Namibia: Swakopmund

 

Swakopmund is another charming old German town on the Atlantic “skeleton coast”, grander than Luderitz, surrounded by desert and ship wrecks slowly sinking into the Namib sands. Elderly German couples stroll in the boulevards and greet us politely in High German or stop to ask whether they can help us with directions. ¬†They don’t make towns like that in Germany anymore ! Which may explain why Swakop could be mistaken for a retirement home for Germans.

This is our last stop in civilization before we head back to the desert and the bush for the next two weeks and we take the opportunity to stock up, enjoy some air conditioning and window shop in the quaint boutiques. We even visit the only two Chinese restaurants in town. From tomorrow onwards, it’s back to kudu, impala, oryx, blue wildebeest and similar delicacies !

A bit out of place in Africa…

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Dune blasting outside of Swakopmund

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The old German Imperial Railways station

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