How to be delighted in Swakopmund

Swakopmund has always been an escape, for local and international travelers alike. Recently though, the coastal town has become more than an escape, it has become an experience. With the opening of the new Gondwana Hotel – the first of its kind – The Delight offers guests an entirely new way of experiencing the coast.

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The Delight Swakopmund

Mornings begin with bright and warm smiles, as you can delve into new and exciting tastes at breakfast. Kaiser-grillers and bacon…jams and Nutella…omelettes, waffles and the most incredible banana bread you will ever taste. For the more adventures guests The Delight even has oysters and champagne on offer. Once you have eaten your fill – and trust us when we say you will be returning to the breakfast buffet a few times before you are finally able to say that you are satisfyingly stuffed –adventures await you.

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Where to begin? Camel rides through the soft desert sand or quad-biking for the adrenaline junkies, both are available to give you a new perspective of the Namib Desert. If you prefer hitting the water and cruising along the coast, The Delight has all the information on activities you would need.

Quad-biking - Image: Fanie Gous

Quad-biking – Image: Fanie Gous

Image: Living desert

Image: Living desert

The brave hearted may take to the sky and try hot air ballooning, where a bird’s eye view allows you to see it all. Sand boarding, skydiving and feast on the visual pleasures of this stunning environment – you cannot help but fall in love with the Atlantic Coastline.

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Once the sun begins to sink into the bright Atlantic waters, you can take your pick of cuisines on offer. What do you feel like, traditional German schnitzel, or maybe fresh sushi instead? Regardless of your taste preferences,Swakopmund has what you need to have the full culinary experience your heart desires.

And once you return to The Delight – after your long but satisfyingly adventures day – you unlock your room door to find the bedside lamp switched on and the covers pulled slightly back, inviting you to snuggle under the covers. And the most delightful moment, when you realise that a bright red water bottle has been placed in your bed to make your night a cosy and comfortable one.

The Delight not only enables an experience of Swakopmund, but it also becomes an experience in itself. The kind hearted staff is always ready to lend a helping hand. The rooms and breakfast-restaurant invite you to escape from the ordinary and experience a collection of extraordinary moments.

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Breakfast area at the Delight 

This hotel offers the ideal opportunity to escape and experience what you know, from a whole new perspective. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Visit The Delight and you will have an answer to this question that will stay with you as a memory for quite some time.

If you have visited and experienced The Delight or the activities at the coast, we invite you to share your experiences with us in the comment section bellow.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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How to know you are ready to travel to Namibia

You have a deep desire to experience wide open spaces.

You prefer your roads to be dead straight, avoiding any and all turns and curves.

Straight roads - Image: Ubunt state of mind

Straight roads – Image: Ubunt state of mind

You are in need of a new diet that consists of various meats.

You long to braai(BBQ) as much as possible.

You miss looking at the night sky and seeing nothing but stars.

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Star Gazing

You enjoy meeting new and diverse people.

You need to meet people who enjoy Jägermeister/beer as much as you do.

You would like to visit the place where some of the best beer in the world (Windhoek/Tafel) is made. (According to us, at least)

Beer -  Image: Pinterest

Beer – Image: Pinterest

You want to see a place where ‘the middle of nowhere’ is five minutes outside of any town.

You want to see the Big 5 up close and personal, through your car window.

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Etosha

You want to see the place that inspires legends and stories, and recent Hollywood flicks.

You want to stand in nature and hear the sound of silence.

You want to be able to stand on the beach while looking at the oldest desert in the world.

You want to visit a place that values sunsets as much as they value water – crucial to survival and something to be celebrated. (sundowner pic)

You actually want to join the tradition that believes anything is worth celebrating.

You are willing to try unique and different kinds of food: warthog, snake and ostrich eggs!

You would like to stand at the edge of the second largest canyon in the world.

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

You are brave enough to enter the Dragon’s Breath (not an actual dragon).

You enjoy listening to long stories about legends and animals.

You crave fresh, clean air.

You feel the need to run up the side of a 200m tall dune.

You want to explore a deserted mining town.

And look across the ocean as the longest wave in the world breaks along the shore.

Skeleton Bay - Image: You Tube

Skeleton Bay – Image: You Tube

We invite you to add your reasons to travel to Namibia in the comments below!

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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How the Put Foot Rally will embark through Namibia

Put foot – a phrase that has often been associated with driving and traveling – has taken on a whole new meaning with the Put Foot Rally. This unique and exciting rally has been an annual event since 2011 and has offered its participants the ideal opportunity to experience southern Africa in a way it hasn’t been experienced before.

Put Foot Rally Route

Put Foot Rally Route (Source: http://www.putfootrally.com/theroute)

The rally will kick off once again, starting on 19 June 2016. The crews will leave Cape Town and eventually, in 18 days, end their journey in Mozambique. Contrary to the traditional meaning of the term, this rally is in no way a race. The aim of participation is to learn about and experience the five countries you’re traveling through. Heading north from Cape Town, crews will move through Namibia, head into Zambia, make their way through Malawi and end in Mozambique. However this is not a set route, crews and teams can follow any route they wish as long as they arrive at the five set check points along the way. Why this exciting and different form of rally tickled our fancy is because the route through Namibia stretches from the Orange River in the south, all the way to the Caprivi, in the north.

We took the liberty of looking into the whole business of the rally, and find it to be an incredibly exciting and different way to experience Namibia, as well as all the countries along the routes. On top of this not being a race, there are no set requirements for your vehicle, other than the obvious legal aspects. Crews and teams that partake in this interesting trip fall into categories, which are determined by the cars they use to enter the race. These include:

Vintage Class

Vintage class - rights to Put Foot Rally

Vintage class – rights to Put Foot Rally

Just-a-car Class

Just-a-car class - rights to Put Foot Rally

Just-a-car class – rights to Put Foot Rally

SUV / 4×4 Class

SUV 4x4 Class - Rigths to Put Foot Rally

SUV 4×4 Class – Rigths to Put Foot Rally

RV / Minivan / Camper Class

RV Minivan Camper class - put foot rally

RV Minivan Camper class – put foot rally

Motorcycle Class

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Motorcycle class – put foot rallyy

Specialty Class

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SPECIALITY class – put foot rally

These classes were designed to be all inclusive, to allow the teams and crews to get as creative and inventive as possible, and also to prove that you do not need a specific type of car to travel the African continent. All you need is a good vibe and a determined group of people. Of course there are certain things to keep in mind when picking your car (bought or hired): You will be traveling in Africa and doing trips through the Etosha National Park, you may need to think about lion proofing your car, windows and doors are a definite must.

Another component of the Put Foot Rally is charity. One of the main focuses is offering young children the opportunity to get school shoes! Last year a school close to the Etosha National Park was given school shoes and socks and this year will follow similar suit. Another big part of their project is nature conservation and through this project large amounts of funds have been raised and given to the Project Rhino and the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.

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shoes+on+feet – put foot rally

One of the entry-requirements for individuals and teams is the ‘legend’ aspect. Africa, as we know, is filled with legends…elephants, lions, rhino and the people who surround these incredible beasts. The Put Foot Rally wants entered teams and crews to embrace this, to be legends and join the countless explorers who came before them. The Gondwana Collection often speaks of the Legends of Etosha, the wise elephants who gave themselves to nature to ensure the survival of others. This is an opportunity to join the great ancestral legends that came before us and dive into Namibia, Africa head first.

nature conservation - put foot rally

nature conservation – put foot rally

For more information on the Put Foot Rally, visit their website. If you would like to see what these crazy crews get up to during the rally, visit the website’s Video Vault for all the wild and wacky moments. And if the timing doesn’t work for you, you can always set up your own version of the rally following this route:

Put Foot Rally Namibia Route

Put Foot Rally Namibia Route

Call it the Namibia Route and experience this glorious corner of the globe on your own terms. There are countless sights to see and moments to enjoy in Namibia. Are you brave enough to take the opportunity presented?

If you have travelled through Namibia or would like to take up the opportunity, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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