Swakopmund
Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is situated on the coast in northwestern Namibia and is the second biggest town in the country. Swakopmund is one of Namibia's most popular tourist destinations as it has pleasant summers and a variety of exciting activities available; as well as restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment.

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Swakopmund is situated on the coast in northwestern Namibia and is the second biggest town in the country. Swakopmund is one of Namibia's most popular tourist destinations as it has pleasant summers and a variety of exciting activities available; as well as restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment.

Swakopmund was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa; it is also home to Swakopmund Airport. A beautiful town where the ocean meets the desert with palm-lined streets and magnificent coastline. Swakopmund is famous for its adventure activities; also known as the adrenalin capital of the country, however visitors also flock here to rest and enjoy the beauty of this diverse region. Swakopmund gets especially busy around Namibian school holidays in December and January, when the weather is pleasant and temperatures average around 25°C.

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  • The beach, just to the north of town, is ringed with museums and cafes.
  • Go on a locally based desert elephant conservation trip (Elephant Human Relations Aid).
  • You can take marvellous helicopter and lite plane rides around the Skeleton Coast and around the Namib desert.
  • Go out to see the Welwitschia plants, the Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross, and the Swakop River.

The Hansa Hotel's restaurant is renowned, and prides itself on its culinary delights of fish and game.  Due to its top quality restaurant, it received the award for the Best Hotel in Namibia for 2 consecutive years.

The Swakopmund Hotel is a centrally positioned four-star hotel. It is built in and around the old Station Building in Swakopmund and dates back to 1901. Today it offers something different with an optional "Desert Evening" where a sumptuous feast is served in the desert, under a beautiful Namibian star-lit sky.

Game Viewing and Activities in Swakopmund

Sossusvlei and the Namib-Naukluft Park are big attractions in the area. Other attractions in Swakopmund include a transport museum, the National Marine Aquarium and a crystal gallery. Outside of the city, the Rossmund Desert Golf Course is one of only 5 all-grass desert golf courses in the world. The city is known for its extreme sports.

Near Swakopmund is a camel farm and the Martin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 from when it was abandoned in the desert. Adventure activities on offer include fishing trips, sand boarding, parasailing, quad biking, skydiving and hot air ballooning. Boat trips to see dolphins and seals are also very popular (weather permitting), shore-based angling, skin diving, surfing or simply enjoying a walk on the

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