Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund

These are the 3 main towns that we visited in Namibia. Windhoek is the capital and about 120km inland from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, which are both on the coast. Walvis Bay is the largest port in Namibia whereas Swakopmund is the main holiday resort.


Visited Windhoek a bit earlier than we'd intended, having decided to buy new off-road tyres.  We stopped at the Arabbusch Travel Lodge just south of the city (hotel, chalets and conference centre as well as a campsite) and after putting the tent up drove into the city.  Kev picked Tiger Tyres which, according to a guy having his car done, was the best place to choose (he originally lived in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal so recognised our number plate).  We’ve kept the 2 tyres we bought a month or so ago (on the way back from the Kruger) as we’ll be able to use them when we’re back in Richmond and mostly driving on tar roads.  One is now the spare wheel and the other is on the roof rack.  The new tyres on the truck look much more robust than the previous ones.


Having sorted the tyres we were able to spend the next day exploring Windhoek.  This is the Christus Church, very attractive on the outside but, unfortunately, only open from 2pm. 


Later we visited the Alte Feste which was the original fort built by the Germans and now a museum.  It was very interesting, particularly the section about the struggle for the ‘birth’ of Namibia (which finally occurred in 1989) and also information about Rock Art in the region.

After lunch we had a look around the transport museum. A very well put together display housed on the first floor of the railway station.

We stopped for 2 nights at Melrose Game Lodge, only about 60km south-west of Windhoek. Very peaceful after a couple of nights near a main road.


Walvis Bay

As we got closer to Walvis Bay so the amount of vegetation decreased until we were driving through the desert.

One of the reasons I wanted to stay overnight in Walvis was to visit the huge lagoon and see the flamingoes and pelicans - we already knew that there wasn't anything to see in the town itself as we'd spent a day here back in May on our way to St Helena.

We ended up having 4 nights in Walvis (we'd intended staying only 2) as we had some stuff stolen from our chalet - we'd decided against camping because it was so much colder and windier on the coast. We'd shut, but probably not locked, the chalet door and our computer, camera and my handbag (with cash and credit cards) had been taken. However we were incredibly lucky as the security guards at the camp had seen and followed 3 guys acting suspiciously and eventually everything except my cell (mobile) phone was recovered - even the N$3000 that had been in my purse.

Salt mountains near the lagoon.

There were a few pelicans around.

Several large jellyfish got washed up on the shore.

A friendly cormorant.

Nearly all the photos that we took at Walvis Bay were on one sunny afternoon as the rest of the time the weather wasn't very good. Most mornings started misty and then cleared up, later the COLD sea breeze would start up and continue all afternoon.

Kitesurfers were out during a couple of the afternoons - ideal conditions as the tide was in and there was certainly plenty of wind.



It's 35km from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund with sand dunes all the way.

The town is much more attractive than Walvis Bay with plenty of tourist shops, museums and some excellent restaurants.

We spent a couple of hours in a museum which had lots of interesting displays.

Although in the desert both Walvis Bay and Swokopmund have plenty of (well watered) grass, tree lined avenues and garden areas.

1. Namib-Naukluft National Park - south
2. Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swapokmund
3. Namib-Naucluft National Park - north
4. Skeleton Coast
5. Southern Damaraland
6. Northern Damaraland
7. Kaokoland
8. Etosha National Park
9. Waterberg
10. Caprivi
11. back to Richmond via Botswana
Diary (Word '97 document)

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