Swakopmund in Namibia

Namibia is located on the west coast of Africa between South Africa in the south and Angola in the north. A sparsely populated country where you can drive 100 kilometers without seeing the city.

Swakopmund nest between the sea and the dunes, a true oasis in the desert. German influence is still well visible in architecture. Europahof is just one of many examples of this European heritage.

Even the old prison is a beautiful building.

Swakopmund is one of the most popular holiday towns for Namibians and quite busy for Christmas holidays. Bordering the cooler Atlantic, the water temperature is relatively low. Early morning fog is a common phenomenon. The fog can stay up all day and create a fairy tale image of the road between Swakopmund and Valvis Bay. On the one hand, you have ever-changing dunes, and on the other, boats that look like something "Pirates of the Caribbean" far from the fog of the ocean.

Accommodation can be found in one of the many hotels, as well as self-catering apartments and holiday homes. The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center was once the Old Station Building. It was beautifully restored and now houses a five-star hotel with a casino, restaurants, shops and a cinema.

There are enough restaurants to make the hungry happy. Anton's café is popular with its typical German pastries and biscuits. Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant has a nice outdoor area with ocean views. On a clear day, the sunsets over the ocean are spectacular.

Nauklufta Park directly at Swakopmund is one of the must-see places in the area. Before entering the Ministry of the Interior you must obtain an entry permit. It costs N $ 40 (less than $ 4) per person and N $ 10 per vehicle. Big attractions other than the desert dunes are the lunar landscape and Welwitschia plants. Although not very beautiful, these plants certainly have their own charm. Some of them are over 1,000 years old. They grow very close to the ground and have only two leaves. You don't think so when you see them, because the pages are torn after years of exposure to the natural elements. They are endemic to Namibia and a great photo opportunity.

Dune 7 is another to do while in Swakopmund. It is located a few kilometers outside of Swakopmund near Valvis Bay Airport. Everyone who has been to Namibia is asked the same question "Have you climbed the 7th dune". From the bottom, it looks relatively easy until you start to slide back more than you go forward. If you don't feel like climbing, you can try sand boarding. You are taken off by a quad bike and then sliding down again and again. Sunbathing is a must if you do not want to look like a shrimp after a few minutes. It is said to be the highest sand dune in the world.

The official language of Namibia is English. African and German languages ​​as well as many local languages ​​are also heard. The currency is the Namibian Dollar, which is worth the South African Rand. Rand is accepted by most Namibian companies. Restaurants and hotels in the tourist areas accept most credit cards. The visa seemed to be the most widely accepted.

Swakopmund is just one of the fantastic sites in this beautiful desert country.

Source by Annette Hendley

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