This is where Namibians, who call it Swakop, go on holiday to escape the heat of the interior, to surf and stroll along the promenade, to eat fresh oysters and good German cake. Swakopmund offers you a chance to brush off the desert dust and integrate with locals, a colourful mix of Ovambo, Herero, Damara as well as German and Afrikaans Namibians. Remnants of Namibia’s colonial past – such as beautiful old buildings and striking Herero women in voluminous Victorian dresses – give a surreal quality to this unexpected and unique seaside town.
Some of the world’s highest dunes can be found between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and adventure lovers can enjoy dune boarding, quad biking and unforgettable 4×4 trips. Those in serious holiday mode can explore Swakopmund’s craft beer breweries, coffee roasteries and curio shops, while foodies enjoy Swakopmund’s celebrated restaurants.