The old town of Swakopmund perches between the sands of the Namib Desert and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
With misty morning fog it’s a contrast to the inland and very refreshing after days in the desert.
The streets are wide and lined with palm trees, the buildings fascinating examples of old German architecture. There’s an array of curio and antique shops as well as some particularly good seafood restaurants serving fresh crayfish and Skeleton Coast mussels.
Wildlife around Swakopmund
A couple of hours’ drive north of Swakopmund you will find the seal colony at Cape Cross. It’s certainly worth a visit as it is home to between 100,000 to 240,000 Cape fur seals at any one time. South of Swakopmund, and equally worth a day’s visit, is the lagoon at Walvis Bay. Pelicans sweep over the dunes to the sea, whilst hundreds of flamingos, avocets and other waders are to be found in the lagoon.
One excellent way to spend a morning is on a gentle kayaking trip to Pelican Point. Run by Jean Meintjies, these trips start early in the morning when Jean drives you out to Pelican Point, a sandbar near Walvis Bay.
Jean has a number of sturdy sea kayaks and she guides you to three colonies of up to 300 Cape fur seals. The seals love to swim and play around the kayaks, and sometimes even jump over them! It is possible to see dolphins, and flocks of gulls and cormorants are often overhead. There is a stop on a beach for warm rolls and coffee for elevenses. No previous experience in kayaks is needed as it's a very gentle trip.
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Places near Swakopmund and Pelican Point
- Walvis Bay 19 miles away
- Erongo Mountains 101 miles away
- The Naukluft Mountains 138 miles away
- Sossusvlei & Sesriem 151 miles away
- Southern Namibia 157 miles away
- The Central Highlands 161 miles away
- Windhoek 163 miles away
- Damaraland 183 miles away
- The NamibRand Nature Reserve 191 miles away
- Waterberg Plateau 237 miles away
- Lüderitz 277 miles away
- Etosha National Park 290 miles away
- Aus 297 miles away
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