! And thanks again for helping us preparing the trip.
Isabelle 21.12.2013-01.01.2014

Lieber Ernst und liebe Elisabeth,

Ich bin vor kurzem nach einer dreiwöchigen Selbstfahrertour durch Namibia zurückgekommen und ich bin nicht nur von den Regionen, Tieren, Landschaften, die ich gesehen haben begeistert, sondern auch von der umsichtigen, verlässlichen, Sicherheit gebenden und sehr persönlichen Betreuung durch Ernst Wallner vom Namibian Life Travel. Mein Dank gilt auch seiner Gattin für die geduldige Begleitung durch Windhoek. Wenn ich wieder eine Reise ins südliche Afrika planen würde, würde ich mich unbedingt wieder an Ernst Wallner wenden.
Viele Liebe Grüße - Renate, Mai 2014
Mag. Renate Graf, Triftweg 8/b, A-2810 Katzelsdorf

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