Namibia Journals

A Week in Namibia

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A November 2011 trip to Namibia by ssullivan

Laramon Tours Photo, Walvis Bay, Namibia More Photos
Quote: As part of our November 2011 tour of Southern Africa, we spent a full week exploring Namibia, a fascinating country of deserts, wildlife, and amazing people that far too many tourists overlook.

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Traveling Within Namibia by Car

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Laramon Tours Photo, Walvis Bay, Namibia
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For our week in Namibia, we rented a car to get around the country. Namibia is a fairly large country, and much of it is undeveloped and remote, making driving a more viable option than flying between destinations. Driving also allows visitors to see the country at their own pace, and to experience parts of the country that they might otherwise miss. Namibia also benefits from a well-developed road system that connects its larger population and industrial centers to the nation's capital, Windhoek. However, this is still Africa, and while many Namibian roads are excellent by African standards, driving in this country is still quite different from travel by car in other parts of the world.Th...Read More

Windhoek

Joe's Beerhouse

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Restaurant | "Joe's Beer House – The Ultimate Theme Restaurant"

Joe's Beerhouse Photo, Windhoek, Namibia
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On our last night in Namibia, our friends in Windhoek insisted that we must experience the country’s number one tourist trap, Joe’s Beerhouse. Unlike many restaurants and bars that claim to be "world famous," Joe’s truly is. Every guidebook on Namibia mentions the place, and it is the theme restaurant to end all theme restaurants. It just so happened that Joe’s was located in our friends’ neighborhood, just down the street from their house. So of course we had to visit this venerable Namibian institution while we were in town.Joe’s is a mostly outdoor restaurant, located under a series of large trees, with a mostly gravel floor and variety of open air huts that provide some shelter over va...Read More

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Joe's Beerhouse
160 Nelson Mandela Avenue
Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 232 457

N/a'an ku se/Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Attraction | "An Afternoon at N/a'an ku sê"

N/a'an ku se/Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary Photo, Windhoek, Namibia
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On our last full day in Africa, our friends in Windhoek arranged for us to visit the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary. N/a’an ku sê is a non-profit organization that operates a rehabilitation center for rescued African wildlife, as well as a lodge with overnight accommodations and restaurant, and a variety of other conservation and wildlife related activities. Our hosts in Windhoek were friends with several of the managers at N/a’an ku sê, and were able to get us reservations for their popular Sunday brunch buffet, followed by their cheetah encounter – a trip to visit three of their rescued cheetahs. Our Sunday afternoon at N/a’an ku sê ended up being one of the highlights of our very memorable trip to...Read More

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N/a'an ku se/Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary
64 Nelson Mandela Avenue
Windhoek, Namibia

Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, & Skeleton Coast

Villa Margherita

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Hotel | "Villa Margherita — The Charming House"

Villa Margherita Photo, Swakopmund, Namibia
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Our stay on the Namibian Coast included two nights in Swakopmund, the country’s primary coastal resort town. Swakopmund is an interesting mix of German colonial architecture with African culture, and a truly unique beach town. There are many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, and inns to choose from in Swakopmund, and for our stay, we chose Villa Margherita – The Charming House. This quaint boutique hotel, located in a house dating from the German colonial period, is located right in the heart of Swakopmund on Daniel Tjongarero Street, within an easy walk from the town’s many shops and restaurants, as well as the waterfront area.As we were staying during the off season, we had no trouble ...Read More

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Villa Margherita
D. Tjongarero 34
Swakopmund, Namibia 9000

Laramon Tours

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Attraction | "Laramon Tours – Walvis Bay Tour"

Laramon Tours Photo, Walvis Bay, Namibia
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Upon our arrival in Swakopmund, our friendly innkeeper at Villa Margherita immediately offered to assist us with booking any restaurant and tour reservations we desired. She highly recommended taking one of the boat tours into Walvis Bay, and we quickly agreed that spending the next morning on such a tour was a great plan. She then took care of the logistics and made our reservation with Laramon Tours, one of several operators of such bay excursions in Walvis Bay. It was a fantastic choice, as Laramon provided an amazing tour that turned out to be one of the highlights of our time in Namibia.The morning of the tour, Laramon’s complimentary shuttle service picked us up at our hotel in Swako...Read More

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Laramon Tours
Laramon Private Pier
Walvis Bay, Namibia
+264 64 40 2359

Northern Namibia & Etosha National Park

Halali Rest Camp

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Hotel | "Halali Rest Camp – Our Home in Etosha"

Etosha National Park Photo, Namibia, Africa
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For our trip to Etosha National Park, we opted to overnight at the Halali Rest Camp, located roughly halfway along the park’s main road between Okaukuejo on the west side of the park and Namutoni on the east side. We chose Halali for its central location, allowing us to easily access both sides of the park, and avoid having to make a drive across the entire park in a single day. This location proved to be a wise choice, as on our second day, we were able to spend far more time exploring the eastern side of the park, without having to worry about the long drive all the way back to Okaukuejo.Halali provides a variety of accommodations, from budget double rooms to a semi-luxurious honeymoon s...Read More

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Halali Rest Camp
Halfway Between Okaukuejo and Namuton
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park

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Etosha National Park Photo, Namibia, Africa
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Our original plan for our trip to Southern Africa was to do a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. However, when our friend who was living in Namibia got wind of that, he advised, "Yeah, Kruger is great, but it’s huge, and not really that unique. You should spend more time in Namibia and go to Etosha instead." So we did, and he was right.In some ways, Etosha is a hidden gem among the big African game parks. Namibia does not get nearly the number of tourists that South Africa does, and Etosha is often overlooked by tourists who are headed to one of the really well known game parks, such as Kruger, Serengeti, Chobe, or Masai Mara. But, for travelers who seek a somewhat less crowded...Read More

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Etosha National Park
Kunene Region
Northwestern Namibia
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ssullivan

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