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The Swakop River

Rivers of Namibia

Traversing the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Swakop River has two major dams in its upper reaches, that supply water to Windhoek. (The Goreangab Dam and The Von Bach Dam) When the river flows, it is mainly from its main Namib tributary, the Khan River. It has a small lagoon at its mouth that comes and goes depending on the strength and types of floods.

The Swakop, a large river, supports riparian vegetation composed of large trees and shrubs, even close to the coast. Ana trees, camelthorn and tamarisks form impressive stands in the river, providing shade, food and shelter for animals and people. Also found in the dry riverbed are herbaceous plants, which due to the higher water supply, grow much bigger and often almost shrub-like. The Swakop River also serves as the southernmost boundary of the National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area.

At the mouth of the Swakop river lies the town of Swakopmund, which means mouth of the Swakop River. This pleasant coastal town is very popular as a holiday destination.

Rivers of Namibia

  • Swakop River: Central Swakopmund
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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

A brand new hotel, on the site of the old Strand Hotel, is set to open in August 2015

Hotel zum Kaiser

A very centrally located small hotel - within easy walking distance of the town center, Swakopmunds favourite restaurants - the Jetty and the Tug, as well as everything else the town has to offer

Swakopmund Hotel

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

The Delight Swakopmund

A large modern accommodation establishment that offers a warm welcome and all-round attentive service

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