...Ghost town in the afternoon
Swakopmund Travel Blog› entry 17 of 34 › view all entries
We arrived in Swakopmund around lunch time. Swakopmund is Namibia's third largest city and the self-proclaimed adrenaline capital of Africa.
Well, at first sight there wasn't a whole lot that would get the adrenaline flowing, since Swakopmund resembles a ghost town on Sundays. The streets were deserted, and while restaurants and some shops were open, there simply weren't any people around.
But the adventure that can be found at Swakopmund happens mostly just outside of town. After checking in to our hostel we were given a DVD presentation of just what is possible here. Deep sea fishing, whale watching, sea kayaking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, a snake park, underwater marine park, rock climbing, scenic flights and finally the big three, or Thrillogy: Sky diving, Sandboarding and Quadbiking.
I was quite interested in doing all of the Big Three, but that would mean we'd have to leave within the hour to do the skydive. I was glad to have just arrived at a place where I could have a shower and relax for a bit. The skydive wasn't expensive compared to other countries, but it wasn't exactly cheap either, so I decided that since I had done it before, it wasn't a must. I'll do it again, some other day, some other place.
So with the other two of the big three booked for tomorrow I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around town, checking my e-mails and enjoying the fact that I could finally have some decent coffee again.
In the evening we went out for dinner with the whole group. 'Ristorante Napolitana' might not sound very Namibian, but this restaurant turned out to have quite an international menu. Besides the many pizzas and pastas they also had African game, and I opted for a hearty African-Mexican combination of tostadas with kudu meat.
Note: for some inexplicable reason I did not take any pictures while in Swakopmund. I will upload some photos once I receive them from my fellow-travellers.