Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
24Trip End Aug 17, 2009
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Many thanks to our dear friends the Greens for caring for our baby, Jazz. You guys are the BEST!
A joyful goodbye to our dear friends in Sossusvlei. This is a place on earth that we will never forget. We pray that it remains this pristine, natural treasure for the next 10,000 years.
ok this was cool. we jumped on a 6 seater, single prop plan and flew over sand mountains, skeletons of ship wrecks, thousands of seals and 300 ft dunes dropping straight down to the breaking waves.
Once in "swakop" we toured this historic german seaside town, went to the Fouries beautiful seaside home and checked out the local museam and aquarium. boys were psyched to have internet access...little did they know it would be their last contact with the outside world for ten days. dinner was at a brau house with plenty of local color... and when we returned, our luggage arrived!
Itinerary: After an early breakfast you are transferred to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip, where you board an aircraft for your scheduled flight to Swakopmund. You take off for a scenic flight over the 'Namib Sand Sea' and along the Atlantic Ocean (seeing old Diamond camps and shipwrecks), landing in Swakopmund. On your arrival in Swakopmund, you are met by your private guide from Ultimate Safaris and transferred to Atlantic Villa Guesthouse where you will stay for the next two days (lunch will be had at a local restaurant in town). The afternoon is at leisure and can be spent exploring Swakopmund. Dinner tonight is at one of the famous local seafood restaurant.
Swakopmund Town: Swakopmund is a town with an air of enchantment about it, as if the ornate buildings of the old quarter and the lush greenery of the seafront were somehow spirited away from their proper setting, only to be left without rhyme or reason in an African desert. Beyond the last row of houses the desert is devoid of vegetation except for low bushes. On a slight rise above the seashore, the town is exposed to both the Atlantic and the Namib, a gravel plain to the north and east. It stands on the north bank of a river course that is nearly always dry. A narrow belt of sand dunes, outriders of the Great Sand Sea to the south, comes to a halt on the opposite bank. A bare plain beside a rough sea and dry river is hardly a prime position for a holiday resort. In fact the town was never meant to be a resort, but became one against all the odds. It was established as a harbour town. Swakopmund had its beginning as a landing station in 1892 when the Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Initially cargo and passengers were rowed ashore in surfboats from steamers anchored offshore. Once a concrete Mole or breakwater had been built it became possible to use tugs and barges instead.
Atlantic Guesthouse Villa: Atlantic Villa is situated approximately 5km from the centre of Swakopmund in Vogel Strand.
Where I stayed
Atlantic Villa Guesthouse