Though Swakopmund’s German heritage might actually be best preserved in its world-class German beer breweries and restaurants. Yet even with its colonial heritage, the city still feels very African and can be best felt in a tour of the township of Mondesa.
Ideally situated between the Atlantic with its fascinating Skeleton Coast of wrecked ships and the high dunes of the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia. The sand dunes tempt adrenaline junkies interested in quad bike treks, sand boarding, and tracking chameleons, Palmato geckos, sidewinders, scorpions, and sand-diving lizards. While the Atlantic Ocean offers plenty of dolphin and seal cruises on beautiful catamarans, fly fishing excursions, and whale watching tours. Of course, there are also the typical holiday activities like sunbathing, beachcombing, skydiving, and chartering private cruises.
Outside the city, visitors can explore a camel farm, an abandoned steam locomotive dating from 1896, and the Rossmund Desert Golf Course, one of only five all-grass desert golf courses in the world. For a unique experience, sightseers can tour the Namib’s ancient canyons in the Moon Valley and its unusual thousand year old Welwitschia mirabilis plants with their ribbon-like stalks.