The seaside town of Swakopmund lies between Sossusvlei to the south and Damaraland to the north. This pleasant town on the Atlantic coast has a distinctive continental atmosphere. Its many picturesque reminders of the German colonial era seem deliciously incongruous so close to the Namib Desert! But Swakopmund, with its palm-lined streets, provides a welcome rest from travelling. Here you can stroll along the beach, enjoy some good seafood and visit some quirky museums.
We recommend at least 2 to 3 nights here so that you can take a rest from driving and participate in some of the many Swakopmund tours and excursions on offer.
Why visit Swakopmund?
- Beach strolls at sunset
- Great seafood restaurants
- Explore the Moon valley with its unique welwitschia plants, hundreds of years old
- Drive up the coast to Cape Cross seal colony
- Boat cruises in search of whales and dolphins in season
- Gentle kayaking on Walvis lagoon with its stunning birdlife
- Quad biking, sandboarding and other adrenalin sports
- 4×4 nature drives to Sandwich lagoon to the see the flamingos
- Swakopmund has also become a centre for adrenalin sports. Choose between sand-boarding, quad-biking or even tandem sky-diving, all of which are open to complete novices.
How to get to Swakopmund?
Swakopmund is a natural stopover on any Namibia safari holiday, but you can also access it direct from Cape Town by scheduled flight to Walvis Bay. You can also fly from the Namib Desert by charter flight to Swakopmund so that you can combine flying and travelling by road.