Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Flying low over Namibia's coastline is probably the best way to get a sense of perspective about it. You see how it divides the South Atlantic Ocean from the baking desert. Both seem harsh and unforgiving.
Clinging to the boundary, often under a blanket of morning fog, are Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Politically, Walvis Bay has always been vital. It has the only deepwater harbour between Lüderitz and Angola. Historically, Swakopmund is probably the more interesting, with old German architecture to rival that in Lüderitz.
Most visitors stay in Swakopmund, which tends to be the livelier of the two, though birdwatchers may prefer Walvis Bay. Both have a good choice of small hotels and restaurants, making them obvious stops when driving between the Namib-Naukluft Park and the Skeleton Coast or Damaraland.IMPORTANT NOTE
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