Because Swakopmund is surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, this picturesque small city enjoys a mild climate. Average temperatures range between 15°C (59°F) and 25°C (77°F) with less than half an inch per year of rain. (Gutters and drainpipes on buildings are rare.) The cold Benguela Current supplies moisture in the form of fog that can extend 140 kilometres (almost 90 miles) inland. The fauna and flora of the region have adapted to this phenomenon and rely on the fog as a source of water.
“Swakop” was established in 1892 as German South-West Africa’s principal harbor. Today it is Namibia’s premier beach resort, with a population of about 35,000, and it is also one of the world’s largest and best-preserved examples of German colonial architecture.
Swakopmund has many quaint buildings, charming little shops and fine restaurants. Activities include fishing charters, desert tours, museums, offshore cruising, and quad-biking and sandboarding in the desert dunes.
Photography by: Jofie Lamprecht