Abundant activities at Namibia’s favourite beach town
With its cool breezes offering relief from Namibia’s desert interior, coastal Swakopmund is a popular small town with a real holiday feel. More like a traditional German town of years gone by than an African city, this unusual little place is the gateway to a natural playground where adrenalin activities abound.
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Swakopmund holiday highlights
Affectionately known as ‘Swakop’ and popular with locals, this small town lies four to five hours west of Windhoek, north of Namib-Naukluft National Park.
The town itself has a real Germanic flavour, with colonial buildings and German-style restaurants, palm trees standing amongst Bavarian spires and a 20-metre high Lighthouse dating back to 1902. The Swakopmund jetty houses a small restaurant and bar, while sights to visit include the Swakopmund Museum, a snake park and the main beach area, called ‘the Mole’.
Swakopmund isn’t a tropical beach resort. It experiences a temperate climate, and early mornings can get pretty cold, with an accompanying mist. But there are soft sands and a seaside environment, perfect for rest, relaxation – or something altogether a bit more thrilling. Activities in and around the surrounding area range from shark fishing and skydiving to quad biking and sandboarding. The towering sand dune of Dune 7 – the highest dune in the coastal dune belt – is approx. three miles away and offers some of the best sand-based activities.