Swakopmund / Walvis Bay
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Swakopmund - Walvis Bay
Namibia’s version of a beach resort
Town with a lively German past
Boat trips in Walvis Bay
The town of Swakopmund is situated on the coast, close to the Swakop River estuary. It is the first-choice beach resort for Namibians, who flock here in their thousands during the holidays. However, this seaside resort has something of a bad reputation: the water here rarely reaches 20°C and fog already begins creeping in at midday – this beach is solely for the hardened traveller!
Swakopmund was the centre of German colonial rule, and relics of this chapter of its history can be found around every corner. Most noticeable of these is the long jetty, which stands witness to the German’s activities in this area and their attempt to create a usable port. Unfortunately, Swakopmund turned out to be wholly unsuitable for the task. Walvis Bay is a natural bay just 30 km south. It was occupied by the English as early as 1795, and later became a fish-processing industrial town under South African rule.
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