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Swakopmund - The beautiful town at the sea

During the first day of our stay in Swakopmund we undertook an excursion to the botanical sensation in Namibia the Welwitschia mirabilis. The Trail of the same name pass the lunar landscape, ancient lichens as well as various other points of interest and ends at oldest and the biggest Welwitschia specimen in the middle of the desert. This monstrous seeming approx. 1500 year-old plant is fenced in, because ground compression would damage the sensitive roots.
The Welwitschias are known as a result of of their age (1000 till 2000 years) as living fossils and was named after your discoverer, the Austrian botanist Dr. Friedrich Welwitsch. Originally they consist of 2 leaves which become divided in the course of the years by the wind in several parts. One finds the Welwitschias from which there are male and feminine species, spread all over the plain on both sides of the street. For the Trail one needs about ½ days, with excursion to the blood hilltop a whole day. Further information you will find here: Plantzafrica.com.

The afternoon we spend near our accommodation, the Beache Lodge on the beach. Due to the hot east wind, 33° C in the sun invited to swimming in the ocean. Indeed, the swimming is only something for hard-boiled natures. The dark green sea water stinks of fish and is very cold (approx. 17°C). Everywhere sharp edged shells lie around, in the water gigantic tube algaes floating. In addition come the high waves, which disperse the sand and pull one in the cold floods. Under these circumstances i have dared only up to the abdomen in the water.

The Namibian coasts offers good conditions for anglers. The Benguela stream transports cold water rich in nutrient in the coast area and this is a basis for the fish wealth on coasts of Namibia. Accordingly the main focus the restaurants lies just as in Lüderitz on fish and sea dishes. The restaurant "Strand" near the landing stage Jetty is to be recommended especially. At the weekend it is very full and a reservation advisable. One can also very good dine in the "Kupferpfanne". The menu offers everything what the heart desired, from the German "Eisbein" about African wild specialities to various fish dishes.

A stroll by Swakompund allows to be alive the German past of Namibia, particularly in view of the advertisement posters for the carnival (on which a guest speaker from Cologne was announced). Worth seeing are the splendid Hohenzollernhaus in Art Nouveau, the Woermannhaus with tower, the "Altes Amtsgericht", the Princess Ruprechts Lazaret and the old railway station, today a 4* Hotel. One gets the key to the tower of the Woermannhauses in the adjoining gift shop "Jetty". From above arise a nice panorama about town and seashore.

Less worth seeing is the aquarium. It is relatively expensive and consist in essential of one big round basin. In front of the aquarium waiting some pushing gift seller, what is quite rare in Namibia. The farm of reptiles, a little bit outside from the center is more interesting. Even if the farm is also not so big, it offers an insight at the part of the hidden animal world in Namibia, like{snakes}, the "desert drakes" (chameleons), tortoises and varanus species.

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