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  • Dear Rob, we had a fantastic time which far exceeded our expectations and will provide us with enduring lifelong memories. Game viewing at all locations was excellent and the quality and knowledge of all the guides we had were outstanding. At all locations, we had a vehicle to ourselves. We recorded 185 different bird species, 37 different mammal species and 6 different reptiles. We witnessed lions devouring a warthog twenty feet away and hyenas feeding on a zebra which had apparently just died trying to give birth – so many different memories. All the camps provided very comfortable accommodation and excellent food and the staff were universally welcoming and good humoured. All the travel arrangements, border crossings etc. worked without a hitch and our bags turned up at all destinations! All in all a fabulous experience and thanks for your valued advice in putting it all together for us.

    David and Jan travelled through Zambia (Victoria Falls), Botswana and Namibia
A Swakopmund street, NamibiaAerial view of Sandwich Harbour, NamibiaCentral Swakopmund, NamibiaPink-back pelican, Walvis Bay, NamibiaRoad in Swakopmund, NamibiaSandwich Harbour lagoon, near Walvis Bay, NamibiaSeal swimming, Pelican Point, NamibiaSoda flats, Swakopmund, Namibia

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Swakopmund and Walvis Bay

The two major coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund are just 30 kms apart but serve as a good stopping point between a visit to the Namib Desert and Damaraland to the north. Walvis Bay serves as the main port, whilst Swakopmund developed as the ‘holiday’ destination and is far less ‘industrial’.

Most visitors stay in Swakopmund from which there are numerous excursions including those to Sandwich Harbour, and the interior ‘moon landscape’ and Welwitschia plains. From Walvis harbour, a range of wildlife cruises are also available, particularly to the Pelican Point seal colony (kayaking also possible). Between the two towns, a sand dune belt is used for quad-biking and dune boarding, whilst sky-diving is also possible for anyone seeking an adrenalin adventure!

Further up the coast, towards the Skeleton Coast National Park lies the Cape Cross seal colony, home to the largest Cape fur seal colony with some 100 000 ‘residents’.

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