Welwitschia Self-Drive

3 Days

This 3 day self-drive excursion from Windhoek to Swakopmund is the ideal get-away for those living or working in the city who wish to visit the coast for a few days. The accommodation used is in the budget range; mid- and up-market alternatives to this itinerary are available elsewhere on these pages.

Swakopmund is surrounded by either sand or sea. Both the desert and the ocean offers adventure and relaxation. The town itself has a wide range restaurants and bars and the coffee shops sell scrumptious traditional German pastries and cakes.


The coastline of Namibia is remarkable for its extreme conditions. It is here that the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean meets the hot Namib Desert. Your visit should include a short drive to visit an incredible eco-system, which includes the amazing Welwitschia mirabilis, a cone-bearing dwarf tree related to conifers.

The water required for growth is thought to come from moist soil and fog dripping on to the soil surface, as a result of ocean meeting desert. Specimens can survive for 500 to 600 years on average with some living for 2,000 years or more. Unbelievably, the evergreen plant only produces a single pair of leaves in its lifetime, which grow from opposite sides of the stem, covering an area of about 1m², growing throughout the year.

Although it is possible to book this itinerary 'as is', as with all our self drive trips this is entirely customisable. We can add or delete days, change the accommodation used and generally design the tour to suit your individual requirements. If you do not like the idea of driving yourself, a guided safari could be arranged using a similar route.

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Itinerary

Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise.

Day 1

The Delight Swakopmund

Windhoek - Swakopmund

The main route from Windhoek to Swakopmund is around 350 kilometers and takes around three and a half hours on a good tarred road. There are two other, more scenic routes, through the Khomas Hochland Mountains - either using the Bosua or Gamsberg Passes but both of these take considerably longer (around 7 hours) as they use windy gravel roads. If you are in no particular rush to get to Swakopmund using one of these routes is a pleasant, if ... somewhat dusty, experience. On arrival in Swakopmund check into your accommodation before heading out for a drink, dinner and a night on the town.

Meal information Breakfast only

Day 2

The Delight Swakopmund

Swakopmund

This morning you get the chance to try your hand at 'lie-down' sand-boarding on the Namib Desert dunes. Sand boarding is a lot like snowboarding except for the obvious substitution of sand for snow. After your morning in the dunes it is time to dust yourself off and head into Swakopmund for a quick look around. Being a very German style of town an excellent lager is never hard to find - and food ranges from Bratwurst to excellent local ... seafood. This package does not include any activities this afternoon, but for the active their are a host of possibilities to choose from ranging from quad-biking to scenic flights, these can be pre-arranged when you book this itinerary or left for you to arrange on arrival is Swakopmund. Another excellent option for this afternoon is to head out into the desert on the Welwitschia drive - you do require a permit which can be obtained from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism offices in Swakopmund.

Meal information Breakfast only

Day 3

Swakopmund - Windhoek

After breakfast you will need to drive the 30 kilometers from Swakop to Walvis Bay as you will be joining a dolphin cruise on the Walvis Lagoon. While enjoying sparkling wine & oysters you are likely to be joined by Cape Fur Seals, Heavyside Dolphins and a cornucopia of marine & bird life. After the cruise it is time for lunch and then the drive back to Windhoek.

Meal information Breakfast only

Includes

All your meals and activities as specified.
A welcome pack including maps and vouchers for the places that you'll be visiting.
See the individual lodges for precise inclusions & exclusions
A 24 hour emergency assistance phone number

Excludes

Vehicle & Fuel
Park entrance fees (these need to be paid on arrival).
Tips and gratuities (which are optional).
Any meals or activities not specified.
See the individual lodges for detailed inclusions & exclusions.

Vehicles

Although we have excluded the cost of renting a vehicle from the quoted rate we are happy to advise you on the best possible vehicle and arrange a rental for you. For an idea of what is available have a look at our car hire in Namibia section

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