Cosdef Arts & Crafts Centre, Swakopmund.

On the outskirts of Swakopmund,  you will find the Cosdef Arts and Craft Centre, Yambeke Restaurant,  Conference facilities and an open air Theatre. Catering services are on offer, Food stalls and several established Craft shops and SME units are in operation.

You will find this a very well organised Centre, which serves as a value-added outlet for arts and craft products from local producers around the country.









Real hand-made Namibian Arts and Crafts, such as handbags, key-rings, jewellerygemstones, paintings and Hand woven rugs, to metion but a few. Exclusive Namibian cosmetics and food products, like the !Nara oil products from the Kuiseb Delta will certainly interest the health conscious.



Safe Parking, clean restrooms and no street sellers, contribute to an inviting atmosphere,  safe for Tourists and Travellers alike.


COSDEF is a registered trust coordinating, supporting and supervising the various Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs) that provide competency based skills training to various communities throughout Namibia, primarily for youth and the previously disadvantaged groups to assist them in partaking in economic development activities.

Click here for contact details : Cosdef Arts and Crafts. 

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Self Drive Safari, Namibia, Africa, Asco.

A self drive safari through the wilderness of Africa, one of the most exciting, adventurous and rewarding things you will ever experience.  The freedom to do whatever,  whenever you like, to become connected with nature, to get away from it al.  Self drives in Namibia is not only very safe but also the most popular way to travel, with more than 85% of gravel roads, well maintained. Whether you want to camp, or stay over at a lodge, or even a combination, it is no problem. 

Your Questions :

“Isn’t it dangerous?”, “How do we plan it?”, “How do we know what to do?”.

You don’t have to worry, if you have a sense of adventure, a bit of common sense, and be prepared to learn some new things, you’re ready. 

 When self driving you must accept your level of experience, stay on the roads you are comfortable with and do not compare yourself with professional tour guides. 
 Namibia is a fairly easy country to drive, with good roads, petrol stations and shops at least every 3 to 4 hours. There are roads requiring advance off-roading  (sand, mud, water and rocks ) and navigation skills. Do not attempt to drive these roads on your own, unless you are well experienced.  Always be on the lookout for wild animals in the parks. Never drive without enough water for a day of two and fill up on the snacks whenever you can.   This might sounds harsh, it’s usually not necessary to relay on emergency supplies, but it is the best practice.
Provided that you plan ahead and prepare well,  it is not difficult.

Our services include:

  • A Complete introduction to your vehicle and (camping) equipment
  • A detailed roadmap of Namibia and an info package.
  • Cross border travel to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland.
  • Drop-off and pick-up of your vehicle anywhere in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana.
  • Included in our prices are free transfers from the International Airport to Windhoek City (also to your accommodation in Windhoek City) and back.
  • All our prices include unlimited kilometers.
  • Extra’s available are a variety of extra tools and equipment.
  • The latest Garmin Navigation System, which makes sure you never get lost.
  • EXTRA SECURITY ! In case of an emergency this Iridium Satellite Phone offers you unlimited communications from even the remotest wildernesses in Southern Africa. It comes with a carrying bag and 220 V and 12 V car chargers.
  • New car-fi can be booked as an extra, client can enjoy wi-fi wherever internet connection ia available. You can contact up to 10 devices.

We have our own workshop, service station and excellent, 24 hours breakdown service. In the unlikely event that your car should break down, you won’t lose any valuable holiday time. We will organise your immediate and professional support, whenever it happens, wherever you are.

Toyotas are the most reliable vehicles to drive on the harsh African roads. You can find different types and configurations in our fleet.

  • All our vehicles have a Bull-bar and Roll-bar, which provides extra safety.
  • A double tank an a double battery system.
  • Mud terrain tyres with two spare tyres.
  • Fully equipped camping gear, having everything you need, from kitchen appliances to bedding.
  • Extra comfort of a fridge and chairs, for lunch breaks in the middle of nowhere, even  when sleeping at lodges.

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Sandwich Harbour, Skeleton Coast Namibia

Surely as exciting as is sounds, this is one of the best 4×4 drives you will ever experience.

With the cold Atlantic Ocean on the one side and the Namib Desert on the other, you have to make you way in and out there by driving at exactly the right time, at low tide, otherwise you will be spending the night in your car.  It is recommended to join this activity with one of the activity operators in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay Activities 


Sandwich Harbour (Portuguese: Porto d’Ilheo) is a lagoon on the Atlantic coast of Namibia, lying south of Walvis Bay, within the Namib -Naukluft National Park. Formerly a moderately sized commercial port based around whaling and small-scale fishing, it declined as the harbour silted up, and is now best known for its bird life. Although called Sandwich Harbour it was never a harbour or even a port. It is a shallow lagoon lying about 80 km South of Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Sunday, June 5, World Environment Day 2016

djune959The white rhino is a major conservation success story, having been brought back from the very brink of extinction.

Let’s continue to protect in Namibia.

White rhinos are the second largest land mammal after the elephant. Adult males can reach 1.85m in height and tip the scales at a massive 3.6 tonnes. Females are considerably smaller but can still weigh in at an impressive 1.7 tonnes.

White rhinos are also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros due to their square (not pointed) upper lip.

They have complex social structures. Groups of sometimes 14 rhinos may form, notably females with calves. Adult males defend territories of roughly 1-3km2, which they mark with vigorously scraped dung piles. The home range for adult females can be more than seven times larger, depending on habitat quality and population density.

Breeding females are prevented from leaving a dominant male’s territory, which is marked and patrolled by its owner on a regular basis. Males competing for a female may engage in serious conflict, using their horns and massive size to inflict wounds.

Females reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years of age but do not reproduce until they reach 6 -7 years. Males tend not to mate until they are 10-12 years old. They can live up to 40 years. Mating occurs throughout the year.  The gestation period is approximately 16 months with a period of 2-3 years between calves.

White rhinos are the only grazer among the five rhino species, feeding almost exclusively on short grasses. The animals tend to avoid the heat during the day, when they rest in the shade. They are usually active in the early morning, late afternoon and evening. During very hot periods, they cool and rid themselves of external parasites by bathing in mud in shallow pools.

Giraffes at Sunset, Savuti

African Sunsets

Experience the magic of African Sunsets, this time, in the drier parts of the Okavango Delta, the Savuti, a region within the heart of the Chobe National Park. Camp Savuti, positioned on the banks of the Savuti Channel and close to the famous Savuti Marsh.

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