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

Accommodation in Swakopmund, Namibia

Greenfire Lodge Swakopmund

Greenfire Lodge Swakopmund is situated in the city of Swakopmund in Namibia, the country’s second-largest city. Swakopmund is known as Namibia’s adventure capital, due to the wide variety of adventure activities on offer in the region. The city is ideally located in close proximity to both the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, allowing for guests to enjoy a greater…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

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.

Wild Namibia Tour

Take an incredible 17-day journey through Namibia, Africa’s adventure playground. This is the land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain, and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres without signs of man’s intervention. It is home to living deserts, where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing…

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Duration: 17 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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