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: