My wife and I traveled with Karibu on their Essence of Namibia tour in August 2011. We were really lucky in that there was a total of 12 on the tour but 8 were non-English speaking and needed an interpreter. This meant that Karibu thoughtfully split us into 2 vehicles, giving us much more space and viewing opportunities for all of us. We met up at lunch and camp each day, which still allowed us to interact with all the guests and other guides.
Our guides were excellent - focused on service, great at spotting game and highly knowledgeable about anything we asked. Nothing was ever a problem and the always aimed to please. In fact, they were much better than the guides we had in Botswana.
Camps were basic and food was "rustic" camp cooked meals and this suited us just fine. We never went hungry and had no cause to complain about meals - it was just like eating at home.
Game viewing in Etosha was awesome and a must do. The guides went out of their way to find game and get us as close as possible, which is a challenge given Etosha's no off-road policy.
The scenery across Namibia is amazing and in some ways outshines the game viewing of Etosha. You still see springbok, gemsbok, ostrich and the occasional elephant but to be honest, the desert plateaus and dunes of Sossusvlei will more than make up for the lack of game outside of the parks.
The only criticism is that if there were 12 in a vehicle, it could become crowded for game viewing, however for the price of the safari, it's just something you have to accept, or pay more for a smaller group safari.
Overall, we had a great time with Karibu and I would highly recommend them as providing great value for money. If the flights from Australia to J'burg weren't so expensive and long, we would be back there in a heartbeat.
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