“We spent two weeks touring the northern part of Namibia with Wild Dog Safaris. It was an incredible experience and Wild Dog were brilliant throughout. Our tour was expertly put together by Memory Garises who was friendly, flexible and professional at all t...“
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Wild Dog Safaris was founded by Allan and Liz Kirby in 1997. The early days were considered as an adventure rather than a fully fledged business. The clients that traveled with these “Old Dogs” could see this and immediately became part of the pack. As the years hav...
Wild Dog Safaris was founded by Allan and Liz Kirby in 1997. The early days were considered as an adventure rather than a fully fledged business. The clients that traveled with these “Old Dogs” could see this and immediately became part of the pack. As the years have passed, the Company has grown in size and from strength to strength, forming and maintaining relationships with all its clients globally. The safari style Wild Dog Safaris initiated in the early years, has not changed that much. It has been its trademark and survives still in today’s competitive world. There is a certain romantic sense around it – climbing into a safari truck in your shorts, T-Shirt and sandals and surviving days of sun, dunes and wildlife. The initial anticipation and eventual emotions of meeting new people and the guides are all part of the excitement. New found friendships that will last a lifetime and the endless memories of images and adventure that this great country of Namibia will leave you. In April 2007 Allan Kirby was doing what he loved best, guiding a safari. However, the vehicle Allan was travelling in was involved in an accident. Allan broke his arm badly and was transferred to a Windhoek hospital where he underwent an operation to wire his elbow. The operation went well and Allan was looking forward to leaving hospital in the next few days. Then, early in the morning of 15 April, Allan suffered from an ” embolism”. Some bone marrow from his arm managed to make its way into his system and Allan passed away, very quickly, and we are told, with no pain or suffering. Allan is very much missed by us all but his passion lives on within us and we are proud to be running his safari company and giving so many people a chance to see Namibia the way Allan loved it best. The community that Wild Dog Safaris created years ago is still very much intact, but has just evolved and grown and can now through the internet media, share all its news and updates and in turn receive news from its own community. Wild Dog Safaris is here to stay and welcomes you all to join in on the great adventure.Read more
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- MMirkaEikelschulte3 day Sossusvlei Accommodated5.0 - ExcellentWritten on March 7, 2019Very, very professional organization
- CWCHEN6 Day Taste of Namibia5.0 - ExcellentWritten on February 27, 2019It is a fantastic trip, really well organized adventure.
- ETEmanuele10 Day Namibian Explorer2.5 - AverageWritten on November 26, 2018We were lucky to be just in 5 in the bus that was out dated and had no air conditioning. the windows were hold by strings as they were broken. the food in most …Read moreWild Dog Safaris commented on this reviewDear Emanuele, We so value all our reviews, and although the norm for us is very happy clients, we do listen to the points that are raised in such reviews and therefor I will also be honest with my responses. Yes, this trip had to have a change of guide. Milner had a death in his family and so we needed to make an urgent change. Milner is an outgoing and friendly guide that has been doing this job for many years. The back up (freelance) guide that was able to help at such short notice is also a guide we have known for many years but his style of guiding is very different – he is much quieter, also friendly and full of knowledge and experience. I’ve known him for about 20 years and he has never been impolite or unprofessional on any of his trips before. It is often a problem though because you get used to one style of person and then it’s very hard to have a different person for the last couple of nights. I am sorry that you didn’t get on with him, he said he really tried to work with you on the trip. When you join a group, it’s not easy to make changes to the itinerary as it doesn’t always suit everyone. I think that you were keen to change timings and the schedule a bit and he couldn’t do that. The vehicle you had (H7) has less than 30 000 km on the clock and it was brand new 6 months ago. If you could please email me with further details on this because I really don’t understand this comment. (firstname.lastname@example.org) This vehicle is very new, new cab and chassis, new seats, new flooring… The piece of string you took a photo of is because the window is so new, the clasp is tough to hook on. I don’t know who put that string on but possibly a client from the previous trip and our workshop didn’t notice it. The small side window has a bit of rubber missing from it due to clients constantly putting their feet on this window. We are going to put something here to allow clients to put their feet there without breaking the rubber and window. Emanuele, the cooler you had was sized for 5 people because you were 5 people on the trip. When there are more people, we have different coolers. There are long distances to cover and the roads are gravel. There will be some dust, its unavoidable, the seats are new but they are safari seats, rather than luxury bus seats. Yes, with the Himba village, its not the first complaint we have had and we are busy to make a change but this is taking a little bit of time. I do agree with you and we are in discussions to make a village change. It is a village for women and orphaned children that we were keen to support as tourism can bring an income to otherwise troubled people but I do understand that its not working well here. We hope to have a change by the end of December 2018. The glamping comment has come up before and we have now taken this out of any information from us. I think that different people interpret this differently, we just meant that your camping has flush toilets, swimming pools and hot showers. We are seriously doing further training with our guides and assistants. This will happen in the next two months, just after Christmas. The menus and food will be gone over extensively. However, yes, we do suggest to our assistant that they cook extra pasta or rice the night before so that you have a change from sandwiches at lunch time. Pasta or rice salad is usually well received by our clients. I said I would be honest with my responses and I will be. With 5 clients on this trip, we didn’t actually break even. Behind the scenes there is a lot going on to keep the trip running well. We always keep a vehicle available for back up just incase there is a problem. We do our utmost to remain competitive with our costs but to also support all our staff and local communities. Having said that, we are looking at our costings for some of our trips and if we possibly can, we will be offering some low season specials for the first half of 2019. We will put these rates on our website in the next few weeks. Our trips are not for everyone, and I think that we have had some wonderful reviews that have maybe increased clients expectations. We will be checking our website to make sure we portray correct details and clients understand what our trips are all about. Liz Kirby, Director.
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