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Swakopmund Hotels & Lodges

Swakopmund, Namibia

Bavarian architecture is the norm in Swakopmund, Namibia German ancestry is still evident in Swakopmund's architecture
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Swakopmund, Namibia’s second biggest town (after Windhoek), is an eclectic mixture of Bohemian and Bavarian, home to an intriguing mix of artists, hippies, strait-laced descendants of German settlers, stately Herero women in Victorian dress, and hard bitten miners, game rangers, safari operators and fishermen. Swakopmund exudes romance and history, a rich cultural melting pot of old and new.

Swakopmund is Namibia’s number one seaside playground. Nestled at the mouth of the Swakop River, with the Namib Desert on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the climate here is mostly cool and the mornings are often damp and misty; not the weather usually associated with seaside towns but very popular with Namibians. It provides a very welcome break from the scorching desert sun for Namibians and tourists on safari alike.

Accommodation in Swakopmund
Eyes on Africa recommends the following accommodations in the Swakopmund area ...click the links below for complete information on (and photos of) the specific resort or hotel.

     • Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre

There are plenty of things to do in Swakopmund and the town is small enough to be explored easily on foot. All the main services you would expect from a town are here, for example banks, a main post office, camera sales and repair shops, doctors rooms and lots of excellent café's and restaurants.

Swakopmund is the Holiday Mecca of Namibia... Angling, surfing, dune boarding, skydiving, lazing the days away in the sun, horseback riding or camel riding. Enjoy a meal just meters from Namibia's surf and you know you are in Swakopmund. Nestled at the mouth of the Swakop River, with the Namib Desert on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side, it boasts surprisingly mild weather.

Just outside Swakopmund, a section of towering barcan dunes have been set aside for recreational purposes – sand boarding and skiing, quad biking, camel rides and off road driving. Swakopmund also offers a host of other attractions, including excursions by boat to see dolphins and seals, shore based angling (some of the best in Africa), skin diving, surfing or just simply lazing on the beach. And, of course, the town is surrounded by the Namib Naukluft Park, one of the most bewitching desert wilderness areas in Africa, for one day trips or longer safaris for the ultimate desert camping experience.

Just outside the 'Millionaire's Row' town of Walvis Bay, about 30km south of Swakopmund, there are lagoons which attract thousands of birds annually (though Sandwich Bay further on is better for serious birders). The flamingos are easy to see at the side of the main road, with a backdrop of high sand dunes.

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For further information about the National Parks of Namibia, click Nam Parks
For History and General information about Namibia, click More Namibia

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