South Atlantic Ocean
With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and fine accommodation for all budgets, Swakopmund is Namibias most popular holiday destination, and its pleasant summer climate and decent beaches attract surfers, anglers and beach lovers from al over Southern Africa.
Thanks to its mild temperatures and negligible rainfall, Swakopmund generally enjoys grit in the oyster. When an easterly wind blows, the town gets a good sand-blasting, and almost perpetual drizzle. The fog rolls up to 30km inland and provides moisture for desert-dwelling plants and animals, including 80 species of lichen.
For better or worse, Swakopmund feels overwhelmingly Teutonic indeed, it has Germany but for visitors, its a Namibias adrenalin capital, and offers a wide range of gut-curdling activities from sand boarding and quad-biking to skydiving and camel riding. Note, however, that it gets especially busy around Namibian school holidays in December and January, when temperatures average around 25ºC.