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Dec 4, 2006 - Swakopmund - 'Pool Party!!!!!'

The desert drive today. Drove to the skeleton coast where the sand starts and all civilization is left behind. The drive is pretty spectacular, absolute flatness of sand with a few dunes dotted around and the Atlantic Ocean on the right. Went to the seal colony, there were thousands with pups and smelt mainly of fish. There were a few bull seals some looking rather battered and cut. Fighting over women I suppose! We were supposed to bush camp but decided against this as it was quite windy and cold, the tents don't hold up to well in the...

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On another jaunt...

Dec 3, 2006 - Swakopmund

I have been in Swakopmund for the last few days and to me at the moment it is the closest I have been to heaven on earth in ages. Not only is it a small city (complete with a few traffic lights) which I haven't seen in weeks, I am sleeping in a real bed!! Albeit its an 8 bed dorm that I am sharing with others from the trip and the mattress is so thin you can feel the bed slats against your ribs and the pillow could double as a napkin but to me is is a glorious luxury! In addition there are restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes...you just can't...

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Jade's Big Trip 2006

Nov 22, 2006 - Swakopmund

There are phots to come but this internet place has no USB. So we got to Swakopmund and stayed and Dunes backpackers which was pretty cool. Swakopmund was a lot more lively, and is the holiday resort of Namibia which quite alot of Southj Africans come to as well. The morning we arrived we went sand boarding and what a difference it was to the sand boarding I did in Peru!!! It was so funny, they actually taught us how to do it and it was all really safe, unlike Peru where you just tip your board straight over the edge cross your fingers and...

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Nov 21, 2006 - Boer-ed in Namibia (Swakopmund, Namibia)

If Neeta and I had been blind-folded and somehow transported into the middle of the Namibian coastal resort town of Swakopmund, we would easily be fooled into believing we were in a small German or Austrian town. Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that is found in all major settlements in Namibia. Swakopmund has been hailed as the last bastion of German colonization in southwest Africa. A fact made...

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Nov 20, 2006 - Walvis Bay

Oh I forgot to mention in my Cape Town entry that I got my neck pierced again! One more to go! Ok so I stayed at the Cardboard Box Hostel (no need to worry, although the taxi driver thought I was a bit strange!). On the Saturday night there was a whole group going to Joes Beerhouse, which sounded good to me so I tagged along. It was such a cool restaurant/pub with stuff absolutely everywhere. The walls were lined with jagermeister bottles aswell as the skulls and horns of various unfortunate animals, plus one of the tables had seat which...

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Nov 18, 2006 - Swakopmund, Namibia

Walking up a high sand dune in snowboarding boots is not easy. Boarding down the steep side of the dune - now that was fun! Lying on a piece of slick fiber-board charging down the backside of the dune at 76 km/h (clocked by a radar gun) - was even better! We were in Swakopmund for three days, and were taking advantage of some of the many activities available. Our family chose to do sand boarding and quad biking, but many from our group also included tandem sky diving. After sitting in the truck for so long, I was looking forward to doing...

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Nov 8, 2006 - Out of the African Sky

After 5 nights sleeping in my tent,I was excited to get to Swakopmund and a hostel. The "Desert Sky" wasn't the ritz, but it would suffice as a base for two days. It reminded me of a church rectory or of Loyola Hall - the Jesuit Residence at my alma-mater BC High. There was old wood paneling on the walls and furniture circa 1967, and it just smelled old. Fortunately, this period styling did not extend to the dorms. "Lofty" was the hostess and she completed the picture by listening to oldies music non-stop all day. The town itself was...

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Reilly on the Road

Sep 30, 2006 - Swakopmund, Namibia

We are adding this entry so that you have a better idea of the path we took through Namibia. After Sossusvlei we went to Swakopmund for two days. This oceanside town was founded by the Germans and still has a German flavor to it: a Boy Scout fundraiser sold bratwurst; everyone speaks Afrikaans; there are almost as many white people as black people; and so forth. It was pretty cloudy the two days were were there but it was still nice because we got to check our email, sleep in real beds, watch some television, and live like (almost) normal...

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Sep 13, 2006 - Desert, sand and Swakupmund

Phew, spent quite a few days in the desert (some of it rough camping - you know, living out of a jerry can for water and no artificial lights ANYWHERE) which was fantastic. Met some real characters in there too - the desert must attract them..... Had a couple of hick-ups with Harry (something blocking the fuel feed line - although I now have my 'fixed car on roadside' badge....) The dunes are indescribable - shall leave it to the photos (although can't upload them yet.... taken us 120 minutes to get this far on the computer....) Really...

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Apr 10, 2006 - Swakopmund Namibia

Swakopmund, April 8-10 Swakopmund is a quaint town with a German influence located on the west coast of Namibia. We are staying in a hostel with dorms here and get quite cozy with other fellow travellers (snoring is loud).There were lots of activities available here: skydiving,quad biking, horse back riding and sandboarding. We took it easy and visited the dunes for some late afternoon light and photos. Brad and Angelina disturbed our time so we were asked to vacate. We had some good seafood of course being on the ocean with the waves...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Swakopmund

We are now in Swakopmund which is a really cool town in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of Namibia. On one side of it is the Namib desert and on the other is the sea. Next to the town are some amazing sand dunes which is the reason why people come here and take part in all kinds of activities. It's also a very German influenced town and feels very western - the most that we have encountered anywhere in Africa so far. It's also a really nice place where all the buildings are brightly coloured and look like they have just been painted...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Safari - South Africa & Namibia

Only been in Namibia for 3 days and I cant believe the different contrasts in landscapes I have seen. From the second biggest canyon in the world to a 50 000 square km desert and now the seaside oasis that is swokomnd, the Namibian scenery has ensured the long bus rides have been nothing but an absolute joy. Headed out from capetown on Sunday on the Overland truck which I will be calling base for the next 6 weeks. Our crew of 18 only has a few of us young folk with most being couples in their thirties and 2 blokes in their 70's (one guy...

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