Swakopmund, a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history, On the seafront, the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia is home to rays and sharks. Just north, the Jetty Bridge overlooks the golden sands of Palm Beach. Strong Atlantic waves at Walvis Bay, south of the city, make it popular for surfing, kiteboarding and sport fishing. The bay’s Bird Island is an artificial nesting area where resident seabirds such as flamingos and Cape cormorants can be spotted. Adventure sports in the vast Namib Desert, bordering Swakopmund, include climbing wind-carved rock formations, sand surfing and hiking. Inland lie the red dunes and granite mountains of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Best Places to Stay


Strand Hotel Swakopmund

The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is located directly on the mall (promenade) in Swakopmund, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the main beach in town. The perfect venue for travellers wanting to explore Swakopmund

Villa Margherita Swakopmund


A small Boutique Hotel for connoisseurs in the heart of historic Swakopmund where the fusion of contemporary art and colonial history becomes eclectic luxury. The Manor, the Villa, the Nest and the Cottage are the four stylish buildings of this peaceful haven.

With its beautifully manicured gardens and its romantic suites & luxury double rooms, most of them having a private outdoor area, Villa Margherita offers seclusion and personalized service

Things to do

Living Dunes

Venture outside of Swakopmund’s city limits and into the coastal dune belt that lies just beyond its borders on this incredible living desert tour from one of Namibia’s most-popular tourist destinations. Your guide points out wildlife and natural highlights of this scenic landscape as your travel past towering sand dunes that are home to Palmetto Geckos, lizards and other small animals. This nature tour includes a thrilling dune drive and is ideal for first-time visitors and families

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