Friday, October 11, 2013

Welwitschia Self Drive Namibia


This 3 day self-drive excursion from Windhoek to Swakopmund is the ideal get-away for those living or working in the city who wish to visit the coast for a few days. Swakopmund surrounded by either sea or land. Both the desert and the sea offers adventure and relaxation

Day 1:  Windhoek - Swakopmund - The main route from Windhoek to Swakopmund is around 350km's and takes around three and a half hours on a good tarred road. There are two other, more scenic routes, through the Khomas Hochland Mountains - either using the Bosua or Gamsberg Passes but both of these take considerably longer (around 7 hours) as they use windy gravel roads. If you are in no particular rush to get to Swakopmund using one of these routes is a pleasant, if somewhat dusty, experience.
On arrival in Swakopmund check into your accommodation before heading out for a drink, dinner and a night on the town. Meals: None 
Day 2:  Swakopmund - This morning you get the chance to try your hand at 'lie-down' sandboarding on the Namib Desert dunes. Sand boarding is a lot like snowboarding except for the obvious substitution of sand for snow. 
Sand Boarding
After your morning in the dunes it is time to dust yourself off and head into Swakopmund for a quick look around. Being a very German style of town an excellent lager is never hard to find - and food ranges from Bratwurst to excellent local seafood. This package does not include any activities this afternoon, but for the active their are a host of possibilities to choose from ranging from quadbiking to scenic flights, these can be pre-arranged when you book this itinerary or left for you to arrange on arrival is Swakopmund.
Another excellent option for this afternoon is to head out into the desert on the Welwitschia drive - you do require a permit which can be obtained from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism offices in Swakopmund. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Snack
Day 3:  Swakopmund - Windhoek
After breakfast you will need to drive the 30km's from Swakop to Walvis Bay as you will be joining a dolphin cruise on the Walvis Lagoon.
Dolphine Cruise
While enjoying sparkling wine & oysters you are likely to be joined by Cape Fur Seals, Heavyside Dolphins and a cornucopia of marine & bird life. After the cruise it is time for lunch and then the drive back to Windhoek.
Meals: Breakfast

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