Swakopmund, Walvis Bay & Sandwich Harbour
Swakopmund is the second biggest city after Windhoek, and it is the ‘Marine Capital’ of Namibia. Swakop River, meeting with the Atlantic here and giving the town its name, also divides Namib into two: Namib-Naukluft National Park in the South; Dorob and Skeleton Coast National Parks in the North.
Like Luderitz, Swakopmund offers boat tours on the Atlantic in search of sea mammals and sea birds. In addition to that, if you would like to take a scenic flight over the Namib Coast and inland, this is the place.
Swakopmund is a very organized town, hence serves as a resourceful stop-over location to rest and revitalize before you are continuing North or the other way around to the South. One of the major highlights of Swakopmund Stay-Over is ‘Little 5’ aka ‘Living Desert Tour’. If you would like to meet little but remarkable survivors of Namib: Sidewinder Snake, Namaqua Chameleon, Shovel-Snouted Lizard, Cartwheeling aka Dancing White Lady Spider, and Palmato Gecko, this is the place, there are also adventurous rides on the dunes to Sandwich Harbour. Searching for flamingos in Walvis Bay in large numbers is also a highlight activity. Swakopmund can be called a marine industrial town in the middle of the desert on the coast but embodies many attractions in terms of wildlife and landscapes.