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Namib Region Accommodation

Sossusvlei is a large clay pan in the desert, surrounded by the highest known dunes in the world (up to 427 m). From time to time the Tsauchab River flows into the vlei, which retains the water for a long time. The vlei can be reached only in a four-wheel-drive vehicle or by foot (5 km). At Sesriem in the southern Namib Desert, the Tsauchab River suddenly disappears into a narrow ravine.

The Gamsberg (2 334 m) towers above the edge of the Khomas-Hochland, which falls away steeply to the west. The picturesque Gamsberg Pass leads to the Namib Desert Park. The Namib Desert Park embraces all aspects of the desert - sand dunes, granite mountains, plains of grass, gypsum and quartz, the Kuiseb Canyon, the lagoon at Sandwich Harbour, camelthorn and ana trees, the largest known concentration of Welwitschias and game. No permit is necessary for driving through the Park. To spend the night or leave the main road, a permit should be obtained in Windhoek or Swakopmund or at Sesriem. Various fly-in safaris are operated from Sesriem and Swakopmund to the remote wilderness areas of Namibia and Skeleton coast. The flights provide an incredible view of the endless stretched of dunes, the shipwrecks along the lonely and harsh coastline, the diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of the desert-dwelling animals, such as the endangered black rhino and desert elephant. Excursions by Land-Rover include the roaring dunes, the Ugab rock formations, ancient San rock engravings, the desert fauna and flora, a visit to a settlement of the nomadic Himba people, and the panoramic vistas of the Hartmann valley.

Swakopmund, with its continental atmosphere, is the main coastal resort. In the German colonial period it was the territory's only port. There are numerous angling spots near by and there is an indoor swimming-pool of Olympic standard with heated water and a sliding roof. The museum portrays the town's history and the animal and plant life of the desert. Walvis Bay, where ships from numerous countries call at the harbour, was originally built in 1926 and subsequently enlarged and modernised. There are a number of pilchard and white fish factories. These may be visited subject to the manager's permission. Many bird species can be found in the municipal bird sanctuary. Quad biking and dolphin cruises are popular activities. Sandwich Harbour, 56 km south of Walvis Bay, is one of the most popular angling resorts. It can be reached only in 4x4 vehicles. Permits are obtainable from the two official Namib Tourist offices in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. There are no facilities and no angling between 25 January and 15 April. Torra Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park, a popular camping and fishing resort in summer, is open from 1st December to 31st January each year. Terrace Bay, a holiday resort, in the Skeleton Park, is open throughout the year.

The Welwitschia Mirabilis occurs from Walvis Bay northwards in the desert and semi-desert. It can be seen 35 km east from Swakopmund on the Welwitschia Drive which falls with in the Namib Naukluft Park. Permits are required. It is a primitive plant, which has adapted itself to the arid desert climate. The age of the oldest among the Welwitschia plants is estimated at 2 000 years.

The Desert Express train winds its way through the Namib Desert from Windhoek to Swakopmund and back again. Designed and built using the most modern technology available, the train is furnished in the unique colours and textures of Africa. All 24 fully air-conditioned, en-suite sleeper apartments convert to private lounges during the day and can accommodate up to three passengers. En-route passengers can enjoy meals in the Welwitschia Restaurant, which specialises in indigenous Namibian dishes. Passengers can relax in the fully air-conditioned Spitzkoppe Lounge and enjoy a full bar service, while absorbing the beauty of the passing savannah, bushveld and desert landscapes. During the winter months, in addition to the Swakopmund return journey, Desert Express offers four-day trips to northern Namibia (Etosha National Park) and southern Namibia (Lüderitz).

At Cape Cross the seal population, where the navigator Diego Cao planted his cross in 1486, is estimated at between 150 000 and 200 000. The seal colony may be visited daily between 10h00 and 17h00.

In 1486, Diogo Cáo, an early Portuguese explorer, erected a cross on a small rocky outcrop along the desolate and forbidding wastes of the Namibian skeleton Coast. Battered by sudden...

Known for its excellent fishing opportunities, Henties Bay was since its earliest times the foremost angling destination for many anglers flocking to the coast throughout the year. But...

Longbeach is situated about halfway along the coastal road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund Langbeach is part of Walvisbay Resorts. The resort had its origin during the period when...

NamibRand, one of Southern Africa’s largest private nature reserves, originated as a dream of extending the desert frontiers through the integration of a large number of former...

The Skeleton Coast (German: Skelettküste) is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River, although the...

Sossusvlei is a clay pan in the central Namib Desert, lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which...

Swakopmund, with its German character is the holiday Mecca of Namibia... Activities offered in and around Swakopmund are marine cruises by boat or catamaran, desert day tours, Sandwhich...

Walvis Bay (Afrikaans Walvisbaai, German Walfischbucht or Walfischbai, all meaning "Whale Bay"), is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. The bay has been a haven...