Fluffy the Seal.

Swakopmund Travel Blog

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Swakopmund is one of the world’s best examples of German colonial architecture, and served as the German’s port into what was then, German South West Africa. Like any port town has a colourful past. 

Today Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches welcome you to Swakopmund.Namibia's premier holiday resort. The area of the Namib around Swakopmund is named the West Coast Recreational Area. And recreation is the towns number one draw card. There are countless pursuits to help you spend your time, and money. For those interested in adventure activities .Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few.

If danger isn't your middle name, then the architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund might be more to your liking. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in colonial times .Although in recent times the new generation have woken up to the tourist potential of the area, Swakopmund still manages to create a feeling of timelessness.

The main beach area is called the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt to construct an artificial harbour (as South Africa owned the only natural harbour in the area at Walvis Bay). The towns most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular are for anglers and walkers, it has fallen into disrepair on numerous occasions and has been subject to several attempts to rescue it from complete dereliction.

Recently large scale work has been completed on the jetty which now proudly boasts a small restaurant and bar area.

True to its German traditions early mornings and evenings in Swakopmund can be cold throughout the year, as the cold Atlantic Ocean meeting the Namib Desert creates a fog bank. This coolness is often a relief from the heat of the rest of Namibia, but does mean that Swakopmund is not always the tropical sunbathing mecca that some people imagine.

We drive back to Walvis bay this afternoon for a dolphin watching trip. Our Captain seems to be an animal magnet as pelicans follow us out into the bay hoping for a free meal. A cormorant who he has known since it was a youngster lands on his shoulder to be fed too. We also have a visit from Fluffy the Cape Fur Seal and his new girlfriend. Fluffy surfs in the wake of the boat and then decides it's his time for a free meal and jumps onboard for a feed. Not sure of the ethics of feeding wild animals like this but is sure entertaining. Oh and we see dolphins too!

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