Swakopmund with its distinctive German colonial atmosphere, is a convenient base from which to esplore the gravel plains and rugged Kuiseb Canyon in the Namib section of the park. It is also close to the Walvis Bay Lagoon and Sandwich Harbour, two of the most important wetlands along the west coast of Africa.
Swakopmund, Namibia's second biggest town and is one of the most surreal and unique destinations in the country, a typical Europe meets the African desert next to the ocean kind of place. After a dusty trip to the desert dunes of Sossusvlei or the Namib-Naukluft Park, you can return to Swakopmund and experience great colonial ambience and luxury accommodation.
Approaching the town through the haunting beauty of the Namib Desert, one of the world's largest wilderness areas, you are greeted by the boom of the surf on the notorious Skeleton Coast, an ever-present reminder of the treacherous and icy Atlantic beyond the desert. Bavarian spires and palm trees rise into view through the coastal mist (it is almost always misty in the morning and late afternoon) and friendly, bustling Swakopmund is revealed.