Holidays to Swakopund and Walvis Bay

Holidays to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay may not be the usual choice for a beach destination, but where they differ from the traditional archetype they make up for in various other ways. Located on the Atlantic seaboard, Swakopmund offers a cooler climate than other areas of Namibia and it takes a brave soul to swim in the cold, murky ocean. Walk the pleasant streets to uncover a strong German colonial link in the monuments and historic buildings that dot the city. Comfortable places to stay and an array of cafes and restaurants to discover ensure a pleasant stay in this quiet seaside city.

Take-in the wild coastline on holidays to Swakopund and Walvis Bay, at Hotel Zum Kaiser Hotel Zum Kaiser quad biking Flamingos, The Stilz

Swakopund And Walvis Bay Highlights

  • Thrilling adventure activities from Swakopmund including sandboarding, quad biking, parachuting and dolphin cruises
  • Kayaking with Cape fur seals at Walvis Bay
  • A large number of water birds, including flamingo and pelicans
  • Hot air balloon rides over the dunes
  • Historic monuments and buildings in Swakopmund
  • Scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast

However, it is the adventure activities from Swakopmund that really define it. Not always for the faint of heart, activities range from dolphin cruises and scenic flights to parachuting and paragliding over a sea of sand dunes. There's also quad biking, sandboarding and hot air balloon rides on offer.

Some 30 km south of Swakopmund lies Walvis Bay, the main harbor town in Namibia. If you happen to approach it from the north you will do so on a stunning ocean road seamed by mighty dunes. Attractions of Walvis Bay are the lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and flamingos and a variety of recreational possibilities, a desert golf course, a choice of restaurants and adventure activities such as sea kayaking, sandwich harbour tours and dolphin cruises.

Selected Namibia Itineraries

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Himba Women - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Wonders of Namibia and Botswana

Cost Per Person
From $9,830 (Includes international flights from JFK)
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Exterior shot of the Zambezi Queen

Okavango Explorer and Zambezi Queen

Cost Per Person
From $4,900 (Includes international flights from JFK)
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Swakopund And Walvis Bay Accommmodation

All Namibia accommodations
  • Central Guesthouse

    Situated in the heart of old Swakopmund, Central Guesthouse is a nice, owner managed property nearby the city's shops, restaurants and craft markets.

  • Egumbo Lodge
    Bedroom interior

    Found in Walvis Bay, Egumbo Lodge is a great base for exploring all that the Namibian Coast has to offer.

  • Hansa Hotel
    Double room

    Dating back to 1905, this historic property offers plenty of old world charm and is only 5 minutes from the beach. Stay in comfortable accommodation, with rooms individually decorated, and seafood specialities from The Equestrian Room.

  • Villa Margherita

    A historic property, Villa Margherita offers chic, comfortable accommodation that is the perfect base for exploring Swakopmund. Take on a range of adventure activities nearby or visit some of the town's shops and restaurants.

  • Cornerstone Guesthouse
    Garden area

    Close to the beach and centrally located in Swakopmund, enjoy a homely atmosphere from this quaint lodge, go for walks on the beach and take on a range of adventure activities nearby.

  • Swakopmund Guesthouse

    Found in central Swakopmund this charming seaside themed guesthouse is 5 minutes from the beach and a short walk from the town centre's shops.

  • Swakopmund Hotel
    Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre Station Grill

    A superb property that offers an inviting blend of old world charm and modern comfort, relax at the wellness centre and pool, enjoy a la carte dining or the Mermaid Casino.

  • The Stiltz
    View from family room

    Within walking distance of Swakopmund's shops and restaurants, this unique lodge offers quirky bungalows raised on stilts 3.5 metres above the ground. Enjoy a range of activities along with views of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean.