Namibia - Windhoek and Swakopmund


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April 24th 2014
Published: May 6th 2014
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Namib Desert
Namibia - Wow.....Desert, bush, dunes and an ocean!!

I'm going to leave the next two blog posts fairly brief and let my pictures do the talking - as they are good.

Arrived in Windhoek after a 20 hour bus journey from Livingstone, Zambia - used Intercape who provided a quality service, apart from the air con. Due to the roaring temperatures during the day, the company leave the air con on all night which resulted in everyone freezing to death. I actually had to grab my sleeping bag at a stop north of Windhoek during the middle of the night as I was far too cold. Also, saw an elephant crossing the road when we were driving along the Caprivi Strip.

Windhoek - modern, developed city - extremely clean and very sparsely populated, not surprising given it has 320,000 residents. Due to the Easter weekend, I decided to stay in Windhoek longer than planned to avoid the masses who were heading West to Swakopmund. This gave me plentiful time in the city to sample the architecture and generally relax following a long bus journey.

Swakopmund - A somewhat peculiar town of 40,000, situated by the Atlantic Ocean
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Sunset - heading towards Swakop
with the Namib Desert only 2km away. The town itself was colonised by the Germans during the Scramble for Africa - and it certainly has a German feel with most people speaking in German compared with Afrikaans in other regions of the country. As with most of Namibia due to the tiny population versus land mass, Swakop felt very much like a ghost town. If it wasn't for the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Dunes - there would be little in the way of attractions here. The dunes though are very impressive in their stature and they are extremely vast. Walking in and amongst them with John was a surreal experience and one I'll remember for sometime.

Enjoy the pics!


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Windhoek city centre
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Some strange man stood next to a sign-post
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Sunset from the bus
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Shadow of me on top of a dune - heat of the day
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The only river in Namibia that has water - flooded!
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Namib Desert
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John's breakfast
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Vast open grasslands for miles to see - typical scenery in Nam


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