Swakopmund is just one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It is the place in Namibia where the desert meets the ocean it is absolutely incredible…
The night I arrived in Swakopmund, I got there super late and so I just had a chill night. It is a lot colder than I expected it to be, I was in long pants and had a scarf on. The next day I had organized a tour called The Living Desert tour. The guides were all very knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions. They are super accommodating and will pick you up from where ever you are staying. The guides take a conservation perspective and really open your eyes to how important it is to conserve the desert and not destroy it. The desert and dunes are heavily used by dune buggies, the use of dune buggies not a huge issue, if people stay on tracks they are supposed, it becomes and issue when people do this “off roading” stuff. The owner of the company has been working hard to get the desert protected.
Anyway with the tour, the point is to see the Little 5 of Africa. As most people know, when you go Africa you have to see the big 5, well here are the little 5 of Africa. The interesting thing about Namibia, is that the desert and the ocean create a unique environment for some really cool animals.
So the little 5 include the chameleon, gecko, skink (legless lizard – it is different from a snake), snake and spider. I highly recommend this tour, educational, fun, and the guides are amazing.
That afternoon in Swakopmund was free, so I just explored town, I went to the crystal museum and the Swakopmund museum. The crystal museum was quite impressive, lots of crystals. The Swakopmund museum was interesting, just a mash of everything. If you don’t have the time, you don’t have to go. The nice thing about these places is that they are all walking distance away from each other and right beside the beach.