Paintball Adventure Centre
Swakopmund loosely translated means “the mouth of the tail of the snake,” which, in fact, is appropriately confusing imagery to describe the nature of the town. For example, Swakopmund claims as its own the Baron Pieter van Ginkel. Swakopmund’s Baron is, indeed, of noble birth, but rather than sipping tea in a smoking jacket, Pieter runs the Swakopmund Adventure centre at the base of the Swakop River out of a building he constructed himself.
The Adventure Park centers on a huge outdoor paintball complex, cleverly built into the vegetation and banks along the Swakop riverbed. Also on offer are quad biking, bungee bouncing, target shooting, volleyball, tug-o-war, laser pigeon shooting, parasailing, Giant Jenga and just about anything else adventurous you can think of.
In the evenings, the Adventure Centre becomes a calm, semi-outdoor place for a relaxing drink. Its open plan design makes it a great place to hang out if you want to be a little closer to nature, yet it has enough glass and wood walls to keep the chill out on winter nights.
The Baron has also partnered with restaurateur, Neville Gouws, to form a catering company, Sebastian and the Bull, which handles functions in the paintball centre. Their custom made rotisserie spit braai machines produce some of the most amazingly tasty and succulent meat available in Namibia.
It may sound odd to recommend a Baron for consultation on adventure activities, but in Swakopmund, the mouth of the tail of the snake, it makes perfect sense!
by John R Wheeling | Leisure Times Namibia