It is New Years Eve and we make our way to Swakopmund. After spending so much time outside cities and villages it somehow feels strange to get back to a city. Especially since a lot of the signs here are in German. The history of German presence still very much alive. As usual we have not booked anything in advance and find the city pretty much completely booked. That applies to places to stay and eat.
We end up staying at Gull's Cry Camp located close to the beach. We cook Spaghetti for dinner and afterwards go out to have a few drinks at a beech bar close by. That's our quite nice start into 2004.
A lot of the signs are still in German like with this brewery.
The lighthouse of Swakopmund.
SAND - as nobody would have noticed.
The explorer himself in the dunes.
A short side trip to Dune 7.
We climb all the way up the dune.
Great view across the other dunes.
The freestyle part of going down again is about to begin.
Karin starts running down the dune.
She jumps and starts sliding.
Until the sand finally stops here. That's real fun.
11 - 11
Cities is not what we came here for and the camp site is not that fascinating. After sleeping in for a change we make our way a bit further south to Walvis Bay. Here we stop by Dune 7 and have a lot of fun with climbing up the dune and then running and sliding down afterwards. In the evening we reward ourselves with a great seafood dinner at "The Raft". A great restaurant build on stilts into the sea.
The next morning we are finally able to buy the permit to the Namib Naukluft Park. We tried it yesterday but everything was shut. Good by cities we go back into the wild. ;-)