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There's no escaping the fact that Swakop (nobody who's been there more than five minutes calls it 'Swakopmund') is so German that it's almost more German than Germany ... in a turn of the century kind of way.

One of the absolute delights of visiting this bizarre little outpost of Germanity is the wonderful architecture. Windhoek also has some lovely examples of German colonial architecture, but they are scattered among more recent - and distinctly less lovely - modern architecture, whereas the centre of Swakop is dominantly colonial. It is encouraging to note that some relatively modern buildings have incorporated German colonial themes, which makes for a pleasingly harmonious whole.

The other joy of photographing Swakop's architecture is the amazing light, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Because of the cold Benguela current that flows just offshore, the Namibian coast is usually foggy and direct sunshine is the exception rather than the norm (this is also what regulates the temperature and results in an almost total absence of rain). This adds a unique quality of light that should make the holiday snaps of even the most average of 'point and shoot' photographers look good!

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  • Updated Jun 26, 2013
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