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Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

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  • Swakopmund was founded in 1892 during German colonial rule.

  • It is situated between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean.

  • Known as the adventure hub of Namibia.

  • The biggest sand dune in the area are located 30 kilometres from Swakopmund.

  • Day excursions from Swakopmund can be done.

  • The town still has German influences including buildings, shops and dining experiences.

  • The world's largest quartz crystal cluster is located in Swakopmund.

  • Wooden carved art are very popular to buy.


  • Go for a stroll on the famous Jetty 1905 pier.

  • Get adventurous with popular activities such as Skydiving, Quad Biking, Sandboarding and much more.

  • Visit the Kristall Gallerie.

  • Eat Eisbein at one of the popular restaurants.

  • Climb Dune 7.

  • Visit Cape Cross. Home to the largest seal colony in Namibia.

  • Visit art and craft shops.

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There are plenty of hotels, guesthouses and B&B's in Swakopmund. Most of them are centrally located close to restaurants, shops and attractions. Swakopmund is the perfect stopover while travelling through the country.

See below for accommodation in Swakopmund.

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