Day 15 - evening Day 8 - Northern Experience Tour
18 Celsius, cool breeze
As promised, we left the hotel at exactly 6:00pm and followed Alex up the street for our little "walking tour" around several blocks. The area appeared deserted; hardly any people were seen around. It could have been the fact that we were in the tourist part of town! Who knows!
The sky had clouded over and had this dull gray, hazy looking color. On top of this, the temperature had plummeted to probably around 18 degrees Celsius, a drastic change to the 45 degrees I had become accustomed to. Regardless, with my two layers of sweaters plus my jacket on, I was fine!
With 42,000 inhabitants, Alex told us that Swakopmund was considered a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture having been founded in 1892 as the main harbour for Germany and Namibia previously known back then as "West Africa".
I was surprised to learn that a sizable part of its population was still German-speaking today! No wonder our four German travelling companions felt right at home here in Swakopmund.
Half an hour later, we stood in front of the town’s lighthouse, an eleven meters tall red and white structure built in its present location in 1903 after the original one was washed away in a storm. Interesting facts!
Across from it, the Atlantic Ocean coastline with its white sandy beach provided us amazing views even though the horizon was a bit thick with haze. We were heading to the “Lighthouse Pub & Restaurant” a beach front restaurant located a few meters away. Voted as one of the best restaurant in Swakopmund according to Lonely Planet, I was anxious to see it for myself.
It was a good thing that Alex had made reservations because the place was almost full. The marine décor added to the attractiveness of the place making me feel as if I was actually inside a real lighthouse.
In the horizon, a beautiful sunset was appearing in between the thick grey clouds. Knowing me, I just couldn’t resist it and had to get up and walk to the open terrace to capture this special moment. Others from the group followed shortly afterwards so I wasn’t the only one probably looking like a fool in front of the locals snapping pictures away!
Pizza was ordered….yes vegetarian pizza all to myself whereas Michel ordered fish and fries. Can’t complain, it was very good but I couldn’t eat all of it….it was way too much!
The cold breeze from the ocean made it chilly to walk back to the hotel. The sky had darkened and with the lighthouse lights on, it was a perfect setting.
By 9:30pm, we were back in our room knowing exactly what we’d be doing the following day as far as optional activities went! And....sorry, you’ll just have to wait for tomorrow to find out! Hehehe!Monique :-)Statistics of the day:
- Hammerstein Lodge to Solitaire: 2 hours
- Solitaire to Tropic of Capricorn: 1 hour
- Tropic of Capricorn to Walvis Bay: 3 hours
- Walvis Bay to Swakopmund: 0.5 hour
Total km: 395 km