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Picture taken in January when the Tsauchab River came down in floods into the Sossusvlei. Image credit: Branko
Nestled between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is the perfect gateway into the best Namibia has to offer.
"It’s a focal point into the Namib dessert – the oldest desert in the world,” says a local geologist who has lived there since 1994.
What makes it so special is, unlike the dry and hot climate you’d experience inland, Swakopmund has the benefit of being cool and is centrally located near many of the best parts of Namibia. “It ticks everyone’s boxes for the traveller,” says the geologist, “the food is good, you’re by the sea. I could get in my car now and drive 500km North to the Kanene River in the desert and virtually camp where ever I like without a permit, without seeing people, just being in nature.”
The geologist lives 80m from the surf and when he’s not exploring minerals looking for mines, collecting rocks and reviewing data he’s flying his ultralight aircraft over the dunes through the south of town, up along the coast, and over the salt panes or enjoying the local German cuisine with friends or walking along the coast.
This is what he says about his hometown.
Top things to do in Swakopmund:
Image credit: Megan Griep via wordpress blog ESL Ventures
Freefall at 200km/h over the oldest desert in the world with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t worry - If you have no experience skydiving you can go tandem with someone who does.
Best places to eat in town:Jetty 1905 Restaurant. Image credit: Jetty 1905 via Facebook
If you had to pick the best views in all of Namibia where would they be?Image credit: Safari Frank
What is one thing about Namibia that you wish more people knew?Image credit: Branko
"An appreciation of the natural history that one sees, still preserved - being the oldest desert in the world. And you can see that on a daily basis which ever direction you drive in. It is very special in that respect."