Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund, a Bavarian town in the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa

Namibia’s prettiest town, the seaside resort of Swakopmund.

Why visit Swakopmund?

Swakopmund is bizarre Bavarian town surrounded by seas of Namib sand as well as the Atlantic. It’s a great base for visiting Cape Cross seal colony and the Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay flamingoes and not ridiculously far from Damaraland and San rock art.

This is also a good transit point between Etosha’s wild things and Sossusvlei’s wild dunes and a common starting point for many activities in the Namib Desert.

The city is a popular holiday resort for local people and is about 5 hours drive from the Namibian capital Windhoek or a super luxury train journey overnight, The Desert Express. Express? ! It takes 10 hours!

Swakopmund street, Namibia

This is a relaxed, friendly tourist town, built by the Germans in Bavarian style and still retaining much of that charming architecture. It has masses of cheap accommodation to suit budget travelers, efficient low-cost restaurants and fun bars. Ja, wilkommen!

Swakopmund Hotel, Namibia

Upscale hotels too. This is the Swakopmund Hotel

Swakopmund promenade, Namibia

The promenade.

For those interested in wildlife a visit to Cape Cross is a fascinating – if gross – nose-opener (the fishy stench is quite overpowering) and just about the only thing of interest on the desolate and windswept Skeleton Coast. A mere hour’s fast drive from Swakopmund on a partly salt road, this is a great half day out.

Swakopmund beach, Namibia

The Beach. Grainy sand and brutal waves but it’s still good for solitary contemplation. Surfing is good at times either north or south of this point.

The nearby dunes of the Namib desert provide a target for the country’s best activities, with quad biking, sandboarding, dune climbing, horse riding, and much more, while beaches provide plenty of surf and sand – 2, 000 kilometres of it in fact.