Why Nambia Is Worth Adding To You Bucketlist
What Exactly does Namibia have, Anyway?
Our Swakopmund Itinerary Plans
When you arrive in Swapo you would think you had been tricked by your airline as it looks like you had been dropped in a small German Town. Founded in 1892, and not shocking, considering Namibia was colonised by the Germans so you find many people here also speak German in addition to many of the African Languages from the migration of people in and around surrounding regions.
Namibia was in the hands of South Africa when it was captured from Germany during WWI, so was very much linked to South Africa’s history of Apartheid and only got independence in 1990. Do not let that stop you from visiting the beauty that lies waiting for your gaze.Getting there and getting around: The town is fairly small so you can get around by walking while you are there.
There is a train that comes through from Windhoek. Although, I think you are better off getting a car so that you have the freedom of movement as well as the freedom to explore the dunes, nearing towns which are not really served well by public transportation.
Where to stay To Stay In Swakopmund
There are a few hostels and hotels in the main town but we opted to stay at Gecko Ridge Lodge about 15km away from town. I will be posting about that in posts to come. There are places with varying budgets but as Western currency will get you very far in Namibia you can stay comfortably without concerning your bank managers. For a full list of accommodation options in Swakopmund, here is a list of hotels in Swakopmund.
With friendly town folk, cute cafes and galleries, beautiful landscapes from where you can watch the sunsets and watch the stars litter the pitch black skies and twinkle like diamonds. Why on earth would anyone wait to get on the plane to visit?
Note on Car Rental: Make sure you have all your paperwork, if traveling with rental cars between country borders as you may not be allowed to leave the country with the car. So be sure to mention to your rental shops if traveling between borders to provide inter-board paperwork which comes with an additional cost. Also, note that most of the rentals don’t have that many branches so you don’t have manydrop off points. We were lucky that we traveled with my brother from Botswana to Namibia and when we flew out from Namibia my brother drove the car back to Botswana with him and returned it to the rental shop on our behave.