Moon valley, sea lions, flamingoes and going from super hot to ice cold in one day! – what I saw in Swakopmund Namibia

by Sylvia

What to do in Swakopmund Namibia

It’s wise to write travel reports as soon as possible after returning from you holidays. It’s already been a while so before I before I forget even more about my trip, here are some photos from our stay in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in Namibia.

We travelled by car to Swakopmund for our next stop in our Namibian trip after visiting Etosha Park.

On our first day there we visited what is called moon valley an area of the Namib desert, about 30km east of Swakopmund. It’s not hard to see why it’s called the moon valley when looking at the pictures and the area provides many breathtaking views.

moon valley Namib desert Namibia, Africa |

It’s incredible how some vegetation can still survive in this hot and dry climate…

Namib desert Namibia, Africa |

It was very cold in Swakopmund in the morning as the town is often covered by a cold mist at that time. I left our hotel with multiple layers on. However, when we travelled out of the mist and into the desert, it was really hot! My shorts and t-shirt would have been better here.

wearing jeans and long sleeved t-shirt |

Wearing a printed t-shirt in the Namib desert |

For lunch we stopped at Goanikontes Oasis which is a surprising little spot of green among the vast desert.

Goanikontes Oasi Namib desert, Namibia |

They even had lamas there!

lamas |

And a peacock…

peacock |

A bit further on we saw some ostriches…

ostriches in Namib Desert |

On that same day we also travelled to Cape Cross Reserve where there are thousands of seals laying around.

Seal in Cape Cross Reserve Namibia |

It’s incredibly how many seals there are here. Many on the beach but just as many in the water.

Seals at Cape Cross Reserve |

Imagine the noise all these animals make! So loud. And the smell! In fact the smell was so bad that my cousin almost got sick and fled back into the car. It took her days to get rid of the smell completely.

Seals resting at Cape Cross Reserve in Namibia |

By this time we were back in the mist and it was cold! Seldom have I experienced a bigger change of temperature in one day. A winter jacket would have been very welcome. Instead I put on several layers and a light jacket. You can forget about good hair here!

Dressed for cold weather |

A lone jackal, perhaps looking for some food?

lone jackal Namib Desert |

Just one of the other views we passed…

Scenery of the Namib desert |

The next day we passed by Walvis Bay where I was mesmerised by the beautiful pink flamingoes.

Pink flamingoes |

Stunning and beautiful when they stand. But even more colorful as they fly. They don’t want you to come too close…

pink flamingoes about to fly |

and they quickly fly away …

pink flamingoes spreading their wings |

When you keep a safe distance though, they are very relaxed…

pink flamingoes on the beach |

And just enjoy strolling on the beach…

pink flamingoes in Walvis Bay, Namibia |

We had a fabulous few days in Swakopmund. Still one travel report to come when I will tell you about our experience in the Sossusvlei!

If you like to see these images in more detail, larger ones can be found on my Photography site.

Which country is on your wish list to travel to?


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rita

Thanks for sharing your photos. What amazing landscapes and wildlife! I’d like to touch the waters of all of the world’s oceans at some point. I have the Atlantic and Pacific well covered, and spent a brief day on the shores of the Southern Ocean, so the Indian and Arctic to go. I’d also like to go back to England and Scotland and spend some time exploring the country side and shorelines (and drink a lot of tea!). I was there years ago and it was so beautiful.


2 Sylvia

How interesting Rita. Why are you so fascinated / interested particularly in the oceans?


3 Rita

I have a masters degree in oceanography and I just love the sea. I thought making it a goal to see/touch all of the oceans would be a neat “bucket list” item. I’ve not gotten to work in the field very much, as we’ve moved around due to my husband’s military career, so I’m not current in the latest research, but I’ll always love the science of the sea. 🙂


4 Sylvia

Ah see, that explains it. How interesting. Yes that is indeed a great bucket list to have!


5 Patti

Such incredible views, Sylvia – thank you for sharing. The seals on the beach are like a carpet! (a smelly one, it seems). And I love this pics of the flamingos flying away. xox


6 Sylvia

Thanks Patti. Yes, Namibia is a stunning country. Great for photography!


7 Natalia

Amazing views and encounters with wild nature! Thank you for this interesting post, Sylvia.


8 Sylvia

Great to see you enjoyed it Natalia!


9 Trina

It’s such a treat when others, like yourself, take the opportunity to share memories and photos of their travels. What an amazing trip you must have had. I personally think you look fabulous dressed so casually. You most definitely plan your travel attire with both ease, style and function in mind. I still need and want to travel to the Netherlands and Antartica.


10 Sylvia

Thanks Trina. I make these travel reports as much for myself as for my readers. It’s great to have a great memory in pictures and since I no longer have time to make photo books, this is a good replacement. Packing for Namibia was actually not easy and I would do so differently next time, as temperatures vary so much. I hope you visit the Netherlands in the summer when I’m around as well. Or come to Singapore! Yes Antartica is on my wishlist too… (well mostly my husband’s wish list; it may be too cold for me 🙂


11 myemptybag

Amazing! Such a beautiful experience! really nice post!



12 Sylvia

Thanks. Good to see you enjoyed it!


13 Ally

Hi Sylvia
Awesome photos what a marvellous trip.
Thank you.



14 Sylvia

You’re very welcome Ally. Thanks for the feedback!


15 Suzanne

I’ve been planning to go on safari for my 50th and this it is really wonderful seeing your photos and what you managed to do on your own.

BTW… I LOVE the tee you are wearing!



16 Sylvia

Yes that’s the printed t I was referring to on your blog. Have it in brown too 🙂 A safari is a great experience. You will love it!


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