My second day in Swakopmund, Namibia started with a walk to the beach.
It was gorgeous! The weather on the trip had been what I expected…40-50 degrees Fahrenheit at night, 80’s during the day and sunny!
I indulged in a decadent breakfast of cappuccino, homemade waffle, peaches and ice cream at an outdoor café. I was transported to Europe!
After a little shopping…an inexpensive ring and a book, I experienced one of the best massages I’ve ever had. She used hot stones (which I’ve had before). I dozed off…which I’ve never done during a massage. Although I tipped her, she was most pleased with an inexpensive ring that I gave to her.
I made my way back to the hotel and had trail mix for lunch followed by a three-hour nap. That evening I had dinner at Letty’s Oyster Bar at the end of the pier with two of the ladies on my tour. The seafood was excellent!
They walked me back to my hotel, which was on the way to theirs. I had asked the desk clerk the day before if it was safe to walk around by myself, because I noticed most places were gated and had barbed wire or electric fencing. She advised me not to walk alone at night.
It was a lovely day and I enjoyed exploring the lovely town of Swakopmund!
After arriving in the beautiful town of Swakopmund in Namibia at 11am on day 6 of my 35 day G Adventures African Overland Truck experience, I took a taxi about 4 blocks to a separate hotel from the rest of the group. Our accommodation for two evenings was to be in a dormitory style co-ed room with 7 of us (including some loud snorers), and there were no other single rooms available, so for $50 a night, I thought it was a great deal. My room had a skylight and three beds.
After checking in, I went for a walk around the town.
I was surprised at how clean, upscale and new everything looked. It was not overly crowded, but the few tourists I saw seemed to be mostly European. Most of the shops had bars on the doors/windows and there was some barbed wire here and there.
I found a salon and had my artificial nails removed for the first time in years. They weren’t holding up well with all of the camping. That evening, I met the group for dinner at a restaurant called Napoletans and feasted on Greek pizza!
One of the positives of traveling in Africa by Overland Truck is the ability to see so many different places along the way! This isn’t the Africa most Americans envision!