Coastal Namibia Attractions
Sightseeing Highlights to be found along the Coast of Namibia
|CAPE CROSS SEAL RESERVE - SKELETON COAST
A treacherous and hostile rocky shoreline and breeding ground for largest colony of fur seals of Southern Africa
Fighting, mating and birthing takes place here for some 210 00 seals during November and December of each year
It was here in 1486 that the Portuguese explorer, Diego Cao erected a stone cross claiming the territory for his own country
The coast is also the resting place of many a shipwreck with the most famous being the Dunedin Star
Friedrich Martin Joseph Welwitsch (1806 – 1872) was the distinguished figure destined to bring to the attention of the world one of the most extraordinary curiosities of all living organisms.
This plant would arouse more interest and produce more surprises than any of the other 375’000 species known to man.
It seems to bear kinship only with a prehistoric flora known today as fossil remains
Yet somehow it still survives….an anachronism…. a relic of flora long past… a LIVING fossil!! No less unique is the phenomenon of the Welwitschia’s habitat
Desolate and forbidding valleys of conical and dome shaped hills near Swakopmund is reminiscent of an actual lunar landscape, resembling the lifeless surface of mars itself
The Moonlandscape represents the leftover of an ancient, enormous mountain range.
During more severe weather patterns, the valleys of the mountain range as well as the mountain range itself has been chafed, chiseled and gouged by wind and the waters of the nowadays known Swakop River.
|KOLMANSKOP GHOST TOWN
WARNING! WAARSKUWING! WARNUNG! ELONDWELO!
Kolmanskop, a deserted Ghost Town in the Sperrgebiet – once a cosmopolitan center where diamonds were lying around like “plums under a plum tree”, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out
Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the day’s boom and bust, where once opulent homes, shops, hospital and theater surrender slowly to the relentless heat and encroaching desert sand.
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