Walking down the promenade in Swakopmund, you could almost be in a seaside town in Germany rather than the vast landscapes of Namibia. The city has a distinctly German look and feel, dating back to the Colonial Era. Small in size, the city’s sights can easily be covered in day, but the real reason you come here is for the activities available to explore the deserts and lagoons. From sky-diving and quad-biking to kayaking with seals and living desert tours, there is a fantastic variety on offer that will satisfy thrill-seekers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. One of the most popular activities has to be taking a scenic flight over the dramatic Skeleton Coast, where the rough Atlantic seas meet the shifting sand dunes. A truly electrifying sight.
While Swakopmund itself might not the most scenic of Namibia‘s destinations, it serves as a convenient stop-over for self-drivers and gives visitors the opportunity to rest for a couple of days and break up the relentless desert scenes. You might even find the foggy and damp climate a welcome break after the heat of Sossusvlei or Damaraland!