Finally got out of the hostel around noon. We are only about 30 km today so we were planning on wasting some time at Dune 7, a giant sand dune just outside Walvis Bay. We got about half way to Swakopmund before we figured out that there was no access to Dune 7 from the North side of town. So we backtracked to town and then headed East to the Dune.
Dune 7 was a pretty big disappointment. It's a large sand dune, but compared to the giant sand dunes we saw in Namib-Naukluft National Park it's not so impressive. Plus it's obviously a tourist site, with all the trappings (picnic tables, toilets, litter everywhere, etc.) to take away from the sensuality of the dune itself.
The drive north was nice with a bare expanse of white sandy desert on one side, and the ocean on the other. Very striking, but not all that interesting after the first ten minutes.
Swakopmund is a small German city that feels a little like Lüderitz, but not quite as quaint. We found a great hostel where we got two rooms and our own bathroom for what we were paying in Cape Town for a dorm bed. Spent the afternoon walking around and on the internet. Went out and met up with the same overland truck that we hung out with in Sesriem (Namib-Naukluft National Park).