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Swakopmund

Namibia

Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Welcome to Swakopmund - Namibia's premier holiday resort! During the summer holidays and long weekends, thousands of Namibians flock to the coast, and this human migration happens for a number of reasons; Swakopmund has a real holiday feel to it and everyone wants to be there; during the December holidays, the cool Namibian coast offers relief from the intense heat of the interior; and more importantly as far as the tourist is concerned in these modern times, Swakop has changed, and has become the countries leading adrenaline destination, with a wide range of activities to suit all ages and (most) egos.

The area of Namib Desert around Swakopmund is named the West Coast Recreational Area. And recreation is the towns number one draw card. There are countless pursuits to help you spend your time, and money. For those interested in adventure activities Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few. For the more sedentary there are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums, a snake park and aquarium.

If danger isn't your middle name, then the architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund might be more to your liking. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in time. (Less for those who care to jump out of perfectly serviceable aircraft shouting 'Geronimo' before it lands safely.) Although in recent times the new generation have woken up to the tourist potential of the area, Swakopmund still manages to create a feeling of timelessness.

Buildings and monuments of note in Swakopmund include the Hohenzollern Building, the Marine memorial, the War memorial in memory of those killed in World War 2, Princess Rupprecht House originally a military hospital now a private guest house.The Kaserne buildings originally served as a barracks and is of a similar design to the Alte Feste in Windhoek and Fort Namutoni in Etosha. The old Swakopmund Prison is still fully operational and provides budget accommodation for the criminal fraternity of the Namibian coast.

The Swakopmund Railway station was completed in 1901 and now houses the Swakopmund Hotel, while the bells of the Deutsche Evangelical Church were imported from Germany. Standing close to the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) is the Swakop Lighthouse at just over 20 meters it has been functional since 1902.

The main beach area is called the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt to construct the artificial harbour (as South Africa owned the only natural harbour in the area at Walvis Bay). The towns most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular are for anglers and walkers, it has fallen into disrepair on numerous occasions and has been subject to several attempts to rescue it from complete dereliction. Recently large scale work has been completed on the jetty which now proudly boasts a small restaurant and bar area.

True to its German traditions early mornings and evenings in Swakopmund can be cold throughout the year, as the cold Atlantic Ocean meeting the Namib Desert creates a fog bank. This coolness is often a relief from the heat of the rest of Namibia, but does mean that Swakopmund is not the tropical sunbathing mecca that most people imagine.

There is a great variety of accommodation in Swakopmund which cater for all tastes and budgets. It should be noted that these establishments will definitely need to be booked in advance especially if you are travelling in the busy December holidays.

For day trippers a visit to the Cape Cross Seal Colony is worth a visit as it offers a taste of the Skeleton Coast and the seals are worth a visit. The Welwitschia drive is an interesting way to spend a few hours and introduces you to some of the fauna and flora of the Namib Desert. Bird lovers can pay a visit to the Swakopmund Salt Works or the Walvis Bay Lagoon, which in season is frequented by thousands of flamingos.

  • Swakopmund: Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht, now known as State House, was constructed in 1902
  • Swakopmund: Swakopmund Jetty
  • Swakopmund: Höhenzollern Building built in 1906
  • Swakopmund: The iconic Swakopmund lighthouse
  • Swakopmund: Peter's Antiques and Kucki's Pub, both landmarks in Swakopmund.
  • Swakopmund: Seals
  • Swakopmund: Gardens in central Swakopmund
  • Swakopmund: The lighthouse
  • Swakopmund: The Jetty
  • Swakopmund: Pelican
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Alternative Space

An art gallery turned guest house - the Space is truly alternative and worth a visit if you are interested in philosophical conversation, innovative thinking and staying somewhere out of the norm.

Atlantic Villa

Offers a variety of suites, luxury rooms and self catering units. Ideal for the business traveller or holiday maker

Brigadoon Cottages

Very centrally located, includes traditional guest house accommodation as well as two separate self catering flats

Central Guest House

Luxury accommodation with a personal touch.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Small, peaceful guesthouse in a well established part of town

Gecko Ridge Guest House

15km outside of Swakopmund this elegant. pet friendly, guest house offers amazing views over the Namib Desert. Accommodation is in either guest house rooms or self catering units

Indongo Guest House

Probably better suited to the business than the leisure end of the market

La Sirenetta

A family run B&B close to the Vinetia beach

Meike's Guest House

A well established owner managed guesthouse where emphasis is placed on environmental issues

Namib Guesthouse

A small owner run guest house which places an emphasis on offering quality personal service

Organic Square Guest House

Fairly centrally situated accommodation offering healthy organic breakfast options

PebbleStoneHouse Bed & Breakfast

Fresh, light & airy bed and breakfast in an upmarket and fairly centrally located area

Royal Benguela Guest House

A seven bed-room guest house offering personal attention

Sams Giardino

Well established, Swiss managed guesthouse which is always a popular choice. Offers good quality accommodation & occasional wine tasting nights

Sandfields Guest House

An intimate and sophisticated family-run boutique guesthouse offering comfortable accommodation. A highlight is that each of the en-suite rooms has a private fireplace.

Sea Breeze Guest House

A very popular choice, offers excellent rooms at extremely reasonable prices. Possibly best value for money in Swakopmund

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Swakopmund Lifestyle Apartments and B&B

Centrally located self catering apartments offering a good selection of units (choose from studio, one, two or three bedroom units)

Swakopmund Guest House

A well appointed guest house in the center of town

Villa Margherita

A newer addition, situated in an old historic building near the town center. Expect attention to detail and Italian flair.

Vogelstrand Guest House

A family operated establishment which prides itself on offering guests both personal attention and privacy

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a quite deser setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Beach Hotel

Situated close to the beach & the town center. This hotel offers a wide choice of room types making it the perfect choice for every budget

Hansa Hotel

Right in the middle of town, the Hansa is over 100 years old and still offers top quality accommodation

Hotel Eberwein

Hotel situated close to the town center, decorated in a Victorian style

Hotel EuropaHof

Centrally located hotel with old world German style

Rossmund Lodge

Situated out of town on the Rossmund Golf course, one of the world's best desert courses.

Strand Hotel

Currently being completely rebuilt

Hotel zum Kaiser

Recently opened 21 roomed boutique hotel in central Swakopmund.

Swakopmund Hotel

A large hotel, based around the historic railway station. Complete with casino, bars and restaurants

Alte Brucke

A centerally located self catering lodge & campsite

Alternative Space

An art gallery turned guest house - the Space is truly alternative and worth a visit if you are interested in philosophical conversation, innovative thinking and staying somewhere out of the norm.

Atlantic Villa

Offers a variety of suites, luxury rooms and self catering units. Ideal for the business traveller or holiday maker

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. Has some limited self catering facilities

Brigadoon Cottages

Very centrally located, includes traditional guest house accommodation as well as two separate self catering flats

Cornerstone Guesthouse: An der Mole & Atlantik Sicht self-catering apartments

Two well equipped self catering apartments, both with sea views

F1 Waterfront Estate

Close to the beach in one of the towns northern suburbs, offers accommodation for up to five people

Gecko Ridge Guest House

15km outside of Swakopmund this elegant. pet friendly, guest house offers amazing views over the Namib Desert. Accommodation is in either guest house rooms or self catering units

Meike's Guest House

A well established owner managed guesthouse where empahsis is placed on environmental issues

Paua Self Catering Units

Two well equipped self catering apartments in the suburb of Vogelstrand

Sandcastle Apartments

A choice of four fully equipped self-catering units.

Sophia Dale

Campsites and self catering bungalows in the Swakop River about 12km from town

Swakopmund Lifestyle Apartments and B&B

Centrally located self catering apartments offering a good selection of units (choose from studio, one, two or three bedroom units)

Ballooning in Swakopmund

A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert

Bird Watching Day Trips

Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert

Cape Cross Tour

A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross

Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour

Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis

Fishing

Everything from sharks to pilchards

Living Desert Tour

A half day tour into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Day Trip

A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Night Walks

Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.

Quad Biking

2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary...

Sandboarding

Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.

Sandwich Harbour Tour

A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour

Skydiving

Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!

Spitzkoppe Day Tour

Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay Sightseeing

A half day your of these two coastal towns includes visits to historical buildings & monuments as well as the teeming birdlife of the Walvis Bay Lagoon

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