Swakopmund (German for "Mouth of the Swakop") is a coastal city founded in 1892 by the Germans as the main harbor for German South-West Africa. Namibia spent time under German rule and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
The city is nestled at the mouth of the Swakop River, with the Namib Desert on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side.
The jetty first started construction in 1904 because of the need for ships to unload their cargo more easily. The original wooden structure was replaced by metal around 1912 by the German government. In more modern times the jetty became a popular place for anglers and walkers, but was soon in disrepair due to lack of maintenance, and closed because it was considered unsafe. In 2003 work started again and it was restored and rebuild for about 2 thirds and opened to the public at the end of 2006.