I was dreading the drive from our Guest House near Sesriem 300km north to the resort town of Swakopmund.
First of all we had to retrace our route for almost 100km of it; I hate driving over old roads on holiday, and secondly we had been warned how bad the road between the two places was. I’d heard mentioned more than once that people could only travel 30km/hour on it; it was so badly corrugated.
We needn’t have worried. The C14 must have been freshly graded as we managed to do between 60-80 km/hr pretty much all the way. The Hyundai handled it very well, rattling along happily. We had a bad moment when we hit a big rock that ricocheted under the length of the car and DH and I waited for a warning light of some sort to come on, but no, it was all good.
Finally, after 4 hours of driving, we came off the gravel near Walvis Bayand found ourselves on a sealed road again. The car seemed so quiet!
We were booked in to stay in an apartment in Swakopmund for 3 nights. I was looking forward to WiFi and having a washing machine, as promised in the details. Indeed, there was a washer/dryer in the apartment, but no internet access, but the Guest House Manager lent me a dongle so that I could write these last 3 posts. I’m hoping it doesn’t cost me an absolute fortune…
So, what is there to do in Swakopmund for a family of 6 during the winter? Well, it’s certainly quite cool here in the evenings, and the mornings often start out quite foggy, but the days have been sunny and pleasant. We were out in the desert today, and our guide measured the sand temperature at around 29C.
We’ve been to the playground and watched the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean while the kids tried unsuccessfully to keep their feet dry.
We’ve shared a Catamaran cruise around Walvis Bay with Cape Fur Seals and Pelicans, as well as a bunch of Germans.
The critters had to make do with fish, the humans were fed oysters and sparkling wine.
We’ve eaten at every child-friendly restaurant in town. There are three, which is lucky as 3 days is exactly the amount amount of time we are here.
And today we went on a Living Desert Tour, got driven 30kms into the desert, enjoyed some dune 4x4ing, learnt about how creatures survive in the sand and met various beetles, birds and lizards.
We’ve had a lovely relaxing time in civilisation but tomorrow it’s back into the middle of nowhere. This time we are off on Safari and will hopefully see Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Giraffes and Cheetahs among others.
So I’m probably offline again for the next week or so.
*See you* next Monday, hopefully.