Swakopmund is Namibia's second largest city and is a city where old and
new have been expertly combined resulting in a charming romantic
Approaching through the vast Namib Desert
the spectacular German architecture of many of the buildings appears
hidden by the fog against the backdrop of the icy Atlantic Ocean.
The country's top holiday resort,
Swakopmund is becoming known as the centre for adventure travel in
Namibia. The locals have an exciting mix of backgrounds, and there is no
shortage of nightlife ranging such as: drama, music, cultural events,
casinos, restaurants, and bars.
As with Windhoek, it is wonderful to see
such a clean city, due to the pride of its citizens.
History and Landmarks:
Some sites and buildings worth seeing in
The Marine memorial; rather humorously the
Swakopmund Jail which resembles a Bavarian villa and often mistaken by
visitors as a hotel!; Woermann House which gives panoramic views
of the desert and sea; The Railway Station building has been
transformed into a luxury 75 room hotel with cinema, bar, casino and
restaurant; the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the harbor breakwater known as
out of town an area of massive sand dunes have been set aside for fun
activities such as:
sand boarding, skiing,
quad biking, camel rides and off road driving. Other activities one
can participate in are surfing,
fishing off the beach, lazing on the beach, and taking guided boat
trips in search of seals and dolphins. The
Skeleton Coast is to the north, and the
Namib Naukluft National Park lies to the south. Swakopmund is an
excellent base to explore the surrounding areas from.
The Swakopmund Aquarium has giant
transparent tanks and walkthrough tunnel and fish species to see include
shark, kabeljou, steenbras and galjoen. Tours of the local brewery and
Rossing Uranium Mine are also options.
Only 17 miles south of Swakopmund is
Walvis Bay, where one can go on a dolphin tour or go a little
further to the incredible wetland for birds known as Sandwich Harbor.
When to go
Again being on the coast Swakopmund
experiences excellent weather all year round, even cooled in the summer
months by the Benguela current, winds and frequent fogs. When
considering exactly when to visit one should also take into account the
Namibian and South African school holidays since Swakopmund is a popular
SA school holidays mainly cover months of December, January,
early April and July so these are good months to avoid.
Several excellent options are on offer including the
Hotel and the
How to get there
From Windhoek one can either go north on the B1 and then head west at
Okahandja onto the B2 through Karibib and Usakos; OR take the C20 west
which will become the C28 - this is a minor route in comparison to the
afore described. Swakopmund is 48 miles from Henties Bay, 595 miles from Luderitz, and
610 miles km from Keetmanshoop.
There are regular flights from and to Windhoek, Oranjemund and