Swakopmund, popularly called “Swakop” in Namibia, is an admirable seaside resort with much of Namibia’s Germanic colonial heritage. Often referred to as Namibian playground, Swakopmund sits at the edge of the Namib Desert and is the biggest coastal town with beautiful ancient Germanic architecture. Remember the village in the 2008 production of “The Prisoner” where a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job was imprisoned in a beautiful, charming and enigmatic but mysterious seaside “village” that is isolated from the mainland by mountains and the sea? Now that is just a flick of the beautiful scenery of Swakopmund, the town that served as the movie’s setting.
Swakopmund is popular for its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums, all of which are worthy of your time and visit as they seemingly send nostalgic feeling down the spine at sight. The city boasts of a pleasant climate and numerous tourist attractions which makes it a pilgrim site of a sort for tourists and fun lovers.
Swakopmund has both local and foreign cuisine in abundance. It is a city throbbing with various restaurants, hotels and bars where delicious delicacies and drinks are served. The following are some of its favourites. Potjie Kos is a meal prepared either with meat or chicken and vegetables. Some vegetarians might enjoy it as a plain vegetable pot. This meal usually takes about 3-4 hours preparation time. Braaivleis is an almost equivalent of ‘barbecue’, and depending on your preference, the menu varies from meat, chicken, corn, garlic bread and sausages; and is often accompanied with your favourite salad. Biltong is made of dried meat, first marinated for days, then spiced and hung to dry for about 2-3 weeks. Biltong can be made from animals such as \'Kudu\', \'Springbok\' and \'Gemsbok\'. The beef biltong is made of cattle meat and can be enjoyed alongside boerewors (sausage) burger. Mopane worms is a local favourite meal prepared using caterpillars which are fried to get a crispy coating.
Kapana is more of a street snack made of red meat barbecued in the open-air, it\'s very similar to ‘braaivleis’ but prepared differently. Meat used in preparing it are cut into small pieces and served with peppers, onions, chillies and sauces. Mielie pap (maize meal) is a traditional porridge made from maize. It can be made very thick and eaten with the hand. It usually accompany braai\'s (barbecues), or served with a meat dish and a tomato and onion stew.