Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Cape Fur Seals
Flamingos
Pelicans
Dolphins

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 kmĀ²
Reserve Type: Adventure Town
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Cape Fur Seals, Flamingos
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Swakopmund

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Greenfire Lodge Swakopmund Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
5 Day Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Tour 4 nights / 5 days

Key Species

MAMMALS
Dolphin
Cape Fur Seal


BRIDS
Flamingo
Pelican


REPTILES
Namaqua Chameleon
Puff Adder
Web-footed Gecko


TREES
Grey Camel Thorn
Camelthorn Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Desert
Sand Dunes
Ocean