Love beaches, love adventures, love unique adventures? Then you will love Nambia! Below I think cools things to do Swakopmund a Germanesque town on the Atlantic coast of Nambia. I have been wanting to show you more of Africa. I have not shared tips on Zambia, Botswana, Egypt and now Nambia. So, here you have it! Why a visit to Swakopmund in Namibia is a must! Swakopmund is definitely one of those Namibia must-see places. Many of the cool things to do in Namibia can be found in this town.
- 1 Why Namibia Is Worth Adding To You Bucketlist
- 2 A Little About Namibia’s Swakopmund
- 3 What Exactly Does Namibia Have, Anyway? Why Visit Swakopmund, Windhoek…
- 4 Cool Thing To Do In Swakopmund Namibia | Swakopmund Activities & Attractions
- 4.1 Sandboarding In Nambia
- 4.2 Desert camping and Camel Rides
- 4.3 Get On Your Bike! Check Out The Fat Bike Tours
- 4.4 Wilderness Exploring And Safari
- 4.5 Explore The German City
- 4.6 Explore Swakopmund Museum
- 4.7 Grab A Bite To Eat At The Jetty Restaurant
- 4.8 Visit The Local Markets And Shops – Head To Sam Nujoma Avenue
- 4.9 Explore The Amazing Beaches And Take To The Water
- 4.10 Take A Day Trip From Swakopmund
- 5 Our Swakopmund Itinerary Plans
- 6 A Trip To Jetty 1905 Restaurant Is Another Must To Add To Your Swakop Visit(Restaurant on the jetty bridge)
- 7 Where to stay To Stay In Swakopmund
Why Namibia Is Worth Adding To You Bucketlist
A Little About Namibia’s Swakopmund
What Exactly Does Namibia Have, Anyway? Why Visit Swakopmund, Windhoek…
Cool Thing To Do In Swakopmund Namibia | Swakopmund Activities & Attractions
Sandboarding In Nambia
I thought I would start with something that I had absolute fun doing. If you are have tried snowboarding in the snow then you also have to try it on the sand. As my husband is a keen snowboarder this was something he was looking forward to the most. This is such a great and adventurous thing to do in Swapkomund and one that you shouldn’t miss out on. I love that we go to use quad bikes to get into the desert too.
Desert camping and Camel Rides
I don’t make a habit of promoting animal rides on my blog but most desert camping offer camel rides just make sure the animals are treated with respect. Just imagine chilling to campfires under millions of stars as you reminisce on the day’s activities. There is no better place in the world for desert camping than Namibia’s vast and varied desert terrains. There are budget and luxury camping tent options in Namibia too.
Get On Your Bike! Check Out The Fat Bike Tours
Swakopmund has something called Fat Bike Tours and with this tour, you can go on a beautifully scenic tour of Swakopmund and the surrounding deserts. Explore stunning dune ridges on the Namib. If you are not into group tours you can also rent the bikes and take to the city on your own. Just be sure to be safe on the bikes and get as many tips as possible on the areas you are hoping to cover.
Wilderness Exploring And Safari
Namibia is vast and with the surrounding desert, it also means a rich and varied animal that can be found. From the wild cats to small and dangerous creatures like snakes and spiders. There are plenty of tours to cover each and every interest and unmissable on any like of things to do in Swakopmund or Namibia in general.
Explore The German City
The German city is cute but has a dark history. Let’s not forget that Namibia only got its independence in 1990! Like many African countries it passed through several stages of colonisation and many Herero and Nama people suffered from a genocide at the hands of the German Empire. There aren’t many places in the city with details of history but you can read about it before traveling there.
Explore Swakopmund Museum
This is the largest privately run museum in the country and includes everything from marine animal life found in Namibia, Minerals, transportation, naval history and people of Namibia. If you are interested in more of the historical aspects of the country also check out the public library which has a collection of historic photographs. You can also see newspaper cuttings dating back to 1898.
Grab A Bite To Eat At The Jetty Restaurant
Below I have shared some pictures from our dining experience at the Jetty Restaurant on the pier. This is a must if you are visiting Swakopmund and looking for cool places to eat in Swakopmund. There are also a few other local cafes that we had the pleasure of sampling. There are plenty of restaurants in town too, with ties to German history it means that you will find many German-style menus at many restaurants. Just out Bistro Zum Kaiser, Brauhaus or Wurstbude just to name a few.
Visit The Local Markets And Shops – Head To Sam Nujoma Avenue
There are shops, markets and local artist studios to check out in the city to get a feel of the local talent as well as being perfect if you are looking for some cool Namibian souvenirs to bring back from your trip. Check out Sam Nujoma Avenue which is lined with jewellery, arts and crafts shops, cafes, African art and specialist stores.
Explore The Amazing Beaches And Take To The Water
I shared a post on the best beaches in Africa that you need to check out. With Namibia having an extensive coastline it means plenty of opportunities for water sports and of course, the all important sport of beach bumming. There is plenty of sunshine in Namibia so you can just chill by the beach or try surfing, windsurfing, paragliding and so many cool adventures or you can just people watch.
Take A Day Trip From Swakopmund
There plenty of nearby cities with opportunities to do day trips from Swakopmund. You can check out Walvis Bay where there are plenty of beautiful pink flamingos, and dolphins. Considering the close proximity to these towns you can easily tick off things to do in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with relative ease. Walvis Bay is another one of those places of interest in Namibia. You can also visit Dorob National Park which incorporates core conservation areas and multiple use areas for adventure tourism, is a park of great imagination.
Our Swakopmund Itinerary Plans
When you arrive in Swapo you would think you had been tricked by your airline as it looks like you had been dropped in a small German Town. Founded in 1892, and not shocking, considering Namibia was colonised by the Germans so you find many people here also speak German in addition to many of the African Languages from the migration of people in and around surrounding regions.
Namibia was in the hands of South Africa when it was captured from Germany during WWI, so was very much linked to South Africa’s history of Apartheid and only got independence in 1990. Do not let that stop you from visiting the beauty that lies waiting for your gaze. Getting there and getting around: The town is fairly small so you can get around by walking while you are there.
There is a train that comes through from Windhoek. Although, I think you are better off getting a car so that you have the freedom of movement as well as the freedom to explore the dunes, nearing towns which are not really served well by public transportation.
A Trip To Jetty 1905 Restaurant Is Another Must To Add To Your Swakop Visit(Restaurant on the jetty bridge)
Where to stay To Stay In Swakopmund
There are a few hostels and hotels in the main town but we opted to stay at Gecko Ridge Lodge about 15km away from town. I will be posting about that in posts to come. There are places with varying budgets but as Western currency will get you very far in Namibia you can stay comfortably without concerning your bank managers. For a full list of accommodation options in Swakopmund, here is a list of hotels in Swakopmund.
With friendly town folk, cute cafes and galleries, beautiful landscapes from where you can watch the sunsets and watch the stars litter the pitch black skies and twinkle like diamonds. Why on earth would anyone wait to get on the plane to visit?
Note on Car Rental: Make sure you have all your paperwork, if traveling with rental cars between country borders as you may not be allowed to leave the country with the car. So be sure to mention to your rental shops if traveling between borders to provide inter-board paperwork which comes with an additional cost. Also, note that most of the rentals don’t have that many branches so you don’t have manydrop off points. We were lucky that we traveled with my brother from Botswana to Namibia and when we flew out from Namibia my brother drove the car back to Botswana with him and returned it to the rental shop on our behave.
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