Street Art in Swakopmund

By Abi King | Africa

Mar 04

Ghandi - You must be the change you wish to see in the world - street art in Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa

Finding Inspiration in Swakopmund

Alright, I admit it. I did agree with the description of Namibia’s adventure playground, Swakopmund, as “unimaginably dreary.”

I still do. Yet as I was leaving town, I drove along this street of, well, street art that lifted my spirits. From Gandhi’s “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” to a rather wonky Bob Marley (or was it supposed to be Che Guevara?) Either way, these images showed me that hope, colour and inspiration can exist beneath the mist. Enjoy!

Street Art in Swakopmund

Street Art in Swakopmund - Colour and dancing in Namibia's Adventure Capital

Street Art in Swakopmund  - Hands Around the World

Street Art in Swakopmund Rainbow coloured handprints

Street Art in Swakopmund (11) Rainbow Bob Marley One Love

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About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Wanderluster March 4, 2011

That Ghandi quote is timeless, and I just love discovering street art like this, all over the world.

Sonja March 4, 2011

Talented street artists!

Sophie March 5, 2011

Must be Bob Marley, I think.

I was in Namibia ages ago, a year or so after independence. I was only in Windhoek and it felt very German. People spoke German and I stayed in B&Bs where they served German food for breakfast. I imagine it must be very different today.

Ayngelina March 6, 2011

I love street art too and the lead photo is awesome.

Andrea March 6, 2011

I love photos of street art – these rock!

Abi King March 8, 2011

Yes, I love that first quote. It’s nice to be reminded of it every so often…

@Sophie – Windhoek didn’t have a particularly German feel but the influence is certainly still there in Swakopmund (at the very least through its kuchen and other pastries!)

Bocas Chick March 11, 2011

Ghandi’s quote inspires me every time I read it and Africa itself is a great wonder of art and culture. I wish I have the budget to visit the country just once.

    Abi King November 3, 2011

    Yes, Namibia is expensive – but it does have so much to offer.

Bluegreen Kirk March 15, 2011

Love the art and the Ghandi quote.

walkingontravels May 13, 2011

Absolutely stunning. I love collecting shots of graffiti and murals around the world and these are some truly amazing displays of wall art.

Tran June 16, 2011

Just watched “Exit Through the Gift Shop” last night. Great documentary on street art for those interested. I think this is the first piece I’ve seen on street art in Africa. I see hope, love, and positive energy. Nice works.

    Abi King November 3, 2011

    Ooh – I’ll have to look into that one. Thanks for the recommendation.

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