Namibia :: Skeleton Coast
Category: Places :: City
IN 1892 GERMAN SOUTH-WEST AFRICA had a problem. Their rivals, the British, had a natural deep-water harbour just down the coast at Walvis Bay. Not discouraged, they built their own harbour using an artificial breakwater, and so Swakopmund was born – this site was also chosen for its fresh water sources. The town quickly became the main port for imports and exports for the whole German territory but it all came to an abrupt end when German South-West Africa was occupied by the Union of South Africa in 1915.
The change in government saw all harbour activities transferred from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay. In hindsight, it was just as well because the artificial breakwater at Swakopmund, the ‘Mole’, had already silted up and the port was by now reliant on a somewhat unreliable wooden jetty.
As business, industry and government decamped south to Walvis Bay, the town’s growth briefly faltered. But happily, Swakopmund had already started to achieve popularity as a holiday town and the town has continued to grow in this direction to this day. The uranium discovery at Rössing (now the largest opencast mine of its kind worldwide), near Arandis, some 70 km east of Swakopmund, has also had a sizable impact on the town’s growth.
|Address :||Skeleton Coast, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)64 415 000|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)64 412 200|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)64 465 000|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+264(0)64 404 827|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||ULP/LRP||Petrol Price Index :||9,75 NAD (Feb-2012)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||All types||Diesel Price Index :||10,28 NAD (Feb-2012)|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone:||+264(0)81 129 0789 / +264(0)81 311 8318|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Airstrip, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||Sportgrounds/Showgrounds. Auto Glass Repair. Carwash. Gymnasium. Sports Club. Auto Dealer. Motorbike Repair Services. Abattoir. Auto Spares. Municipal. Retirement Home. School/s. Sewerage Treatment Plant. Medical Centre. Casino. Theatre/Cinema. Bar/s. Deli/s. Court. Travel Agency. Interior Design/Lifestyle Services. Logistics Services. Veterinarian/Animal Hospital. Government Services. Fast Food.|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Donkey Cart Drives, Camel Rides, Ostrich Showfarm, Animal Feeding, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Sandboarding, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Makoro Trips, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Whale or Dolphin Watching, Scenic Flights, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Stargazing, Photography|
|More Activities:||Sky Diving. Explore the desert on four wheels. Camping Safaris. Desert Excursions. Living Desert Tours. Cruise the open sea on a catamaran. Sea Kayaking. Paintball. Hunting. Jukskei. Eating out.|
|Notes on Activities:||Shark fishing. (Some activities may be offered nearby).|
There are many options. Alta Brücke is a very well-regarded resort which offers both self-catering chalets and campsites.
Attractions in Swakopmund include the Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium and a crystal gallery.
Enjoy German pastries and beer in the town’s many coffee shops and bars.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!
Gas refill can be done at Cymot.
There is a dentist.
State hospital tel: +264(0)64 410 6000.
SHOPS & SERVICES:
There is a Spar, Pick n Pay, Shoprite and many other department stores.
December is a very busy time here, bookings will definitely be required. Although the municipal area of Swakopmund is excluded from the recently proclaimed Dorob National Park, you should take note of restricted roads outside the town and respect efforts to protect this beautiful coastline.
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