Scheduled Tour | 6 nights / 7 days |
Day 1: Swakopmund
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Windhoek between 07h30 and 08h30. Departing from Windhoek, we will drive via Okahandja, Karibib and Usakos to Swakopmund. We will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check in at the guesthouse. You will have some time to relax before we depart on foot for our city tour. This will give us the opportunity to take some amazing pictures of both nature and architecture.
Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Lüderitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days. On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyena erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. The first settlers were 120 Schutztruppe with equipment and 40 settlers who offloaded from the Marie Woermann using four landing boats. The settlers had to build caves on the beach to protect themselves against hostile weather.
Before a breakwater was built in 1898, which later became known as the Mole, all offloading was done with special boats The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was in 1914 replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel. It is one of the best preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the world.
The appearance of the town, with its 47 500 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library and an art gallery. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer.
Days 2: Brandberg
After breakfast we depart Swakopmund and continue via Uis to the Brandberg region. After Check-in, the rest of the afternoon can be created according to the guests wishes. It can either be used to relax or to explore the area. Time and weather permitting we can hike to the White Lady in the afternoon (at an additional cost). In the evening we will enjoy a hearty dinner before going to sleep.
Days 3 & 4: Twyfelfontein and surrounds
Departing the Brandberg we drive to a lodge near Twyfelfontein. After check-in we will visit the Twyfelfontein. Twyfelfontein is a rare example of Bushmen engravings and paintings occurring at the same site. This wonderful archaeological site offers more than 2,500 engravings as well as various paintings, and is probably the finest example of rock engravings in Southern Africa. The second day will be used to explore the area together with your tour guide.
Day 5: Cape Cross
Today we continue to along the coast to our accommodation near Cape Cross, north of Henties Bay. After check in at the lodge, your guide will take you to Cape Cross, where you will visit the seal colony. Cape Cross eco daytrip offers an exclusive sightseeing of this isolated mountainous area of Namibia. The trip caters for those with particular interest in photography, geology, history, geography, desert fauna and the curious desert succulent flora (activity at own expense).
Day 6: Swakopmund
We depart the area and continue along the coast to Swakopmund. Upon arrival you will have some time to settle in. Thereafter we will visit the Welwichia Plains, as well as the moon landscape. The rest of the day is at leisure and can be used to either relax on the beach or more sightseeing. Swakopmund also offers a variety of great restaurants with some delicious seafood. Together with your guide you will chose a restaurant that best suits your ambient and food preferences.
Day 7: Depart
After a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you to the Swakopmund Airport in time for your flight back to Windhoek. The tour ends here.
Vehicle: 4×4 Double Cab / Minibus
Minimum participants: 2 / Maximum participants: 6
Please note: This tour is also bookable for closed groups from 4 guests onwards on any date.
Windhoek – Swakopmund – Brandberg – Twyfelfontein surrounds – Cape Cross – Swakopmund
Departs once a week
PRICE ON REQUEST
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 06 x overnight including 3 meals
- English speaking tourguide
- Tour vehicle and fuel
Entrance fees included:
- Cape Cross
- Additional meals, activities or entrance fees & permits
- Personal expenses (phone calls, drinks, tips etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- International flights