Swakopmund Travel Blog› entry 4 of 9 › view all entries
Sesriem to Swakopmund is a 300 km stretch of gravel roads. Well only the last 30km section along the Atlantic Ocean and between Walvis Bay and Swakop is tarred.
A large part of the journey is inside the Namib-Naukluft Park so you need a permit if you wish to leave the main gravel road to go explore sites.
I left Sesriem at 12.00 after a last visit to the sand dunes of Sossusvlei. The first part of the journey was spectacular. I stopped along the way at the Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge for lunch. This is such a remote place, but so beautiful, and located just on the border of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Their bungalows have a shape that resembles a Mongolian Yurt (see pictures below).
The last kilometers just before arriving in Walvis Bay were long and boring... This area is perfectly flat and there is nothing to see.
Between Walvis Bay and Swakop I stopped at Langstrand (Longbeach) to have a cold Tafel beer and watch the sunset. It was good to see they have re-opened the pub on the old pier. Unfortunately they do not serve as they used to the delicious oysters.
Langstrand has recently been made famous by the visit of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who stayed there during the last stages of her pregnancy.
It was great to be able to rest in Swakop for an entire day. Being off peak season and with no school holiday either in Namibia or South Africa at the time, the resort was pretty quiet. Because of the cold microclimate found along this coast (due to a cold oceanic current coming from the Antarctic) and the German architecture of Swakopmund, you do not have the impression to be in Africa but rather in a resort in Europe along the North Sea. Just a few years ago all the main street names were German, such as "Kaiser Wilhem Strasse"... Namibia is a former German colony.
I stayed in the Deutsches Haus Hotel for a couple of nights.