Situated in the south western region of Namibia, this African city is a little different from the rest. It has a colonial old world charm combined with the beach resorts of modern day tourism. The climate is temperate despite the presence of the Namib Desert. Walvis Bay, which is a part of the South Atlantic Ocean, lines Swakopmund on its west, while Windhoek, Namibia's capital, lies 280 kilometers to its east.
Swakopmund was founded as a harbour in 1892 by the Germans. The city soon became an important port to supply and receive goods from all over the world. In 1915, the Union of South Africa took over and made Walvis Bay its central port for all trade. Businesses moved from Swakopmund or were shut down. This led to the birth of tourism in the city due to its abundant natural beauty. You can take a car for hire in Swakopmund and witness the greenery and scenic landscapes, which will have you spellbound.
The Swakopmund Museum is a treasure of knowledge about the history and people of Namibia. Start your journey here in order to know about the country and its colonial struggle. Take a car for rent in Swakopmund and head to Alte Gefangnis, an amazing example of German architecture; you will be surprised to know that it is a prison. Take a peek into the South Atlantic marine life at the National Marine Aquarium. The influence of German colonialism is seen in most of the monuments and buildings all around Swakopmund, for example, the Woermannhaus Building, the Altes Amtsgericht, Banhnof, and others.
The beauty of Swakopmund is its natural wealth. There are sand dunes, windy cliffs, wavy waters, and a lot more. This gives the city the reputation of being the adventure sports capital of Southern Africa. People from all over come to Swakopmund to try out sand boarding, quad biking, off-road driving, angling, and diving, among other things. Swakopmud is as such surrounded by the Namib Desert and hence other cities are a little far away. However, you can rent a car in Swakopmund and drive to cities like Omaruru, Karibib, Arandis, Khorixas and the Namibian capital Windhoek.
For a city that is only 75 square kilometers, Swakopmund has a bagful of things to do and experience. One of the apt ways to describe this city is to imagine being in colonial Europe, situated near a desert and an ocean. With such a surreal location and exciting history, it is a city definitely worth your time.
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