SSam's Giardino is an owner-run guesthouse in Swakopmund. They offer a warm welcome, tasty food and comfortable rooms not too far from the town centre. Sam provides a casually-relaxed ambiance of a high standard for those who wish to stay in a friendly, cheerful, unconventional hotel for their Namibian holiday. A large proportion of the staff are women from the nearby township. They add to the character of Sam's with their helpful and very professional approach much appreciated by guests.
The Enoteca Restaurant serves Bistro-style catering for breakfast, coffee and dinner in the enchanting Grotto. A 5-course gourmet dinner is served daily, alternating days with fish and meat complemented with a superb selection of South African wines.
There is plenty of information about Swakopmund and Namibia in general at Sam's Giardino, not to mention other interesting reading and video material. The cozy couches under a wooden canopy, make it a perfect retreat for reading or having a quiet chat. Guests can mingle and catch up on all of their travel stories and adventure with a cup of complementary tea and coffee. Ward off those cold winter nights around a cozy fire-place. The Gallery Lounge is where Sam's guests watch all the latest world news via the satellite news channel.
Sam's provide a selection of accommodation:
Double Room: The Double Room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with dual shower-heads per bathroom, 2m long beds with down-feather duvets and bed-side lamps. In-room safe, Wi-Fi, International power outlets and a small lounge are standard.
King-Size Room: This room has a larger bed and is located in a Double Room with similar facilities.
Twin Room: The 5 Twin Rooms have twin beds and similar facilities to the Double Room. Located on upper and lower floors, downstairs rooms can be converted to a triple.
Family Room: The Family Room provides for a maximum of 4 regardless of age. Located on the upper floor of the main building access is through a private staircase. Sleep in 2 single beds (twin) and a double bed. Add a baby cot if required. Facilities include an extra-large luxury en-suite bathroom with large shower/dual shower heads and separate bathtub. This is the only room at Sam's with a flat-screen, remote controlled TV (English DSTV bouquet) and striking views of the Namib Desert's coastal dune belt. The charming furnishings make for a cosy Honeymoon Suite.
Why not relax in their tranquil Gardens? It is a marvelous alternative to activities in and around Swakopmund. (And of course it's free!!!)
After a healthy walk along the promenade, why not fill your lungs with one of Sam's cigar's or a glass of South African wine? There are regular wine tasting nights (on request) and you can learn all about the wine industry, as you smell and taste your way through a selection of 5 white and 2 red wines.
There is secure parking at Sam's and the friendly service team (except for the dog) are waiting at reception to attend to their guests requirements. Languages spoken here are include German, English, French, Afrikaans and various local languages. Swakopmund vehicle rental can also be arranged.
Sam's Giardino - definitely one of the most original guest houses in Swakopmund!!!
Ballooning in Swakopmund: A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert.
Bird Watching Day Trips: Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert.
Cape Cross Tour: A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross.
Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour: Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis.
Fishing: Everything from sharks to pilchards.
Living Desert Tour: A half day tour into the Namib Desert.
Namib Desert Day Trip: A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert.
Namib Desert Night Walks: Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.
Quad-Biking: 2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary.
Sandboarding: Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.
Sandwich Harbour Tour: A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour.
Skydiving: Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!
Spitzkoppe Day Tour: Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.
Swakopmund Sightseeing: This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund.
Catamaran Cruise: View the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran.
Dolphin Cruise: A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
Historian Quad-Bike Edu-Desert Tour: Quad-biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed.
Kayaking & Sandwich Harbour Combo: An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour.
Marine & Dune Day Trip: A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour.
Sea Kayaking: Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
Small, peaceful guesthouse in a well established part of town.
Centrally located, close to the beach & 15 minutes walk to the Mole and city centre.
Luxury accommodation with a personal touch.
A small owner run guest house which places an emphasis on offering quality personal service.
It is a family-run, private Guesthouse located 1.5 km north of the famous Swakopmund “Mole”.
Organic Square Guesthouse provides luxury modern living, with spacious, private rooms each with their own little garden.
Fresh, light & airy bed and breakfast in an upmarket and fairly centrally located area.
An intimate and sophisticated family-run boutique guesthouse offering comfortable accommodation. A highlight is that each of the en-suite rooms has a private fireplace.
A very popular choice, offers excellent rooms at extremely reasonable prices. Possibly best value for money in Swakopmund.
A well appointed guest house in the center of town.
A variety of well appointed suites in a central location.
Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.
A newer addition, situated in an old historic building near the town center. Expect attention to detail and Italian flair.
A family operated establishment which prides itself on offering guests both personal attention and privacy.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Lovely tranquil place with attentive host. Had all the mod-cons so we could take some time out after the desert driving.
A little out of the city center but amazing niche hotel with an extremely friendly owner who cares about his customers. Great dinner food.
The rooms were basic, but Sam makes dinner for guests (extra charge). The dinner was excellent. In fact it was so good we ate there both nights.
Tidy accommodation, and after a late arrival (long day driving) we were offered a light dinner (dinner being well and truly over), which was much appreciated.
Wouldn't have found this myself..... but we all liked staying with the Swiss owner. Award winning cooking, We would visit the chosen accomodations again, so thank you for helping us all the way.
Nothing wrong with Sams really - a bit outdated and out of town. Our problem was 4 nights in Swakopmund with the constant gloom of the MIST - MMM not our best 4 days. Really felt that maybe Walvis Bay would have been better ( for 2 nights only) nice waterfront and most trips seem to go from there.
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