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Exploring Windhoek with Rachel Lang

  
  

A few months ago travel writer Rachel Lang was part of our Go Big Namibia team who spent a few weeks exploring Namibia. On her tour Rachel spent some time in Windhoek and in this special guest post she shares her experiences and offers some suggestions for travellers visiting the big city for the first time. So read on, and follow the links at the bottom of this post for even more travel tips.

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Windhoek.

-Cruising through colourful Katutura-

by Rachel Lang

I’m usually not a big fan of bustling through cities, so it came as a surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed a morning of doing just that in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek.

I was with a great bunch of people (which makes all the difference, doesn’t it?), and together we whizzed around discovering a vibrant blend of old and new – long-standing colonial churches built by early German settlers stand amongst stark modern-day infrastructure. Windhoek is safe to explore on foot, and, if you know where to go, you’re in for a delightful cultural and culinary adventure! My favourite part of the city was (without a doubt) the bright and colourful township of Katutura.

When the first World War ended, Namibia (then South West Africa) was passed from German colonial rule to South African governance (under the League of Nations Mandate). Sadly, South Africa imposed their system of apartheid, forcibly dividing Windhoek into areas inhabited according to race and ethnic groups. Katutura Township was the area allocated to “blacks” and remains home to 65% of Windhoek’s population.

I recommend taking a slow drive along Katutura’s legendary Evaline Street (‘the street that never sleeps’) – a Joseph’s techni-coloured-coat of houses, shebeens, hair-dresses, friendly car-washes and enthusiastic entrepreneurs.

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Photo by Rachel Lang

We stopped to investigate the extremely popular meat market at Single Quarters. This is not a place for faint-hearted vegetarians! If that’s you, be warned!! (luckily I’m not). If you’re brave enough, you can join the locals by tucking into some famous Kaplan (braaied) meat, or, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, try a mopane worm. I couldn’t help noticing that it’s also a hunting ground for young single locals – especially teenage girls who do little to hide their ogling over the braaing men, who are, of course, only too happy to show off their meat-chopping muscles. But no judgement here – I’m a huge fan of Masterchef Australia, and this obviously has nothing to do with toned surfers in aprons! The market is also a popular date venue for local couples. If it were me, I’d definiatley prefer somewhere more romantic! What do you think?

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Photo by Rachel Lang

We then headed to the ‘Soweto Market’ where I did the real touristy thing (why not), and got a few braids put in my hair by a lovely hairdresser called Maria. The speed at which she worked was a spectacle in itself – intricate, perfect little plaits were done in no time at all.

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Photo by Rachel Lang

If you would like to do a tour of Windhoek with a guide (I would recommend this) here are some options:

2 hour double-decker bus city tour: 2 hours (two tours run daily, must book at least an hour ahead)

  • Tel: +264 61 275 300 | Fax: +264 61 263 417

Four hour private tour with local guide in air-conditioned vehicle:

  • Email – tours@discover-namibia-safari.net / Tel : +264 (0) 81 364 5069

This tour was made possible thanks to Africa Geographic and the Nambian Tourism Board, as part of the Go Big Namibia campaign.

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Rachel Lang, in her own words...

I'm Rach – a freelance writer, blogger and environmental educationist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Born into a family of wildlife lovers, I spent my childhood immersed in nature and developed a love for wild places that has continued to grow for 26 years.

My blog, Bush-bound Girl, is a collection of family stories, travels, interviews, poems, and inspiring guest posts; all written on an adventure to discover Africa's wild side. Follow my journey on my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.

If you would like to work with me, or share your own stories, send me an email.

Riding Across Namibia: An Interview with Motorcyclist Tyler Hare

  
  

We got the chance to interview Africa Motorcycle Tours' Tyler Hares about his experiences when he rode across Namibia on a motorcycle. Tyler is about to embark upon his second trip through the Namibia and we found why he was coming back to the Land of the Brave.

*All images in this post are courtesy of Tyler Hare unless otherwise noted.

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Choose your own adventure!
(Image source Motorcycle Tour South Africa)

First up, could you explain to our readers who you are, where are you from and what kind of motorcycling have you done through Namibia?

My name is Tyler Hare and I am an American who explored Southern Africa’s explored paved and unpaved scenic byways on an adventure motorcycle.  I entered Namibia at the Caprivi Strip when leaving Zambia after visiting Victoria Falls on an 11,000 km loop through seven countries.

Riding through Namibia was a highlight of my trip that has led to a two-year quest to return and explore the country’s potential.  I am returning to Africa in a few months to see everything I missed. I will be spending a lot of time in Namibia and will be updating my exploration on my personal travel blog.

 CAPIRCORN

The Tropic of Capricorn

You have written that your first trip to Namibia was largely unplanned. Tell us a bit about this- would you do it the same if you could do it over again?

Largely unplanned is an understatement, I virtually knew nothing of Africa before landing in Cape Town a month prior and did very little research. I was following a rough outline of where to ride suggested to me by owner of the company where I rented my bike.

DEADVLEI

Looking at the Dead Vlei in Sossusvlei.

Whilst waiting to check into a hostel in Windhoek I had a change of heart after looking through some tour brochures and decided to lengthen my trip instead of returning the bike in a few days as originally scheduled. I realized I was so close to the deserted Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei with its deep red sands as well as the iconic lunar landscape near the Dead Vlei. How could I pos­sibly miss all that.

POINTROAD

The Skeleton Coast.

From a biker’s perspective I was foolishly underprepared in my exploration of Namibia. I am thankful now, though, to be given an opportunity to approach things differently on my next trip.  I would not change a thing as good luck was with me on my journey but may recommend a different course of action to other riders. 

Given that you didn’t completely plan your trip down to every last detail the first time you biked across Namibia, would you say that other first-timers should following your footsteps or find a guide to help them out?

I had fallen in love with the excitement and uncertainty each day brought.  Wrong turns were solved by friendly locals; tales of routes that shadow mine were shared on roadside shoulders with other bikers; and tips on accommodation or where to ride to next were given by many of the locals  I came across. These kinds of experiences can still be had on a trip with better planning and I encourage your readers to be prepared.

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Looking over the edge of the Fish River Canyon.

Namibia is a vast gorgeous country with so much biodiversity and if you only have once chance to visit it I suggest you plan your time wisely and prepare properly.  Read ride reports, find out what the country has to offer your interests and then seek a scenic route to link those locations together.

There are lots of options available in Namibia for motorcyclists and it makes the decision to just get out there and go easier. A planned tour is an excellent choice, a ride with friends would be a dream, but if these options are not available it is better to do it by your self than not at all.

What are the three most important pieces of advice you give to someone who is setting out on their first motorcycling trip through Namibia?

    1. Fresh Tires.

    Just over 10% of the roads are paved which makes it a dual-sport motorcyclist paradise, but with that comes the risk of wear and tear on the bike where the rubber meets the road. 

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      Wide open Namibia.

        2. Bring goggles!

        Sunglasses won’t cut it so my advice is bring a helmet that allows goggles to be worn under the visor.

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          Proper equipment can make all the difference. 

            3. Take the time to enjoy it. 

            The roads, even the unpaved ones, are impressively maintained which may allow for higher speeds.  Don’t be tempted to ride any faster than is necessary and be sure to pull over and sit to enjoy the seclusion offered in one of the least densely populated countries in the world.

              HATTER

              Entertaining myself, never miss a photo opportunity.

              Let’s talk gear… First, what kind of motorbike is best suited to riding through Namibia? Also, are there any specialty pieces of gear that you recommend bringing to Namibia that other riders might not think to bring? 

              The best type of motorcycle is a properly maintained one. While I have a love for the desolation, the desert offers it is not necessary to ride strictly off road. There is so much to see along the major highways from the Orange River in the south to the Etosha Pan in the north. 

              A massive adventure bike may not be the best option if you are riding unpaved highways as a smaller bike tends to be more nimble, easier to handle on sandy roads.

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              Finding an abandoned treasure in the Namib desert.

              Bring a well-ventilated riding suit if the outfitter you rent from is unable to supply you with one for your trip. The climate changes quite a bit from the coast to the interior and you will want to change with it to avoid overheating or dehydration.  Ensure your suit is armored and you ride in boots with good ankle support.  An injury is what I considered my most serious threat while riding through southern Africa.

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              Good advice given by the department of transportation while in South Africa.

              You have been through places like the Skeleton Coast, the Namib Nakluft, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon… What was your most memorable area to ride through in Namibia?

              This is a tough one, but the most memorable area to ride through, for me, was the Namib Nakluft on my way to Sossusvlei purely based on the sheer openness the road offered.

              But one of the most memorable moments on my trip was my stay in the Okavango Delta headwaters. I rented an en suite tree-house over the river where wild crocodiles and hippos swam freely beneath.

              TREE HOUSE

              My ensuite tree house.

              While I showered with river water in open view along the banks Cape buffalo would graze across from me in the Bwabwata National Park. The highlight of this stay was swimming in a giant floating cage protected from the rivers predators.

              CAGE

              Floating caged pool in the Okovango head waters in the Caprivi.

              Budget is an important factor when planning trips through southern Africa- it can get expensive really quickly- do you think people can still do a motorcycling trip through Namibia on a medium budget as you did in 2012?

              Adventure is always possible. Expeditions do not have to be done on a grand scale, with a personal bike, a seemingly limit­less budget and planned down to the tiniest detail. My life was changed in several short weeks with no direction, a rental bike, and a middle-class budget.

              DESINN

              The desert camp outside sesereim.

              When travelling by motorcycle you have a different set of priorities. If possible bring or secure camping equipment and take advantage of the isolation the desert offers with its unmatched views of the night. Hostels are often overlooked but as a rider you really only need secure parking for your bike and a place to shower. I chose hostels for accommodations on days that weren’t deemed needed for recovery, you will often find that B&B’s have more character as well as lower rates than chain hotels. ***Click here for a list of unique hostels and B&B's in Namibia***

              What makes motorcycling through Namibia unique when compared to its southern African neighbours?

              The vastness of the desert has an ability to make you feel small and insignificant, especially after hours of travel with seeing very few people, you truly do feel lost in a great big world. The isolation, the chance to be alone with your thoughts and experience a place few will ever see makes riding through Namibia even more special.

              ALONE 

              Alone with my thoughts in the Namib.

              My personal view on adventure is that I develop a more profound admiration of places I visit when I have no expectations.  The amazement I found in Namibia’s natural beauty came as a complete surprise. The scenery changes from lush and tropical in the Kavango-Caprivi to dry and desolate in the Namib Naukluft.

              Are there any tour guides or Motorcycle tour operators in Namibia that you can recommend?

              Paul Shaw is an accomplished rider who has left very little of Namibia unexplored and he offers a magazine for free on his site. Their 2013 “Cape to Etosha Route Biker” magazine is a 96 page guide filled with maps and route choices, photo galleries, and anything else you can imagine which can be downloaded for free on their page.

              SKELECOAST

              Riding the skeleton coast.

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              Tyler Hare, in his own words...

              With 6 of the 7 continents visited and only 25 countries under my belt I have recently resigned from my job to continue seeing what the world offers over the next horizon.  Living a new life as a digital nomad I will be able to expand more on the travels I have done and the misadventures still to be attempted.   

              Tyler can be reached for motorcycle tours of South Africa on his webpage or follow him on his personal blog where he frequently shares insights on travel, motorcycling, and paragliding.

              Follow Tyler on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

               

              Interested in motorcycling or driving around Namibia?
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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.
              (Image via Tok Tokkie Trails)

              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.
              (Image via Tok Tokkie Trails)

              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.
              (Image by Wendy Kaveney)

              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.
              (Image via Living Desert Adventures)

              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.
              (Image via Tok Tokkie Trails)

              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.
              (Image via Planet Sea Fishing)

              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

              Beach Lodge

              Image via The Beach Lodge

              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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              Image via Cornerstone Guesthouse

              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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              Image via Hotels.com

              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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              Image via Brigadoon.

              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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              Image via Desert Villa Guesthouse

              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

              Namib Guesthouse

              Image via Namib Guesthouse

              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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              Image via Booking.com.

              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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              Image via Tourist Link

              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

              Desert sky

              Image via Desert Sky Backpackers

              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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              Image via Seaside Hotel and Spa.

              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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              Image via Hansa Hotel.

              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

              DHH

              Image via Deutches Haus Hotel.

              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.

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