Swakopmund, situated halfway along Namibia’s long Atlantic coastline, is a characterful town enjoying a cooler climate – which comes as a welcome relief from the inland desert.
With its bracing sea air, Swakopmund would not look out of place somewhere on the North Sea coast and whilst here you should allow time to visit the excellent desert park to see the unusual, two leaved welwitschia plants, the oldest in the world, and walk among huge colonies of Cape fur seals. Bird lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit nearby Walvis Bay lagoon, a world-renowned sanctuary, on which 70% of the world’s chestnut-banded plovers rely for survival, and where 80% of southern Africa’s flamingos feed.
Founded, in 1892, as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, a sizable part of Swakopmund's population is still German speaking. Much of the town is a bizarre colonial relic full of traditional pastry and cake shops. It serves well as a convenient stop-off between southern and northern circuits.
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