Sitting on Namibia's coast, just a few hours West of Windhoek, Swakopmund is the number one holiday resort town in the country. With its colonial architecture, leftover from its time under German rule, and abundance of activities and attractions, the town has a perfect blend of beauty and adventure, making it ideal for all sorts of travellers. Over the Christmas period, the streets teem with visitors from Windhoek and other parts of Namibia, seeking the relief of the cool Atlantic breeze as they escape the fierce heat of the inland parts of the country. With warm days and cooler evenings, Swakopmund is comfortably temperate and well worth a visit.Read More
One main feature of Swakopmund that draws in visitors from around the world is the fact that it is the number one adrenaline hotspot in the country. Extreme sports are readily available here and travellers can take their pick from a vast array of activities including sandboarding, shark fishing and quad biking. For real thrill-seekers, one of the most popular options is skydiving. Nothing will get the adrenaline pumping harder and faster than being flown up to 10,000 feet before flinging yourself out of the aircraft, strapped to the front of your jump master.
Naturally, there are plenty of other attractions in Swakopmund that don't involve raising your heartbeat. A drive along the Skeleton Coast is certainly a worthwhile trip and will lead you to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve where the Cape fur seal comes to breed. Alternatively, check out the Snake Park, a small museum showcasing a range of different reptiles including some incredibly dangerous and fascinating snakes. For a more relaxed experience, take a stroll along the iconic Swakopmund jetty.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Swakopmund
If you are planning a Swakopmund holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Alte Brucke Resort Swakopmund
Alte Brücke offers 31 luxury self catering chalets that sleep 1-6 people and are comfortable and simply furnished. Each chalet is equipped with a lounge area, fresh linen, flat screen TV and a veranda. A buffet breakfast is included as well as a private barbecue for each accommodation. From the resort a number of different activities can be arranged and booked. Alte Brücke Resort is situated within walking distance of the beach, near the Swakopmund Aquarium.
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
The Beach Hotel is a nautical looking hotel with stylish and spacious rooms. Enjoy the magnificent view of the sea from each room and relish in the sound of the waves and the smell of the fresh sea breeze. On the roof terrace there is a small pool which enjoys breathtaking 360 degree views over the city as well as the ocean. Anchor Point, the hotel's restaurant and bar serves tantalising dishes throughout the day accompanied by mouth-watering wines. The hotel is the only Hotel Pension directly on the beach.
Pension A La Mer Swakopmund
Just a stone's throw from the beach, Pension A La Mer is a charming accommodation. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with bright furnishings and excellent ensuite facilities. This warm and friendly pension offers a number of excellent activities including dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights - so be sure to enquire about them. This accommodation is perfectly located in downtown Swakopmund close to the beach as well as lots of bars and restaurants.
Swakopmund Hotel Swakopmund
The Swakopmund Hotel is built in and around the old German Station Building. This charming hotel has 44 twin, 30 family, 14 luxury rooms or 2 luxury suites, all decorated and fashioned in a Victorian style. In the grounds sits a sparkling pool surrounded by pristine gardens and sun loungers. There are also dining facilities on site, serving up gourmet meals both from the a la carte menu and from a buffet, as well as a gym and wellness centre. The hotel is central in Swakopmund.
Swakopmund Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Swakopmund.