Swakopmund - Namibia
Sam's Giardino is a Swiss run guest house in Swakopmund It is owner-run by Sam, who claims to derive inspiration and advice from his dog (and PR man) Ornella.
Sam's philosophy is: 'We would like visitors to our coastal resort hotel, to experience their holidays as a happy and meaningful adventure. By providing a casually-relaxed ambiance of a high standard, we hope they will not only be satisfied, but enthusiastic'.
Ornella claims that: 'We enjoy hospitality, and know that most modern thinking people of today are looking for a friendly, cheerful, unconventional hotel for the holidays.' Just what you need after a hard day's drive, an argumentative, talking dog, booking you in at reception!
The Enoteca Restaurant serves Bistro-style catering for breakfast, coffee and dinner in the enchanting Grotto, where a 5 course gourmet dinner is served daily, alternating days of fish and meat. Guests can enjoy a superb selection of South African wines with their evening meal. (Or at breakfast if they're still at the wine tasting from the night before!)
There is a bar, with a cozy fire-place, and the Gallery lounge, where Sam's guests can catch up on all the latest world news via the CNN satellite news channel. There is plenty of information about Swakopmund and Namibia in general, not to mention other interesting reading and video material. The cozy couches, under a wooden canopy, make it a perfect retreat for reading and having a quiet chat. Guests can mingle and catch up on all of their travel stories, and not just because there is free tea and coffee available here. This is an ideal place to find out something more original to ask other than, 'What's your name? Where are you from? Where have you been and where are going?
Sam's provide a selection of accommodation:
- Double Room: The Double Room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with dual shower-heads per bathroom, 2m long beds with down-feather duvets and bed-side lamps. In-room safe, Wi-Fi, International power outlets and a small lounge are standard.
- King-Size Room: This room has a larger bed and is located in a Double Room with similar facilities.
- Twin Room: The 5 Twin Rooms have twin beds and similar facilities to the Double Room. Located on upper and lower floors, downstairs rooms can be converted to a triple.
- Family Room: The Family Room provides for a maximum of 4 regardless of age. Located on the upper floor of the main building access is through a private staircase. Sleep in 2 single beds (twin) and a double bed. Add a baby cot if required. Facilities include an extra-large luxury en-suite bathroom with large shower/dual shower heads and separate bathtub. This is the only room at Sam's with a flat-screen, remote controlled TV (English DSTV bouquet) and striking views of the Namib Desert's coastal dune belt. The charming furnishings make for a cosy Honeymoon Suite.
Why not relax in their tranquil Gardens? It is a marvelous alternative to activities in and around Swakopmund. (And of course it's free!!!)
After a healthy walk along the promenade, why not fill your lungs with one of Sam's cigar's or a glass of South African wine? There are regular wine tasting nights (on request) and you can learn all about the wine industry, as you smell and taste your way through a selection of 5 white and 2 red wines.
There is secure parking at Sam's and the friendly service team (except for the dog) are waiting at reception to attend to their guests requirements. Languages spoken here are include German, English, French, Afrikaans and various local languages. Swakopmund vehicle rental can also be arranged.
Sam's Giardino - definitely one of the most original guest houses in Swakopmund!!!
A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert
Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert
A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross
Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis
Everything from sharks to pilchards
A half day tour into the Namib Desert
A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert
Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.
2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary...
Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.
A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour
Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!
Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.
This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund
view the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran
A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Quad biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed
An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour
A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour
Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon
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