The population of the coastal town of Swakopmund is around 25,000 and considered a destination for vacationing South Africans. There are many activities that can be booked here from a quad-biking adventure over the dunes to a dolphin cruise on Walvis Bay.
We signed up for the dolphin cruise and checked into our bungalows for the next two nights. Swakopmund Rest Camp offers either a two-bedroom cabin, a four-bedroom bungalow, or A-frame chalets which sleep up to six people. The camp area is fenced and secure. There are laundry services and the beach is a couple blocks away. We walked to the town for dinner at Swakopmund Brauhaus in the evening and had breakfast the next morning at a German pastry and coffee shop.
A driver picked us up for our dolphin cruise. Flamingos and pelicans were at the waters edge. The boat went onto the water where the sandy coastline of Swakopmund could be seen. Old boats were in the harbor that looked like they shouldn’t be on the water with their rusted hulls and holes in the sides. The seagulls were flying above us in a series of acrobatic stunts. Sea lions played in the water along side the boat. The driver slowed down and all of a sudden one of the seals popped his head out of the water at the back of the boat. Next thing I knew, he was in the boat. He sat on the boat looking like he was so important. We rubbed our hands along his silky coat and touched his flippers. I had not realized before that seals had actual nails on their feet, very strange looking. He jumped off the boat and we again traveled over the waves of the Atlantic. Wind picked up but the sun was warm. A lighthouse in the distance stood on the edge of a strip of sand that jutted out into the ocean. Sea lions frolicked and played and flamingos added a light pinkish hue to the golden sand. We slowly passed the remains of a shipwreck partially buried in the sand. There was a huge platform built in the ocean for birds to nest on. Thousands of birds filled the structure. People go out with huge wires and scrape the bird poop or guano off the platform. It is then exported and sold for hefty prices for fertilizer and other uses. We watched bottle nose dolphins leap from the water and arch their way into a dive. The “captain” of our boat stopped off shore and served us fresh oysters, snacks, and champagne. We returned to shore and had the van driver drop us off in town. I walked through the town, along the beach and out onto the pier. What a wonderful town this is with its German architecture sitting on the edge of the ocean. Waves crashed against the pylons and up onto the pier. I walked along the oceanfront and onto the beach. we stopped at the aquarium but it was small and not of much interest. I continued along the beach until I was almost out of town. Swakopmund is a place where the desert meets the ocean and it makes a good place to explore both.