I liked it the minute I saw it. It was built sometime around 1909. The tower was originally called the Damara Tower as that was the name of the company that used it. It was supposed to be a landmark for ships in the era when it was built. There were some really great views from the tower as there were no other building that I could see that were taller than the tower. It cost me $2 to get to climb the tower’s viewing area. I thought that was fair although I sometimes wonder why I pay money to walk up several flights of stairs. It seems like its a special kind of tourist punishment.
It’s the local craft market in Swakopmund. It was the only one I saw that wasn’t housed inside. Everyone wanted to help me buy something. There was a lot of choice. When I asked someone if they were there everyday, he said yes. They were close to the museum and the light house. Swakopmund is not a big town.
I went to the museum in Swakopmund. It cost me about $3 and I figure that’s about the right price for it. The area it is in is interesting. It’s sits on the beach as you can see. It also sits right in front of the lighthouse, which was also interesting. There were a couple of outdoor cafes next to the museum which seemed to draw a crowd on a Saturday morning. There was also a little kiddie park next to the museum. All-in-all it was something of an active place.
I went for a walk and found these flowers. The picture does not do them justice. Swakopmund, Namibia was an up and coming town. It was modern and landscaped nicely. I saw some civic pride in the town. The urban landscape in Africa can, at times, be a little less well-groomed than a local progressively minded citizen might want. Swakopmund had no such distinction. It was a tidy place.
It was a cool cycle and I saw it when I was walking down the street in Swakopmund. It was in pristine condition. That’s because it was a rental and I’d bet it was an expensive one. Would I want to ride it? Sure. Would I want to own it? No. Not unless I had enough money to have a collection of motorcycles and a place to house them along with the budget to maintain them properly. I can think if many motorcycles I would buy before I would buy this one. But, I had to admit it was an interesting specimen and it was a rental as well, meaning that all I had to do was to go to their web site and give them a date, a time, and a credit card number. Sounded easy enough to me.
Swakopmund, Namibia advertises itself as the Adrenaline capital of Africa. The reason is that you can participate in adrenaline producing activities such as skydiving, sand boarding, quad biking, and paragliding. Swakopmund is also a beach town and it functions as one of Namibia’s premier places for the locals to go to do some recreational activities. It is also a stop on the overlanding trail for the young to do some skydiving and other activities. Did I skydive? No. My adrenaline is fine. But Swakopmund is a must-see in Namibia. People say the town is more German than Germany. That’s an exaggeration, but you get the point. There are also lots of restaurants in the city. Many more than I found at the bush camps and campgrounds I had been staying in.