Photo Essay: Swakopmund, Namibia for the Holidays

by Ekua on November 17, 2012 in captured on memory card,Namibia

In keeping with our coastal holiday tradition, we spent our Namibian Christmas in Swakopmund. It’s a German colonial town on a desert beach in Southern Africa. It’s a unique combination of geography, culture, and aesthetics that I never imagined I’d see together.

A fellow North American traveler we encountered in Swakopmund said to us, “This place is bizarre!” As we explored the nearly empty town full of German colonial architecture, palm trees, and Christmas trees completely surrounded by sand, I had to agree. Beyond being somewhat of a head scratching place, it’s a pleasant spot to relax in and take a break between adventures in Namibia:

Footprints in the sand in Swakopmund, Namibia

A street in Swakopmund, Namibia

German colonial architecture in Swakopmund, Namibia

Sign in Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund, Namibia

Christmas decorations at a shopping center in Swakopmund, Namibia

A plaza in Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund, Namibia

Christmas Tree in Swakopmund, Namibia

Sign on the highway between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Namibia

Me in Swakopmund, Namibia

Elephant carving in Swakopmund, Namibia

A Christmas sunset in Swakopmund, Namibia

A Christmas sunset in Swakopmund, Namibia

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Candice November 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

LOVES! Tropical Christmas. I’d take that over my snowy St. John’s any day. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Ekua November 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Not quite tropical, but certainly much warmer than a Canadian Christmas ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve always thought the whole White Christmas thing was overrated, I’d rather have palm trees and sundress weather!


Sunanda November 19, 2012 at 5:13 am

Ha! I Love the ‘Sand’ exclamation! Happy holidays!


Ekua November 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Yeah, those signs cracked me up too. All along the coast of Namibia are the huge sand dunes of the Namib Desert so those signs seemed a little redundant… but I imagine they must be there to warn people of nighttime sand storms! Happy Holidays to you too.


Jen November 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I love the elephant, I linked your blog. Enjoy the holidays!!


Ekua November 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the holiday season as well.


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