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Swakopmund Namibia - Premier Holiday Resort

Situated about 100km north of the Tropic of Capricorn, but enjoying a mild climate



Swakopmund Mole and Palm Beach

Swakopmund Mole and Palm Beach

There's plenty to do and see in and around Swakopmund. You need to plan a three day minimum stay to make your visit worthwhile. Most tour-guides on Namibia are produced overseas, and they all seem to ramble-on about the mist at the coast, so here comes a factual comment. I live Here, I don't know whether it is due to Global Warming, but the weather down at the coast has improved a lot since I landed here, over thirty years ago. Yes! There are some days when the sky is overcast, but, on the whole we enjoy a very mild climate. In winter it never gets too cold, while in summer it sure offers a welcome respite from the inland summer heat.


The Swakopmund Municipality really puts a lot of effort into keeping our little town crisp and clean. You'll find lots of tropical gardens here, and along with the 'old style' German architecture, it all adds to the charm of the town. It's a perfect place to spend some time after having driven thousands of kilometres touring around Namibia. The Mole and Palm Beach recreation area is a popular relaxation area and central meeting place, with an Indoor Olympic Sized Swimming Pool and children's play park. The Museum is housed in the old German Customs Warehouse and is the best and most interesting in the country. There are excellent bistro coffee bars and restaurants here and also scattered throughout the town. If you like eating those fattening, but delicious German style cakes and cookies, then you're in the right place.


If you're young, and into action activities you'll find Swakopmund all geared up for you to enjoy yourself with Sand-Boarding, Quad-Biking, Hot-Air-Ballooning, Para-Gliding and Sailing, Jet-Ski-ing, and one of the most picturesque Tandem-Sky-Diving-Drop-Zones in the world. There's Horses and Camels to ride over the coastal dunes and a whole selection of desert tours, including eco-tours that can show you the fascinating and virtually hidden life-forms of the Namib. A bonus for those guys and gals who like to get wet is the High-Surf, so bring your board.


Spring Tide at Swakopmund with children playing in the safety of the Mole Swakopmund Palmed Streets


The town has many palmed streets, tropical flower gardens with green lawns and the picturesque old German style buildings make a walking trip around the town a must. The fresh air from the South Atlantic Ocean will give you an appetite for calling into one of the excellent bakery cafes and bistros which are renowned for their delicious cakes and variety of traditional German breads. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how 'green' Swakopmund is for a town snuggled on the edge of the Namib-Desert. There's a good variety of cacti and succulents that attract the attention of gardeners from all over the world. Many of the desert plants when in bloom display vivid colors and become a favorite with photographers.

Swakopmund Sunset reflecting on clouds rarely seen


If at the end of a busy day touring you enjoy a sundowner by the sea you watch the large orange disc slip quickly into the South Atlantic Ocean. Get your camera ready.


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Erongo Region

22º41"S - 14º32"E

Population 40,000

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Of Interest:  The Swakop River has had several previous names. In 1487 when Bartholomew Diaz sailed along the Namibia coast he named an area south of Cape Cross - thought to be the mouth of the Swakop River as being Praia da Verdes. The early reports of this area are that it was verdant and teaming with animals.




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