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Feb 6, 2006 - Swakopmund

Fantastic to be by the sea. After heading West, it will be all Eastwards for us from now on! Great to have showers after a couple of days roughing it in the desert. Swakop is like a small NZ provincial town by the sea, so we feel at home. Two hours Quad biking was fantastic fun over the dunes on the outskirts of Swakop- well recommended. May not be in touch for a while now. Going into the wilds of the National Parks

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Dec 23, 2005 - Swakopmund Day 6 - 7 Overland

Day 6 - 7 on our African overland tour: We were in the town of Swakopmund in a proper lodge. No tents for the next few days! We actually had electricity and running water! Yeah! We would actually be able to celebrate Christmas Eve looking decent and not have to be covered in dust and grime. Swakupmund was a tiny beach town, known for its adventure excursions. We started our Christmas Eve celebration over a few drinks at the bar. Harry, one of our tour members, kept buying everyone a round of drinks. It just so happens that there was an...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Swakopmund

By the time we reach Swakop, we have built it up to be some sort of buzzing metropolis where we can find all the luxuries that you just can't get in the African bush. It's not quite that, but it is a great place to rest up before plunging back into discomfort. It even has a KFC and a Nando's, and several large supermarkets, not to mention numerous loud bars catering to overlanders. It's a former German colonial seaside town, and this is reflected in the architecture. But mostly what you notice is that the town is so empty, especially after...

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Oct 23, 2005 - Swakopmund - The Adrenaline Oasis

We did it! We went skydiving and both Z and I jumped out of a plane 10,500 feet above the Namibian desert! It was such an incredible experience - Z's 3rd time, but my first. We were going to do it on Friday, but the fog came in so we went yesterday (in celebration of Calvin's 4-year birthday!). I was pretty nervous - to be honest, but my tandem partner has been doing this for 18 years, and has 6,000+ jumps recorded. He was awesome and really made me feel safe and comfortable. Z and I said "i love you" and then I dove out of the airplane -...

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M and Z's Grand Tour

Oct 6, 2005 - Swakopmund, Namibia

Another big day and long drive to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. I didn't know anything about the town before arriving. It was cold!! That plus the fact that there was a strong german influence; roads were a grid system, brightly coloured houses and shop fronts, plenty of art nouveau buildings, german tourists and fabulous cakes. It didn't feel at all like Africa to me even though the country gained independence in 1990. The receptionist at our hotel, Antionio from Angola, very kindly took me and Bonnie on a tour of the "location" which...

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Aug 18, 2005 - Swapkopmund

Had a huge night out in Swapkopmund - not planned but a good night jsut the same. Went to some divy icso where there had to be school aged kids - apparnetly school had broken up and there were kids there as young as 14 I'm sure. Got in about 5am and then up early for the adventure activity booking. Did some washing and watched those parachuting.

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Jul 29, 2005 - Namibia - Swakopmund

With palm-lined streets, seaside prominades and bucket loads of activities, Swakopmund is Namibia's mist popular tourist destination. It feels as unlike Africa as it possibly could with most locals being German, but it is really a nice place. We had a nice double room here which was pure heaven after all the camping and finally managed to get some clothes cleaned too!! First up on the activities list was skydiving which unsurprisingly, only Kevin took part in. Not being his first he was very calm whilst everyone else was terrified. With a...

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Jun 12, 2005 - Weirdest Place In Africa But They Have A Brewery.....

On my 34th birthday,much like my 24th birthday I get to spend it in Namibia.Unlike my 24th birthday,I get the pleasure of a brewery tour with the obligatory tasting at the end...... Swakopmund,situated on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is one very weird place.It is billed as Namibia's adventure town due to all the activities that can be done around the area.Close proximity to the sand dunes allows you,if your that way inclined,to do extreme sports like sand boarding,quad biking blah blah blah for extreme amounts of money.Now as I've just...

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Jun 8, 2005 - Namibia

[Pics coming soon! As soon as we can find a fast enough internet connection...] Dave: We are in a land of sand. This is Namibia; a barren, sparsely-populated though astonishingly unique desert nation adjacent to South Africa. I've never seen so much desolate emptiness in one place. Namibia has a raw, simple beauty that we've found incredibly engaging, almost entrancing. The spaces here are vast - we know because we've been driving them. We started out early in the morning from Cape Town last week, equipped with an extra canister of fuel, an...

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May 8, 2005 - Swakopmund - More German than Germany

Leaving the guesthouse in Windhoek we got to the manic minibus stop for our 4 hour journey in blistering heat to Swakopmund. Being a public holiday, getting a cab to our guesthouse proved a little tricky. Kiran frantically (come would say he was waving like a madman) caught the attention of what seemed like the only taxi working that day. 2 problems, one immediately evident - he already had 2 passengers in his taxi - and secondly he had no idea where our guesthouse was asking numerous people, going round the same area over and over again....

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global_adventure

Oct 13, 2004 - Swakopmund & surrounds

After another long drive we arrived in Swakopmund, which is a very German city on coast. It was very eerie when we arrived on a Sunday with no one about. We finally gave up the tents for three days while we stayed in A-frame chalet like buildings which was nice for a change. There was a lovely hotel in the old train station (ah, the old life!) - where we had a gin & tonic in the afternoon - purely to keep away the malaria, we assure you! In addition, a coffee never tasted so good as it did at the "Out of Africa" coffee shoppe - I think the...

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Sep 13, 2004 - Namibian Explorer Part 3

Written by Ted: 13 Sep Leaving the Aba Huab campsite, we drove through more of Damaraland, passing Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg (2753 m). We stopped at the old mining town of Uis, where hawkers sold some of us interesting minerals for low prices. We then turned west and crossed the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. On the way, I had an interesting conversation with Ron and Gordon about diamonds. They told me a bit about DeBeers, which controls over 90% of the world's diamond production....

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