German colonial rule in Namibia – The Independent

German colonial rule in Namibia – The Independent

Namibia is up there with my favourite countries on the planet and its historic ties with Germany are fascinating. In this story for The Independent I explore the seaside town of Swakopmund.


I was 7,500 miles from Berlin, but I felt closer to Germany than I did to southern Africa. It was like a small Bavarian town in high summer, bustling with tourists dawdling with ice creams.


Shops close between 1pm and 3pm, but most of the town’s restaurants stay open to serve currywurst, hot chips and ice-cold beers in a strange fusion of Latin and Germanic customs that contributes to Swakopmund’s unusual charm.


Read the full article here. 


July 7, 2015