Now that we have finished an amazing itinerary with Nomad Adventure Tour through 5 African countries, it is time to travel further with just the two of us. We have arrived in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and rented a car at Bidvest Car Rentals for three weeks. As Namibia is quite big, and there is lots to see, we think that traveling by car is the best option. You will have the freedom to just drive to any place you like and the roads are pretty good! We rented a 4×4 Renault Duster. It is not a MUST to have a 4×4 vehicle, however, it will be much easier to get out of the desert in case you are stuck in the sand.
The first trip we did was from Windhoek to Swakopmund, a small city next to the Atlantic ocean. The landscapes you will see while driving are breath-taking, and would be a reason alone to travel to Namibia! Swakopmund is a nice place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful nature and relaxed-vibes. It is also a good place to drive to Spitzkoppe, as it will only take you about 1 hour and 45 min. Spitzkoppe is a MUST SEE when visiting Namibia, it is a natural wonder in the middle of the desert, and consists out of a group of bald granite peaks and they are more than 120 MILLION years old!
Talking about natural wonders; one of the most unique and best experiences in Namibia, was to sleep in the OLDEST desert of the world. We stayed two nights at the Gondwana Desert Collection, one night in their Dune Star Camp and the following night in one of their desert lodges.
The Dune star camp is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will have a private cabin with your own veranda. There is a queen-size bed inside the cabin, but the exciting part is that you will be able to wheel out the bed to the veranda, so you can sleep right under the stars!
The bed was really comfortable, however, we didn’t sleep that long as we couldn’t stop staring at the amazing view we had. The next morning we were picked up by their staff to have breakfast at the restaurant area where the other desert lodges are located as well. It is really good to have an extra night in their desert lodge, as you will have the full day to relax and take a refreshing swim in their pool. Gondwana has accommodation through the entire country, you will find more information on their website.
The Gondwana Desert collection is closely located to a place called Solitaire, this place is known for its famous apple-crumble pie. So when traveling through this area, you must have a pit stop at Moose McGregor Desert Bakery to get their famous apple crumble. From this area you can travel back to Windhoek, to Swakopmund, or you can drive more south towards the Fish river Canyon. Unfortunately, we didn’t had enough time to travel more south so we decided to go up north again.