New Zealand’s South Island certainly has the ‘Wow’ factor. The beauty of the island is spectacular – lakes, mountains, rolling green hills and the coast. It’s the kind of scenic landscape you see on calendars.
New Zealand is the perfect place for a road trip holiday with relatively short distances, plenty of good accommodation, excellent camping facilities and last, but not least, good food and wine.
Tenterfield – Glen Innes – Guyra – Armidale – Uralla – Walcha – Gloucester – Stroud – Sydney
This is a scenic drive along the New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way, between Tenterfield in the north of NSW down to Sydney. It takes about 8 hours and passes through historic country towns, through some of the New England region’s most beautiful high country, and gives travellers an insight into the lives of Australia’s early settlers.
If time permits, it is ideal to break the trip and stay in a few places along the way to appreciate the sights.
Bald Rock National Park is a short drive from Tenterfield and is well worth a visit.
Bald Rock is the largest exposed granite rock in Australia and walking to the top, while quite difficult, is very rewarding. The views from the summit of Bald Rock are sensational.
Windhoek – Okonjima Game Reserve – Etosha National Park – Hoada – Twyfelfontein – Brandberg – Swakopmund – Sossusvlei – Windhoek
When we mentioned to people we were going to Namibia, there were two distinct reactions. Those who hadn’t been there asked where it was, and those who had been there got a dreamy look in their eyes and said ‘You’ll love it. Wish we could go again.”
After a 12-day self-drive camping trip to Namibia, we now know why people love it. Namibia is a beautiful country of magnificent landscapes, wide-open spaces and friendly people. It is relatively unspoilt by tourism and much of the country is sparsely populated. The landscape looks as though it has remained unchanged for centuries.
Meike’s Guesthouse is a delightful place to stay in Swakopmund.
We stayed at Meike’s in May 2014 and after several night’s camping in Namibia’s interior, Meike’s was a welcome break. And we could not have had a warmer welcome. The owners (Meike and Klaus) and staff are friendly and hospitable. It was wonderful to have local advice on what to see, where to eat, etc.
We booked into Room 2 which was very spacious. In fact as well as the bedroom and bathroom, we had a sitting room with sofa, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, dressing table and hairdryer. Our bedroom was a large room and included a desk and TV. The bathroom was also very big with a walk-in shower.
Room 2 is very private and has its own little verandah with small outdoor table and chairs.
Meike’s is very well maintained. From the spotlessly clean rooms to the very pretty courtyard, it is obvious that there is a lot of care and attention to detail.
Security was also excellent. We were able to park our vehicle off the street in a secure courtyard with a security guard on duty each night so did not have to worry about our camping gear, etc.
Meike’s is very well located within walking distance to the main shopping area of Swakopmund.
With a delicious continental breakfast included in the room rate Meike’s is excellent value for money.
Meike’s Guesthouse is located at 23 Windhoeker Street, Swakopmund.
Tel: +264 64 405863
Fax: +264 64 405862
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