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Getting there & away

From Roon St, the Intercape Mainliner bus travels to and from Walvis Bay (US$8, ½ hour) and Windhoek (US$14, 4¼ hours) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with connections to and from South Africa. The Friday Star Line bus between Khorixas (US$8, 6½ hours) and Walvis Bay (US$2, one hour) passes through Swakopmund, and returns on Sundays. There are occasional minibuses between Swakopmund and Windhoek (US$7, four hours) and Swakopmund and Walvis Bay (US$2, 45 minutes), which depart from the Engen petrol station.

Overnight trains connect Windhoek with Swakopmund (US$8, 9½ hours) and Walvis Bay (US$3.80, 1½ hours) daily except Saturday. The thrice-weekly trains between Walvis Bay and Tsumeb (US$7, 17½ hours) also pass through Swakopmund.

For train or Star Line information, contact Trans-Namib (463538; www.transnamib.com.na).