Although this place is located on the west coast of Namibia adjacent to the Namib desert, it feels like you are in Germany. The influence of the German settlers who founded Swakopmund in 1892 are still clearly noticeable in architecture and language. The name refers to the mouth of the Swakop River that flows here into the Atlantic Ocean.
Swakopmund is for Namibians and also for many South Africans a popular destination for the summer holidays (December-January) due to the climate. In the interior it is very hot everywhere while it is pleasant in Swakopmund because of the Benguela stream, which supplies water from the South Pole. Because of this cold current, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean remain cold off the coast and not everyone will take a dip in the water during a beach day. The pier is widely used by fishermen and in the evenings to watch the sun sink into the ocean.
Hotels, guesthouses and campsites are plentiful and there are also bars and restaurants in many shapes and sizes. On the boulevard you can stroll along the palm trees, stare over the water, buy souvenirs and eat or drink for a wonderful holiday feeling.Add to my travel plans