Trip Report: Day 1
We flew into Namibia with Air Namibia and landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport. We picked up our vehicle, Gem, which had been parked inside the secure parking area at the Airport for the last month while we were out of the country.
We booked our room at Casa Piccolo in Klein Windhoek, which is around a 45min drive from the airport. We check our vehicle, went out for supper and had an early night. The cost for our room was 900 Namibian Dollars (including. 15% VAT & 2% Tourism Levy) for the evening and inclusive of breakfast.
The day started with breakfast at Casa Piccolo. They have a large variety of healthy or fried food for breakfast. We chatted to some fellow travellers then said our goodbyes, packed our overnight bag into Gem then headed to the 4×4 shop in town to browse around.
We decided to change Gems air filter before getting on the road to Swakopmund. A good call as the air filter totally clogged up with all the desert sand from our 3-week trip we had done. Gem had been standing for a month and needed a bit of tender loving care. The staff at the 4×4 shop were incredible as they offered for us to use their spanner and screwdriver so that we could change it quickly in the car park without having to scratch around for ours. Once we were happy that Gem was ready to go, we started our road trip towards the coast. We were longing to spend a few days fishing up and down the Skeleton Coast.
The road trip from Klein Windhoek to Swakopmund is around 363km and takes roughly 4h40min along the B2. There is a Military Checkpoint approximately 30km outside Windhoek where they do a quick check of your license and passport.
The town of Karibib is situated 187km from Windhoek along the B2, just past the halfway mark to Swakopmund. It is roughly a 2h20min drive as the roadworks we had experienced in the past years were now complete.
The town of Usakos is 218km from Windhoek, which is around a 2h46min drive. We have 146km to reach Swakopmund from here, roughly a 1h54min drive still to go.
We love stopping at The Namib Oasis Farmstall and Deli. It is a great place to stock up on their tasty biltong of which they have a large variety. They have a shop with basic refreshments and food, a restaurant and take away menu which is perfect for the quick toasted sandwich and cappuccino coffee on the road.
The ablution facility requires 2 Namibian Dollars to be able to use it. If I remember, correctly there was just a bowl by the door. I often will tip the ladies working in the ablutions if they are in tip top condition as I appreciate a good ablution facility so much. Otherwise, the Bush will suffice just fine.
There is now a big, fancy petrol station right next to this restaurant.
The restaurant has an outdoor seating area that wraps around their veranda overlooking some lush greenery and a kids play area.
Back on the road, heading towards Swakopmund with the closest town Usakos behind us.
As you drive closer to Swakopmund from Windhoek, you notice a few things. One of which is your altitude which drops and falls quite substantially as you approach closer to the coast. The other is the temperature, the difference in the air; it’s considerably wetter, and the haze in the air will be noticeable, especially at this time of the year. The third is the landscape as it begins to become quite lunar-like with its barren sands of different shades. The Spitzkoppe (German for “pointed dome”) mountain forms a striking silhouette in the distant skyline while driving along the road and looking to your right.
We arrived in Swakopmund at 5.15pm after a pleasant drive on the road.
We booked ourselves into Alte Brücke Holiday Resort / Swakop River Resort to camp for a few nights. We have stayed here a few times before and have always enjoyed our stay. It is quite a central campsite that is close to town and the beach. Each campsite has its lock up ablution that has a solar geyser, a built in braai, a sink with water, a small undercover veranda, light, electrical point, lush green lawns and a security guard who walks around the area. The cost for camping here was 290 Namibian Dollars per night for the two of us.
We went to see our campsite and left as quickly as we could as we wanted to see the sun going down while on the beach. We were longing to get Gems tyres trudging their way through the soft sand as she does this with absolute ease.
The sun gently kissed the sky and us goodnight. The temperature dropped substantially with the fresh sea breeze on our face. We were unable to start fishing today as tomorrow our first stop would be to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to buy our fishing permits.
Useful contact details –
Casa Piccolo Hotel Pension –
- Claudia & Thomas Horn
- Tel: +264 (0)61 221155
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.natron.net/tour/casapiccolo
- Physical Address: No 6, Barella Street, Klein Windhoek, Namibia.
- GPS Co-ordinates: S22.26375 E17.10172
Alte Brücke / Swakop River Resort –
- Tel: +264 (0)64 404918
- Strand Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.altebrucke.com
- GPS Co-ordinates: S22.68636 E14.52523