Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is a must-visit destination for all visitors to Namibia. With a laidback charm, historical sights, German colonial architecture, excellent restaurants and beer houses, as well as fantastic guesthouses and hotels, Swakopmund will charm you to the point where you wish you had booked longer to stay.
Without question or doubt, Swakopmund is up there in the top 5 towns to experience in the whole of Africa.
- Size: Approximately 120km²
- When to visit the park: Year-round
- Rainfall: Less than 15mm per annum, fog occurs and can reach as far as 140km inland
- Altitude: Sea level
- Location: Central West coast of Namibia
- Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotels
Information On Swakopmund
Swakopmund, Namibia's second-largest city (town) and is the premier holiday destination of Namibia. During the December holiday season, the cool Namibian coast offers relief from the interior's intense heat, and thousands of Namibians flock to the coast.
The beautiful historical buildings in Swakopmund are a must-see, and these include the Old Provincial Court, the lighthouse, the museum and many beautiful townhouses. Walking the streets with a camera in hand can offer up excellent urban photography opportunities.
The Atlantic Ocean is usually too cold for swimming, although the water temperatures do become a bit more tolerable in summer.
For the adventure activity lovers, Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep-sea fishing and beach angling, to name but a few. The locals have an exciting mix of backgrounds, and there is no shortage of nightlife.
Where is Swakopmund located?
Just metres away from the Atlantic Ocean on the central west coast of Namibia is the town of Swakopmund, Namibia's most popular holiday destination by far.
- Swakopmund to Windhoek = 352km
- Swakopmund to Walvisbay = 43km
- Swakopmund to the Spitzkoppe = 152km
- Swakopmund to Etosha National Park = 492km
For a Google Map with Swakopmund street views, click on this link: Google Maps - Swakopmund
Best Time to Visit Swakopmund?
Swakopmund is a year-round destination; even in summer, the cold Atlantic Ocean keeps the town nice and cool. So even if the surrounding inland desert is well over 40 degrees celsius, Swakopmund is still nice a cool. In winter, a jersey or jacket is definitely needed.
For those wanting to spend a few hours sun tanning on the beaches, we would have to recommend summer for that, but otherwise, it does not matter what time of the year when you visit is heat is a concern.
If you are looking for a quiet time in Swakopmund, try to avoid the busy seasons of June and December, Namibian school holidays.
Main Attractions Of Swakopmund
- Prime holiday destination
- Excellent base from which to explore other parts of Namibia
- Spectacular German Architecture
- Excellent restaurants and bars
- Beach fishing
- Day tours into the Namib
- Cape Cross
- Walvisbay is excellent for birding