VEHICLE RENTAL BOOKINGS
SWAKOPMUND & WALVIS BAY
The Catamaran Cruise takes guests on a scenic and informative trip through the harbour and across to Pelican Point. Along the way schools of dolphins usually escort and play alongside the boats. The boat stops at the large seal colony off Pelican Point and one can usually witness some large male seals jumping on board the boat for some entertainment. To round off the trip, fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine is served on board the boat. Beer and soft drinks are also included.
LIVING DESERT TOUR
The Living Desert Tour is a unique 4x4 adventure drive through the dune belt outside Swakopmund. Your expert guide Tommy introduces you to some of the fascinating, hidden life in this apparently barren landscape that is part of the Namib Desert. Here you can find creatures endemic to the Namib such as the Sidewinder (Peringuey's Adder), the Palmato Gecko with its transparent skin and beautiful colours, as well as the large Namaqua Chameleon – to name but a few. On the tour you will also find out how the area's plants and small animals survive the harsh climate, and how they obtain water for life. You will also track a legless lizard, namely the Fitz Simon's Burrowing Skink across the dune face. Along the way, Tommy will explain the variety of dune colours. At the end of the tour (weather permitting) you will experience a 'roaring' dune. Other characters to be found in the dune belt are the 'dancing' White Lady Spider; the Parabuthus Villosus black scorpion, the horned adder or sand-snake, desert wasps, fish-moths, crickets and several beetle species. After this tour you will see the desert and dunes with new eyes. The photographic opportunities on this tour are endless.
On this tour you will take an enlightening journey through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley which is one of the most fascinating areas of the Namib Desert. Here you will be taken back millions of years to when these “bad lands” were formed. Learn the intrinsic value of the desert flora to the indigenous people who once roamed Southern Africa. Discover the medicinal and nutritional use of desert adapted flora, and delve into the secrets of the Welwitschia Mirabilis. This spectacular area is also home to some wildlife, and you might just spot Springbok, Ostrich, Klipspringer, European Bee-eater, Karoo Chat and others. Smaller creatures, such as chameleons and beetles call this home too.
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a four-wheeled motorbike through Namibia’s sand dunes. When quad biking in the Namib Desert you will ride the wildest dunes, roller coasters and spirals of the Namib Desert. After a safety talk, your guide will brief you on the terrain you will be riding on, as well as give clear descriptions on the hand signals and explain the controls of the quad bike you will use for your trip. Both manual and automatic quads are available. Thereafter you will depart and spend one, two or three hours in the Namib desert visiting various vantage points where you will be guided along the slopes of the dunes. You have the option of joining a slower guide who concentrates on the desert fauna and flora, or alternatively a group with a more adventurous approach.
Experience a leisurely kayak trip through the Walvis Bay lagoon where you will witness splendid scenery filled with exquisite flamingos, pelicans, terns, plovers, cormorants and sandpipers. Whilst on this trip you may also have the opportunity to view seals, and the occasional school of dolphins.
TANDEM SKY DIVING
The Tandem Skydiving experience, will bring an orchestration of controlled adrenaline enjoyment to your holiday in Namibia. All excursions are conducted from the Swakopmund Airport, and skydivers will be collected from their lodge in Swakopmund throughout the morning, normally straight after the fog has lifted.
In working with people from all walks of life, a high priority is placed on safety and the environment and Tandem Skydiving is the safest form of skydiving. The scenery viewed whilst floating peacefully under an inflated parachute, is simply breath-taking.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
This is an unforgettable ballooning adventure allowing you to experiencing total peace and tranquillity over the Namib Desert. The balloon is launched inland from the town of Swakopmund, to avoid the usual morning mist bank, and allow for maximum visibility. After a short briefing it is time for lift off. Once in the air there are splendid views of the town of Swakopmund, the amazing sand dunes of the Namib Desert and distant views of the Atlantic Ocean. The nature of ballooning is that your route goes wherever the wind takes you, so depending on the starting point and wind speed and direction you may fly above the coastal dunes, or even be more inland towards the Rossing mountain or Trekkeopje, where you can see as far as the Spitzkoppe, Moonlandscape and Brandberg on a clear day. The excitement of the flight is followed by a champagne breakfast at the landing site. The flight lasts a total of about an hour, but it is recommended you put aside an entire morning for the activity to allow time for transfers, preparation time & breakfast which In total usually takes 4-5 hours.
SPITZKOPPE DAY TOUR
You will be collected by accommodation in the morning by an experienced Spitzkoppe guide. On route you will visit the historical the steam tractor, the 'Martin Luther.' This steam tractor is the only material remnant of the first attempt to introduce mechanized transport in Namibia. You will receive a brief description of its history, as well as of Swakopmund and Namibia in general. The drive inland heads to the stark grandeur of Gross Spitzkoppe. Which is situated 1728m above sea level. It is often described as the 'Matterhorn' of Namibia because of its shape and magnificent height. On this drive your guide will offer detailed explanations about Spitzkoppe and its surroundings. The mountains are brilliantly coloured and rise abruptly out of the surrounding plains, and is visible from great distances. It is considered to be an 'inselberg,' or island mountain. After a short introduction to the local Damara people, who reside in the area, there will be an opportunity to view the natural flora of the region, before heading to the spectacular ancient rock paintings of the Spitzkoppe. Both the Grosse and Klein Spitzkoppe, house San Bushman artwork and provide perfect photography opportunities for all visitors. This is a full day trip and your estimated arrival time back at your accommodation is scheduled for around 16h00.
This tour takes you off the beaten track and into the lives of the real Namibians. The tour begins with a brief history of Mondesa Township. On foot you have the opportunity to get a fascinating glimpse into a typical Namibian Township with plenty of opportunity to stop and chat to local residents and view typical homes and schools and stop off at a small home craft market. Included are visits to as many cultures as possible. End the end of the tour you will stop at a shebeen (local bar and eatery) where you will be hosted Ovambo style!
Here you can conquer the constantly shifting and powerful towering sand dunes of the Namib Desert, by zooming down the sheer slip faces on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard, or with style and skill on a snowboard adapted for sand.
CAPE CROSS DAY TOUR
This four hour tour has both a morning (09.00) and afternoon (13.00) departure. After collecting you at your accommodation, the tour leaves up the coastal road in a northerly direction. Cape Cross is 130 km from Swakopmund and along the route you will stop to marvel at the extensive lichen fields stretching away to the horizon. Another point of interest before you reach the holiday town of Henties Bay is the “Free Republic of Wlotzka’s Baken”, some 40 km north of Swakopmund. This self-sustaining settlement of wooden cabins and bungalows on the beach is the haven of many a beach anglers. Once past the town of Henties Bay, the road leads past expansive salt pans where rock salt is mined and refined. Your guide will introduce you to the intricacies of salt crystals and saline algae, which are found in abundance. The Cape Cross peninsular is of both historic and ecological significance, as it is the site of one of the first landings by European seafarers. It is also the home of some 200 000 cape fur seals. It was here that Diego Cao erected a stone cross in honour of a safe sea journey from Portugal in 1486. Your guide will give you detailed explanations of the seal colony while highlighting the historic endeavours of early settlers, who mined guano and harvested seals here, where after you will be returned to your accommodation.
SANDWICH HARBOUR TOUR
In the morning you will departure for the harbour town of Walvis Bay. Your tour starts at the Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Tours office in Walvis Bay. After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, where you will see masses of flamingos, the drive to Sandwich Harbour takes us to the first dunes and the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok and jackal may be seen. Beautiful dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour which will guarantee a thrill-seeking 4x4 drive. If weather and tides allow, you will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands.
Sandwich Harbour is spectacular to see as this is one of very few places in the world where the dunes meet the ocean. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes. If the vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, you will have the time to walk 4-5 km. Alternatively you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots. When it becomes time to enjoy something to eat, your guide will find a suitable place to stop and serve a light lunch which will include a selection of snacks, salad and bread, together with some fresh local Walvis Bay oysters , sparkling wine and soft drinks. Meals are usually served on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or on the beach. The route homewards will be done testing the power of the vehicles on the dunes - the highlight being the 65m high Roaring Dune, which will give you exceptional viewpoints on the return to Walvis Bay
Day fishing tours focus on rock & surf angling for both shark and non-shark species. Guides assist clients with bait presentation, casting and coaching; therefore even the complete novice could experience the thrill of fishing! All equipment and permits for a day’s fishing is provided and you will be supplied with a lunch pack and refreshments. Transfers from your local coastal accommodation is included.
The Swakopmund Camel Farm is based just 12kms outside Swakopmund and is the perfect place to escape for a unique outing. The farm was established some 30 years ago along the Swakop River Valley and is home to a caravan of camels, a traditional farm yard with cows, chickens, geese and donkeys. Our camel rides are great fun for all ages. Here you are welcome as a visitor on your own or as a group. The farm even has an indigenous desert garden with a collection of unique Namibian flora.
Go Karting provides the ultimate racing experience. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a good time, you're sure to have a blast at Go Karting. Go Kart has ten top of the line go-karts and the track is owned and managed by go-karting professionals who are always around to lend a helping hand to visitors. The tar track is 520m in length. Lap times are recorded by a computerised system so visitors will know exactly how they have performed. Before you start your fun experience, all drivers receive a helmet and safety instruction as safety is number one priority. Children need to be at least 1.40m to be able to drive the go-karts and if they do not reach this height requirement, they can sit on their parents' / guardian’s lap. The arena has a small bar providing cool drinks and snacks, and there is also barbeque facilities which visitors can use at no extra cost.
KATUTURA CYCLING TOUR
Experience the lively streets of Katutura in a new exciting and environmentally friendly way. Katutours offers guided tours on bike through the culturally and historically rich township of Katutura near Windhoek. A visit to the Kings Daughters Bicycle Shop will give you the opportunity to meet the women working there and learn about their empowerment project. You will also visit the lively meat market in Single Quarters and get a taste of the famous “Kapana Braai” which is the local way of preparing barbecued meat). The tour will also take you to the busy commercial centre of Soweto Market as well as the notorious Eveline Street, which is the street that never sleeps which is lined with a plethora of shebeens (bars), hairdressers & other informal traders. The tour depart from the Penduka Centre at Goreangab Dam at 8.30am daily and takes approximately 3.5 hours. The trip is designed to not be very physically demanding and anyone with a small measure of fitness should easily complete the route.
TOWNSHIP KATUTURA TOUR
The Windhoek Municipality developed Katutura in the late 1950s as an apartheid township. You will take a guided tour of the vibrant streets of Katutura, the main township area of Windhoek. The Food, Culture & Adventure Tour is an interesting and rewarding afternoon out through this culturally and historically rich township. Here you will traditional and local cuisine and drinks, and also have the opportunity barter and buy at the market place. In Katutura means 'the place where no one wants to live' and here you will get a true sense of how the township people of Namibia live. You will experience a large part of Namibia’s unique culture on this tour. The tour itself last around 3 hours and is very informative. Amongst other places you will visit is the Penduka Women’s Centre, which is a non-governmental development organisation working with women in Namibia. In the Oshiwambo and Otjiherero languages the word Penduka means “Wake Up!” Through this program they encourage and support women throughout the country to take charge of their lives.
WINDHOEK CITY TOUR
This 3 hour Windhoek city tour serves to give visitors to the Namibian capital an overview of the historic & cultural highlights of the city of Windhoek.
A highlight of the tour is the stunning view over Windhoek from the famous Schwerinsburg (one of Windhoek's three castles, and now the residence of the Italian ambassador). While enjoying this vantage point your guide will share a comprehensive history of Windhoek and Namibia from colonial era to modern day. The tour then visits some of the more interesting parts of the city including the Christ Church, Tintenpalast (Ink Palace - the houses of parliament), Parliament Gardens, Rider Memorial, the historical Windhoek train station and the Alte Feste.
OKAPUKA RANCH DAY TRIP
On arrival at the lodge your morning begins with a 2 hours horseback ride through the ranch. This is an incredible experience as it includes watching wildlife up close from the back of a horse. (Only experienced riders with max. weight of up to 90kg can participate). The ride is followed by a light lunch at Okapuka Restaurant, after which there is some time to relax by the pool. You will then be treated to an afternoon game drive. The reserve has crocodiles, giraffes, white rhino, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu, warthogs, steenbok, sable antelope, blesbok, eland, and jackal. After the game drive it is time for the daily lion feed, where you get to see these majestic felines at close quarters, before heading back to Windhoek.
CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND
In central Namibia, CCF operates a Field Research and Education Centre to conduct formal and informal education programs. At a national level, the objective of CCF’s Research and Education Centre is to teach young Namibians the value of sustainable practices in environment and conservation from an early age. The Centre allows students to be exposed to CCF’s integrated research programs on the cheetah’s ecology, habitat and prey base, and the demonstration of CCF’s non-lethal livestock/predator management techniques. Relevant issues are presented regarding factors that affect conservation efforts at the community level. The Fund's education program and cheetah museum displays are designed around CCF scientific research findings and provide detailed information about the cheetah; its history, physiology, importance within the ecosystem, conflict with humans, and what CCF is doing to ensure the species’ survival for future generations. The graphics in the new Education Centre bring the visitor through the history of the cheetah from pre-history to current time and show the diminished range. A phylogenetic tree shows where the cheetah, different from the other 36 cat species, first branched from its early relatives, 4 million years ago. The cheetah’s biology is highlighted in an extensive series of descriptive panels, while exhibits show how the cheetah is adapted for a high-speed sprint and its specialized hunting techniques. The visitor is taken through the life cycle of the cheetah from birth to adulthood and the difficulties involved in its struggle for survival. A life-size play tree has been built with an explanation of the importance of these trees in a cheetah territory. A capture cage is under the tree with graphics explaining how farmers live- trap cheetahs to remove them from their lands, and how detrimental this is to the species’ survival. Opening times 9 am to 5 pm every day.
In Otjiwarongo you can visit the crocodile farm, where you can observe and photograph crocodiles at close range and learn about the breeding habits of these reptiles. The park is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
In the early 1900's, things seemed very different, At the beginning of the 20th century diamonds were discovered in the desert area just outside Lüderitz. Sometimes these diamonds lay fully exposed on top of the sand. This caused a diamond rush from all over the world and the once desolated lonely desert was engulfed with the influx of fortune seekers. Out of this desert grew the elegant town of Kolmanskop, which included facilities like a casino, theatre, skittle alley, butchery, bakery, soda water and lemonade plant, swimming pool and a hospital with the first x-ray machine in the Southern Hemisphere. Some 700 families lived in the town, including about 300 German adults, 40 children and 800 Owambo contract workers. Wages were good and virtually everything was free, including company houses, milk deliveries and other fringe benefits. Large metal screens around the gardens and corners of the houses helped to keep the sand at bay and a sand-clearing squad cleared the streets every day. Shortly after the drop in diamond sales after the First World War and the discovery of richer deposits further south at Oranjemund, the beginning of the end started. So within 40 years the town was born, flourished and then died. During the 1950's the town was deserted and the dunes began to reclaim what was always theirs. Soon the metal screens collapsed and the pretty gardens and tidy streets were buried under the sand. Doors and windows creaked on their hinges, cracked window panes stared sightlessly across the desert. A new ghost town had been born. A couple of old buildings are still standing and some interiors like the theatre is still in very good condition, but the rest are crumbling ruins demolished from grandeur to ghost houses. One can explore the whole area within the fences and it creates the perfect set up for good photographic opportunities.
POMONA BOGENFELS TOUR
Travellers will be collected from their Lüderitz accommodation at around 9am. The tour enters the Sperrgebiet area (the prohibited diamond mining area) via the Rotkop Security Gate. As this is a diamond mining area, anyone wishing to enter this area has to have previously obtained police clearance, so it is essential that this tour is pre-booked so that we can assist you in obtaining the necessary permits and clearance documentation. As the name of this day tour suggests one of the main points of interest you will visit is the abandoned diamond mining town of Pomona, which is in many respects similar to the more famous Kolmanskop but with the added attraction of being well off the tourist route. In its heyday Pomona was home to around 1000 people and facilities included a school, church, hotel and bowling alley. Of course only the German population of around 350 people had access to these facilities while the indigenous Namibian population where contract workers and housed in huge dormitories (sleeping up to 50 people).Railway enthusiasts will be interested to know that Pomona's water supply was bought in via a narrow gauge railway - the remains of which can still be seen today. Interestingly the method of mining used in this area was one of sifting through the Namib Desert sand with huge sieves. In the first years of mining operations, over 2 million carats of diamonds where literally picked up of the ground - making this the richest diamond town in the world. The other major attraction of this tour is the rock arch at Bogenfels. Unsurprisingly given the abundance of diamonds that where once found in the area, this was once also a diamond mining town, and the remains of a desalination plant still remain. Today however the main reason for visiting this site is the 55 meter high rock arch which towers magnificently over the surrounding landscape - with one foot of the arch in the cold Atlantic ocean and the other firmly planted in the sand of the Namib. While on this trip you will be introduced to dune driving & the fascinating flora of the desert. Some of the landscape has been deeply scarred by a century of diamond mining, but due to the area having being off limits to the general public during this time much of it is in pristine condition. The tour includes a light lunch and you should be back in Luderitz at around 6.30pm.
SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF LÜDERITZ TOWN
With its German style architecture locked in the early 1990’s during the time of the diamond boom era, Lüderitz has now grown into a major tourist attraction along Namibia’s rough and rugged 1500 km Skeleton Coast. Lüderitz boasts a ‘natural bay’ and the Atlantic Ocean’s rich Benguela current attracts a healthy spread of birdlife and marine life. The coastline is beauty and desolation combined. The most remarkable feature of the bleak, often mist wreathed Namib Shoreline is what is known as the Bogenfels - a ruggedly sculpted arched rock that rises nearly 30 m above the Atlantic. The rock arch, which is the highest coastal rock arch in Southern Africa, served as the terminus of a narrow gauge private railway line that ran along the coast, linking the small number of diamond mines of the pre-World War I Era.