My husband and I are going to Windhoek for a wedding in February 06 but want to spend a few days on holiday first. We don't want to go on safari as we've already been a few times, elsewhere in Africa. We were thinking of the coast instead (if you think that is a good idea?). It would have to be within about half a day's driving (hire car or public transport) as we would only have 3 or 4 days prior to the wedding. Having had a baby ealier this year (he's not coming with us!) relaxation is vital! We are thinking of flying with Air Namibia as they seem to have the cheapest flights. Ideally we would like to stay somewhere fairly decent (have done lots of roughing it whilst backpacking in the 80's so now want something a little less strenuous!) but not too expensive. High rise concrete hotels are not our thing. Neither of us have been to Namibia so any advice would be very much appreciated.
Is the wedding in Windhoek?
Swakopmund is a great coastal town and you dont really need transport once your there,and there are a few realy sweet places to stay for around 35 pounds.Their is a shuttle between Windhoek and Swakopmund for about 13 pounds runs everyday.Windhoek accomadation about 38 pounds.
Air Namibia is great to fly with.
I agree Swakopmund is a very nice coastal town. You can also see lots of flamingoes nearby and around 100,000 seals just a little North of there. I would also recommend a visit to the sand dunes near Soussevlei, they are truely amazing, and it can be quite relaxing to hang out in the dry, warm (hot) desert air, near the beautiful sand dunes. You can also sleep uner the stars and even see the milky way. I really enjoyed it there. I stayed at "Little Kulala" lodge for a couple nights. It wasn't cheap but was really nice!
Do you know what Walvis Bay is like as I've seen a website for a self catered cottage there. I thought it might be more relaxed than Swakopmund but from your messages it sounds as if Swakopmund is a pretty laid back place. What do you reckon? Walvis Bay or Swakopmund? It will be our first time together without our baby so am hoping for a chilled, romantic few days. I really appreciate your feedback and advice. Yes, the wedding is in Windhoek but I think we might hire a car anyway as it seems that it is nearly as cheap to rent one for a week than it is three days.
Personally, I would stay in Swakopmund, it was a really nice little town, you'd have more choices of places to eat, etc.. By the way, Walvis Bay is where I saw the flamingoes.
It's me again. We have taken your advice and decided upon Swakopmund. Any suggestions re where to stay? I saw pictures of The Stilz which looked amazing but it's about £100 a night which is more than we'd like to pay - unless anyone thinks that it is a once in a lifetime type place to stay? I suppose we could always do one night there and then 2 nights somewhere cheaper. Any suggestions much appreciated.