Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town and one of the most surreal and unique destinations in the country. Think: Germany meeting the African desert next to the ocean.
Quaintly colonial, Swakop (as the locals call it) is safe, comfortable and pleasant, with cafes, shops, pubs and a happy, active vibe. Swakopmund is the perfect place to “wash the dirt off” after days of exploring in the desert. Together with the nearby Walvis Bay, this stop offers a huge range of water- and sand-based activities.
Just outside Swakopmund, a section of towering dunes have been set aside for a variety of adventure activities – sand boarding and skiing, quad biking, camel rides and off-road driving. Swakopmund also offers a host of other attractions, including boat trips to see dolphins and seals, shore-based angling, skin diving, surfing or just simply relaxing on the beach. Another very popular day trip is a visit to Sandwich harbor.