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Swakopmund

An historic colonial outpost on the rugged Atlantic Coast

Overview
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Nestled along the picturesque Atlantic coast of Namibia, Swakopmund is a charming seaside town that beckons with its unique blend of natural beauty, adventure, and German colonial history. 

The town’s defining feature is its coastal setting, with the rolling dunes of the Namib Desert on one side and the vast expanse of the South Atlantic Ocean on the other. This juxtaposition creates a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities like sandboarding, dune buggy rides, and quad biking provide thrilling adventures amidst the iconic dunes of the Namib Desert.

Swakopmund’s Germanic roots are made evident by its colonial architecture, quaint coffee shops, bakeries, and beer gardens, allowing visitors to savour traditional German cuisine and beverages.

And as a gateway to the seal-laden Sandwich Bay and the otherworldly Moon Valley, carved by the Swakop River, Swakopmund is the ideal base from which to explore Namibia’s most diverse natural landscapes.

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Itinerary ideas
Suggested itineraries for Namibia safaris
  • Namibia Family Self-Drive Safari

    Visit Namibia’s iconic highlights on your own self-drive adventure. Traverse rugged terrain, visiting the Gamsberg Mountains, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.

    Guide Price From £2,950 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children (12 and under) sharing
    Duration 14 nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park,
    More Info
  • Luxury Namibia Safari

    Maximise your time in Namibia with a luxurious fly-in, fly-out experience, taking you from the dunes of Sossusvlei to the impressive game of Etosha.

    Guide Price From £10,490 per person (based on 2 adults)
    Duration 10 nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park,
    More Info
  • Namibian Honeymoon Escape

    Embark on a romantic odyssey through the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia.

    Guide Price From £9,925 per person (based on 2 adults)
    Duration 14 nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha National Park,
    More Info
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Where is Swakopmund?

First founded as the main port town for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is located on Namibia’s Western Coast, overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean. 

A five to six hour drive West of Windhoek, families can wind their way through the Namib Desert and witness the dramatic landscape change as you near the thundering Atlantic. 

And for those wanting to save time, internal flights from Windhoek are available as well as connections from South Africa. 

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What to do in Swakopmund?

Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, a history buff, or a nature lover, Swakopmund has something special to offer. 

Explore the nearby Namib Desert, learning about how its wealth of wildlife survives in such arid conditions, or take a trip to see the rocky vistas of the Moon Valley. For thrill-seekers, sandboarding, dune buggy rides or quad biking are also all popular options. 

For those seeking a more relaxed experience, Swakopmund’s charming promenade invites leisurely strolls, and a visit to its traditional buildings – including the Woermannhaus and the State House – offer an interesting insight into the town’s colonial past. 

Nature enthusiasts will find Swakopmund to be a gateway to some of Namibia’s most spectacular natural wonders. Excursions to the nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon offer a chance to witness an array of bird species, including flamingos and pelicans, while whale watching tours from July and August offer the chance to see southern right whales, humpbacks and even orcas. 

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Best time to visit?

Swakopmund has a cool-desert climate with relatively low rainfall and a pleasant temperature all year round. 

The best time of year for visitors wanting drier weather and wildlife, however, is the Namibian winter from June to September. 

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Who should visit?

From thrilling desert adventures to a relaxing coastal hideout, Swakopmund offers a welcoming environment for families of all ages to explore. 

Swakopmund’s rich cultural heritage makes it a melting pot of Germanic colonial influences and indigenous cultures, and the perfect spot to educate young teenagers about the imperial Scramble for Africa and its modern consequences. 

Moreover, the town’s close proximity to the vast Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean ensures that there is no shortage of thrilling activities and wildlife viewing opportunities on offer. What is most compelling about Swakopmund is how you can pack out your itinerary as little or as much as you feel suits your family. 

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We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

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