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Swakopmund: 2.5-Hour Coastal Segway Tour

1. Swakopmund: 2.5-Hour Coastal Segway Tour

Set off for some Segway sightseeing in Swakopmund, Namibia. Riding a Segway is intuitive and easy to learn, making it a perfect addition to any visit to Swakopmund. Prepare to have a blast on a tour along the coastline with a local guide. After introductions and a 15-minute training session, make your way through the charming streets of Swakopmund town, led by a professional guide. Feel safe and secure donned in one of the new and stylish helmets provided to all riders.  Buzz around the city and its beautiful beaches as you listen to a suite of fun and interesting stories. Get dropped off at your hotel to conclude the tour. Note that before the training session, you'll be required to sign an indemnity form.

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From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

2. From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

This two-day, private exploration tour to Sossusvlei departs from the quaint coastal village of Swakopmund on a daily basis. Get picked up from your hotel and head into the world-famous Namib Desert. Begin with a visit to the lagoon and salt pan in Walvisbay; this shallow and sheltered 45,000-hectare lagoon attracts a range of coastal water birds and enormous flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. It is also home to chestnut-banded plovers and curlew sandpipers, as well as the rare Damara tern. From there, head to the dunes of Sossusvlei. These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand are a sought-after subject for photographers because of their warm tints, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrasted with the large white pans at their bases. Spend the night at a camp in Sossusvlei.  On the second day, spend a little more time admiring all that Sossusvlie has to offer before you head through to Sesriem Canyon, which is invisible from even a short distance away. Formed some two million years ago as the then mighty Tsauchab River cut its way through the sedimentary rocks, this geological phenomenon is now one of Namibia's most popular tourist attractions. The tour concludes in Swakopmund with hotel drop-off.

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Swakopmund: Mondesa Township Day Tour Experience

3. Swakopmund: Mondesa Township Day Tour Experience

The cultural township tour is all about the people. To truly experience the warmth, friendliness, and humanity of the township residents of Mondesa, you have to walk its streets. Hear the children play, smell the sidewalk barbecues, taste locally brewed beer, learn to say “Uharapo”. Explore different cultures and meet local people in the community of Mondesa with your local, personal tour guide. Get to know Namibia better, learn about the different tribes in Namibia from Ovambo, Damara, Herero, and the Ovahimba people. Nande is a local tour guide from the township of Mondesa in Swakopmund, where he grew up. He started his career as a tour guide 15 years ago while still in school. He will enable you to explore the township through his tour experience. You will get a unique chance to visit homes, try the local traditional food at a family home, and get a glimpse of daily life in the township. Kindly note that the tour includes, pickup and drop-off in and around Swakopmund, and the tour caters to all persons both young and old. It is always a fun and informative tour given by a professional guide. 

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Explorer Private Cycling Township Tours

4. Explorer Private Cycling Township Tours

Discover Mondesa township through the eyes of a local trip leader. Enjoy this tremendously positive half-day experience, hosted by a local community having to deal with the challenges of a post-apartheid era, including the struggle to overcome past injustices. Learn about the daily lives of people from many different origins who have made the township their home. Let your taste buds enjoy Namibia's local food and even cycle through informal settlements. With an estimated 60 thousand inhabitants, Mondesa is one of Namibia's large local townships. You begin your tour at the local food market in Mondesa, cycle through the streets and colorful houses while taking pictures. From here, your next stop is to visit a herero lady in her herero dress and you will learn about different cultures. Enjoy some delicious local food in the townships at a local family home where you will be welcomed by the family. Next, you visit an informal settlement comprised of tin shack dwellings, meeting some of the families in the community. This route takes you through the old and the new Township, a local shopping center, people buying and selling groceries, home-styled hairdressers, and many more colorful sights and sounds. You then head back to the to the old township,where you enjoy some local township lunch and refreshments.

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Pelican Point Peninsula Tour

5. Pelican Point Peninsula Tour

Your 5-hour tour begins at the Walvis Bay waterfront, where you’ll be given a quick briefing before heading to the Walvis Bay lagoon, the first attraction of the day, Walvis Bay is considered one of the most important lagoons in southern Africa, and is home to hundreds of flamingos, pelicans and avocets. Stop for photos and to learn more about this spectacular site. Then it's off to the Walvis Bay salt refinery, where you'll hear about the production processes before heading out on an off-road, 4x4 drive in deep, loose sand. Stop to see a shipwreck and the remains of an old jetty. As you approach the lighthouse, your guide will provide some historical information about this landmark. By this time, you will have reached the very tip of the peninsula, with the Walvis Bay lagoon on one side and the mighty Atlantic Ocean on the other. Take a break for refreshments and enjoy some free time to watch the seals and birds. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to the Walvis Bay waterfront, where your tour ends.

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From Swakopmund: Full-Day Guided Spitzkoppe Tour

6. From Swakopmund: Full-Day Guided Spitzkoppe Tour

Discover Spitzkoppe on a full day tour with a private guide from Swakopmund. Admire the brilliantly-colored granite peaks of Spitzkoppe that rise abruptly out of the surrounding plains, and hear detailed explanations about the surroundings throughout your tour from your guide. Begin your day with hotel pickup at around 9 AM in Swakopmund. Drive 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) eastward of the coastal Atlantic to your first stop, the Martin Luther steam tractor. Learn about the history of the only material remnant of the first attempt to introduce mechanized transport in Namibia, and receive a brief description of the area and Namibia in general. Next, drive inland for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to the stark grandeur of Gross Spitzkoppe, an inselberg or inland mountain often described as the Matterhorn of Namibia because of its shape. Rising 1728 meters (5670 feet) above sea level, Spitzkoppe's highest peak stands about 700 meters (2297 feet) above the desert floor and poses a perennial challenge to the serious mountaineer; the summit was first scaled only in 1946. Marvel at the striking colors of the mountains, visible from great distances away. After a short introduction to the local Damara people who reside in the area, have the opportunity to view the natural flora of the region before heading to the spectacular rock paintings of the Spitzkoppe. Make sure to take your camera with you as both the Gross and Klein Spitkoppe, the Pontak Mountains, and the associated Bushman artwork are ideal for photography, whether amateur or professional. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel at approximately 4 PM. Lunch in the wild is included with the tour.

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From Walvis Bay: Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Half-Day Tour

7. From Walvis Bay: Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Half-Day Tour

Your guide will meet you at your accommodation in Walvis Bay at 08:00. After a quick briefing about the day's activities, you'll get into a 4x4 vehicle and depart to your first stop, Dune 7. This is the highest dune in the area at 132 meters. It is well worth climbing for the remarkable view. Depart to the Moon landscape, an extremely arid area with Damara Granites that was pushed through the earth's crust some 500 million years ago. After stopping for photos, head to the Goanikontes Oasis, once a trade route and now a favorite place to relax with family and have some refreshments. After a quick stop, head towards the Welwitchia plains where you'll set up lunch. Lunch usually includes finger snacks, sparking wine, and various beverages. Afterwards, take a scenic route back to your accommodation.

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Swakopmund Cultural Township Private Day Tour

8. Swakopmund Cultural Township Private Day Tour

Nande is a local tour guide from the Township of Mondesa in Swakopmund, where he grew up. He started his career as a tour guide 15 years ago while still in school. He will enable you to explore the Swakopmund township through this guided tour experience. You will get a unique chance to visit homes, try local traditional food at a family home, and get a glimpse of the daily life in the township. Explore different cultures and meet local people in the community of Mondesa with your local, personal tour guide. Get to know Namibia better and learn about the different tribes in Namibia. You will be picked up from your accommodation in and around Swakopmund to go first to visit the market in the township. Walk in the streets of Mondesa, while taking pictures of local houses. Visit schools and a kindergarden as well as community arts and craft projects. Learn about the click language from the Damara tribe. Experience a local meal prepared at a family home then end your tour with a live performance by a local choir from the township.

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Spitzkoppe 2 Day Guided Camping Tours Namibia

9. Spitzkoppe 2 Day Guided Camping Tours Namibia

Drive first to the Martin Luther steam tractor, 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. Afterwards, drive inland to see the stark grandeur of Gross Spitzkoppe. During the drive your guide will offer detailed explanations about the surroundings and, of course, the Spitzkoppe - a perennial challenge to the serious mountaineer. The mountains are brilliantly colored and rise abruptly out of the surrounding plains. 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 rock paintings of the Spitzkoppe. Both the Grosse and Klein Spitzkoppe, as well as the Pontok Mountains and the associated Bushman artwork, are ideal for photography - whether amateur or professional.

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Swakopmund: Township Walking Tour with Local Guide

10. Swakopmund: Township Walking Tour with Local Guide

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the Mondesa District. During the first part of the tour, learn about Swakopmund’s history, its origins, and its well maintained buildings from the colonial era. Nestled between the wind-blown Namib Desert and the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is home to palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and a pleasant summer climate that attracts surfers, anglers and beach lovers. Upon arrival in the Mondesa District, learn about how the neighborhood suffered during the apartheid years. Although racial segregation was abolished here in 1991, it is still possible to observe the traces of this dark part of history. Stroll through the streets of Mondesa and discover its vibrant culture. See first hand the kindness of Mondesa’s local people, who won’t hesitate to offer you to taste their traditional delicacies or homemade craft beer. During the visit, there’s plenty of time to taste the flavors of the region, such as grilled caterpillars. Spend time interacting and conversing with the locals and truly immerse yourself in the heart of African culture and history. Learn a few words in the town's local language, Khoe-Khoe, and understand the meaning of the African term “buntu.” Next, visit a traditional Nama herbalist and listen to her share her knowledge of the Nama culture and traditional herbal medicines. Last but not least, enjoy drinks at a typical African bar, and taste yet more authentic but unusual African delicacies.

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What people are saying about Erongo

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Thanks to the good tour of Teyeni & Vairo, we were able to get an insight into the real life of the people in Swakopmund and understand the cooperation in the Township Mondesa well. We liked the country and the people before the tour, but we were even more excited about the experience.

It was just wonderful

This is how the tour guide should be, open, accessible and respond to questions and requests. Better not possible. Ten out of ten points fully achieved