German for ‘mouth of the Swakop’ (River), Swakopmund’ was originally founded as the main harbor for German South-West Africa. Lying between the popular regions of Sossusvlei to the south and Damarland to the north, Swakopmund is the perfect place to stop off between the two. Retaining much of its authentic German architecture and charm, the quaint coastal town resembles a small Bavarian village nestled between the desert and the sea. With cooler weather than in the interior, Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort for Namibians wanting to cool off during the summer. Fog from the cold Benguela current supplies moisture that can reach as deep as 140 km inland, and the fauna and flora of the area has fascinatingly adapted to this phenomenon – creating great opportunities to explore the natural world just a short drive outside town.
A haven for adrenaline junkies, Swakopmund has become a center for activities including sand boarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, fishing, crayfish diving and seal boat trips. For those less action-inclined, its palm-lined streets are alive with coffee shops, cafes, curio shops and museums. Seafood lovers will delight in the abundance of perfectly cooked, fresh seafood on offer, which is never more than a couple hours old.
For those visiting Swakopmund with their little ones, there is no shortage of great family activities. Take the kids to visit the seals at Cape Cross or the flamingos at Sandwich Bay, before enjoying an invigorating walk through the Moon Valley forest – all easily accessible from the town itself.
Speak to one of our expert consultants about spending some time soaking up the uniquely German-African feel of beautiful Swakopmund. With a host of accommodation options ranging from owner-run lodges to four-star hotels, this charming town is sure to command a special place in your heart after visiting.