Since it was opened in 1905, Hansa Hotel has cultivated a reputation as a superior property ideally situated in the heart of Swakopmund. In fact, it has won numerous awards attesting to its excellence, including the Best Hotel in Namibia Award (which it has received twice) and an Award of Excellence (which it has garnered five times). Spending time in this German-inspired hotel, it is easy to understand why. The friendly, personalized service complements a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere here—each of the 58 superb en-suite twin or family rooms are individually decorated and feature under-carpet heating, satellite TV, wireless internet and more. In addition, its location in Swakopmund makes it the perfect base to explore Namibia’s coastline, from visiting the pristine beaches and craft markets to fishing and cruising along the picturesque seaboard. Back at the hotel, unwind in the enclosed, manicured garden courtyard, or take a stroll around town. Later, settle in for a delectable meal at one of the two superb restaurants, and cozy up to the fire at the charming bar where you can choose from the award-winning selection of wines. Revel in the historic charm of this stylish Namibian hotel.
Day 4 – “Dolphin and Seal” Cruise Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).
As you look out upon the early-morning mists in Damaraland Camp, the imposing heft of Brandenberg Mountain hovering in the distance and tawny desert landscape surrounding you, you know you’re someplace special. A deluxe property set in nearly 200,000 acres of the Torra Wildlife Conservancy, the camp is owned by the local community: a fascinating pastiche of peoples ranging from the Nama-Damara to the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa. The result is more than just a business—it is a mission dear to the hearts of those who live here, and the service reflects that level of commitment. The 10 spacious adobe-style thatched lodgings are rustic yet delightfully comfortable—each features an en-suite bathroom including flush toilet and shower with hot and cold running water. The common area is an intimate place to gather, whether taking a dip in the pool, lounging by the fire at the bar or enjoying a lantern-lit, delicious dinner in the fresh air of the Huab River Valley. While you’re here, immerse yourself in this wild wonderland: roam the area in 4×4 vehicles, on foot or on mountain bike, keeping an eye out for gemsbok, ostrich and rare desert-adapted elephant as well as other hardy creatures of this arid land. A further highlight is the fascinating expedition to Twyfelfontein, home to the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in Africa.