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Aug 16, 2019 - Solitaire to Swakopmund

Journeyed across the Namib Desert, stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn and a viewpoint on the way to lunch at Walvis Bay - former British enclave, the only part of Namibia they wanted due to the deep sea access, the rest they left to the Germans. After lunch travelled the short distance to Swakopmund

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Aug 22, 2016 - Swakopmund

22 August 2016 Swakopmund Guesthouse Up at 7 as we had been booked, as part of our trip package, on a 'Living Desert Tour'. So, an early breakfast and out to meet Burger, our guide for the day. We collected another four people from a different guesthouse and off we went to the desert. It was a beautiful day, completely cloudless and yesterdays strong westerly wind replaced by a gentle warm wind from the interior. We drove south to the dune area between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, off the road into the sand dunes. It was wonderful to see, not...

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Namibia!

Aug 22, 2016 - Desert, desert and yet more desert......

Swakopmund Guesthouse 21 August 2016 Up at a little more modest hour this morning, the skies were beautifully clear and the sun was shining. A great start to the day. Breakfasted, packed and we were on our way. The red dunes were very red in the early morning sun as we drove out of the resort/ reserve. Stopped to collect some xxxxseeds - for use as light pulls back home! We called in to see the Sesrium Canyon, not on the scale of the Grand Canyon, but impressive nonetheless, it wound down the valley of the Tsauchab River, now dry but must...

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Namibia!

Aug 21, 2016 - Blog Seven - Namibia Part One

Blog Six – Namibia Part One Tuesday 16 August 2016 A very early start this morning being up at before 6:00 to pack, have a bit of brekkie and then being picked up at 7:00am to take us to a camera shop in Windhoek who had agreed to open early so we could buy Makena a new point and shoot until we get to Joburg. Michael (our driver from last night) is also our guide for the next ten or so days and he picked us up in the very long wheelbase troupe carrier that is equipped with four rows of seating. We were only expecting us and four on the tour...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Etosha to Swakopmund - with a stop in Okonjima

After a chilled few days in Etosha we retraced our steps part way back to Windhoek to a small place called Okonjima, home of Africat. Africat is an organization that cares for injured or orphaned cats - lions, cheetahs, leopards, you name it. A lot of the animals there have been injured in conflicts with farmers – farmers protecting their cattle, large cats trying to get a meal. We saw our first cheetahs there - four of them. We also saw an orphaned leopard eating its meal. Unfortunately, Anth was feeling really crappy so he spent most of...

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Sep 27, 2014 - 27 September - Swakopmund, Namibia

We left Solitaire at 7.30am for the 260km drive to Swakopmund on the coast of Namibia. After k's of nothing but sand with not even a bush for a toilet stop, the scenery started to look a bit more coastal with palm trees (and still more sand). First stop in Swakopmund was a tourist centre where they showed us a DVD of all the activities on offer - skydiving, sandboarding, dolphin cruises, horseriding, etc etc. I settled for ocean kayaking and Richard for a fishing trip so that is tomorrow sorted for us. Our hotel is luxurious after a week's...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Swakopmund

“Noooooooooo”, yelled Rita and Dasa as the Land Rover seemed to be going vertically down a huge sand dune. We were on a day tour of “where the dunes meet the sea” in Sandwich Harbour near Swakopmund. The last part of the tour the guides were freewheeling their 4 x 4s , with us in them, all over the dunes of the Namib desert. It was like a “do-it-yourself”” roller coaster…’twas great! Swakopmund is a seaside city that was originally a German settlement in what once was South West Africa, now Namibia. The tourist information says it is a...

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Nov 24, 2012 - Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, Namibia

Saturday, nov 24 Sossusvlei to Swakopmund Well, i didnt make it the whole night out under the stars...it was cold and I wasn't sleeping well so i went back inside around 5am (my normal wake up time) but it felt good to be able to have a somewhat leisurely morning and be able to sleep in for a few more hours. Initially I was going to do a hot air balloon ride over the dunes with a champagne breakfast but when I got the price My mouth dropped as it was $500 so I decided my flight over the dunes today to get to Swakopmund would suffice!...

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Nov 20, 2012 - Sandboarden

Heute war ein sehr voller Tag, da ich heute einen halben Tag Sandboarden war und den anderen halben Tag Quad fahren. Sandboarden ist Snowboard fahren von einer Düne runter. Es hört sich eigentlich ganz einfach an, aber die Gewichtsverteilung auf dem Board ist ein bisschen anders als beim Snowboard fahren, da du sofort stecken bleibst wenn du das vordere Bein belastest. Trozdem macht es einen heiden Spaß auch wenn es natürlich keinen Lift gab und man alle 15min. die komplette Düne wieder hoch laufen musste. Außerdem konnten wir auch auf dem...

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Deike in Afrika 2012

Nov 19, 2012 - Swakopmund

Heute haben wir glücklicherweise die Wüste hinter uns gelassen und aind bis an die Küste ind die Hafenstadt Swakopmund gefahren. Hier ist es wesentlich kühler und im Gegensatz zu meiner ersten Woche auch bedeckt. Da wir hier in einem Hostel wohnen habe sowohl durchgängig Strom als auch Internet :). Eigetlich ist es wie unsere Führerin Mareike sagt: wenn man so lange campt freut man sich vorallem über die kleinen Dinge wie zum Beispiel Strom, aber auch richtige Handtücher. In der letzten Woche ist meine Tasche so durcheinander geraten, dass...

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Deike in Afrika 2012

Jul 10, 2012 - Day 173 to 176- Swakopmund...Are we in Germany or Africa?

Jason had a date at the car doctor so the kids and I wandered around town feeling confused about which continent we were actually on. With many fine examples of German colonial architecture, Lutheran churches, Apothekes, a  general dealers by the name of Otto Gunthers , the Gruner Kranz hotel and German bakeries serving traditional German cakes and pastries, we could have sworn we'd emerged from the mist of the skeleton coast and landed smack bang in the middle of Bavaria. Rather than snow covered mountains surrounding the town, it was sand...

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5 African Hornes

Jul 9, 2012 - Day 17 Windhoek to Swakopmund at the Namibia Coast

After swallowing heavy dinner at Joe's - we had a late morning and only left Windhoek at 9 Am to go the 360 KM on a fantastic road that took us through amazing desert landscape. It was an amazing site arriving in the very clean and beautiful town of Swakopmund - Very German, look taste and smell !. We had a nice sushi lunch at the Jetty and thereafter - walked around the beautiful city center and did the usual Hansen shopping. We then drove up the Skeleton cost and spend about a hour on the beach - we where informed that the Moon Landscape...

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