Swakopmund, situated halfway along Namibia’s long Atlantic coastline, is a characterful town enjoying a cooler climate – which comes as a welcome relief from the inland desert.
This makes Swakopmund a convenient stop-off between southern and northern circuits. Founded, in 1892, as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, a sizable part of its population is still German speaking. Much of the town is a bizarre colonial relic full of traditional pastry and cake shops.
With its bracing sea air, Swakopmund would not look out of place somewhere on the North Sea coast and whilst here you should allow time to visit the excellent desert park to see the unusual, two leaved welwitschia plants, the oldest in the world, and walk among huge colonies of Cape fur seals. Bird lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit nearby Walvis Bay lagoon, a world-renowned sanctuary, on which 70% of the world’s chestnut-banded plovers rely for survival, and where 80% of southern Africa’s flamingos feed.
- Ideal for viewing: cape fur seal, Heaviside’s dolphin, Damara tern, Namaqua chameleon, yellow mongoose
- Where: Erongo Region, Namibia, Namibia
Namibia in Focus
Along with the world’s oldest desert and highest dunes, Africa’s deepest canyon, some of its oldest cave paintings and earliest evidence of human civilisation, Namibia also has rich and varied wildlife.
Wings over Namibia
Experience one of the best flying safaris in the country and enjoy superb game viewing from some of the best lodges in Namibia.
Faces of Namibia
Experience all the key areas of this superb country; dunes, desert, plains and wildlife - the complete Namibia adventure.
Land of Contrasts Self-Drive
This is Namibia at its very best, a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn. Choose between a self drive or fully guided itinerary.
This 4-star hotel occupies the imposing and impeccably restored German Colonial-style former railway station dating from 1902, within a few minutes walk of the main shopping streets and waterfront.