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Namibia - Swakopmund

With its proud German architecture and palm-hemmed promenade, Swakopmund sits snugly between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the surf of the Atlantic Coast.

The vast, terracotta sands of the world’s oldest desert have become an adrenaline junkies playground: its steep banks provide runs for sandboards that rush past and reach speeds of 60kph; above light-planes glide over the wilderness offering otherworldly scenes; while those with a little more daring can skydive back to the sands with views of the glassy sea.

Against the heat of the desert, the cooling Atlantic Ocean has its own charms. A trip to Cape Cross is a wonder for wildlife watching visitors. On its rocks, a mass of nearly 100,000 bleating, basking Cape fur seals make for a captivating sight. Also swimming the seas are some of the water’s finest creatures and a boat cruise offers the chance to spot dolphins, humpback whales and leatherback turtles.

Inland, the Namib-Naukluft Park is only a short drive away. Here, the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei are a spectacular sight for keen snappers - in some light they appear pastel purple and in others like the surface of Mars. Meanwhile, at the white clay pan of Deadvlei, lifeless trees eerily remain, despite the lack of water.

For visitors wanting sand with a shoreline, the swimming at Mole beach is ideal. 

Otherwise Swakopmund, with its jetty jutting out from the oceanfront and its peaceful promenade, is a delightful destination to dine, drink and while away the warm evening hours, especially if you love freshly caught seafood. 

The Burning Shore is found on the edge of one of the largest sand dunes in the world, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, close to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
This quaint and charming resort town of Swakopmund was built during the German Colonial period. With the desert on one side and the sea on the other, there are parts of the town that resemble a Bavarian village.
From the rugged, desolate beauty of the desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience. The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre, is no exception.
This elegant building is situated in the heart of old Swakopmund within easy walking distance of all amenities, shops, restaurants, museums, craft markets, banks and beaches.
A relaxed atmosphere awaits you in the Hotel Europa Hof, which is centrally located, within a short walking distance of the city centre and the beach.
'Villa Wille' was built in 1909 by Hermann Wille, an architect and building engineer. Although the villa was converted into a first class hotel in 1999, the exterior structure of the building has remained untouched.
Sam's Giardino is one of Swakopmund's better guest houses and is known for its unique style.
Swakopmund's old world charm, large tracts of unspoilt nature and excellent facilities all combine to make this destination a special place to spend a holiday.


Top Itineraries


Namibian Southern Splendour

5 Nights

A private guided tour visiting the highlights of the Southern part of Namibia with a personal driver/guide throughout. The tour is operated in an eight seater vehicle.


All In One Flying Safari

8 Nights

Admire the deep gorges of the Fish River Canyon, climb the world's highest dunes at Sossusvlei and discover the life of the desert on this flying safari.


Classic Namibia Self-drive

12 Nights

Explore the Namib Desert, the apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei, the romantic coastal town of Swakopmund nestled between the Ocean and the Desert, the rough terrain of Damaraland and the wildlife in Etosha National Park.