During the UN-sanctioned South African mandate over Namibia, the port of Walvis Bay was appended to South Africa’s Cape Province, Namibia gained independence in 1990, but South Africa retained Walvis Bay. Although South Africa stubbornly held its grip, the town’s strategic and economic value made control of Walvis Bay a vital issue in Namibian politics. After much negotiation and deliberation, control finally passed to Namibia on 28 February 1994.
So having had a (quick) look round Walvis Bay, we drove 30km south to the town of Swakopmund. We stopped after about 10km to look at ‘Bird Island’. This wooden platform in the sea was built to provide a roost for sea birds, it is now a source of guano, and I do not have any photos of it as the SMELL was absolutely disgusting!
We booked in to The Swakopmund Hotel, it was once the main train station, built in 1901, but has now been converted into a hotel. This building set the style for the architecture in the town, distinctly German/ Bavarian....was I in Africa??