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 sands of the Namib. Elderly German couples stroll in the boulevards and greet us politely in High German or stop to ask whether they can help with directions.  They don’t make towns like that in Germany anymore! Which may explain why Swakopmund 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!

stopover at Solitaire on the way to Swakop
Germanic architecture, transplanted in the middle of the Namib
old German Imperial Railways building
busy street in Swakop
dune blasting just outside of town