Clinging to the edge of the African continent, Swakopmund makes for a different and unique escape. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, this city is a fine example of German colonial architecture. It is also an adrenaline junkie’s paradise with skydiving, sandboarding, jet skiing, dune-buggying, paragliding, kayaking and wave skipping in light aircraft. Those who are less adventurous and more romantic can take day, moonlight, sunrise or sunset horseback or camel rides through the riverbeds and up into the moonlike landscape.
This is not Mauritius and the weather can be treacherous. However it’s an interesting city to visit as a stop over on a self-drive holiday – on one hand it is a European transplant, with seaside promenade, sidewalk cafes, trendy bistros and immaculate hotels. On the other, this little town is squashed between the relentless Atlantic and the harsh desert in one of the wildest, most untamed parts of the African continent.