Swakopmund, Namibia's adventure capital is found on the country's west coast. Swakopmund is rich in historical and cultural significance and is a popular tourist town. It was founded by German colonialists in 1892 and served as the main port in the region. The word "Swakopmund" means "mouth of the Swakop" in German. Swakopmund's proximity to both the desert and the ocean means that there are activities available to suit a range of tastes and fitness levels. Go quad biking, skydiving or sandboarding in the dunes of the Namib Desert. Or go on a dolphin cruise, a fishing trip, or kayaking on the open sea. Take a tour historical tour through the town and marvel at the German architecture as you learn about its colonial past. Visit the nearby Walvis Bay to see the famous flamingos, and Cape Cross to witness a colony thousands of Cape Fur Seals. There is so much to do!

Why we like it

Adventure activities, Desert and ocean-based excursions, Close to a number of attractions, Rich in colonial history

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 181.3 km²
Reserve Type: Adventure Town
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cape Fur Seals, Flamingos
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Swakopmund

Tours and Activities in Swakopmund, Namibia

5 Day Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Tour

Visit the fascinating, beautiful landscapes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei in Namibia, as well as the seaside town of Swakopmund, the adventure capital of the country. This 5-day tour will take you on a unique safari adventure, where you will get the chance to marvel at the distinctive landscapes of the Namib Desert: rolling red sand dunes, searing white…

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Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Aspect V: Desert Aspects of Namibia

Namibia is a truly unique holiday destination. Sparsely populated, the country is made up of large tracts of desert, savannah grassland, immense canyons, and incredible wildlife parks. The landscapes are always evolving and provide a continually changing movie set as you move through the country. Experience the best of Namibia's famous deserts on this tour. Go in search of unique…

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Duration: 5 nights
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Fascinating Namibia: 13-day Guided Lodge Safari

Namibia is one of the most fascinating countries in Southern Africa. Go on a safari tour through its unique landscapes, and experience the vastness and solitude of its many diverse destinations. This 13-day guided safari tour takes you to some of the best nature and wilderness destinations in Namibia. You visit the beautiful desert landscapes of the Kalahari and the…

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Duration: 13 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Cape Fur Seals

Key Species

Cape Fur Seal


Namaqua Chameleon
Puff Adder
Web-footed Gecko

Grey Camel Thorn
Camelthorn Acacia

Sand Dunes

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 6
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 6
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