Explore the scenic beauty and Colonial past of Swakopmund during this orientation tour of the city, and a visit to the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive along the coastal road to Swakopmund, located 19 miles north of Walvis Bay at the mouth of the Swakop River. En route, you will take in magnificent views of sand dunes on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Upon arrival, you will take a tour of this seaside resort, which resembles a Bavarian village. Along the way, you will see Swakopmund's colonial past reflected in the early 19th-century Art Nouveau architecture; many of the charming buildings found here have been declared National Monuments. You will also see the Magistrate's Court, or Keiserliches Bezirksgericht, Lutheran Church and old Railway Station building, which is now the main reception area of the Swakopmund Hotel. You will then pass by the local Hansa Brewery and jetty before proceeding to the Karakulia Weavery, where the wool of Karekul sheep is spun, dyed, and woven into rugs and wall hangings.
Next, a visit will be made at the Kristal Gallery, a center displaying crystals weighing up to 14 tons, and considered the world's largest. Some time will then be made available to shop at the Brauhaus Gallery, a small shopping arcade in the center of town. You will then return to Walvis Bay via the gravel road. En route, a photo stop will be made at Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the Walvis Bay area.
Returning to Walvis Bay, a brief visit will be made to the Walvis Bay Lagoon and tidal flood plains. A RAMSAR Natural Heritage Site and one of the most important wetlands along South Africa's west coast, the Walvis Bay Lagoon is renowned for its abundance of marine life, pelicans and other bird species.
Please note: Guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair can manage this tour with the aid of a travel companion. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.