Swakopmund in Namibia which is pronounced Swak-u-mi-nd is a weird place literally in between a desert and the ocean along the coast of Namibia.
The huge sandy beach faces the Atlantic Ocean and the desert is part of the Namib Desert. Swaka (as we started calling it) is close to the capital of Namibia Windhoek. We spent three days here and had actual beds (no camping) so it was a welcome break.
The Tucan crew got all dressed up upon arrival and headed for the bright lights of Swaka!
Our first stop was a bar/restaurant right on the sea front which had gorgeous views over the Atlantic (albeit a little windy). I enjoyed my glass of South African wine whilst basking in the sunset.
We then went to a restaurant where all sorts of game was on offer before heading out to one of the local night spots where a Halloween party was in full force somewhere in a warehouse just outside of town.
The following day was spent wandering around the German inspired town, walking along the sea front and hanging out at the awesome brewery Brewer and Butcher. You can see the huge German influence in the buildings, it looks like I was in Europe but it was in fact a desert in Namibia.
One of the must do attractions in Swakopmund is getting into the Namib desert either by camel or quad bike. I chose a quad bike because I’ve done the camel thing in Egypt and I remember how sore my bum was afterwards!
The tour was 2 and half hours long and it went from Desert Explorers offices right on the edge of the desert. We jumped on our quad bikes after a short demonstration and headed straight for the desert.
I’ve had very little experience on quad bikes so I was a little nervous but there were very clear paths for us to follow and there were members of staff at the front and back of the group to make sure we were OK.
The view was incredible, although it was a little difficult to take it all in as I was concentrating so hard on not crashing that I found myself not enjoying the experience as much as I would have hoped.
Half way through we stopped and had a break, took some photos and just generally took in our surroundings. Weirdly it was quite cold out in the desert and we all needed to cover up which again was something we weren’t expecting to do in the desert.
Back in Swaka we went back to the brewery as the food was excellent, wifi connection was the best we’d had in Africa and the service was second to none.
After recharging the batteries, having an actual bed and having some down time it was time to leave Swaka and head further into the Namib desert.
Next stop: Soussevlei & Deadvlei – Namibia
Read about my other African adventures here