Sandwiched between the Atlantic and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, is a popular and charming holiday destination. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for the German Imperial colony, its colonial architecture, oceanfront promenades, historical sights, cozy guesthouses, and excellent restaurants, make this laidback town a perfect base for exploring Namibia’s coastline.
“We are proud to stage this continental event at one of our country’s premier holiday destinations. Swakopmund has much to offer to the discerning tourist and its tourism establishments and state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure make it an ideal option to host WorldSkills Africa 2022”, says Namibia Training Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer, Muvatera Ndjoze-Siririka, whose organization, in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, oversees the organization of the event.
“Swakopmund is a good starting point for trips up Namibia’s famous Skeleton Coast. A good day-trip would be south from Swakop to Walvis Bay, Namibia’s main port town. The road to Walvis Bay provides good views of the Namib dunes meeting the Atlantic. About 120 km north of Swakopmund lies Cape Cross, where every October to December about 100,000 Cape Fur Seals breed. The sight and the noise is absolutely breathtaking! For hobby botanists a half day trip to the south east on the Moon landscape drive will take you to the legendary Welwitschia mirabilis, as well as other desert-adapted plants, abandoned mining equipment, and an unbelievable landscape”, added Ndjoze-Siririka.
“I can assure WSAS2022 visitors of the Swakopmund Municipality’s commitment to this continental event in line with their vision of providing and maintaining safe and sufficient services to residents and visitors alike. This event also aligns well with Swakopmund’s ongoing strategic vision to promote development to the benefit of its communities. We welcome the Swakopmund Municipality’s commitment and partnership and we have full confidence in their efficiency as host city of WSAS2022’, concluded Ndjoze-Siririka.