Scheduled Tour | 3 nights / 4 days |
Day 1: Erongo Mountains
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Windhoek between 07h30 and 08h30. We depart Windhoek and drive via Okahandja (where we stop over at the Kavango Woodcarver’s markets) into the fascinating Erongo, driving along the magically beautiful mountain range. Upon arriving at our accommodation the rest of the day is at leisure. The lodge offers sundowner nature drives which give you a chance to see the rich diversity of wildlife and bird species as well as some rockpaintings of the San. Nature drives will be at your own account.
Days 2: Swakopmund
After breakfast we will depart via 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. After the city tour we will chose one of the restaurants to enjoy some delicious seafood (Other meal types are available for those who don’t enjoy seafood.) before heading back to our accommodation.
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.
Day 3: Swakopmund and surrounding area
Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area on your own or your guide can take you to one of the many beaches around Swakopmund or alternatively, we suggest the following activities (at own expense):
- Quad Biking in the dunes
- Sand Boarding in the dunes or simply testing your endurance by climbing the Dune 7
- Dolphin & Seal Boat Cruise in Walvis which can be combined with a tour to the beautiful Sandwich Harbour
- A 4 – 5 hour tour through the desert, searching for the “Little Five” and other small animals that have adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the desert.
- Sundowner flights along the coast line
Activities can be pre-booked. Prices on request!
Day 4: Depart
Sadly the day of departure has come. Your guide will take you via Usakos, Karibib and Okahandja back to Windhoek. In Okahandja you can (with a bit of luck) see Hereoes walking around in their traditional clothes.
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 – Erongo Mountains – Swakopmund
Departs once a week
PRICE ON REQUEST
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 02 x overnight including breakfast
- 01 x overnight including 3 meals
- English speaking tourguide
- Tour vehicle and fuel
Entrance fees included:
- Additional meals, activities or entrance fees & permits
- Personal expenses (phone calls, drinks, tips etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- International flights