Swakopmund

Swakopmund Coastal

Overview: Swakopmund is a popular beach resort on the edge of the Namib Desert, 280 km from Windhoek. Its German colonial character is apparent in its architecture enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and public gardens. Go quadbiking, paragliding, sea kayaking, skydiving and sand boarding on the nearby dunes.

Skeleton Coast National Park

Overview: The park spans 1570 km along the entire Namibian coast. This wildly beautiful but dangerous shore stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River in the north. It is associated with famous shipwrecks, lives lost and bleached whale bones. This is one of the best areas for rock and surf angling and fishing. Inland are pale dunes and mountain ranges with rugged canyons. Wildlife includes gemsbok, springbok, jackal, ostrich and brown hyena. The riverbeds are home to elephant, giraffe and even lions. The southern half of the park is open to visitors. The northern part of the park is limited to licensed tour operators who organize fly-in safaris.

Cape Cross

Overview: 120 km north of Swakopmund, Cape Cross is home to one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. During the November / December breeding season as many as 150,000 seals gather here. The name refers to the large stone cross erected here by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century.

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