Swakopmund is a coastal town that packs in a lot of attractions. From colonial architecture to sandy beaches, a mineral museum and walks in the dunes; there is lots to do. But it is the adventurous travellers that come alive in Swakopmund. Action-packed activites from skydiving to quadbiking, sandboarding and desert offer days of excitement. Swakopmund is also a favourite with Namibians who come to escape the heat of central Namibia. Overland busses stop here regularly and the backpackers dotted across the town are ideal to socialize with other travellers.
What to do in Swakopmund
The towering dune belt behind Swakopmund is a huge playground for anyone looking for an unusual experience. Tour operators offer sandboarding paragliding skydiving quad bike safaris and tours that introduce the unique desert environment. For more conventional sightseers historic buildings from the German colonial area make for an interesting walk through the city. Die alte Kaserne, Woermann House, the Kaiserliche Bezirksgericht, the Hohenzollern Haus, the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the iron jetty we re all built in the beginning of the 20th century. The Swakopmund Museum has exhibits that range from fossils and meteorites to cultural artefacts while the Swakopmund Aquarium has modern displays of the West Coast marine life. The Kristall Galerie is home to the world’s largest quartz crystal cluster of the world and the Martin Luther steam engine has a curious story to tell just outside of town.
Swakopmund’s cuisine is still heavily influenced by its German heritage. The beachfront also has many restaurants with scenic views and the freshest seafood.
Accommodation in Swakopmund
Swakopmund has several beachside hotels for discerning travellers and those looking for a relaxing retreat. Since Swakopmund is a very accessible town that lies on the route of many overland buses there is a variety of backpackers that offer separate units dorms and camping.