Coastal Strip-Stories

April 8, 2016

Floating over the Namib

There is a magical place on the south-western coast of Africa where tall, towering structures of windswept sand glide in graceful curves to meet a cold and mighty ocean. This place, where a desert meets the sea, is ancient and relentlessly beautiful and has been explored by the ever-curious human spirit for many years.
April 14, 2016

The Lagoon Five – Namibia’s coastal Big Five

Most of us have heard of the "Big Five", which include the lion, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros and elephant, but have you ever heard of the "Lagoon Five"? The Lagoon Five refers to the Big Five of the Namibian coast, which includes some less popular,but by no means less spectacular, animals.
May 31, 2016

From Strand Hotel to Sandwich Harbour

Strand Hotel Swakopmund is situated along the Namibian coast, making it the ideal base from which to explore the surroundings. Not too far from Swakopmund you will find Sandwich Harbour, one of Namibia's wetland wonders and top birding destinations.
July 25, 2016

Scheppmannskirche – the church in the desert

Turning off the airport road between Walvis Bay and Rooikop, after some twenty kilometres, you reach the water-extraction station of Rooibank, where Walvis Bay and Swakopmund obtain their drinking water. About one kilometre before Rooibank, on the top of a hill on the right side of the road, is a small church. What is the story of this church that was built right in the middle of the desert?
August 5, 2016

The Namibian Riviera

It’s hard to believe that more than five centuries ago Portuguese sailors caught sight of the empty sands of Namibia's coast and sailed away, never to return. Today visiting Europeans, who can’t find a single metre of beach at home that is not occupied by an oiled compatriot baking under a beach umbrella, will think they are either time travelling, already in heaven… or holidaying on Namibia's Atlantic coast.
August 24, 2016

The relentless struggle between sea and shore

Change is a constant. This inescapable fact illustrates itself vividly on Namibia’s desert coastline where the sea advances, swallowing lagoons, and retreats, leaving shipwrecks stranded in the desert.
September 23, 2016

The Dune Five – Five tiny critters to find in the desert

Previously we looked at the Lagoon Five, now we're moving on to the Dune Five. This list includes some tiny critters that are too often overlooked when visiting the dunes of the Namib Desert.
October 5, 2016

Why do dunes have different colours and shapes?

Endless expanses of dunes that are virtually impenetrable to man are a common misconception of what makes up a desert. In reality dunes globally occupy only around 20% of the area of deserts.
October 27, 2016

Wetlands of international importance

The thousands of flamingos, a mass of pink and white, were quietly honking as they preened and fed in the protein-rich water of the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Terns by the thousand were wheeling, circling and plunging into the water, their shrill calls a contrast to the deep honking of the flamingos. Thousands of cross-shaped forms lined the water's edge – cormorants with open wings drying in the sunlight.
December 5, 2016

Messages from Wlotzkasbaken

To well-heeled SUV warriors travelling along a sandy windswept coastal road between Swakopmund and Henties Bay, Wlotzkasbaken might seem abandoned and a trifle austere or primeval, but slowing down to savour this stilted reservoir-adorned settlement will reveal its appeal.
December 19, 2016

Magic in the Namib

Adventure with CYMOT
December 23, 2016

Swakopmund through a different lens

Photography feature
December 29, 2016

Three days in Swakopmund

The town of Swakopmund is beyond time, as if it has slipped in between the centuries like a joker in a pack of cards. With its old German flavour and extreme desert location, it is a charming anomaly.
January 9, 2017

Exploring the coastal playground on a sandboard

When whizzing downhill at 80 kilometres an hour strapped to a plank, it's best to keep your mouth shut. The alternative, if you fall, is grinding paste in your intestines for the next week.
January 16, 2017

New resort to be constructed at Mile 14

Namibia will have its own version of a South African West Coast town in the near future, where bungalows and houses will be the main feature.
January 18, 2017

Facts on Walvis Bay, Namibia’s main seaport

Facts on Walvis Bay, Namibia's main seaport
February 2, 2017

Walvis Bay Harbour – A multifaceted port of call

Several hundred years of shipping have seen some weird and wonderful visitors docking in the port of Walvis Bay. One of few as well as one of the earliest ports on the west coast of Africa, Walvis Bay attracted the first Portuguese explorers, and today remains a port of call for many outlandish vessels
February 3, 2017

Skeleton Coast by Amy Schoeman

First published in 1984, Skeleton Coast was reissued seven times by three of South Africa’s top publishers.
February 9, 2017

The Marine Big Five of Walvis Bay

The harbour town has a well-established and thriving marine tour industry. Crafts from several companies - ski-boats, catamarans and kayaks - take hundreds of tourists on marine cruises every year. As in land-based tourism, the marine component also has its Big Five. These are whales, dolphins, seals, leather-back turtles and sunfish.
February 16, 2017

Swakopmund – Bring a sweater!

The coastal town of Swakopmund has an aura entirely of its own. Surrounded by desert and edged by a chilly ocean, the town with its palm trees, wide streets and old German architecture seems to be out of place and out of time. Yet, imbued with mystique and individuality, it provides a holiday hub for overseas visitors as well as for Namibian locals who flock to its cooler climes in the summer heat.

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