""And the weather forecast for today is 14 and 22"" Top 5 Page for this destination Swakopmund by CatherineReichardt

Swakopmund Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 522 photos

Swakop is an anachronistic German outpost welded onto the desolate desert coast of Namibia. Other than a brief media frenzy around the time when the loopy Angelina Jolie decided - for reasons best known to herself - to give birth in Swakop, the town has managed to maintain a low profile as a genteel, misty outpost of Europe on a chilly fringe of the South Atlantic.

I worked a lot in Namibia during the 90s and early noughties, when the entertainment value of TV and radio was sorely limited (and, I suspect, hasn't improved much since then). It is disappointing to admit that the weather forecast was one of the broadcasting highlights - and the one constant was the forecast for Swakopmund, where (at least it seemed to me) the temperature was always forecast to be 14 and 22, regardless of season!

Setting foot in Swakop is like stepping into a time warp of German colonialism. The architecture is German, the culture is German, the food and beer are German, the language of the petrol pump attendants and even the freezy Atlantic sea temperature are German! In fact, there are times when Swakop makes you feel as though you might have stumbled into an out-of-season Baltic coastal town that has accidentally migrated several thousand kilometres south ...

So, why should you travel this far to discover such a German experience? Well, perhaps because it's such a remarkable example of enduring colonial culture nearly a century after the colonists ceded power (or, more accurately, were evicted by occupying South African forces)? Or perhaps because it's a starkly beautiful setting which offers a bewildering range of outdoor activities? Or perhaps the best reason of all is that Swakop is utterly, bizarrely unique and simply isn't like anywhere else in the world?

Swakop is completely different to the rest of Namibia, and its mild, misty climate is a superb counterpoint to the heat and harsh brightness of the interior. Do as the locals do, and retire to Swakop to rest, recuperate and recharge your batteries - you've earned it!

For more on other attractions in the area, follow this link:

My Walvis Bay page
My Usakos page
My Karibib page
My Otjimbingwe page
My Omaruru page

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It's remote, unique and very German (if that's a plus for you)
  • Cons:It's a long way from anywhere and very German (if that's a problem for you)
  • In a nutshell:There simply isn't anywhere like it!
  • Last visit to Swakopmund: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Cathy, lovely little page about this Germanic town in Namibia. I especially like your detailed tip about the price level in Swakopmund.

    • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
      Jun 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Thanks Holger - very sweet of you to visit my Swakop pages. Now when can we look forward to your visit in person??? ;)

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Thanks for all your nice comments !!!


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