Etosha Park Namibia is an experience like no other, the vast open spaces of Etosha range from the huge salt pans to swaying savannah grass and are natures backdrop to incredible wildlife including Lion Elephant Leopard Rhino Cheetah Springbok Jackal Zebra Giraffe Impala Hyena to name a few add the exceptional bird life and a beautiful sunsets and you can start to understand why a Safari holiday to Etosha Park is one of the main highlights of any trip to Namibia.

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The appearance of Swakopmund, with its 30 000 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Damara Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library, an art gallery and the office of the Namibia Wildlife Resorts.
Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer. For those interested in adventure activities Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few. For the more sedentary there are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums, a snake park and aquarium.
There is a great variety of accommodation in Swakopmund which cater for all tastes and budgets. It should be noted that these establishments will definitely need to be booked in advance, especially around Christmas when the town is full of people from Windhoek and accommodation is extremely hard to find.
Swakopmund still manages to create a feeling of timelessness.

Driving along the stunning dune-lined coastline is particularly attractive, whether you go south to Walvis Bay (30 km) or to the National West Coast Recreation Area in the north. The road (slippery when there is fog) goes right along the beach and leads to the Ugab rivermouth and further to the fishermen's resort of Henties Bay and Cape Cross on the way. North of the Ugab, the Skeleton Coast National Park starts, for which a permit is required.
Interesting is also the Welwitchia Drive that leads to the Moon Landscape at the Swakop Rivier and into the northern part of the Namib Naukluft Park.

History of Swakopmund
Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Luederitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days.

In August 1892, the gunship "Hyäne" under the command of Captain Curt von François, staked out a wharf north of the Swakop River mouth. A year later, 40 settlers from Germany and 120 members of the Schutztruppe were taken ashore on landing boats to embark upon an adventurous undertaking. The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was later replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station in the Wilhelminian style (equivalent to Victorian style) was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel.

Climate of Swakopmund
In Swakopmund it is much cooler than inlands. The water is usually too cold for swimming. This is due to the cold Benguela current. The town is often covered in thick fog until noon. Swakop is a popular holiday destination. Especially at Christmas time, when it gets too hot in Windhoek, it is crowded here. Early booking of accommodation is necessary.

The beautiful historical buildings in Swakopmund - Hohenzollern Haus, Woermann Haus, Old Provincial Court, Prinzessin Rupprecht Home - you can see an a walk through town. The Lighthouse was built in 1902 and is 21 metres high. The museum next to the lighthouse shows interesting exhibits of the local history. One of the new attractions is the Aquarium of Swakopmund which opened in 1995. It shows examples of the marine life along the Namibian coast in a couple of seawater basins, the biggest having a volume of 350 cubic metres. Among many other fish species, stingrays and sharks can be seen. Daily at 3 o'clock pm the fishes are being hand-fed by divers. Very impressive! The aquarium lies in Strand Street und is open daily - except mondays - from 10am to 4pm.

Steam Mobile "Martin Luther"
This curiosity from the times of the ox-wagon before the introduction of the railways stands on the B2 a few kilometres before Swakopmund. The wealthy Schutztruppe officer Troost imported the steam engine in 1896 from Germany. The vehicle with a weight of 1.4 tons was meant to go to Windhoek, but got stuck in the sand straightaway. The people called the engine "Martin Luther" because he once said "Here I stand and can't do otherwise. God help me. Amen!"

Swakopmund Accommodation

Swakopmund Hotels
Swakopmund Town Namibia


Hansa Hotel
Hotel A La Mer
Beach Lodge Swakopmund
Hotel Adler Swakopmund
The Stiltz
Hotel Prinzessin
Hotel Europa
Hotel Schweizerhaus
Hotel Eberwein
Hotel Rapmund
Garnison Hotel
The Swakop Hotel



Swakopmund Accommodation

Swakopmund Guesthouses
Swakopmund Town Namibia


The Corner Guesthouse
Swakopmund Guesthouse
Garden of Secrets
Brigadoon Guesthouse
Intermezzo Guesthouse
Veronika Guesthouse
Gruner Kranz



Swakopmund Accommodation

Swakopmund Self Catering
Swakopmund Town Namibia


Luxury Self Catering
Brucke Resort
Swakopmund Municipality
Brigadoon Self Catering



Swakopmund Accommodation

Swakopmund Camping & Backpackers
Swakopmund Town Namibia


Alte Camping
Dunes Backpackers
Amanpuri Lodge
Desert Sky backpackers
Gruner Kranz
Villa Wiese



Facilities in Swakopmund

Map showing Swakopmund in Namibia

map of Swakopmund NamibiaDistances from Swakopmund to

Fish River Canyon

Borders to Swakopmund

Ariamsvlei - SA
Noordoewer - SA
Velloorsdrift - SA
Buitepos - Botswana
Ngoma - Botswana
Wanela - Zambia
Kazangula - Zambia