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Swakopmund is a seaside resort town, which makes it the premier holiday getaway in Namibia . The interior of Namibia has intense heat during the summer months, therefore making the coast the perfect December getaway for that real holiday feel. Another relief to the heat is the cool early mornings and evenings in Swakopmund throughout the year, because of the cold Atlantic Ocean meeting the Namib Desert creating a fog bank.
In 1892, Swakopmund was founded by Captain Curt von Francois as the main harbor of German South West Africa, drawing a lot of attention to the harbor. The city is home to the Swakopmund Airport, lying on the B1 road and the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. Other historic attractions in Swakopmund include buildings such as the AltesGefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909, and the Wörmannhaus, which was built in 1906 with a prominent tower, but is now a public library.
In Swakopmund, there are many different activities and attractions to keep you busy. These include a transport museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and, south of the Swakop River near Langstrand, you can experience the beauty of the sand dunes. Broaden your experience by stepping outside the city to enjoy a game of golf at the Rossmund Desert Golf Course (one of the only 5 world-renowned all-grass desert golf courses). For the adrenalin junkies, the city has many extreme sports, such as sand boarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling - just to point out a few! For the more laid back tourist, Swakopmund offers an array of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums and a snake park.
Wildlife: There is great wildlife viewing to be had on the Waterberg swakopmund. Many big safari animals are present, including both white and black rhino. Several rare antelope species can be encountered such as sable and roan; and eland, greater kudu and tsessebe are also present. Brown hyena and leopard are the main predators. There are no lions or elephants.
Scenery: The Waterberg swakopmund takes in a 50km/31mi long, 16km/10mi wide sandstone swakopmund offering excellent views over the surrounding desert plains. The massif gets its name from the many springs that trickle down the red sandstone cliffs. The swakopmund features wooded areas as well as acacia bush and thick undergrowth.
Weather & Climate: The elevated Waterberg swakopmund divides its time between a cool, practically rain-free winter (May to October) and a hot summer with occasional rain (November to April). The former can get very cold in the early morning (5°C/41°F), so take care to rug up if you’re visiting anytime from June to August.
Best Time to Visit: The drier months of July to September lie smack in the middle of Waterberg swakopmund’s high season, but it’s worth forking out extra for the great wildlife viewing that characterizes this period. There’s less foliage for the animals to disappear into, and they’re not as scattered as they are when the weather turns hot and wet.
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