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Swakopmund Travel Guide


Swakopmund is a clean, atmospheric little beach town right on the Skeleton Coast. It has all the usual amenities – airport, restaurants, shops, good guesthouses, hotels and self-catering options. Coastal fog and cool breezes offer pleasant conditions in contrast to the extreme inland temperatures.

Namibia was a German colony, and Swakopmund in particular still retains its Teutonic essence. Along with old European-style buildings, you'll find lots of German restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Traditional German-Namibian-style food or Oryx steak washed down with great beer is the order of the day. True to their German heritage, Namibia makes the best beer in Africa – conforming to the German Reinheidsgebod. The outcome is Swakopmund’s unique charm – in the midst of a wild African desert rises a European village.

This lovely coastal community not only prides itself in neat palm-lined streets and colonial heritage – they eagerly offer a wide variety of activities. Large sand dunes south of Swakopmund beckon exploration and provide awesome sandboarding, dune carting and quad biking.

Along the coast there are fabulous boat cruises to spot dolphins and see the rich marine life. The surfing, deep-sea diving and fishing are great. Just a hop and a skip away are Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay. If you really want to go wild, get airborne over the Skeleton Coast in a hot air balloon, microlight or join a camel safari.

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Accommodation near Swakopmund

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1130
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 6 Swakopmund Self-catering in Swakopmund

Chala-Kigi offers two exclusive vacation apartments with magnificent views of the famous Namib Dunes...

from R2800
1 night, 2 adults

Seaside Hotel and Spa

Sleeps 110 Swakopmund Hotel in Swakopmund

Seaside Hotel and Spa is a brand new hotel situated right on the beach in Swakopmund. Each luxury h...

from R2260
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Margherita

Sleeps 22 Swakopmund Hotel in Swakopmund

Villa Margherita – The Charming House offers a fusion of Italian charm in a historical Colonial buil...

from R990
1 night, 2 adults

Be-Still Accommodation

Sleeps 25 Swakopmund Self-catering in Swakopmund

Guests hoping for a tranquil spiritual experience will not be disappointed when choosing to stay at ...

from R1620
1 night, 2 adults

Sandfields Guest House

Sleeps 10 Swakopmund Guest House in Swakopmund

Sandfields Guest House is an intimate and sophisticated family-run boutique guest house offering com...

from R1748
1 night, 2 adults

Namib Guest House

Sleeps 30 Swakopmund Guest House in Swakopmund

Uber-chic, eco-friendly and just a 10-minute stroll from the beach; Namib Guest House is a luxurious...

from R1820
1 night, 2 adults

Brigadoon Guest House

Sleeps 17 Swakopmund Guest House in Swakopmund

Brigadoon Guest House offers spacious, well-equipped rooms, allowing an opportunity for total relaxa...