Hello everybody. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last wrote; where does the time go??
Oh happy day
My husband and I finally made our long anticipated trip to the coast at the beginning of May. Accommodation in the coastal town of Swakopmund is hard to come by especially during public and school holidays so we almost didn’t go until we fortuitously came across a gorgeous ocean view flat on Airbnb. The apartment made our 4-day holiday all the more memorable; it was beautiful and serene, just what we needed. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone look to stay in Swakopmund on holiday.
When I go on holiday one of my favourite things to do is to wake up early in the morning and watch the sun rise, if I’m in a location that allows that, or to simply do quiet time and centre myself. So on one of the mornings I got up early and went to the Jetty in an attempt to watch the sun rise. However, nature had other plans for it was cold and cloudy that morning. But I would not be deterred. I braved a cold, windy and lonesome walk up the jetty. The view was still beautiful with the clouds looking somewhat illuminated by the sun behind them. Due to the biting cold I didn’t stay long on the jetty but I did sit on the beach for a while watching the soothing rhythm of the rough waves rushing towards the shore.
I love lazy holidays. Having no agenda, not checking your watch for time, simply going with the wind. That’s what all holidays should be like.
We spent our days either in the apartment enjoying the view from our balcony or exploring our surroundings. We drove to the harbour town, Walvis Bay, about 30km south of Swakopmund. The road to Walvis Bay (which is part of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor) is an attraction on its own – on the one side is the Namib desert and on the other is the Atlantic Ocean. The views are absolutely beautiful. In the far distance you can usually see huge oil rigs and ships.
Business vs Leisure
Most people know of Walvis Bay as it’s the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian coastline. However, tourists generally prefer Swakopmund over Walvis Bay, and one trip to both towns will tell you why. The former has a strong chilled/holiday/easy life vibe; the town itself is a tourist attraction. Whereas the latter has a more business-as-usual feel. When you get to Swakop all you want to do is kick of your shoes, wear beach clothes, get some sunscreen on and head to the beach. But when you’re in Walvis it feels as if you’re just on your way to work and everyone around you is busy with business. Though, to be fair, Walvis has a gorgeous lagoon and some pretty good bars and pubs!
No holiday is complete without a couple of sun downers – am I right or am I right? Because we’d found such bargain accommodation right on the beach, we had stunning views of the sun setting over the ocean. Go to the balcony, add good music, a glass of whiskey and have your person right beside you – voila, you have everything you ever needed in life 🙂 That’s all we did for all three evenings we were there and it was well worth it. To life and to thriving!