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Swakopmund in Namibia
Namibia lies on the West coast of Africa between South Africa in the South and Angola within the North. A scarcely populated country where you'll be able to drive for 100's of kilometers without seeing a town.
Swakopmund nestles between the sea and the dunes, a real oases within the desert. The German affect remains to be strongly seen within the architecture. Hotel Europahof is but one of the many examples of this European inheritance.
Even the old jail is a lovely building.
Swakopmund is one of the hottest holiday towns for Namibians and quite busy over the Christmas holidays. Bordering the colder Atlantic ocean makes water temperatures comparatively low. Early morning mist is a common appearance. The mist can stay the entire day and create a fairytale image on the road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. On the one side you have the ever changing dunes and on the other side the boats that look like something out of "Pirates on the Caribbean" far of in the haze over the ocean.
Accommodation might be found in one of many many hotels as well as self catering apartments and vacation homes. The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment centre use to be the Old Station Building, It was superbly restored and now hosts a five star hotel with casino, eating places, shops and a cinema.
There are sufficient restaurants to keep the hungry happy. Cafe Anton is standard for it's typically German pastries and biscuits. The Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant has a pleasant outside area with views over the ocean. On a clear day sununits over the ocean are spectacular.
The Naukluft Park just outside Swakopmund is without doubt one of the must see places within the area. You need to get a entry permit at the inner affairs office earlier than you enter. It prices N$40 (less than $four) per particular person and N$10 per vehicle. The big attractions, other than the desert dunes, are the moon panorama and the Welwitschia plants. While these plants aren't notably pretty, they definitely have a charm of their own. Some of them are over a 1 000 years old. They grow very near the ground and have only leaves. You won't think this while you see them, as the leaves are torn from many years of exposure to the elements of nature. They are endemic to Namibia and a wonderful photo opportunity.
Dune 7 is the other should do when in Swakopmund. It is a few kilometers outside Swakopmund close to the Walvis Bay airport. Eachbody that has been to Namibia is asked the identical question " Did you climb Dune 7" From the underside it looks comparatively easy, till you start sliding back more than you go forward. For those who do not feel like climbing you'll be able to attempt sand boarding. You're taken up with a quad bike and then you just slide down, again and again. Sunscreen is a necessity for this activity if you happen to do not need to look like a prawn after a couple of minutes. It is said to be the highest sand dune in the world.
English is the official language of Namibia. Afrikaans and German are additionally heard lots as well as the numerous local languages. The currency is the Namibian dollar which is equal in value to the South African Rand. Rands are accepted by most businesses in Namibia. Restaurants and hotels in tourist areas settle for most credit cards for payment. Visa gave the impression to be the most widely accepted.
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