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Thursday, February 25, 1999
Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, Namibia
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Swakopmund, Namibia:
Latitude: 22° 40' 38" South
Longitude: 14° 31' 43" East
Altitude: 244 feet
From Seattle: 10692 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Karen's Attic

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Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Region: Erongo
Route: Road: B2
Path:Walvis Bay - Swakopmund, Namibia
Linear:22 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

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Dune Dune 7, Outside Walvis Bay, Namibia

Dunes Dune 7, Outside Walvis Bay, Namibia

Dunes Dune 7, Outside Walvis Bay, Namibia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 686
Linear Dist: 137444
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 188
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Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 158
Camping: 83
Hostels: 184
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2558
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Journal Entry:
Finally got out of the hostel around noon. We are only about 30 km today so we were planning on wasting some time at Dune 7, a giant sand dune just outside Walvis Bay. We got about half way to Swakopmund before we figured out that there was no access to Dune 7 from the North side of town. So we backtracked to town and then headed East to the Dune.

Dune 7 was a pretty big disappointment. It's a large sand dune, but compared to the giant sand dunes we saw in Namib-Naukluft National Park it's not so impressive. Plus it's obviously a tourist site, with all the trappings (picnic tables, toilets, litter everywhere, etc.) to take away from the sensuality of the dune itself.

The drive north was nice with a bare expanse of white sandy desert on one side, and the ocean on the other. Very striking, but not all that interesting after the first ten minutes.

Swakopmund is a small German city that feels a little like Lüderitz, but not quite as quaint. We found a great hostel where we got two rooms and our own bathroom for what we were paying in Cape Town for a dorm bed. Spent the afternoon walking around and on the internet. Went out and met up with the same overland truck that we hung out with in Sesriem (Namib-Naukluft National Park).


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Namibia
CIA World Fact Book: Namibia

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