Today I wanted to share with you all this superb aerial shot of Swakopmund city in Namibia, taken by Mar Pages from Once in a Lifetime Journey Blog.
Mar has been travelling every week for a past decade. Visiting, both for work and pleasure, 90 countries in all continents except for Antarctica. She hopes to cross that off her list soon!
Originally, Catalan, she lives in Singapore for the last five years. She works full time at Google and she devotes evenings and weekends to travelling and writing her blog.
I’m hosting this shot because it shows a bit different Namibia than we all know from all those outstanding desert shots!
I always wanted to visit this lovely country. I’m totally addicted to desert landscape and adventures but I must admit that I was a bit afraid that there is nothing more than the desert there. This picture proves me wrong.
Photo Story: Swakopmund City
Swakopmund is a great example of German colonial architecture that is still alive and well as you can observe on this shot.
From the air, you can see the colonial houses and streets laid out and structured in order, just as Germans are known to be.
With churches and other official buildings in colourful red and pink roofs.
The city is the second largest in Namibia and was founded at the end of the 19th century as the German harbour base in South-West Africa. Many of its inhabitants still speak German.
Although Swakopmund means “Mouth of the Swakop River”, the Herrero people used to call it Otjozondjii which translated into “excrement opening” in the Nama language, because the river used to carry bodies of dead animals into the Atlantic Ocean.
Today’ the city is a popular tourist destination with locals and visitors alike. it is a launching pad for tours to the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast and other adventure activities like quad biking, fishing or golfing – in one of only five desert grass golf clubs in the world.
It is surrounded by the desert and the Atlantic shore, The famous Benguela current blamed for the Skeleton Coast lethal weather, also keeps it cool in the scorching summer months so it is an escape destination for Namibians to cool down.
It is not strange to see large flocks of flamingos flying over the town on their excursions to visit the large seal colonies at Cape Cross. Check it out, it provides great opportunities to get up and close with the 50,000 seals that can be found there.
Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean.
Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall.
Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
It is the capital of the Erongo administrative district. The town has 44,725 inhabitants and covers 196 square kilometres of land.
The city is situated in the Namib Desert and is the fourth largest population centre in Namibia.
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