Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

DESCRIPTION

The appearance of the town, with its 30,000 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a lovely climate in summer.

Some 30kms south of Swakopmund, the special attraction of Walvis Bay is the huge natural lagoon with its overwhelming abundance of seabirds. 120,000 birds were counted recently in the lagoon, innumerable flamingos and pelicans among them. Each year they are joined by some 200,000 migratory birds, making this a birder's paradise.

ACCOMMODATION

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Atlantic Villa

Atlantic Villa is situated just 6km from Swakopmund town centre. The Villa has breathtaking sea views and is only a short walk away from the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Villa offers three types of...

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Cornerstone Guesthouse

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk to the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund's old town near the marine museum...

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Hansa Hotel

The Hansa Hotel is situated in the centre of Swakopmund and offers easy access to everything Swakopmund has to offer. The Hansa has 58 twin/family rooms including 5 luxury suites, all with en suit...

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Lagoon Lodge

With a view of Walvis Bay lagoon, Lagoon Lodge has just 8 spacious and comfortable rooms. Original d├ęcor, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and delicious breakfasts make this lodge a wonderful...

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Pelican Bay Hotel

Protea Hotel Pelican Bay overlooks one of the most important wetland areas on the African Coastline, the Walvis Bay Lagoon, declared a Ramsar site to ensure that its protection is guaranteed by...

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Sam's Giardino

Sam's Giardino is a small, comfortable guest house in Swakopmund. There are 2 double and 6 twin-bedded rooms all of which have en-suite bathrooms, a telephone, an in-room safe and a hair-dryer. Ro...

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The Stiltz

The Stiltz in Swakopmund consists of luxury wooden cabins built on stilts, ensuring spectacular views of the nearby Atlantic Ocean, Swakop river bed, the lagoon with its rich variety of birds, and...

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Villa Margherita

Opened after extensive refurbishment in 2008, Villa Margherita is a boutique guest house in the heart of Swakopmund. The decor is a fusion of Italian charm and the historic colonial building. With...

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Pelican Point Lodge

At Pelican Point Lodge we offer you the experience of having your holiday on the semi-remote Peninsula of Pelican Point , 32km from Walvis Bay...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court

Day 2 - 3: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.

Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Day 4 - 5: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular

Day 6 - 8: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Remarkably this area is seemingly inhabitable, however is home to superbly adapted wildlife that has evolved over time to survive in this arid environment. Herds of nomadic elephant are found traversing the dried seasonal riverbeds in search of water and vegetation. These small oases also provide sustenance to a wide range of superbly adapted species including springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and a variety of other species, as well as lion and cheetah. This is also home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino as well as several endemic Namibian species of bird. Nomadic Himba tribesmen still live their traditional nomadic lifestyle and Africa's largest collection of prehistoric rock engravings and San rock art can be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.

Day 9 - 11: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

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