How to get there
The best way to get to Namibia from Boston is to fly to Johannesburg and pick up a flight to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. Most roads are passable with a regular car, though many visitors rent four-wheel-drive vehicles, which can travel on all roads. Hertz rents 4x4s for about $400 a week.
Southern Africa Travel
Box 2172, Otjiwarongo
We booked a lot much of our trip through this company.
Where to stay
Box 9385, Eros, Windhoek
Doubles $158, including breakfast and dinner; campsites $50. Trips to the dunes are about $36 per person with a packed breakfast.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Wilderness Safaris (Pty) Ltd.
Box 6850, Windhoek
Merensky & Schinz Street, Ausspannplatz
Doubles $371-$410, including breakfast and dinner.
Private Bag 36
Chalet with kitchen $65-$186; campsite $38. Meals at the resort restaurant about $18 per person.
Box 362, Outjo
Private balconies, spa, pool, billiard room. Doubles $200-$372, including meals.
Box 3964, Walvis Bay
2, Kowambo Nujoma Drive
Doubles $146, including a delicious French breakfast.
Sea Breeze Guesthouse
Doubles $184, including breakfast.
Main road on Shark Island
Where to eat
Walvis Bay Yacht Club
Atlantic St., Walvis Bay
Chef Bernd Curschmann also hosts wine tastings and offers a morning sailboat excursion in the bay to see birds and dolphins. Main courses $5-$11. Four-hour boat ride $55 per person.
Box 316, Swakopmund
A cozy restaurant run by Jurgen and Sabine Baas. Entrees $5-$11.
What to do
Eco Marine Kayak Tours
Box 225, Walvis Bay
Trips about $30 per person.
Swakopmund Adventure Centre
On the main road from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay.
A two-hour guided tour $66 per person.
Ghost Town Tours
$11 per person.