When travellers see the huge Bavarian Church spires and palm trees emerging from the thick coastal fog, they know that they have reached the quaint German harbour town of Swakopmund. You can reach this friendly, lively town from Windhoek, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast. It makes a great stop over en route to an adventure in Namibia.
Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town and most popular summer capital. Find it on the edge of the cold Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the huge dunes of the Namib Desert. Join other visitors flocking to the annual German Bierfest and fall in love with the German architecture and food.
Use Swakopmund as a great base for various adventure activities in the region: skydiving, fishing, abseiling, kayaking, dune boarding, quad biking and more! Meet interesting local people on the township or cultural tours or get up close and personal with dolphins as you take a boat cruise to specific historic landmarks nearby.
Experience Swakopmund beaches, restaurants, bars, golf course and gyms. See this extensive range of strange arid and bare hills that resembles the Lunar Sea of Tranquility, the Namib desert and Walvis Bay. Add to this the Sam Cohen Library,Swakopmund Museum, Woermann House and Swakopmund Aquarium for an interesting holiday.
There are horse graves near Swakopmund and Regimental badges near Swakopmund and Spitzkoppe for those interested in military history. Take a drive to see the giant Welwitschia Mirabilis. These extraordinary ancient plants estimated to be 2000 years old at least with huge underground stems up to four meters wide! They grow in the Khan River and an oasis of Goanikontes – a haven for botanists. Go to the nearby towns of Walvis Bay and Henties Bay and the famous Skeleton Coast. Enjoy lovely outings to interesting beaches, restaurants and sightseeing venues. Swakopmund is a great stop over holiday destination for travellers en route to Sossusvlei in northern Namibia or the great interior desert region.