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.
- 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.
Wonders of Namibia and Botswana
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- Cost Per Person: from $9,980 (Includes international flights from JFK)
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- Featured Accommodations
Central Guesthouse Client Score: 5
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 Client Score: Not yet rated
Found in Walvis Bay, Egumbo Lodge is a great base for exploring all that the Namibian Coast has to offer.
Hansa Hotel Client Score: 4
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.
Pelican Point Lodge Client Score: Not yet rated
Situated on a remote pennisula that stretches into the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay, Pelican Point Lodge is in a rich area for marine life and very close to a Cape fur seal colony.
Strand Hotel Swakopmund Client Score: Not yet rated
With a location between the Namib dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, the Strand Hotel is the perfect venue for those wishing to relax on the beach as well as explore all the attractions of Swakopmund and beyond.
Swakopmund Luxury Suites Client Score: Not yet rated
An upmarket guesthouse in the heart of Swakopmund.
The Delight Swakopmund Client Score: Not yet rated
Conveniently located in the heart of Swakopmund and close the the city's beaches, The Delight is a modern and comfortable hotel offering a coastal break on a journey around Namibia.
Villa Margherita Client Score: Not yet rated
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.
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