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Amanzi Trails
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44 reviews
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“Amanzi canoe trails”
Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a truly amazing time paddling down the river with a really great guide. The river was not too rough but it did present a couple of interesting rapids that gave us a hard time with a few capsizing. Scenery and whole experience was truly amazing and really authentic. a must do! We were on a catered trip and it was really well organized with excellent meals all round.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Abiqua camp site was the first overnight stay for our 3 day trip down the Orange River. Arriving in the heat of the afternoon (40C) we were happy to pull our vehicle into a shady spot next to the river. We received a warm welcome from hosts Colleen and Johan, and started to prepare ourselves for the 3 day adventure that lay ahead. Sleeping under the stars next to the river is an amazing experience, and in the tranquility and safety of the Abiqua camp, you feel at peace. The grassy banks are ideal if you only have your camping mattresses. The evening meal and breakfast are hearty and prepare you for the adventure ahead. If you are overnighting then the facilities are excellent, with rustic yet highly functional and clean ablutions. The view from the camp across the river is lovely, looking out onto rocky outcrops.
The real adventure for us and our group from our childrens school started the second day, when we commenced on our 3 day journey down the river. Expertly led by Darren and Kavera, this is an adventure that we can recommend to anyone. Amanzi Trails are amazing in how they handle big groups, with the catering, safety and overall guiding of the trip being of the highest quality. For a getaway, free from cell phones and civilization, where you do very little but paddle and relax, then this is the place to be. Camping under the stars in the wilderness is a different experience. If you like hotels, soft beds and the hustle and bustle of the city as a holiday, then this is probably not for you. If you like adventure, the solitude of the wilderness, and are prepared to "rough it" for a couple of days, then you should definitely put this in your list of places to be.
Kudos to Johan, Colleen, Darren and the team at Amanzi Trails. You Rock!

Room Tip: If you want to camp along the Orange River, this is the place to be.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere to stay in the Noordoewer area and came across Abiqua Camp in the Lonely Planet. We gave the number a call and booked in to what the guy on the phone described as a 'building with beds in'. In my mind, I imagined some kind of very basic bunkhouse, which would have been perfectly fine, so we were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find that our 'bunkhouse' was in facted a gorgeous chalet on stilts, right on the Orange River, with a lovely comfy double bed, bunk beds, and airconditioning! Hooray!
What's more, our little area of the site had a separate kitchen hut, complete with fridge, microwave and small hob, and ample cutlery and crockery; a braai place and picnic table area, and an outside shower and toilet, all for our own private use. Fantastic!
It was low season when we visited (mid March 2013), so we were actually the only guests staying here. As a result, the bar was closed (although they did open up to sell us some meat for a braai, and some beers to take away) - this was a shame, as I get the impression that it's a really cool place to hang out when there are a few more people around!
The staff were really friendly and chatty, and the three camp dogs were lovely mutts. It's a shame we only had time to stay for one night - it would have been awesome to do a 5-day river trip along the Orange River; sadly we were on a time limit and had a long drive back to Windhoek over the next couple of days.
Oh, by the way, when we were trying to locate 'Abiqua Camp', we found no signs for it anywhere and wondered if we were lost. However, the LP had mentioned that it was the starting point for Amanzi Trails canoe trips, so we followed signs for Amanzi Trails instead, and came across it easily enough. Was it ever called Abiqua Camp, or has the Lonely Planet been lying to us (again!)?

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Amanzi Trails

Property: Amanzi Trails
Address: C13, Noordoewer, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Karas Region > Noordoewer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Noordoewer
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amanzi Trails campsite (previously known as Abiqua River Camp) is situated on the northern bank of the Orange River, 16km downstream from the Noordoewer/Vioolsdrif border post (half-way between Cape Town and Windhoek). The campsite boasts a big tree-covered lawn area. You can creep into a delightful spot, pitch your tent and have a wonderful view of the river and the spectacular Geelkrans Cliffs on the opposite bank. Alternatively, depending on availability, you can make use of an enclosed lapa section or our chalet. Caravans and trailers are welcome. Clean ablutions and hot showers are available. There is a well stocked-bar, and wood, soft drinks, ice and meat can also be purchased. Fresh bread is available daily in Noordoewer (10km). Popular attractions include bird-watching, fishing, and canoeing. A drive to the Fish River Canyon is a worthwhile day excursion. A 20-minute walk from the campsite takes you to some petroglyphs (San rock engravings). ... more   less 

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