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The Golf Courses of Namibia

  
  

Whether you’re on holiday, or just looking to blow off some steam over the weekend, a round of golf is a good way to take in some wonderful scenery and spend some time with friends. Now many people may not know this but the Land of the Brave is home to several unique courses. Let’s take a look at some of them…

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Sticking to the fairways at the world class Omeya course.
(Image via Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis)

 

Windhoek Golf and Country Club 

The Windhoek Golf and Country Club is situated just on the outskirts of the capital city. Se amongst the natural bushveld just to the south of Windhoek this easily accessible golf course is a must visit for any golfing enthusiast spending time in the big city.

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The club house overlooking the fairway.
(Image via Golf World Resorts)

 

The golf course is not the most challenging 18-holes in the world but this has the advantage of ensuring that nobodies’ blood pressure gets out of control. It makes the Windhoek Golf Course a great place to play golf while on holiday. 

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Voted one of the top-ten golf courses in Africa by CNN.
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The club is one of the oldest in Namibia and the country club next door is of top international standards. So if you are holidaying with a group and not everyone in you’re group is keen on a round of golf then they can always relax at the clubhouse or spend some time at the hotel restaurant and bar… Or if they’re feeling a little more adventurous they can try out the casino on the grounds.

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The interior of the casino.
(Image via Bushtracks)

 

You can view the course layout and book a round here.

 

Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis 

Just 30km’s outside Windhoek you will find the pristine Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Mountains surround the course and every hole offers up spectacular views of the incredible natural landscapes. It’s also not uncommon to encounter wildlife on the fairways with antelope and warthogs often found foraging in the rough and near the fences.

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A golfer lining up a put as the sun goes down.
(Image via Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis)

 

Designed by Peter Matkovich, who has designed courses all over southern Africa, the thoughtfully laid out 18-holes have been installed in sympathy with the existing environment. Thanks to this golfers can enjoy the shade cast by the indigenous camel thorn trees that dot the estate and the course.

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The camel thorn trees add to the peacful scenery in and around the course.
(Image via Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis)

 

The 18-hole course is open to non-members and non-residents and you can book a four-ball here.

 

The Rossmund Golf Course

There are only five desert golf courses in the world and the Rossmund Golf Course in Swakopmund is one of them. Interestingly, Rossmund inverts the traditional layout of a golf course with fairways and greens found in the sand, rather than having sand traps dotted along the greenery.

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Sometimes the fairway is the bunker!
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Like Omeya the course is frequented by free-roaming wildlife and unique birdlife. Non-players are encouraged to walk freely along the course and enjoy the sights- provided they keep an eye on those flying golf balls! During the day Swakopmund and its surrounds enjoys wonderful weather in the summer and spring months and the cooling mist that rolls in during the evening does a good job at keeping players from overheating at the end of their rounds.

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Clubs in the foreground, a springbok in the background.
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The par 72 18-hole course is a really special place to play a round of golf and thanks to its location is ideal for holiday makers passing through the famous seaside town.

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A view of the course, clubhouse and some springbok.
(Image via Rossmund Golf Resort and Lodge)

 

For rates and booking enquiries click here (note that there are special rates for SADC citizens).

 

The Walvis Bay Golf Club

If you’re looking for a golf course that is out of the ordinary then the Walvis Bay Golf Course is what you want. While all the greens and all the tees on this course are grass this unique 9-hole course is mostly sand. Golfers are provided with a one of a kind opportunity to have a short round in a totally different environment.

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Sand is the name of the game at the WB golf club.
(Image via Denigo Blog)

 

The Walvis Bay Golf Club is a friendly group of people and all members of the public are welcome to play a round on their special course. While not the best course for beginners, any golfer who wants to play a course that is unlike any other should consider popping in.

 

Oranjemund Golf Club

First things first, the Oranjemund golf course is one tough cookie. The course has wide fairways but these are bordered by punishing roughs throughout the course. On top of this players usually have to contend with some serious winds. Having said that, the club encourages golfers of all skills to have a go and social games with liberal use of mulligans are fully tolerated.

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The course is tree-lined and beautiful.
(Image via Oranjemund Golf Club)

 

Just note that Wednesday and Saturday are the main competition days, so if you’re not too confident try and book on one of the other days of the week. And remember if the round gets too rough and you lose a few balls there’s always the 19th hole at the clubhouse to help you through your tough times.

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An Oryx watching a round of golf from the rough.
(Image via Tracks4Africa)

 

The course is found deep in the Sperrgebiet diamond area and thus you need to have permits to enter the region. So be sure to organise these before you book your round of golf.

 

To get hold of the course and to make bookings click here.

 

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Where to eat: Swakopmund Restaurants

  
  

The seaside town of Swakopmund is a regular destination for local and international tourists. The town always bustles with activity and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the little holiday town. Here is just a taste of what’s on offer...

Breakfast in Swakop

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Village Café

Village Café

21 Sam Nujoma Ave

+264 64 404723 

Loved by locals and tourists alike for its quirky character and good service. Perfect for a hearty breakfast or brunch, The Village Café offers homely food, generous portions, friendly staff and a wonderful atmosphere! Keep an eye out for cheeky menu items, off the wall décor and, of course- the dog menu! 

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Bojos Cafe

13 Daniel Tjongarero Street

+264 64 400774 

This little street café is a great place to start your day with a big breakfast, or end a morning of wandering through the town with a cappuccino and a freshly baked croissant. You’ll also find homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches, freshly squeezed juice and even gluten-free menu options. The outside seating lets you soak up Swakopmund’s street atmosphere. Dogs are also welcomed with a little treat and a big glug of much needed water after a long walk. 

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Image courtesy of Stadtmitte Café

Stadtmitte café

Cnr, Tobias Hainyeko & Woermann Street 

+264 64 400893

The locals head to Stadtmitte Café for a good value breakfast and coffee on the go. It boasts a wide variety of traditional German cakes and pastries. You also get free internet access with your order. Note: it’s closed on Sundays but open on public holidays.

 

Lunch in Swakop

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Cafe Anton 

Hotel Schweizerhaus, 1 Bismarck Str

+264 64 400331/2/3

If you’re looking for classic Swakop, then look no further than Café Anton. Arguably one of the town’s most well known coffee spots, it feels like it’s been around forever. Head there for a classic beer and lunch, or for some good old-fashioned coffee and cake.

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Brauhaus

Brauhaus Arcade 22, Sam Nujoma Drive

+264 64 402214

Swakopmund has a distinct German heritage and The Brauhaus restaurant waves the flag high - from the bratwurst to the Weissbier and the jolly atmosphere.

If you really want to get the party started at lunch, ask the locals what the game is with the foot long beers… Brauhaus is a popular spot and gets very busy, so try book a table or get there early to be sure of a seat. And remember, it’s closed on Sundays. 

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22 Degrees South

Inside the Lighthouse, Am Leuchtturm Street

+264 64 400380

This little boutique restaurant is located in the old lighthouse master's house, right in front of the popular swimming beach “Der Mole”. It’s a tasty, tranquil spot. Sit outside in the garden to take in the cool sea breeze. Or snuggle up inside for a cozy meal in one of the old lightmaster’s rooms. 

 

Sundowners in Swakop

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Tiger Reef 

The Swakop River Mouth, Sudstrand Street

+264 64 400935

Have an ice cold beer lounging in a deck chair, watching the sunset as you tickle your toes in the warm beach sand. Tiger Reef is a regular on the Swakopmund bar scene. And if you end up staying longer than you intended, there’s some good old fish and chips and burgers on the menu to fill an empty stomach.

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Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Bar Lounge 

37 Daniel Tjongarero Street

+264 64 400133 

One of the best cocktail places in town. You can also munch a little bit of sushi if you can’t wait for your dinner. Or spend the whole evening at Cosmopolitan – they have a full restaurant and specialize in seafood.

 

Dinner in Swakop

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Image courtesy of Jetty 1905

Jetty 1905

Molen Road, on the Pier

+264 64 40 5664

Take a wander down to the end of the famous Swakopmund jetty and you will find Jetty 1905. The Jetty was originally built in 1905 (hence the name) but don’t worry, it was completely refurbished in 2006 – you can read the whole story on their website here.

Dine like you’re in the middle of the ocean – with great seafood to boot.  

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The Tug

Strand St

+264 64 402356

Seafood seafood seafood. That’s the name of the game at the Tug restaurant. Situated right on the beachfront, on an upper level deck, you’ll love the great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Try get there before sunset so you can squeeze in a sundowner before you dine on the fruits of the sea.

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Hansa Hotel

3 Hendrik Witbooi Street

+264 64 414 200

The Hansa Hotel is all about old style elegance. Take your parents, your grandparents, your sweetheart or anyone you’d like to impress to dine amidst crystal and china in an unlikely location.

 

 

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100% Namibian art in Swakopmund

  
  

There’s a new Arts & Crafts Centre in the holiday town of Swakopmund and it’s 100% Namibian. On the surface, it is a fantastic venue for locals and tourists to soak up Namibian art and enjoy something to eat and drink at the new Yambeke restaurant. But at its heart lies a grander ambition: the training and uplifting of local artists. Namibian people have a vibrant, diversified culture, which this Centre wants to promote and develop.

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The Centre provides a fantastic venue for open-air events – keep an eye out for the latest happenings on the COSDEF Arts & Crafts Facebook page.

 

The Centre is a project of COSDEF (Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation); a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged communities, unemployed youth, and vulnerable people the opportunity to learn skills to earn an income. The Swakopmund Centre helps the community to develop the skills needed to be self-sustainable by providing an outlet for products and artisans as well as training and mentorship programs (these programs include business and design skills). 

The Centre offers a host of different artistic courses ranging from an Introduction to Fine Arts, to Jewellery and Fashion design. The Centre has its very own craft shop and Gallery that show cases 100% Namibian craft sourced from all over the country.

It also provides a space for small retail shops where local business men and women have the opportunity to both produce and sell their goods - jewellery, knitting, t-shirt printing, textiles, photography, art work and local food. You’ll also find some well-known local artisans at the Centre - Karakulia Weavers, Desert Hills’ Nara products and Kubatsirana Helping Hands.

The Arts & Crafts Centre also has a beautiful Amphitheatre and stage, a conference hall and an art gallery which you can rent for events.

The new Yambeke Restaurant inside the Centre provides the perfect spot for lunch with local flavour. They also serve daily specials that can be pre-ordered to take home for dinner.

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Soak up the creative atmosphere as you munch some brunch at the Yambeke Restaurant.

 

Some events to watch out for:

  • African Dance & Drumming classes; two classes during the week during business hours and certain Saturdays (from 3 March 2015)

  • Easter market with egg hunting for the kids and a performance by a local African group (4 April 2015)

  • Monthly themed film showcases (dates TBA)

  • Art exhibitions (dates TBA)

  • Saturday Kiddies activities (dates TBA)
     

Follow  COSDEF Arts & Crafts Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest events and dates.

 

Opening hours:

Shops & Yambeke Restaurant: Weekdays 9am – 5pm & Saturdays 9 – 4pm.

 

Road Perspective

Look out for the brightly coloured Centre on the Swakopmund Airport Road.

 

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The Centre’s many different stalls showcasing Namibian art and providing budding artists with a platform for success.


Karakulia Weavers

Locals are trained in many artistic forms to improve their skills and livelihoods.

 

Gallery

Take a browse through the art gallery to discover truly Namibian talent.

Kubatsirana Helping Hand

Pick up some 100% Namibian crafts and support the local community!

 

All images courtesy of COSDEF.

 

MCA-Namibia (Millennium Challenge Account) helped to develop and fund the Centre’s building and equipment. MCA strives for economic improvement through infrastructure development, capacity building and vocational training to provide greater opportunity for economic growth and livelihood improvement.
 

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What to do in Namibia during Winter

  
  

Winter in Namibia is a great time of year to explore our vast and diverse country. The weather is more moderate than in other months of the year and our country is a great option if you want to avoid the huge crowds of the northern hemisphere's summer months. Read on for a few more reasons why we think you should visit Namibia in the winter months.

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Winter is a great time to explore Namibia- find out why below.

 

The Manageable Weather

As you probably know already, Namibia is a place associated with hot, dry and sunny weather. The cloudless skies and blazing sun can, at times, become overwhelming in the warmer months (particularly over December, January and February). Winter is a slightly different story in the Land of the Brave. Daytime temperatures for the season stay manageable and rarely climb above the 25 degrees Celsius.

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Another cloudless and temperate winter's day in Namibia.
(Image via Deal's Holidays)

 

Namibia gets its rain in the summer months so the winter daytime skies are also incredibly clear and cloudless. It is not uncommon to go for days without seeing a cloud in the perfect blue sky and this allows photographers ample opportunity to take some incredible high contrast pictures against a deep blue background.

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The blue of the sky contrasts excellently with the whites and browns of Namibia's landscapes.

 

And while we are talking about awesome photo opportunities, you should know that toward the end of winter you will be treated to some incredible sunsets. Toward the end of winter the winter months the desert winds begin to start blowing. These winds pick up dust into the air, which then spectacularly refracts the light of the setting sun.

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A giraffe at sunset in Etosha National Park.

 

At night the temperatures can get quite nippy, but it never gets quite as cold as the frigid winters of northern Europe or northern America. The temperatures in Namibia are cool enough to justify lighting a warming fire and nothing makes winter more enjoyable than sitting around a roaring fire and sharing some stories with your friends and family.

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A large camp fire keeps the night, and the cold, at bay.
(Image via Wofford)

 
Note: In the southern and central regions of Namibia it can occasionally get to freezing. These temperatures are exceptional though and you can expect it to not get much colder than 5 degrees Celsius.

 

Winter adventures

Winter is the perfect time to be physically active in Namibia. The lack of humidity and the relatively moderate daytime temperatures make doing physical activity far easier in the winter than in the summer months. Rock climbing, cycling, trail running and several other adventure sports are all best done in the winter. The sun is at a less steep angle and the cooling winter breeze make any physical exercise much easier to deal with.

 

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Winter walking in the dunes near Swakopmund.

 

Hiking is another great activity to take part in when visiting Namibia in the winter. Some hikes, like the Fish River Canyon Hike are not offered to guests in the summer months as the temperatures are too high and the heat makes the hike too strenuous. Check out our blog on this particular hike here.

 

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Getting ready to set out from the floor of the Fish River Canyon.

 

While not exactly physically demanding, going on safari is also very worthwhile during winter. The animals become easier to spot because the vegetation dries out in the rainless months giving the wildlife less cover. This is coupled with the fact that the animals are drawn out to the remaining waterholes in search of water and means that your chances of catching a glimpse of some of Namibia’s awesome wildlife are greatly increased during winter.

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The wildlife, no matter how big or small, is easier to spot in winter.


Note: Even though the sun is less harsh in the winter in Namibia you still need to make sure you are protected from it. Always use sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses.

Hit the beach

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The Namibian coast is spectacular during winter.

 

The winter months are arguably the best time of the year to head to the beach in Namibia. All along the famously rugged coastline temperatures remain warm and the fog stays away. These favourable weather conditions are as a result of the foehn winds (berg winds) that travel down the great escarpment and into the ocean.

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Swakopmund is Namibia's most popular seaside town.
(Image via FotoD)

 

The warm winds ensure that the coast stays dry and the frequent evening fog that descends over towns like Swakopmund, Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay is kept at bay by the dry warm winds. The fine weather, coupled with the winds, make this time of year ideal for anyone who wants to take part in water sports like kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and body boarding.

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Get your heart racing on the Atlantic Ocean!
(Image courtesy of Geesche Neuberg)

 

It should be clear now that the winds are a key feature of this season on the coast and at times they can get quite strong. When they pick up enough, usually as the sun is setting, sand from the Namib Desert can become suspended in the air in a dramatic fashion. With the right amount of skill, timing, and photographer’s luck you can capture these surreal moments and leave the coast with some unforgettable photographs.

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The winds sweeping over Dune 45 near Sossusvlei.
(Image by Adomas Svirskas via Photography Blogger)

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A sandstorm blows across a national road.
(Image by Asco via Photography Blogger)

Note: A great place for water sports like those mentioned above is Luderitz and within the small town there are a few operators who can take you out on to the ocean. Find out more by reading about the town here.

There is loads to do in Namibia throughout all of its seasons, but if you are looking for moderate temperatures and adventure filled activities then winter could be the ideal time for you to visit the Land of the Brave. Also, during the Namibian winter the northern hemissphere's tourist hotspots are traditionally over-crowded with holiday makers soaking up the sunshine. So why not give the summer crowds a skip and come and spend some time around a warm fire in Namibia?

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Here are two more of our blogs to help you plan your trip to Namibia:

Want to know what to do in Autumn? Plan your next Namibian adventure!
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The National Parks of Namibia- Nkasa Lupala and Dorob

  
  

Namibian national parks like Etosha National Park and the Waterberg Plateau Park are world-renowned and well-visited by international and national tourists. This blog post is not about those parks. Today we want introduce you to two national parks run that you may not have heard of before...

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A Land Rover with Sandwich Harbour in the background.
One of the best things to do in Namibia is to explore locations that are off the beaten path.

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Nkasa Lupala National Park

We start in the north-east of Namibia in the Zambezi (Caprivi) Region. As you may already know this part of this huge nation is markedly different from most of the stark landscapes you find through out the mostly arid countryside. The land in the Zambezi is riverine and lush. It is home to several wetlands which and the region is criss-crossed by perennially flowing bodies of water.

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The landscape is spectacular in the Zambezi.

(Image via Cardboard Box)

 

In this corner of Namibia, just to the north of Botswana, you can find the Nkasa Lupara National Park (formerly known as the Mamili National Park). The park contains the largest protected wetland area in the Land of the Brave.

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Maps showing the location of the park.
(Images via the MET)

 

The network of rivers flowing around small islands and reed beds are home to hippopotamuses, crocodiles, several buck species and a massive population of birds. There are, in fact, more species of birds in this small area than anywhere else in Namibia.

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A bloat of hippos silently swim through the river.

(Image via Cardboard Box)

 

Before you back you pack your bags and head to Nkasa Lupala you should know that journeying through this national park is not for the feint of heart. There are very few facilities and sometimes the park is inaccessible due to heavy rainfall.

This usually will only happen during the rainy months of January and February. However, if the rains don’t spoil the fun, and you have a thirst for adventure then you should know that the camp is a 4x4 enthusiast and wildlife tracker’s dream location. For information on exploring the park by 4x4 click here.

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Exploring the park is tough, but worth it to see undisturbed wildlife.

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In the winter some of the riverbeds dry up and visitors to the park can watch lions, large herds of buffalo and elephants migrate across the park. Making Nkasa Lupala the perfect place for a rough and tumble adventure tourist to do some exploring.

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There are even occasional sightings of lions in this riverine park.
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Click here for the official Nkasa Lupara National Park page, courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

 

Dorob National Park

The second national park we are looking at is located on the coast in the middle of Namibia’s vast Atlantic coast. Close to the Skeleton Coast and pressed up against the Namib Desert you will find Dorob National Park. As you might imagine, this national park’s landscape is very different to the lush and watery Nkasa Lupala National Park. Dorob is also far more accessible with the towns of Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Walvis Bay found within the park's borders.

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This map shows the area of the coast that falls under Dorob National Park.
(Map via NACOMA)

 

We mentioned Dorob a few weeks ago in an interview with Chris Nel (that you can read here). However, many visitors outside of Namibia have yet to hear about this gem of a park… Dorob was created in 2010 and since its creation the entire coastline of Namibia now falls under strict environmental protection. The reason this had to happen is because of the fragile biodiversity of the ecosystems found in this part of Namibia.

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This coastline has been rescued from destruction.

(Image via World Super Travel)

 

As far as attractions go in this park, BirdLife International has declared the park an “Important Bird Area” because this part of the Namibian coast is a haven that over 1.6 million birds call home. This makes Dorob an absolute must-visit place for anyone who is a birding enthusiast. Of particular interest to many tourists in this regard is Sandwich Harbour that boasts a sizeable population of flamingos.

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This famous spot located within Dorob and is definitely worth a visit.
(Image via Sandwich Harbour)

 

There is also some excellent fishing in this park and the town of Henties Bay should be the place you should aim for if you are a keen angler. Before you plan a trip read this page, as it details what anglers can and can’t do in the park.

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Going to Dorob? Why not go fishing!
(Image via Henties Bay)

 

While unguided exploration of the park is allowed, it is important to note that after years of careless behaviour by locals and tourists the area has had to become subject to some badly needed restrictions. So if you want to explore the park on your own you can check out some maps which detail where you can and can’t go in the park here.

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Rare creatures like the Namib Ghecko live along the coastline and need to be protected.
(Photo by Chris Nel)

 

For more information on the park you can download their press kit here or have a look at Travel News Namibia's breakdown of the regulations here.

 

These are just two national parks you can find in the Land of the Brave. In total there are eleven nationally run parks within Namibia and over the coming months we will bring to light some of these other parks. For a list of these parks click here.

 

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Want to know more about National Parks in Namibia?
Check our our posts on Etosha and the Waterberg below.

How to Explore Etosha

Safaris in the Waterberg

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What to do in Namibia during Autumn

  
  

It’s that time of year in the Southern Hemisphere where summer begins to leave and winter starts knocking at the door. In Namibia, autumn (or fall) is a particularly beautiful time of year. The weather is mild and there a whole host of activities and events for you to keep you entertained.


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Sossusvlei in autumn.

Autumn in Namibia

In autumn the colours of Namibia come out in full force. Puffy white clouds, crystal clear skies and the deep red of the desert sands combine spectacularly to provide any photographer with enough backdrops to fill a thousand photo albums.

 

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The land meets the sky in spectacular fashion during this season.
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Late rains sweep through the usually arid countryside and provide photographers with a unique chance to get shots of the Land of the brave as these powerful, but brief, storms sweep through it.

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Lightning at night near Gobabis.

The temperatures during these months are mild with daytime temperatures rarely exceeding 30 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures seldom dropping so low as to cause discomfort. The wind dies down on the coast, while the southern regions cool off, and in the central parts of the country seasonal rains often refresh the landscape that has been baking in the summer heat. Autumn then is truly a ‘goldilocks’ season in Namibia.

 

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Not too hot, not too cold… Everything is just right in Namibia during autumn!

With all these factors in mind, let’s take a look at some activities that we recommend you try do while visiting Namibia in autumn.

Walking in the desert

Deserts are, as you all know, very hot during the day and extremely cold at night, but the mild autumn temperatures mean that explorers have the perfect opportunity to go out into Namibia’s deserts without having to deal with blisteringly hot days and freezing cold nights. Below are a few operators that offer some of the best guided desert walks in Namibia.

 

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Explore the desert by foot.
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The Living Desert Tour with Tommy’s Tours and Safaris

Tommy has been running tours of the Namib just outside Swakopmund since the 90’s. On Tommy’s Living Desert Tour he takes guests on a journey through the seemingly empty dunes near the bustling coastal town. Focussing on the smallest creatures this tour will highlight the amazing variety of desert-adapted animals that call the Namib home.

 

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Tommy with one of the little critters that live in the harsh desert.
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Tommy not only focuses on the animals that live in the red sands of the dunes but also on the plant life and the landscape itself. His Welwitchia/Moon Land Scape Tour is definitely worth checking out if you have the time to spend the full day trekking around the dunes.

Discover Namibia’s “Little Five” with Living Desert Adventures

Based in Swakopmund Chris Nel’s Living Desert Adventures also takes guests on a tour of the dune belt near Swakopmund. Chris’ focus is on the so-called “Little Five” which includes the Palmato Gecko, the Cartwheeling Spider, and the Shovel-Snouted Lizard, the Sidewinder Snake and the Namaqua Chameleon. If you’re lucky then you may catch a glimpse of all five!

 

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The Palmato Gecko, probably the cutest of the Little Five.
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Exploring the Namib with Tok Tokkie Trails

This is a locally run company that gives guided tours in and around Sossusvlei and the NamibRand Nature Reserve since 1991. Tok Tokkie specialises in putting visitors in touch with the fragile ecosystems of the Namib Desert at once giving guests the opportunity to take in the beautiful surrounds and learn about the need for conservation in these fragile environments.

Check out their itineraries here for a detailed description of the different tours they offer and you can choose which one best suits you.

 

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Get in touch with the Namib and its contrasting surrounds.
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Coastal Fishing

The favourable weather conditions in autumn make for excellent angling opportunities on the coast line of the Land of the Brave. Fishing in Namibia is very highly rated and there is an avid community of fishermen within the country.

The Skeleton Coast in particular is one of the most talked about fishing spots in Southern Africa and people come from all over the world to try catch a few of the ocean’s finest there. The 200km stretch of coastline that is Dorob National Park is completely open to anglers, as long as you have a valid fishing permit.

 

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Coastal fishing on the Skeleton Coast.
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Here is a great guide to fishing in Namibia if you are interested in planning a dedicated fishing trip. While here is a list of fishing safaris ranging from day excursions to multiple night adventures that one can embark upon.

Cycling

Getting on a bicycle and touring around Namibia is a great compromise between driving and walking through the country. You get to cover greater distances than by foot, while still being close to the natural surroundings. There are several companies that run guided cycle tours through out Namibia and cycling pretty much anywhere in Namibia in these mild months is sure to be a worthwhile experience.

  Mountain Bike Namibia

This is a local company that offers shorter six day tours as well as a massive 4-6 week tour that includes the must see locations of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Kaokoland and the Etosha National Park.

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Cycle Namibia specialises in tailor made tours to suit all skill levels and tastes. Have a Look at their website to find out more.

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This internationally run company offers a 17-day cycling safari that is not to be missed.

Hiking 

You should know by now that the weather is your friend during autumn in Namibia. This means it is an excellent time to strap your backpack on and head up some mountain trails. We have chosen two hikes that would be spectacular to do during this time of the year.

 

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Hikers setting off on an adventure.

Fish River Canyon

In the south of Namibia one can go on the epic Fish River Canyon hike. There are various options ranging from day hikes to a mammoth five-day camping hike. You can read more about these hikes here. Note that you are not allowed to hike into the canyon unaccompanied by an official guide as it has been deemed to risky to explore the canyon without an expert.

 

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If you’re into hiking, don’t miss the opportunity to see this canyon.

The Waterberg

The Waterberg in the central northern region provides visitors with somewhat more leisurely hiking options. As opposed to the Fish River Canyon hike explorers can walk around at their own leisure in the Waterberg Plateau Park.

You do not need a guide with you and you can pick up a map of the various trails at the NWR reception at the entrance to the park. Read more about the walking/hiking trails you can explore in the park here.

 

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The trails are clearly marked and easy to follow.

Be advised though, it is never, ever, a good idea to go hiking on your own and you should always take someone with you no matter how simple a trail seems or how well you know the route.

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There it is! Several reasons why you should spend some time in Namibia during autumn. If you don't have plans to come to Namibia already, but want to, then know that if you plan your adventure for this time of year you are sure to have an amazing time.

 

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The autumn sun setting behind a lone windmill.

Where to Stay in Swakopmund

  
  

Choosing where to stay for a few nights can be a daunting task for any traveller. So we have decided to do the hard work for you. We had a look at some of the most highly rated places to stay in Swakopmund and collected them all into one article.

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The iconic Swakopmund jetty.

We have separated them according to four different kinds of accommodation: Self-catering, Bed & Breakfasts, Backpackers and Hotels… So take a look at what we have collected and decide what kind of a place you wwould want to stay at while exploring the famous seaside town and its surrounds.

Self-catering Accommodation in Swakopmund

The Beach Lodge

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The Beach Lodge is unique in Swakopmund in that it is the only pension that is located directly on the seafront. As a result of its location guests at the Beach Lodge are treated to spectacular views of the setting sun over the Atlantic. Each unit in the complex has a massive window so that you can better enjoy the setting sun from the comfort of your unit.

There are four twin rooms and six family rooms with self-catering facilities. There is also a “Luxury Family Room” which offers guests sweeping ocean views from every room in the unit. Making this particular unit ideal for a romantic getaway.

To book, click here.

Atlantik Sicht self-catering apartment

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This apartment is the ideal choice for people travelling in a group of six or less. This single, large apartment is less than 50 metres from the coast and commands impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean.

All three rooms of the apartment are luxuriously appointed and guests will have access to WiFi, a range of satellite television channels and their own private balcony. The main room in the apartment has an en-suite bathroom.

There is also has a tumbledryer, fully equipped kitchen, and a double garage making it the ideal place for you and the family, or a group of friends, to stay for an extended period of time.

To book, click here.

Sea Horse Guesthouse

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A short walk away from the beach the Sea Horse Guesthouse is located in an upmarket neighbourhood of Swakopmund. Its eight units are all self-catering but breakfast can be arranged if you contact the reception the day before you wish to have breakfast prepared for you.

There is only one family unit at the guesthouse so be sure to phone ahead if your party is larger than three. Each unit in the guesthouse has its own unique drawcard, some have sea views, others have balconies while the ground floor units have patios.

So call ahead, find out what is available and decide which unit best suits your tastes and needs. 

To book, click here.

Bed and Breakfasts in Swakopmund

The Brigadoon Boutique B&B

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This charming little B&B offers guests the opportunity to relax in style on the edge of Namibia’s most vibrant town. They offer a selection of double rooms all with private bathrooms and kitchen facilities. There is also a family room for those travellers who are journeying across Namibia in a large group.

Each room has a patio that overlooks the private garden, and it is on this patio that your custom made breakfast will be served to you every morning.

The Brigadoon B&B was awarded a certificate of excellence by Trip Advisor in 2013 so you can trust that your stay here will be enjoyable. 

To book, click here.

The Desert Villa Guesthouse

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The Desert Villa is a unique guesthouse in that it has eight different rooms all decorated in different ways. Each room’s décor is inspired by some of the most famous deserts in the world, an homage to the Namib Desert, which surrounds Swakopmund.

This guesthouse is also unique in that it encourages guests to go out and explore the parts of the town that are not on the seafront. The guesthouse is very close to the Swakop river as well as the dunes just outside the town. So if you are not excited by a beach bound stay in Swakopmund this could be the perfect place for you. Having said that, the guesthouse is still within walking distance of the beach. 

Breakfasts are served to all guests every morning, and dinners are available on request.

To book, click here.

The Namib Guesthouse

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The Namib is a high-end establishment that offers guests the chance to unwind from a busy day’s activities in their serene surroundings. There are single suites, double suites and a two bedroom family suite on offer. There are also luxury suites with a opulent bathtubs and large showers for those guests who desire a little more pampering.

Each room has free and speedy WiFi, as well as a safe to deposit your precious laptop into, so if you need to do a bit of work on the go then you won’t be inconvenienced. Breakfast is included every morning for all guests.

To book, click here.

Backpackers in Swakopmund

Villa Wiese Backpackers Lodge

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Occupying a building that is over 100 years old, this lodge is within walking distance of several restaurants and the beach and is a great place for any backpacker who is looking for accomodation that has a touch of old world history.

Villa Wiese does offer breakfasts on request and the friendly owners will be more than willing to point you in the right direction for finding some local grub in the town for lunch and dinner.

While this backpackers does mainly cater for people looking for single bed dorms, it does also have a few single, double and triple rooms. They also have a sister establishment, the Dunedin Star that specialises in low cost family accommodation.

To book, click here.

Skeleton Beach Backpackers

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This backpackers is a highly rated establishment largely thanks to the friendliness and helpfulness of its staff, in particular its owner Lena. It also helps that it is centrally located in the town and is a short walk from the beach.

There are single bed dorms one can stay in, as well as double rooms. The double rooms include breakfast, but travellers staying in the dorms are welcome to order breakfast as well.

There are also barbecue facilities if you wish to have a cook out under the stars as well as a garden in which guests can relax. There is a communal kitchen, so if you want to self-cater then you can make use of the facilities in the hostel.

***NOTE: You will have to pay for your rooms in cash as the Skeleton Beach backpackers do not have card facilities.***

To book, click here.

The Desert Sky Backpackers

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Just 200 metres from the centre of town this backpackers is ideal for travellers looking to stay close to the hustle and bustle of Namibia’s adventure capital. The focus at the Desert Sky Backpackers is on doing your own thing. It is fully self-catering and there is a large communal garden and two communal kitchens fully equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm.

There are single bed dorms on offer, with eight beds in each room. But where this backpackers distinguishes itself from others is that it also offer a wide range of family-sized and smaller private rooms. Check out their various options here.

To book, click here.

Hotels in Swakopmund

The Seaside Hotel and Spa

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This hotel is literally on the beachfront and it offers guests a chance to relax in the lap of luxury. Not only are the rooms excellently appointed, but guests can also book into the hotel’s famous spa for some added R&R.

There are over 30 sea-facing rooms but these will be snapped up quickly, particularly over the busy period, so be sure to book well in advance if you want to ensure you get an ocean view. There are also six luxury suites available for those of you looking to really treat themselves.

All guests at the hotel have access to the spa’s steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna… All the more reason to extend your stay in Swakopmund!

To book, click here.

The Hansa Hotel

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Placed right in the middle of town, and just three blocks from the beach the Hansa Hotel is the second accommodation option in this article that has loads of old world charm. The hotel has been in operation since 1905 and as such the entire establishment seems to be full of stories.

The façade of the building, and the décor within, are absolutely colonial and stepping into the Hansa Hotel is almost like stepping back in time. But the quality of the service, and the kitchen in particular, are very up to the highest modern standards.

The hotel has five family units, 49 double bed rooms and four suites. The suites are the jewels in the crown of the establishment and offer guests who stay in them an array of additional luxuries.

To book, click here.

Deutches Haus Hotel

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This is a good honest hotel that is consistently praised for its friendly service and good value. It also has a lively bar and a good restaurant that helps lend a jovial and congenial atmosphere to the establishment.

The Deutches Haus Hotel offers guests all the usual amenities that one would expect from a hotel. There are single rooms, double rooms, family rooms as well as luxury single and luxury double rooms.

The hotel also works closely with two tour operators: Desert Explorers and Ocean Adventures. This gives the guests of the hotel an easy to fit a little bit more Swakopmund adventure into their itineraries. Click here for more info.

To book, click here.

Three Airborne Adventures Over Swakopmund, Namibia

  
  

Swakopmund has long been known as an adventure holiday hotspot around the world. There is a range of activities that thrill seekers can indulge themselves in and today we will be focussing on three activities that put you high in the sky over the historic coastal town.  

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There’s a lot of adventure in the skies above Swakopmund.
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Hot Air Ballooning

We start with the most sedate option for would-be sky explorers: The hot air balloon. Hot air balloons have traditionally been one of the best and most relaxing ways to take in a country’s beauty and there are few better ways to appreciate the vast beauty of Swakopmund and its surrounds than from the basket of one of these balloons.

 

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Don’t forget to pack your camera… There will be photo opportunities galore!
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African Adventure Balloons have been operating balloon rides in Swakopmund for many years now. Your flight will begin early in the morning behind the dunes, and as the sun comes up and touches the vast landscape the uniqueness of the Spitzkoppe Mountains, the mystery of the famous Moon Landscape and the beauty of the Naukluft Range will be revealed.

 

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A balloon being prepped for flight.
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There are three different kinds of balloons that are used and all flights have an experienced and knowledgeable staff member that will train and guide all guests on what to expect during their flight over the coastline.

After your flight is complete your pilot will take you for a champagne breakfast where you can relax and let all the sights and sounds of your recent adventure sink in.

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Floating above the dunesyou can get a new perspective on the oldest desert in the world.
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If you want to book a flight with African Adventure Balloons, or if you want to know anything more about their operation, then simply click here for their booking form and contact details.

 

Paragliding

If you want to get your heart pumping a little faster on your airborne adventure over Swakopmund then maybe you should consider trying your hand at paragliding. Currently there are two companies that are running paragliding operations in Swakopmund and they are Element Riders, and Namib Gliding.

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Element Riders currently offer a basic introductory course and training flights to guests. The company is in the process of registering with the civil aviation authority and until this process is complete they cannot offer a full paragliding course to visitors looking to become fully accredited pilots.

 

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Paragliding is both serene and exhilarating.
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For those adventurers who want to learn how to paraglide Element Riders is a good choice. Their course on offer will teach you about the equipment you will use, the weather and terrain of the region and basic safety procedures. The course also includes initial introductory flights on the dunes where you can put into practice all that you have learned.

A video showcasing the Element Riders team in action.
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If you need more information on their paragliding courses, click here for their contact details.

Namib Gliding

Namib Gliding is the most established gliding company in Swakopmund and their chief instructor, Mario Oprandi has over 18 years paragliding experience. They offer half and full day flights around Swakopmund and also provide training courses; no previous experience in paragliding is required and all are welcome to sign up for a course.

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A paraglider coming in hot over the dunes.
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One of the great things about this company is that they offer gliders the opportunity to go on paragliding safaris to destinations such as Sandwich Harbour, Sossusvlei, Dune 7, Henties Bay and Damaraland.

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Paragliding may be the best way to get you where no cars go.
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So if you want to have a scenic flight over Swakopmund, or some of the other amazing parts of Namibia, be sure to contact Namib Gliders here.

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A paraglider circles above Swakopmund.
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Sky Diving

Few activities can match the adrenaline filled rush that skydiving brings, and the skydiving near Swakopmund is no exception. The area is considered by some to be one of the best ‘drop zones’ in the world and thousands of seasoned and beginner divers flock to the small town every year to get the chance to free fall toward the ancient Namib desert.

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There really is no rush quite like skydiving.
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One of the most popular companies taking people up into the skies over Swakopmund is Ground Rush Adventures. It is an extremely well run and professional skydiving organisation with an experienced team of master divers. No chances are taken with your safety and their safety record in there nearly 20 years of existence is impeccable.

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Trusting your partner is important when jumping out of a plane.
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Ground Rush Adventures offer tandem dives, accelerated free-falls and static line jumps. Check out this link for a full description of the various options they offer. The company operates every single day of the year and will be happy to take you up as long as the weather permits. There are also several courses, and these are perfect for the novice or beginner skydiver.

If you have any other questions or queries about skydiving in Swakopmund then feel free to contact the team here.

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Take the plunge over the dunes of the Namib!
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Five Things to do in Downtown Swakopmund

  
  

Swakopmund is known as Namibia's adventure tourism capital - but in between surfing down sand dunes, kayaking with seals and quad biking across the coastal desert, it's worth taking a day to explore some of the town's more urban pleasures. Here's five of our favourite:

1. National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

National Aquarium of Namibia, Swakopmund

Main tank at the aquarium, where sharks swim above your head

The newly-renovated attraction showcases the marine species that thrive in the South Atlantic's chilly Benguela Current. The centrepiece is a large aquarium filled with fish and sharks, and the walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to get scarily close to these fearsome creatures.

Colourful panels give information about Namibia's fishing industry and local species such as Cape fur seals. There is a tank containing rays, and at 3pm each day the fish are fed. Try and visit on a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday - and you'll see divers in the large aquarium feeding the sharks by hand!

  • Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

  • Closed: Mondays, Christmas day and New Year's day

  • Feeding: Daily at 3pm

  • Feeding by divers: Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

2. Living Desert Snake Park

Though feared by many, snakes are actually surprisingly hard to spot in Namibia. So it'll be a relief for serpent fans to know that many of Namibia's native species can be seen - and photographed - in Swakopmund, at the Living Desert Snake Park. This compact reptile house has aquariums containing numerous venomous and non-venomous snakes, as well as geckos, scorpions, and even a couple of huge monitor lizards. Stuart Hebbard, who founded the Snake Park almost two decades ago, is happy to chat about the various species he cares for, and visitors can see the snakes being fed each Saturday.

Hebbard hopes to move the Snake Park to a new, larger location this year, including a walk-in cage allowing guests to get up close to the safer species! Watch this space for more information.

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Western diamond-backed rattlesnake at Swakopmund's Living Desert Snake Park

  • Open: Daily from 9am-5pm

3. Swakopmund Museum

This museum, founded in 1951, has some of the most in-depth exhibits about Namibia's flora, fauna, geology, archaeology culture and modern history - all under one roof. The wildlife room exhibits stuffed specied which are almost impossible to see on safari - such as the aardvark and golden mole. Fossils and meteorites are on show in the geology department,and Namibia's many diverse ecosystems are explained in the botanical department.

Ancient culture is explored in the archaeology room, with well-preserved pots and centuries-old jewellery. Contrast this with the exhibits exploring Namibia's contemporary culture - with body decorations, weaving and clothing from the Himba, San and other communities.

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Himba cosmetic boxes on display at Swakopmund Museum

  • Open: Daily from 10am-5pm

  • Entry: Adults: N$ 25, Students N$20, Children (aged 6-15) N$10

4. Karakulia Weavers

Take a trip to this workshop on the outskirts of town to see the wool of the karakul sheep being spun, dyed and woven into intricately patterned wall hangings and rugs. The talent of the weavers is astounding - as they create patterned abstracts resembling Namibia's dunes, African rock art designs or wildlife scenes on the huge hand-operated looms.

The workshop was founded in 1979, and it has now developed an international reputation. The craftspeople can make custom designs to order, and if you don't have space in your suitcase for a full-sezed rug, they will reliably ship your purchase safely to your home.

Karakulia's staff benefit from training, employment and adult education sessions.

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A skilled weaver works on a rug design at Karakulia

  • Address: 2 Rakatoa St (nort-east of the town centre)

  • Email: info@karakulia.com.na

5. Kristall Galerie

A unique way to spend your time in Namibia - at a crystal gallery. With exhibits to please the young and not-so young, Kristall Galerie houses the world's largest crystal cluster, estimated to be 520 million years old! Standing 3 metres tall, it took five years to excavate from the Namibian earth. The gallery also has a scratch pit - where you can sift for semi precious stones - and a replica of a mine.

Those looking for souvenirs will love the Gem Shop - selling rough gemstones as well as unique jewellery and carved artworks. Visit the Craft Area to see these pieces being created.

Kristall Galerie, Swakopmund

The replica cave. Image from Kristall Galerie's Flickr page.

  • Open: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-1pm

  • Address: Corner of Tobias Hainyeko and Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue

     

More Information:

Find the perfect place to stay in Swakopmund with our accommodations guide.

Get some ideas about more adventurous exploits in the region - download our Adventure Travel Planning Guide.

Discover other cities and towns in Namibia.

The Sundowner: Six Top Spots to Toast the Sunset

  
  

Life on safari can be chaotic - the 5am wake-up calls; being held up by an elephant plodding in front of your vehicle; travelling to the rhythm of wildlife and weather, rather than the hands of your watch. But there is one thing that remains constant: the welcome, refreshing cocktail every day at dusk. Have a drink as the sun goes down and celebrate all that you have achieved during your day in paradise.

The sundowner can take many forms: a poolside glass of Champagne, gin from a makeshift folding table bar in the middle of the desert, a cold Windhoek Lager popped from an ice chest on the dunes. All are memorable and magical. Here we share some of our favourite sundowner experiences across the country - six places we'd love to be at 6pm each day!

Mowani Lodge

Mowani Lodge Sundowner

Feel like a Flintstone! Sit atop a huge rock and gaze across a boulder-strewn valley as the sun stains the stones a vivid red. Mowani Lodge, located conveniently close to the rock art of Twyfelfontein, offers one of Namibia's most dramatic spots for a sundowner. Lounge on the logs and floor cushions facing the valley, while staff from the boulder-top bar serve you your tipple of choice, and gaze out across the scarlet scenery as the sun sinks behind the distant mountains.

  • Find out more about Mowani Lodge here.

Etosha National Park

Etosha sunset

Wildlife congregates around Etosha's many waterholes as the sun dips and the temperature follows. As the animals quench their thirst after a hot day by the Etosha pan - so can you, from the comfort of your own private deck or lodge bar. Accommodations within the park overlook the waterholes for a truly immersive Africa experience - abundant in elephant, giraffe and various antelope species - but also rhino, lion and jackal. Sit back and watch the wildlife documentary play out in front of you in 3D!

Swakopmund

Swakopmund Sunset

Swakopmund sunset. Photo by coda

The sound of the sea is always soothing - and never more so than after a day spent in some of the world's driest dunes! Fortunately, Swakopmund offers various sea-view locations for your sundowner. Oyster fans will love the Jetty 1905 Restaurant at the end of the pier, or have a sunset dinner at 22 Degrees South, at the foot of the lighthouse. Tiger Reef Bar is right on the beach, and will appeal to party animals. Alternatively, just buy a couple of cold beers and sit yourself down on the sand. Blanket recommended!

Namib Desert

Namib Desert sunset

Watching the Namib Desert at dusk is like stepping into the sunset itself. The sand glows red, the sun-singed grass a luminous blue, the sky is washed with pink and the fairy circles are golden as they catch the dying rays. Mountains loom purple as the moon rises. Sip Namibian wine or South African Amarula and soak up the silence of the rainbow-coloured desert. Once the sun has vanished, don't rush back to your cabin - as that the Namib is one of the best places in the world for stargazing!

Damaraland

Daamraland Sundowner

Damaraland is one of Namibia's bleakest and most haunting regions. Trek out with your guide into the barren, rock-strewn desert, learning about the fauna and flora that miraculously survives in this vast wilderness. As the sun begins to sink, forms appear on the horizon - lodge staff, with chilled drinks and biltong to revive the happy hikers before the trek back to the lodge for dinner. This is one of Namibia's most isolated sundowner spots.

Hilton Skybar, Windhoek

Hilton Windhoek

Windhoek at sunset

All this talk of desert, rocks and emptiness may not appeal to everyone - so when in Windhoek, be sure to stop by its tallest building for a drink on the rooftop bar. The Windhoek Hilton is located downtown and served cocktails every day at dusk - surrounded by a lively crowd, swimming pool and views across Namibia's capital city.

More great sunset photos from our friends

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Sunrise over the Zambezi, Katima Mulilo from Robert @Rob_JB

 

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Sundowner view, Avis Dam, Windhoek from Swa Safaris

 

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Chobe River sunset from Matt @Landlopers

 

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Etosha skies from Vicki @LaNomadita

 

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