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Swakopmund accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse

As part of the recently launched Swakopmund accomodation online booking service, we do weekly features of the participating establishments.  

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast. We are an easy walk to the seafront and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia's fascinating Skeleton Coast.

Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund's old town near The Marine Museum and The Old Brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.

Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund's tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets in the town.

For more information and bookings please follow this link. Cornerstone

Online accommodation bookings, convenient and direct

In April 2016 we introduced live availability and online bookings for our popular day tours and activities. Today we are excited to extend the same easy way of online bookings to a growing number of Swakopmund accommodation establishments. Visitors to our website can now book their accommodation in Swakopmund online, directly with the hotel or guesthouse of their choice. Simply enter your preferred dates and choose one of the available establishments, book and pay. Visa and Master Cards accepted. Now your stay in Swakopmund is only a few clicks away, and while you are booking your accommodation, simply navigate to the activity page to finalize your arrangements.

Quick, convenient and direct.

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Solar cooking in the desert

A recent short visit at the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) has taught us the fine art of solar cooking. A delicious Shepard's Pie was prepared in a solar oven. Cooked to perfection using nothing but the sun's direct energy. A tour of the NaDEET centre rounded off the short visit. Well done the Victoria and Andreas Keding for building an amazing project and a wonderful education centre to teach Namibian communities and school groups to live better with less recourses.

Anybody interested in supporting this truly amazing non-profit, please contact Victoria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Solar cooking

DER Touristik schult 60 Reiseprofis in Namibia

Welche verschiedenen Facetten Namibia aufweist – das erfahren 60 Reisebüromitarbeiter während ihres Aufenthalts im südlichen Afrika. Als Teilnehmer von Campus Live, dem Schulungsprogramm von DER Touristik, erkunden sie das Land. Und sind begeistert. »So schön und sauber hatte ich mir Namibia nicht vorgestellt«, sagt Silvana Bannert.

 

Charly's Desert Tours war dabei. Wir haben ca. 30 Teilnehmer in die Dünen geführt und unsere "Living Dunes Experience" vorgestellt. Lesen Sie den bericht von Petra Hirschel.

Book your Skydiving Experience online

Book nowBook nowSlowly but surely the next century is arriving. Another friend and supplier is introducing online bookings and we are delighted to partner with GroundRush Adventures to facilitate online bookings. So, from today onwards our clients can book their Tandem Skydiving experience directly from our website, and of course via our office in Swakopmund. The GroundRush Crew is standing by to take you on an experience of a lifetime. Qualified and highly professional Tandem Masters will ensure your Tandem Skydiving experience will be a lasting experience with plenty of fun and exitement. Choose to document your jump with either the handycam video or have it filmed and photographed by a professional videographer jumping at the same time as you. Book online now.

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"Queen Mary 2" visiting

One of the worlds largest Cruise liners, the Queen Mary 2 visited Walvisbay on 25 January. Although this was not her first visit, we were exited to be a major contractor to supply "Living Desert Tours" to the guests. Looking forward to her next visit and the visit of the Queen Elizabeth 2 caling in April 2017. Many other cruislinser will come in the meantime to experience a day in Namibia.

Queen mary 2

A short but well deserved holiday

To all our frieds and customers,

Please note that we will be closed for a few days to regain our strenght and sense of humor after a busy and very long 2016. Our offices will be closed until 23 January. We will not be reachable by phone during this time, and we will be having very limited access to email.

Please make use of our online booking system for any bookings you like to make for 23 January and beyond.

We are looking forward to a busy 2017.

Forget the gadgets this Christmas

Looking for a family gift this Christmas? We have gift vouchers for our popular Living Dunes Experience.

As a limited offer, we will sell these vouchers for N$ 550.00 per person and N$ 350.00 per child (must be accompanied by and adult). Despite the rate increase in 2017, we will offer these vouchers at the 2016 price.

Stop by our office in the Brauhaus Arcade to pick up yours.

Gift voucher

152kg of bad human habits

During the HAN (Hospitality Assosiation of Namibia) COASTAL CLEAN-UP on Saturday morning, our team of 5 collected 152kg of recyclable waste in just 3 hours. We trageted the area between the B2 and the railway line just at the entrance of Swakopmund. This made our team the undisputed winner, the second place weight in with 123kg.

But instead of being proud, we were actually disgusted that there was so much garbage in the first place. We picked up single use plastic bags, plastic from costruction sites, glass and plastic bottles, paper and other waste. Besides the recycable waste, we also collected a few bags of not recyclable waste. So many styrofoam cups and containers from fast food outlets.

Thank you Nick, Bawden, Ernst, Gerson who joined me and who offered their time for a good cause.

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New vehicle working together

For the first time our two new 9 seater Safari vehicles are working together. These two new vehicles have been custom build locally in Swakopmund. Based on the popular Ford Ranger 2.2l 4x4 Diesel pick up, both vehicles are powerful and perform great in the dunes under full load.

9 individual guets seats with seat belts, big sliding windows and PA-system make for a comfortable guest experience.

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We are hiring...

Our growing business in Swakopmund is looking for a dynamic young person to join our team. Here is what we are looking for:

  • A young person interested in growing into the tourism business
  • Computer literate: Outlook, Excel, Word, Internet
  • Languages: German, English, Afrikaans
  • This person must be energetic, friendly, presentable, dynamic, must have a need to grow, interested in work with people from around the world and a good sense of humour.
  • No tourism background is required but will be to the advantage of the applicant.
  • Please hand in your CV at our office in the Brauhaus Arcade in Swakopmund, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject line: Maybe it's me
  • Only shortlisted canidates will be contacted.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Exellence

I have always thought that beeing awarded a TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence I would get some kind of automated email notification. But instead I just noticed that on our Trip Advisor site for Charly's Desert Tours there it was.

Anyway, we are thrilled to have been awarded the Certificate of Exellence for 2016.

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Lunch on the beach, what a treat

The morning was misty but the weather cleared just before we arrived at the beach. Beautifully laid and decorated tables awaited us in the shade and shelter of a bedouin tent. This was a private setting for just a small group. A glass of sparkling wine before lunch and then we were treated to a fantastic seafood meal in good company. A cup of coffee and a huge and delicious desert and no one wanted to leave.

Everybody should experience this some day. Our Living Dunes Experience with crayfish lunch on the beach provied travelers with that opportunity. We start at 8h30 from any Swakopmund accomodation for the popular Living Dunes Experience in search of the "little 5" in the dunes and end at about 12h00 on the beach for lunch.

Book it online or contact our office. ( Minimum of 4 guets required )

Lunch on the beach

We now offer the "Little 6" desert tours

It looks like we have discovered a new attraction in the dunes of the Namib Desert. Whilst most of our competitors offer to show the "Little 5", we frequently find another creature out there and can now offer "Little 6" tours in the dunes. This one even has a good sense of humor too. Meet master tracker Johnny.

Johnny has so many years of experience in the dunes, we have stopped counting. Come travel with him on our "Living Dunes Experience".

Johnny in the dunes

Live Online bookings, it has happened, finally....

Charly's Desert Tours has introduced a online booking system. From today on, guests can check availibility and make bookings for our scheduled day and half day tours directly online 24/7. As a service to our customers, not only our own tours are bookable online in future, but we are in the process of linking some our our activity partners too. Pelican Point Kayaking is the first who has been linked on our website. Other activity partners will follow with time.

We have even linked our online booking system to our Facebook site, so guets can now book directly from the Facebook site.

Give our page a like! and follow us on Twitter @Charlys

 

 

Email from a client after a Living Dunes Experience

Reading the below email yesterday made my day. It is so rewarding to receive feedback like this from a guest, and the guides of course felt very good when I read I made tham read the email.

 

"I have done a number of short tours in my life and most is a money making racket run by people with no passion for the tour and only a passion for the money.

I was pleasantly surprised by your service, however.

The pick-up was on time and friendly, the tour guides (Nick and John) were professional and very knowledgeable of their subject matter, making the trip both fun and informative. On the trip, there was also a family with three kids who was a bit rambunctious but your guides handled the situation very well, drawing the kids in and getting their attention and in a firm but friendly manner kept them occupied, ensuring they do not harm the creatures being shown to us.

I also rated your service on tripadvisor and posted four pics.

Thank you once again and I will do this trip again in a month or two when my wife will accompany me." Jakes K.

 

Our first custom-built tour vehicle has arrived

A new addition to our fleet of vehicles has arrived. This is a custom build Ford Ranger 4x4, with 9 individual seats, large windows and PA system for easy communication with all guests on tour. Now we still need to get the branding done, and off course do a propper and fun test drive. outside side small

Fighting spirit

The Sand-diving Lizard (Meroles Anchietae) is a fast day active little creature that normally runs away from any potential danger at high speedsand dives head first into the sand to dissapear. But when he is angy, he becomes a mean fighting machine that does not seem to be intimidated by size.

The Sanddiving lizard is one of the "little 5" we search for on our popular LIVING DUNES EXPERIENCE day tour outside Swakopmund.

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A private lunch and the "Little 5" of the desert

A new combo DUNES & BEACH is a exclusive experience for small private groups of 4 to 8 guests. A genuine coastal treat with warm Namibian hospitality. The morning hours are spend in search of the "little 5" in the dunes of the Namib Desert just outside Swakopmund. Our guides/ trackers will show you the all the hidden and mostely nocturnal creaturs and intruduce you the the beauty of the dunes. At about 12h00 the tour will end on the beach where a delicious crayfish lunch awaits under a shady bedouin tent. The menu includes sparkling wine and fresh West Coast Lobster.

A truely amazing blend of experiences for just N$ 1450.00 per person (min. of 4 guets required).

Pre bookings are essential at least 7 days before booking date.

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Holiday like in the good old days.

2015 has been a great year and we have achieved a lot. It also has been a pretty exhausting year. So we have decided to close the business for two weeks early in the new year. During this time we will have no access to email and our telephone will be answered by a robot.

In other words we are going to do holiday as we did in the old days, no cell phone, no beeing on call all the time, not chained to the ipad for emails 24/7. Just holiday like our parents did. We will spend this time with family and friends, laugh a lot, eat a lot and probably sometimes drink a lot too.

So when we come back we will be full of energy again to take on all the challenges of 2016. Our office will be opened again on 18 January 2016, then we will attend to emails and messages.

I trust everyone understands and respects our holiday.

 

 

It's Christmas soon and we are building a new sleigh

In the future Santa may just get a new sleigh, it will have a total of 9 seats plus one for the sleigh driver (we also call them tour guides). It will have large windows on the sides, front and at the back to show off our paradise called Namib Desert. Two doors on the side will allow easy access to our guests.

Reindeers will be replaced by a brand new Ford Ranger 4x4 with more kilowatt power than what Santa has ever dreamt about. Unfortunately this sleigh will not be able to fly, but that is OK because non of our guide are in possession of a pilots license anyway.

Lot's of work is still to be done, and we anticipate the maiden voyage to take place sometime in February 2016.

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Cruise ship after Cruise ship after Cruise ship

The last two weeks we were kept pretty busy by so many Cruise Ships visiting Walvisbay. One after the other, on some day's even two at the same time, and we had guests on all of them. We saw an increasing number of direct bookings and had a great time travelling with our guests. A big thank you also to Abenteuer Afrika Safari for always envolving our guides and our vehicles. This coming weekend we will see another two cruise ships visiting, so Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be pretty busy again.

Ship and Flamingoes

New Hotels in Swakopmund

We had the pleasure to pick up groups at both new hotels in Swakopmund last week.

The Delight and the Strand Hotel. Although both are very different in style, location, size and design, our guests were loving them both. Delight

Strand