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Swakopmund is a coastal town by the Namib Desert. Chase adrenaline highs as you sandboard down towering sand dunes. Back in town, you’ll be struck by the influence of German architecture and culture. Along the lapping coast of the South Atlantic Ocean, a boat cruise brings you beside dolphins happy to hop a wave or two as you cruise the coast. End any day with a seafood platter of crabs, prawns, and lobster in a town that loves to host.
National Marine Aquarium
Constructed in 1904, rough seas destroyed the Swakopmund Jetty and its wooden structure within a few years. But the bridge was reconstructed in 1912 and today stands proudly on the shore serving as a local landmark. Take a long walk along this jetty and escape the bustle of town life, stopping off at one of several exceptional restaurants before returning to land to watch as night falls over the South Atlantic Ocean.
The waters of the Benguela ocean current provide a chilly but nutritious environment for the marine wildlife found at the National Marine Aquarium. An underwater tunnel allows you to see sharks, stingrays, and rainbow coloured fish up close in an aquarium packed with sea life. Take a feeding tour that occurs three times a week and watch in awe as divers dive to meet some of Africa’s most intriguing species.
A slice of Germany served up in Namibia, Swakopmund Brauhaus is a taste of Bavarian pub life in the middle of the desert. Peruse memorabilia such as oversized jars, international flags, and traditional dress. And of course, you can expect generous servings of brat potato, sauerkraut, and meatloaf. Settle into the homey atmosphere with a pint of pilsner and enjoy the local nightlife in the heart of Swakopmund.
Café Anton is perhaps Namibia’s most known and revered coffee house. Known for its traditional German delicacies such as black forest cake, florentines, and bee stings—a cream-filled pastry delight. Relax on a terrace and indulge in sweet treats by the ocean as you inhale fresh air accompanied by freshly brewed coffee or tea. Doors open early for breakfast and remain so through lunch until early evening.
Built in 1910 and peaking at 21 metres in height, Swakopmund Lighthouse is a charming destination with a quaint, traditional feel. Visit in the evening and enjoy its red and white façade as the sun sets over the South Atlantic Ocean.
Named after a German imperial family of the same name, Hohenzollernhaus is an apartment building that once operated as a hotel. The neoclassical style is a welcoming sight for history and architecture buffs. Ornamental features, tall columns, and arched entries make for impressive viewing of a sumptuous design that’s well worth your time.
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