What are the places to visit in Swakopmund?


What are the places to visit in Swakopmund?

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  1. Places to visit in Swakopmund:

    Swakopmund Museum

    Strand Street
    Tel: 064-402 046
    For in-depth historical background about the area, a visit to the Swakopmund Museum is a good starting point. Founded in 1951 by an itinerant German dentist, Dr Alfons Weber, it provides a comprehensive perspective of the town and its surroundings and possesses considerable historical and ethnological collections.

    Kristall Galerie

    Cnr of Theo-Ben Gurabib Avenue and Tobias Hanyeko Street
    Tel: 064-406 080
    The Kristall Galerie houses a superb collection of semi-precious stones and other geological wonders from all around Namibia. The gallery’s centrepiece is a remarkable 500-million-year-old quartzite crystal that stands twice as tall as a person – indeed, weighing in at more than 14,000kg (30,000 lb), it is credibly claimed to be the largest such formation in the world.

    Living Desert Snake Park

    Sam Nujoma Avenue
    Tel: 064-405 100
    To see a very different but equally engaging animal collection, visit the Living Desert Snake Park immediately east of the city centre. Privately owned and managed, this herpetological zoo includes specimens of several species associated with the sandy and rocky terrain of the surrounding Namib, including the spectacular horned adder, the sidewinder-like southern dune adder, and the beady-eyed Namaqua chameleon.

    Walvis Bay Lagoon

    Driving south from Swakopmund, the road crosses the Swakop River by way of the longest bridge in Namibia (688 metres/2,250ft) to Walvis Bay, a mere 33km (20 miles) distant. With a population estimated at around 60–70,000, this is probably the second-largest town in Namibia, though it feels altogether less cosmopolitan than nearby Swakopmund, and suffers from something of a character deficit. Despite appearances though, Walvis Bay isn’t lacking in historical significance. The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Diaz, who later pioneered a sea-route around Africa’s southern tip, anchored here on 8 December 1487. However, thanks to the absence of freshwater supplies, nearly three centuries were to pass before the European powers started to take an interest in this splendid natural harbour. In 1840, Britain staked a claim on Walvis Bay and its immediate vicinity as an outpost of the Cape Colony. The port remained a British enclave in German South West Africa following the Scramble for Africa in the 1880s, but it was co-opted into the newly created Union of South Africa in 1910. Seized briefly by German troops after the outbreak of World War I, Walvis Bay was recaptured by South African troops in 1915, along with the rest of South West Africa, and it remained a South African possession until 1994, some four years after Namibia became an independent state.

    Sandwich Harbour

    Birdlife can be seen at Sandwich Harbour, which is situated almost on the Tropic of Capricorn about 40km (25 miles) south of Walvis. This wetland plays host to a considerable number of migratory birds en route from their nesting grounds in the northern hemisphere to the warmer climes of the Cape’s west coast. In a good year, up to 50,000 wintering birds can be found here, while the occasional brown hyena, jackal or even oryx may also be seen along the shoreline.

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