Highlights and main attractions of Swakopmund & Walwis Bay

Steeped in Germanic history and almost like a quaint European outpost on the west coast of Africa, Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town and is flanked by the vast Namib Desert and the treacherous Atlantic Ocean. With a collection of Bavarian buildings, a surprising amount of greenery with many palm-lined streets, flower gardens and lawns, it makes for a pleasant resting spot and strategic base during your safari itinerary, but is perhaps mostly known for being a hub for adventure sports enthusiasts and the country’s main beach resort.

There are a number of colonial buildings and Bavarian churches, such as the Lutheran Church and Woermann House & Tower that add character and the climate here is milder and more pleasant.

Where is Swakopmund?

Location and Activities

The active and adventurous should in particular take a liking to Swakopmund, as there is a raft of exciting pursuits to arrange in and around the area and it is fast becoming known as Namibia’s - and possibly even southern Africa’s - adventure sports capital.  Camel rides in the nearby desert, surfing, angling, quad biking, sailing, golfing, swimming, even sandboarding or parachuting; there is no shortage of adrenaline-fuelled pursuits to consider for those who are inclined. Walvis Bay is an equally appealing area of natural beauty, with wide open spaces and unique marine and plant life.  An ideal place to visit for those who like the outdoors and aquatic activities, there is plenty to do here to pack into one or two days, with much of the action centred on its lagoon.

The lunar landscapes that lie inland but within easy reach of Swakopmund centre offer a completely different scenic moonscape, one that is a totally barren, comprising undulating, rocky desert formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Once a high mountain range, it has eroded over time to become what it is now - a stark and empty landscape and photographer’s dream.  

There are a variety of places to stay in Swakopmund, however one of our favourites has to be the lovely and quirky Stiltz.

Set on the coast, Swakopmund was founded in 1882 as the main harbour for Germany in south west Africa, hence the Germanic heritage of the town, which has even led people to say it is more German than Germany itself!



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