First and only visit to Nambia, I need some advise


Aug 24th, 2004, 01:01 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 253
First and only visit to Nambia, I need some advise

I would like to visit Sossusvlei in Namibia. I am looking at a package from Windhoek to Sossusvlei and back to Windhoek. Unfortunately, the package doesn't go go Swapkomund. I know that there isn't much in Windhoek, am I missing anything if I do not visit Swapkomund? Any tips for visisting Nmaibia would be appreciated. Thanks.
germanblonde is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 24th, 2004, 01:38 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,916
I visited Sossosvlei and didn't visit Swakopmund, but it depends on your personal interests.

The highlight in Namibia for me was Etosha National Park, and if you are at all interested in a safari, you should consider Etosha.
thit_cho is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 814
the top 3 "must sees" in Namibia are generally considered to be:
Etosha National Park
Skeleton Coast

You really should see is unique, and there are a variety of options and accomodations available. It is a national park (vehicles must stay on the road) but because all the animals MUST use the waterholes, you are assured of good gameviewing and photographs.

Sossusvlei is extraordinary, and sounds like you are planning that.

Skeleton Coast is amazing, but difficult to get to, and expensive (because there is only 1 Wilderness Safaris camp in the park, and there are some other fly-in mobile camp options, also expensive. Minimum time for a trip is 4 days/3nights, but 5days/4 nights is better.

Swakopmund is a nice little town on the coast, and their are alot of activities/ sports to enjoy there, BUT it is not a "must-see" kind of place. (I skipped it on my trip so I could do Etosha and Skeleton Coast, so I just saw it when our charter flight flew over then stopped at the airport for a while). Nice if you have the extra time but nothing to worry about missing if you can't do it...
tashak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 24th, 2004, 11:03 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 43
Hi, I'm American but live in Namibia and personally I think it would be a pity to miss Swakop, especially if you're German. The area of Swakopmund/Walvis Bay is surrounded by desert & huge sand dunes and then all of a sudden you have this very charming colonial German town in the middle of it next to the sea. There is a lot of beautiful German architecture, German bakeries, restaurants and of course many german speaking people. It is really a unique little town. Not to mention it has the best shopping in the country if you're looking for nice (not kitsch) souvenirs.

The area of Swakop/Long Beach is know for adventure tours & sports such as dolphin & seal tours, quad biking in the dunes, 4x4 trips into the desert, parachuting, fishing (at sea and from the beach), you can do some beautiful scenic flights from Swakop (ie up/down the Skeleton Coast, to Kolmanskop, Sossusvlei, etc), hot air balloon rides, beach buggy rides...the list is really quite long.

If you're traveling on your own and on a budget but would like to go with a group, I suggest you contact Crazy Kudu Safaris or Wild Dog Safaris.
Oipuka is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:29 PM.