Charly's City Tour
Swakopmund was founded in 1892 by Captain Curt von Francois, who chose the location to be the main harbour for the Imperial German colony. The deep sea near Walvis Bay would have been a more suitable harbour, but it had already been claimed by the British. The first sailors and settlers to come off the boat spent their first night in shelters dug into the Swakopmund sand.
Since then Swakopmund has seen a bewildering amount of growth and change, with each phase leaving marks on the town which can still be seen today.
Charly's Desert Tours will skip the desert for you and guide you through the town’s history, culture and charm. From the town’s historical German roots, to it’s English influences South African occupation and the effects of the native cultures of Namibia on Swakopmund’s unique character.
The tour takes you from the old Woerman tower to the oldest known brothel in Namibia. You will have a look at millionaire’s row where the most successful Swakopmunder’s make their homes, and also visit the DRC, a government subsidized shanty town where the poorest people find ways to survive.
Your guide will discuss the varied industries that have come to Namibia, including uranium mining, tourism and film making. It is also a good time to ask your guide about the hot spots in town, and get some local input as to where to go and what to do during your stay (likely he will show you his copy of Leisure Times as a resource!).
This is not a hard core historical tour, and there is no mission involved to promote cultural awareness. It is just a brief tour of Swakopmund with a local guide who knows the town well. It is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the history, culture, business and pleasure that makes Swakopmund what it is.