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Old historic German Jetty, Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia


Swakopmund is the main coastal escape for Namibians, with its numerous activities and cool climate. Still Germanic in feel, this small town is the perfect base from which to explore on land and sea.

During the summer holidays and long weekends thousands of Namibians flock to the coast. This migration happens for a couple of reasons, Swakopmund has a real holiday feel and everyone wants to be there, and during the December holidays, the cool Namibian coast offers relief from the intense heat of the interior.

The quaint and charming resort town of Swakopmund was built during the German Colonial period. The architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund is one which may be associated with a small German village, the town seems to be stuck in time. Although in recent times new generations of Swakopmunders have woken up to the tourist potential of the area the city still manages to create a feeling of timelessness.

The bar, The Delight, Swakopmund
The Delight, Swakopmund, Namibia
Old historic German Jetty, Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia
Residential Houses, Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia

A little more about Swakopmund

True to its German traditions, early mornings and evenings in Swakopmund can be cold throughout the year, as the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the Namib Desert creating a fog bank. This coolness is often a relief from the heat of the rest of Namibia and can provide a perfect place for recuperation.

There is a small variety of accommodation located within this region of Namibia, most of which is located close to the stunning sandy beaches of Swakopmund. This is a great base from which to take advantage of all the activities on offer.


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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Delight £££££

  • Namibia
  • City

Bright and modern, this colourful hotel is positioned in central Swakopmund, only a short distance from the main beach area, known as the ‘Mole’. The cheerful interior is matched by the friendly service, with staff only too eager to help. There are 54 rooms, with 10 of these designated as family rooms. All rooms are bright and spacious, with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and heating. The family rooms are loft rooms, split on to two levels, with twin beds on both.

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Cornerstone Guesthouse £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. A few minutes walk from the guesthouse you can find beaches, cafes, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets.

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Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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